Misbah To Captain Pakistan Against South Africa

Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan captain
Misbah-ul-Haq has been retained as Pakistan's Test captain
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Misbah-ul-Haq has been retained as Pakistan captain and will lead the side when they meet South Africa in their upcoming two-Test series.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has named a 28-man squad of probables ahead of the series which begins with the first Test in Abu Dhabi from 14th October.

The 28 members of the probables list will take part in a camp from 30th September to 6th October and will be split into two sides to play a three-day game starting on 2nd October.

One team will be captained by Misbah, and the other by Umar Amin, who will lead Pakistan 'A' side against the South Africans in a three-day game.

Following Pakistan's defeat in the second Test in Zimbabwe, Misbah had faced criticism and some calls to be removed as captain, but the selectors have opted to stick with their embattled leader.

Despite being under pressure as a captain, Misbah scored three half-centuries during the drawn series, scoring 217 runs at 72.33.

All of the players involved in that Test series are in the probables list with Shan Masood, who was called up to replace Imran Farhat shortly before the squad left for Zimbabwe, among them.

Pakistan 'A' squad: Umar Amin (captain), Shan Masood, Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Asad Baig, Ehsan Adil, Ahmed Jamal, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Usman Qadir, Yasir Shah, Sohaib Maqsood, Aizaz Cheema, Imran Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper)

Pakistan Test probables: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor, Younus Khan, Faisal Iqbal, Adnan Akmal (wicket-keeper), Abdur Rehman, Usman Qadir, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqur Babar, Yasir Shah, Aizaz Cheema, Ehsan Adil, Ahmed Jamal, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Imran Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper)

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Fixtures & Results

14th-18th October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
PAK 442 & 45-3 beat RSA 249 & 232 by 7 wickets
23rd-27th October: 2nd Test, Dubai
RSA 517 beat PAK 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
30th October: 1st ODI, Sharjah
RSA 183 beat PAK 182 by 1 run
1st November: 2nd ODI, Dubai
PAK 209 beat RSA 143 by 66 runs
6th November: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 259-8 beat PAK 191 by 68 runs
8th November: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 266-5 beat PAK 238 by 28 runs
11th November: 5th ODI, Sharjah
RSA 268-7 beat PAK 151 by 117 runs
13th November: 1st T20I, Dubai
RSA 99-1 beat PAK 98-9 by 9 wickets
15th November: 2nd T20I, Dubai
RSA 150-5 beat PAK 144-9 by 6 runs