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Shahid Afridi named World Cup captain

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February 4, 2011

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Shahid Afridi claimed the key scalp of Ross Taylor, New Zealand v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Hamilton, February 3, 2011
Shahid Afridi will continue as leader of the one-day side © Getty Images

Shahid Afridi has been named captain of Pakistan's World Cup squad, a decision that ends weeks of uncertainty over who will lead the side in the global tournament starting later this month.

Pakistan were the only side of the 14 participating teams not to have named their captain when the World Cup squads were announced in January, fuelling debate over whether Misbah-ul-Haq, the Test captain, could take over from limited-overs leader Afridi. Misbah was named vice-captain of the World Cup squad.

Afridi has been Pakistan's ODI captain over the last year but, just before the ongoing New Zealand tour, a number of key players and team management officials raised concerns with the board over his captaincy. The development placed the board in a quandary, caught between players and the captain, ultimately compelling them to delay the announcement of a leader.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt travelled earlier this week to New Zealand, where the team has just recorded its first one-day series win in more than two years, to hold discussions with Afridi, senior players and management officials over who should lead the side.

"I had detailed discussions with team management and players in New Zealand regarding captain and vice captain," Butt said, "and am pleased to state that everyone fully endorsed these decisions."

Pakistan play the final match of their six-ODI series against New Zealand on Saturday in Auckland.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (February 7, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

well.. Some think that afridi doesnt have a good cricketing mind and he is not eligible 2 be the captain. But that is wrong..We all know how pak won the series against NZ. That series itself showed the gud captain mind of afridi. The way he defended his team total, and specially in the middle overs he introduced his spinners and continually pressurized the NZ batsmen.These r gud examples of a Captain. just introducing spinners is not enough. They have 2 do a gud job by bowling economically.They did so like tat. Not all spinners put pressure 2 their opposition, but tat series they did very vell including afridi. If he doesnot perform with the bat, he performs with the ball. Lets all hope for Pakistan 2 cme back strongly in the WC.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 6, 2011, 22:35 GMT)

Hold your breath. Ejaz Butt can change the captain just one day before the WC. Don't be surprised if he does.

Posted by pramod on (February 6, 2011, 17:15 GMT)

gear up asians , world cup must be holded by any asian team

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 6, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

For all those Afridi bashers out there can you at (or at least the first several on this page) please quote a prime example of when Misbah-ul-Haq was a good leader on the field. He's calm and collected and takes time to think things through, it is purely a test mentality. You still have some space in ODIs but but not so much that he can thrive. I would say making him vice-captain even is not the best decision as this is just merely slapping on an authoritative title for no reason. We know Misbah is a senior and Afridi can consult with him anytime he wants, but a VC is meant to be someone who is being groomed for the captaincy next and to be mentored by the captain. Nevertheless, I love the decision and it should have come with the squad announcement but what's done is done...we shall win, Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by Usman on (February 5, 2011, 21:46 GMT)

i dunt agree that afiridi is the best captain in the country...but looking at the situation...afridi was the best choice just to keep the unity in the side....else he lacks cricketing brains and cant even shuffle the bowlers around...i wonder what he will do at the world cup...misbah had that cool head on his shoulders and was tactically very gud..subject to ideal conditions misbah wud have been far more favorite to lead the side wen compared to afridi...i dun c any chances of pakistan winning the world cup..the captain lacks the X factor

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 5, 2011, 21:01 GMT)

I think Pak shud go for non playing captain and then i m sure all of their players wud be satisfied and they'll be able to perform better.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 5, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

It is a mistake,Afridi will make sure that Pakistan loses the World Cup.Sorry,but this is what is going to happen.

Posted by mohammad on (February 5, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

My advice to AFRIDI is to consult MISBAH in the filed about the use of bowlers and the strategy. That will certainly help him. He does not have that much of a cricketing brain that a good captain should have. No need to run after the bowler for each ball.

A good team with a huge potential, but the lethargic fielding/drop catch and the absence of a strike bowler will hurt them.

Posted by Stunner on (February 5, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

As expected. PCB dont want to make more trouble by naming Yunis Khan or Misbah as the new captain for WC. Pak team is doing well in NZ ODI series. Good luck to Afridi and his boys.

Posted by Umar on (February 5, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

That's Nice to Hear.. At last a better decision has come outa heavy tummy of insane PCB Chairman...

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