Misbah takes Pakistan one-day reins
Pakistan have appointed Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for the two one-day internationals against Ireland later this month, replacing all-rounder Shahid Afridi in the role.
Afridi will continue to play for Pakistan, while middle-order batsman Younus Khan and paceman Umar Gul have been recalled to the 16-man squad for the two matches at Stormont on May 28 and 30.
Opening batsman Niall McDonnell is the only new face in a 14-man Ireland squad.
Coach Phil Simmons has largely stuck with the team which competed at this year’s World Cup on the sub-continent, with Andre Botha and George Dockrell the only two absentees.
Botha announced his retirement earlier this month and Dockrell is recovering from a dislocated shoulder.
Ireland squad: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, Niall McDonnell, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Albert Van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.
Pakistan squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Younus Khan, Taufiq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Salman, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Tanvir Ahmed, Hammad Azam.