Hafeez, 31, was thrown into the deep end when regular captain Misbah-ul-Haq was banned from the first Test in Galle due to Pakistan’s slow over-rate in the final one-dayer in Colombo on Monday. “Misbah’s calm influence will be missed, but it is a great honour to lead my country in Test cricket and I am ready for the challenge,” Hafeez said yesterday.
“Test cricket demands discipline. Everyone plays a role in it, not just the captain. We will be inspired by the good work we have done in the longer format over the past few years.” Pakistan have won seven of their last nine Tests, including a brilliant 3-0 victory of top-ranked England in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.