Karachi - Pakistan on Thursday dropped captain Misbah-ul Haq from the Twenty20 squad and made all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez the new skipper.
decision was widely expected after Misbah led Pakistan to a 2-1 defeat
in the three-match Twenty20 series against England in February.
who turns 38 later this month, is regarded as too old for the fastest
brand of the game, but will still lead Pakistan for one-dayers and Tests
on next month's Sri Lanka tour.
Pakistan will play two Twenty20s,
five one-days and three Tests on the tour. They open with a Twenty20
match in Hambantota on June 1.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
chairman Zaka Ashraf said: "Misbah has been a great leader and he will
remain captain for the one-days and Tests, but after consulting Misbah,
we have decided to appoint Hafeez as new captain for the Twenty20."
(Twenty20): Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Khalid Latif, Ahmed Shahzad,
Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shakeel Ansar, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat,
Umar Gul, Sohail Tanveer, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Haris Sohail,
Mohammad Sami, Hammad Azam, Nasir Jamshed
One-day: Misbah-ul Haq
(captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal,
Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul
Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Asad Shafiq, Aizaz Cheema, Azhar Ali, Imran
Test: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq
Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Umar Gul, Saeed
Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Faisal Iqbal, Junaid Khan, Afaq
Rahim, Mohammad Ayub, Aizaz Cheema
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)h as named Mohammad Hafeez as the new captain of the national Twenty20 team but retained Misbah-ul-Haq as the skipper for Tests and one-day internationals.
"The appointments are for the coming tour to Sri Lanka," PCB chairperson Zaka Ashraf told a news conference on Thursday.
Pakistan tours Sri Lanka from May 29 to play three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 matches.