Islamabad: Pakistan team`s stand-in captain Mohammad Hafeez is confident his young side will regroup after the one-day defeats to challenge Sri Lanka in the Test series scheduled to start on Friday.
Hafeez, 31, was substituted as the captain after 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, reports sources.
Misbah was penalised for his team falling three overs short, which International Cricket Council match referee Chris Broad said was a "serious over-rate offence" in one-day internationals.
Hafeez, who was made his country`s Twenty20 skipper ahead of the current tour, has played only 26 Tests and never captained Pakistan before in the five-day format. But the all-rounder brushed aside the 3-1 loss in the one-dayers, saying Pakistan was determined to do their best in the three Tests.
"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. 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," Hafeez said.
First Published: Friday, June 22, 2012, 17:10