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Misbah-ul-Haq named Pakistan Test captain

New Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah is recalled to both squads after missing the England tour

Pakistan have named middle-order batsman Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for their forthcoming Test series against South Africa in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The 36-year-old, who was not picked for the recent tour of England, will become Pakistan's fourth Test captain of 2010.

Spinner Danish Kaneria returns after being dropped during the England tour.

Shahid Afridi has been confirmed as captain for the one-day and Twenty20 internationals that precede the Tests - a day after the squad was named.

Meanwhile, former coach Intikhab Alam returns as team manager.

Yawar Saeed had resigned as Pakistan's tour manager following their controversial tour of England, which was marred by allegations of spot-fixing.


Omitted from both squads is wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who had an error-strewn tour of England.

Kamran was taken to hospital on Wednesday with abdominal problems, but could rejoin the squad at a later date if he passes a fitness test.

His place behind the stumps goes to Zulqarnain Haider, who was Kamran's deputy in England before a broken finger ended his participation in the tour.

The three Pakistan players at the centre of the claims - Salman Butt, who was captain for the Tests against England, and seamers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir - remain under provisional suspension by the International Cricket Council, although none of them have been charged by police.

The trio's appeals against their ICC suspensions will be heard on 30 and 31 October.

In any event, Asif cannot play in Dubai or Abu Dhabi as he is banned from entering the United Arab Emirates after being detained for possession of opium at Dubai airport in 2008.

Seamer Wahab Riaz was the fourth Pakistan player after Butt, Asif and Amir to be questioned by British police in relation to allegations of corruption, although he was not charged and is not under ICC suspension - and is named in the Test squad.

Neither Misbah nor left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who are in both squads to face the Proteas, toured England - and nor did paceman Mohammad Sami, who is in the Test squad.

Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi
Afridi has been Pakistan's regular one-day captain since the summer of 2009

Left-handed opener Taufeeq Umar is recalled to the Test squad, four years after his last international appearance, while left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir is named as the 16th man in the Test party, providing that he can prove he has shaken off the knee problem which has caused him to miss much of the last year.

But there is no place for ex-skipper Shoaib Malik, Shahzaib Hasan or Mohammad Irfan, who all played in Tests or one-dayers against England, in either squad.

Afridi has been Pakistan's regular captain in limited-overs cricket since the summer of 2009, although veteran batsman Mohammad Yousuf skippered the side in Australia at the start of 2010.

Misbah will be the fourth man to lead them in Tests this year after Yousuf, Afridi - who relinquished the role after one game - and Butt.

The first Twenty20 international takes place on 26 October, and is an extra game added to the schedule - with the proceeds raising money for the victims of the recent floods in Pakistan.

The one-day series is followed by two Tests, also in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Before travelling to the UAE, the Proteas begin a brief limited-overs series against Zimbabwe in South Africa - which starts on 8 October.

Pakistan Test squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Danish Kaneria, Abdur Rehman, Zulqarnain Haider (wk), Umar Gul, Tanvir Ahmed, Mohammad Sami, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir (subject to fitness).

Pakistan Twenty20 & ODI squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Shoaib Akhtar, Tanvir Ahmed, Zulqarnain Haider (wk).

South Africa Test squad: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

South Africa ODI squad: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Charl Langeveldt, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

South Africa Twenty20 squad: Johan Botha (capt), Loots Bosman, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

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Pakistan tour manager Saeed quits
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Twenty20 match for flood victims
26 Aug 10 |  Pakistan
Riaz to face police questioning
09 Sep 10 |  Pakistan
Pakistan lose injured Zulqarnain
16 Aug 10 |  Pakistan
Asif barred from England matches
08 Feb 10 |  Pakistan
Pakistan v South Africa (in UAE) 2010
25 Nov 10 |  Cricket

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