LAHORE - Misbahul Haq was retained as Pakistan captain for the next month's Test series against South Africa despite poor results culminating in a first loss to Zimbabwe in 15 years.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday though announced Misbah's position as a captain but said the full Test squad would be announced later. The board also said that 23-year-old batsman Umar Amin would be skipper of Pakistan A team in a three-day warm-up game against South Africa. The board also announced 28 players for a training camp which would be held here at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Pakistan has won only one of five Tests this year, and that against lowly-ranked Zimbabwe this month. Zimbabwe, however, came back to win the second Test to square that series two weeks ago, its first win over a major test team in 12 years. Pakistan hadn't lost to Zimbabwe since 1998.
South Africa whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in a Test series at home in February. They will meet again in two Tests in Abu Dhabi from October 14-18, and Dubai the following week.
Amin, a left-hander, lost his place in the Test team three years ago when he scored only 99 runs in four tests during Pakistan's controversial tour of England in 2010. The series was marred by a spot-fixing scandal after which three Pakistan players were banned for several years and Misbah became the captain in test and one-day internationals.
The three-day match will be in Sharjah from October 8-10 followed by the Tests. After that series will be five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s.
The A team includes Pakistan Test players Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faisal Iqbal and Aizaz Cheema. Leg spinner Usman Qadir, son of former Test cricketer Abdul Qadir, is also among the 15 players.
Pakistan A Team:
Shaan Masood, Ahmad Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin (capt), Faisal Iqbal, Asad Shafiq, Ehsan Adil, Ahmad Jamal, Akberur Rehman, Usman Qadir, Yasir, Sohaib Maqsood, Aizaz Cheema, Imran Khan and M Rizwan (w/k).
Pakistan probables for camp:
Shaan Masood, Khurram Manzoor, Sohaib Maqsood, Younus Khan, Misbahul Haq, Faisal Iqbal, Adnan Akmal (w/k), Abdul Rehman, Usman Qadir, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz, Ahmed Shahzad, M Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (w/k), Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah, Aizaz Cheema, Ehsan Adil, Ahmed Jamal, Akbarur Rehman, Imran Khan and M Rizwan (w/k).