|Event:||South Africa in United Arab Emirates 2010/11|
DateLine: 8th October 2010
Pakistan have announced a 15-man squad to take on South Africa in two T20s and five ODIs later this month in the UAE, but surprisingly not named a captain.
Shahid Afridi has been the limited-overs captain since June this year and is in the squad but not yet as leader. No selector was available to comment on the decision.
The non-announcement has already sparked speculation of possible disharmony. The other surprise is the return, yet again, of Misbah-ul-Haq to bolster the middle order. Misbah was dropped from the set-up after the winless tour of Australia earlier in the year as the selectors looked to move towards younger options. An impressive Man-of-the-Tournament performance in the RBS ODI cup earlier this year - where he top-scored with 490 runs at 163.33 - won him a return to the national team.
The team will also be without Kamran Akmal who has just undergone an appendicitis operation. Zulqarnain Haider, who replaced Akmal for one Test in the summer against England and scored a valiant 88, has been given an opportunity to build on that first impression.
Pakistan squad: Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Shoaib Akhtar, Tanvir Ahmed, Zulqarnain Haider (wk).