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PCB picks Iqbal as Inzamam's replacement

Right-handed batsman Faisal Iqbal has been named captain of 14-member Pakistan cricket squad for the Champions Trophy.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:19 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Right-handed batsman Faisal Iqbal has been named as replacement for banned Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq in a 14-member cricket squad for the Champions Trophy.

But the Pakistan Cricket Board is awaiting ICC's confirmation on the inclusion of the youngster because the squad for the elite one-day tournament was already announced before ICC's disciplinary hearing in which Inzamam was slapped with four-ODI ban for bringing the game into disrepute following the Oval fiasco.

"The selectors have chosen Iqbal as the replacement. We are now just awaiting the ICC confirmation on this and when that happens he will go with the squad to India," a PCB official said.

Iqbal had replaced Inzamam in the past during the Karachi Test against India last year and scored his first century in the longer version of the game to help the home team clinch the Test series 1-0.

Iqbal has played in all of Pakistan's six Tests since then notching up some impressive performances.

But Iqbal's selection ahead of some top middle-order batsmen like Shahid Yousuf and Asim Kamal was not an easy task because he has not been so successful in one-day internationals.

In ODIs, he averages under 22 with one hundred from 17 matches. If he plays any match for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy then it would be his first in three years.

First Published: Oct 05, 2006 10:36 IST