Pakistan news July 17, 2010

Salman Butt named captain for rest of England tour

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As was widely expected Salman Butt has been appointed Pakistan's Test captain for the rest of the summer in England, including the second Test against Australia in Headingley. Butt becomes the fifth man to lead the Test side since January 2009 and the 28th man to lead Pakistan, taking over from Shahid Afridi who announced a sudden retirement from Test cricket on Friday. Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal will be his deputy.

The decision came early on Saturday after a meeting between the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, the team management and a group of senior players including Shoaib Malik, Akmal, Umar Gul and Salman. "We have appointed Salman as the captain for the rest of the Tests and we are confident that he will be able to do a good job with it," Ijaz told Cricinfo. "Everybody who was involved in the decision gave their approval."

At the time of Afridi's appointment, in May this year, Salman's name had come up in discussions though, as the administration was keen to unify the leadership of all formats under one man, they plumped for Afridi. Salman was appointed his deputy and though it seemed that he would take over yesterday, the PCB chairman had said that it wasn't an "automatic" decision.

However, steadily over the last six months, Salman has become one of Pakistan's most reliable batsmen across all formats; he's averaging over 40 in his last seven Tests with one hundred and four fifties and reinvented his entire game to shine at the World T20 in the Caribbean, a format in which he had previously struggled. In the Lord's Test, he was comfortably Pakistan's best batsman, top-scoring in each innings with 63 and 92.

There had been talk in the aftermath of the Lord's defeat that one of Mohammad Yousuf or Younis Khan - or both - might be called up to bolster an inexperienced middle order but for now the situation remains unchanged and unresolved. Yousuf is officially retired from international cricket and Younis and the PCB chairman are at odds despite the former's indefinite ban having been lifted.

"We did discuss both Yousuf and Younis in the meeting but we decided to defer the matter," Ijaz said, acknowledging also that the option to call them up at some point during the summer remains open. "I think we should appreciate that both the youngsters Azhar Ali and Umar Amin did very well given it was their debuts and my own feeling is that they should be persisted with," he added.

One person who will not be playing in the second Test is Afridi. Though he cited his temperamental unsuitability to the format, Afridi was also suffering from a side strain he picked up during the Asia Cup. "I worked out in the gym in the morning and I don't feel comfortable at all still. I will not be playing next week," Afridi told Cricinfo.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • on July 19, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Firstly Afridi made a fool of PCB. You cannot just resign because you've lost a test. Secondly Butt is not yet matured to lead a team. I pity the outcome of their English tour.

  • ihaq1 on July 18, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Afridi is good but he was becoming a bystander too..his position as a sort of second alrounder required a batsman who could bowl but he failed...also one feels that he played as a captain with an injury that reduced his ability...he should have stood down after the sri lanka series or become a captain who did not play...pakistan should concentrate on their batting and not allow teh australians to drag their innings to unnecessary lengths

  • ihaq1 on July 18, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    we do not have the batting talent in this team to score 425 however they could be moulded in time with new emerging talent...we always look at the old hands and always forget looking at the newer options...a team cant get back its magic when its seniors fail and fade out...one has to depend on new talent...for test cricket we should look at players who score heavily in domestic cricket...for test cricket the fawad alams and faisal iqbals and imran farhats might not be able to the job and the selectors will have to look at teh available domestic talent and look for batsmen with perseverance and technique

  • ianChappellFan on July 18, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    afridi is a wise man and also a wuss...he is wise because he knows pak doesnt have the batting to prevent defeat in any of the next 5 tests in england, in quick succession. if he persisted and lost all six, the backlash would be such that he might be kicked out of all formats as captain and player, such is pak cricket and its tempremental fans...he is a wuss because this would have been a great challenge to overcome even if he had won or drawn one or two test matches and fought in the other bravely, with this young side and had shown fight with his batting, it would have been a tremendous personal achievement against odds. but such guts are not present in pak cricket anymore, there arent any imran khan's anymore. and not only him there were others in the past who have shown such courage, wasim akram when he went for a new zealand tour as captain amid great adversity, and press on his throat and came back a hero.

  • RUQQ on July 18, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    This is what Pakistan Cricket all about. Nobody cares about Cricket any more. I will not be surprised if after losing test series against Australia and England, They get rid of Salman Butt as Captain too, next candidate will be Kamran Akmal. 6th Captain with in less than two years.

    I believe that Cricket Board should have to enforce Shahid Afridi to Captain the side till this tour or retire from all sorts of cricket. If you cant change yourself for your country than leave cricket. you are just worry about your own reputation. This is so annoying. This is a joke you only can found in Pakistan Cricket.

    I don't know what is the role of Aaqib Javed, Waqar Younus, Mohsin Khan, Javed Miandad? Can't all these senior and respectable player sit with Shahid and give their full support to him and boost his confidence.

    Again Mr Ijaz Butt left a bad example to involve in a dispute and made a really bad decision.

  • on July 18, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    @ ali majaz. misbah is what? 36+. not performed for more than 2 years? not to mention that a test average of 30 is NOT DECENT.ITS DOWNRIGHT SHAMEFUL. AFRIDIS test average is 37. Dude what are you talking about.

  • bravecavalier on July 18, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    in the current set up persist with them and they will do well ...bring another player if need be from domestic and get rid of all the KHALIFAS

  • on July 18, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Posted by Imad_K on (July 17 2010, 23:07 PM GMT) Leading on from my previous comment - really I can't see the Pakistani batsmen ever changing the way they bat. Not sure whether the board is responsible or the players. For years watching Pakistan play cricket - it's always the same old story now for the past 10/15 years and until they don't address this problem Pakistan will always struggle. THE PAKISTANI BATSMEN NEED TO STOP THROWING THEIR WICKETS AWAY AND PLAYING STUPID SHOTS. Sometimes I do wonder if these cricketers have a brain. It's normally the same old story of 40/3 max, other times they will be chasing 4 runs an over with 6 wickets left in a ODI and then decide to start hitting sixes and lose the game, trying to hit every ball for a boundary, chasing wide balls, hitting balls in the air for no reason - I agreed.... looking every ball 4 or six is stupid thing. batting very worst since from 50 over world cup final lose to Ausralia.

  • on July 18, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    BRING MISBAH UL HAQ & MOHAMMAD YOUSUF BACK ! thats it ! Umar Amin & Azhar Ali are too young for Test Cricket ! MISBAH UL HAQ averages solid in both T20 & ODI format and he has got a decent avg of 30 in TEST too... Why he is waiting back in pakistan !! This is totally unfair MISBAH UL HAQ should be back in the side along with YOUSUF !

  • Imad_K on July 17, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    Leading on from my previous comment - really I can't see the Pakistani batsmen ever changing the way they bat. Not sure whether the board is responsible or the players. For years watching Pakistan play cricket - it's always the same old story now for the past 10/15 years and until they don't address this problem Pakistan will always struggle. THE PAKISTANI BATSMEN NEED TO STOP THROWING THEIR WICKETS AWAY AND PLAYING STUPID SHOTS. Sometimes I do wonder if these cricketers have a brain. It's normally the same old story of 40/3 max, other times they will be chasing 4 runs an over with 6 wickets left in a ODI and then decide to start hitting sixes and lose the game, trying to hit every ball for a boundary, chasing wide balls, hitting balls in the air for no reason - who doesn't the PCB address this problem. How comes during the time of Miandad, Z Abbas, Imran Khan - this never used to happen?

  • on July 19, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Firstly Afridi made a fool of PCB. You cannot just resign because you've lost a test. Secondly Butt is not yet matured to lead a team. I pity the outcome of their English tour.

  • ihaq1 on July 18, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Afridi is good but he was becoming a bystander too..his position as a sort of second alrounder required a batsman who could bowl but he failed...also one feels that he played as a captain with an injury that reduced his ability...he should have stood down after the sri lanka series or become a captain who did not play...pakistan should concentrate on their batting and not allow teh australians to drag their innings to unnecessary lengths

  • ihaq1 on July 18, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    we do not have the batting talent in this team to score 425 however they could be moulded in time with new emerging talent...we always look at the old hands and always forget looking at the newer options...a team cant get back its magic when its seniors fail and fade out...one has to depend on new talent...for test cricket we should look at players who score heavily in domestic cricket...for test cricket the fawad alams and faisal iqbals and imran farhats might not be able to the job and the selectors will have to look at teh available domestic talent and look for batsmen with perseverance and technique

  • ianChappellFan on July 18, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    afridi is a wise man and also a wuss...he is wise because he knows pak doesnt have the batting to prevent defeat in any of the next 5 tests in england, in quick succession. if he persisted and lost all six, the backlash would be such that he might be kicked out of all formats as captain and player, such is pak cricket and its tempremental fans...he is a wuss because this would have been a great challenge to overcome even if he had won or drawn one or two test matches and fought in the other bravely, with this young side and had shown fight with his batting, it would have been a tremendous personal achievement against odds. but such guts are not present in pak cricket anymore, there arent any imran khan's anymore. and not only him there were others in the past who have shown such courage, wasim akram when he went for a new zealand tour as captain amid great adversity, and press on his throat and came back a hero.

  • RUQQ on July 18, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    This is what Pakistan Cricket all about. Nobody cares about Cricket any more. I will not be surprised if after losing test series against Australia and England, They get rid of Salman Butt as Captain too, next candidate will be Kamran Akmal. 6th Captain with in less than two years.

    I believe that Cricket Board should have to enforce Shahid Afridi to Captain the side till this tour or retire from all sorts of cricket. If you cant change yourself for your country than leave cricket. you are just worry about your own reputation. This is so annoying. This is a joke you only can found in Pakistan Cricket.

    I don't know what is the role of Aaqib Javed, Waqar Younus, Mohsin Khan, Javed Miandad? Can't all these senior and respectable player sit with Shahid and give their full support to him and boost his confidence.

    Again Mr Ijaz Butt left a bad example to involve in a dispute and made a really bad decision.

  • on July 18, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    @ ali majaz. misbah is what? 36+. not performed for more than 2 years? not to mention that a test average of 30 is NOT DECENT.ITS DOWNRIGHT SHAMEFUL. AFRIDIS test average is 37. Dude what are you talking about.

  • bravecavalier on July 18, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    in the current set up persist with them and they will do well ...bring another player if need be from domestic and get rid of all the KHALIFAS

  • on July 18, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Posted by Imad_K on (July 17 2010, 23:07 PM GMT) Leading on from my previous comment - really I can't see the Pakistani batsmen ever changing the way they bat. Not sure whether the board is responsible or the players. For years watching Pakistan play cricket - it's always the same old story now for the past 10/15 years and until they don't address this problem Pakistan will always struggle. THE PAKISTANI BATSMEN NEED TO STOP THROWING THEIR WICKETS AWAY AND PLAYING STUPID SHOTS. Sometimes I do wonder if these cricketers have a brain. It's normally the same old story of 40/3 max, other times they will be chasing 4 runs an over with 6 wickets left in a ODI and then decide to start hitting sixes and lose the game, trying to hit every ball for a boundary, chasing wide balls, hitting balls in the air for no reason - I agreed.... looking every ball 4 or six is stupid thing. batting very worst since from 50 over world cup final lose to Ausralia.

  • on July 18, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    BRING MISBAH UL HAQ & MOHAMMAD YOUSUF BACK ! thats it ! Umar Amin & Azhar Ali are too young for Test Cricket ! MISBAH UL HAQ averages solid in both T20 & ODI format and he has got a decent avg of 30 in TEST too... Why he is waiting back in pakistan !! This is totally unfair MISBAH UL HAQ should be back in the side along with YOUSUF !

  • Imad_K on July 17, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    Leading on from my previous comment - really I can't see the Pakistani batsmen ever changing the way they bat. Not sure whether the board is responsible or the players. For years watching Pakistan play cricket - it's always the same old story now for the past 10/15 years and until they don't address this problem Pakistan will always struggle. THE PAKISTANI BATSMEN NEED TO STOP THROWING THEIR WICKETS AWAY AND PLAYING STUPID SHOTS. Sometimes I do wonder if these cricketers have a brain. It's normally the same old story of 40/3 max, other times they will be chasing 4 runs an over with 6 wickets left in a ODI and then decide to start hitting sixes and lose the game, trying to hit every ball for a boundary, chasing wide balls, hitting balls in the air for no reason - who doesn't the PCB address this problem. How comes during the time of Miandad, Z Abbas, Imran Khan - this never used to happen?

  • Imad_K on July 17, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    Afraid to say during the last 10 years or so watching Pakistan has been nothing but a disappointment. Completely agree with stationmaster - "Pakistan just don't have the will power, temperament or desire to compete over 5 days with the Aussies." Cricket is not played by trying to hit every shot out the ground, playing stupid shots and giving your wickets away. Pakistan need batsmen like Y Khan, M Yousuf, S Malik, Misbah etc. Batsmen that they can rely upon but not the same old story of 30/3, 30/4 with all the pressure on the middle order and then relying on these batsmen to win the match for you. Create good partnerships at the top with determination - get 80 for 1 etc whether it's a ODI or test and let's see how things change. People that talk about Afridi playing tests, he will change etc have no clue. People that mention success in T20 have no clue - as T20 is just one big slog - a game that can be won even when you are 20/3 because it just takes one good innings.

  • on July 17, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Salman was the obvious choice . He is in good form and playing with confidence and hopefully it will show in his Captaincy. He should take advise from Waqar Younus. He has a good head on his shoulder and has a friendly personality. His English is good and he seems to be a good communicator. I agree with the other readers about Yousuf and Younus, Pakistan cricket should move on . Yousuf was never meant to be a leader and Younus is too sensitive . Malik will automatically come in for Afridi and the question is who will replace Imran Farhat who definitely has to go. Yasir Hamid, Fawad Alam or send for Faisal Iqbal who can bat for long and is a safe slip fielder. Finally a word of praise for Afridi, he definitely was a breath of fresh air after seeing Yousuf and Younus and lets hope that Salman Butt leads with the same enthusiasm. Afridi should be commended for doing what he did for the sake of the Test Eleven. Good luck Pakistan. lots of luck to Salman Butt . Win or lose give your Best.

  • stationmaster on July 17, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Pakistan just don't have the will power, temperament or desire to compete over 5 days with the Aussies, I wish they did, but they don't. Test Cricket is still the ultimate test, and they are failing. Lets see if they can last more than three days at headingly. I certainly wouldn't be buying a ticket for the last day....

  • david_robbo on July 17, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Butt is clearly very talented but still young and has only recently started to be consistant as a batsman. I really hope for the sake of the team that he is given time to adjust to the extra responsibility and not just dumped if his batting suffers for a little while. With a few really promising young guys in this team, particuarly Umar Akmal and Amir, the administrators need to let Butt have time to build his team and in a few years this Pakistan team have the potential to become very good on a consistant basis. Good luck Butt!

  • synergy on July 17, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Afridi was doing OK and he should have stayed on for at least the entire summer. He was doing a good job as far uniting the team is concerned as for his batting I think he would have learned to stay at the wicket gradually. Choice of Salman Butt looks ok but I am worried about his fielding, he is far below the test standards on that count. He has definately improved his batting but his leadership qualities are still unknown but we will find out soon. I wish him luck and also advise him to stick with the youngsters as I feel there is no room for the Misbah, Shoaib malik and or Yousuf. Younis is the only one who may fit in the team and he should try to bring him in. Azhar and Umar Amin are good prospects and I expect them to fare well during the summer.

  • Behind_the_Wicket on July 17, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    I request to the PCB Chairman if any body tell him , Please !!! For the sake of Pakistani Cricket, Please, Please !!! Leave the chair for the deserved person. I think you feel happy when Pakistan lose the match ? Why you don,t learn from your mistakes ? Why you are not bringing back Mohammad Yousaf and Younas Khan in the test ? Leave the chair in gentle way it is good for you and for Pakistani cricket , don,t leave like a Parvaiz Musharaf..........

  • on July 17, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Salman Butt, Please Follow this Batting order and you will be successful, 1. SALMAN BUTT 2. KAMRAN AKMAL 3.AZHAR ALI 4. UMER AKMAL 5.UMER AMIN/FAWAD ALAM/YOUNIS KHAN 6. SHOAIB MALIK 7. MISBAH 8. MOHAMMED AMIR 9. UMAR GUL 10. DANISH KANIRIA 11. MOHAMMED ASIF

  • on July 17, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Salman Butt, Please Follow this Batting order and you will be successful, 1. SALMAN BUTT 2. KAMRAN AKMAL 3.AZHAR ALI 4. UMER AKMAL 5.UMER AMIN/FAWAD ALAM/YOUNIS KHAN 6. SHOAIB MALIK 7. MISBAH 8. MOHAMMED AMIR 9. UMAR GUL 10. DANISH KANIRIA 11. MOHAMMED ASIF

  • mikeindex on July 17, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Salman Butt is clearly, in theawful circumstances, the best man for the job - all the senior candidates having ruled themselves out by reason of defects of personality (Younis), tactical appreciation, or both (Yousuf/Malik/Afridi). This being said the young man is clearlyin a very delicate position and, being no Imran Khan in either talent or charisma, will probably be discarded as soon as Pakistan lose a series badly under his captaincy, putting them right back where they started. Next will presumably be Kumar Akmal, who shares most of Afridi's defects but lacks his (very considerable) charisma, making him a totally undesirable Test captain but still the only one left who has a) played a minimum of 10 tests and b) tested positive for drugs a maximum of once. When he too turns out to be, surprise surprise, not right for the job - both Ys being by then 40ish and too old for recall whatever the diplomacy - what next? Max chars reached - someone else sort this one out.

  • gujratwalla on July 17, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    A National player should be able to play any type of cricket even a 20 over bash requires dscipline and sound nerves.Afridi is a coward who should never have been in the team after his ball baiting incident.Younis Khan was a true Pathan,fearless and patriotic.Afridi always run away from responsbility.No point in bringing back the two Y's but stick with the youngsters we have and a younger captain in Salman Butt.If only somehow there can be drilled discipline and patience into them we should do well in the future.Our bowlers are world class and AUstralia were lucky in their second innings; had we bowled them out for under 200 we would have won the match.That said i just pray that the corrupted PCB just let the lads play for Allah's sake.But one never knows! Has anyone ever told Imran Farahat to go to hell with his Ilyas influence!We have Yasir Hameed,shahzaib,Latif and a lot of other youngsters who are far better than this Sunday club player!

  • vish515 on July 17, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    lol .. by the time pakistan are done with the tour of england - they'll have azhar ali as their captain -for being their most "experienced" player .. & salman butt would hv retired by then and amer banned for indiscipline and the rest of squad changed due to infighting and loss of form .. etc .. lol .. what a joke - thanks pakistan for keeping the rest of the cricketing world entertained with your antics .. LOL .. !!

  • demon_bowler on July 17, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    If Ijaz Butt doesn't step down soon, Pakistani cricket will go the way of West Indies cricket, or worse, Zimbabwean cricket.

  • oczak on July 17, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    2 Butts in charge of Pakistan cricket. Love it....what next ??

  • Happpy on July 17, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    It's a good decision because his moral is pretty down and he will play more badly. But there is no other replacement of him too.

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    This is the basic problem with the Pakistanies. Captaincy should be granted on the basis of either performance or seniority. It must be give to a person who posses all leadership qualities and must lead from the front. No doubt Salman Butt in recent times is doing great with the bat, but I fear it may affect this performance as well.

    Younis Khan should be called back and must be appointed as the captain of the Test Team, more over Afridi should continue as the captain in the other two formats; which he is expected to do so. Younis Khan also needs to be back in the ODI team. Umar Akmal should either learn to control his temperament. If not so, Asim Kamal should be recalled in his substitution. Imran Farhat must not be given a long run too.

    GOOD LUCK TO PAKISTAN CRICKET !

  • shakkw on July 17, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Its a very good decision by board. I wish good luck to Salman, he has matured in this batting. He's among very few cricketers who can speak well. We need more players like him.

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Okay, so they've taken a decision. But how long is the desicion going to last? I don't mind the Salman being captain, as he is the most deserving. However, whatever they do, i think that they should have some patience! Be confident in your desicion, and give him time.

    Also, i think we should take out Farhat. Who made him our 2nd first choice opener!?! he can't bat or field (remember the tour of new zealand last year? dropped all those catches...).

    Bring back yousuf, and younis (who's already in england playing county cricket). Also i wanna see Mohammad Sami - he was the one who really gave pakistan to win that match in Australia last year, and also Mohammad Irfan!!! What happened to him!? I thought for sure he was going to be part of the squad instead of wahab riaz/tanvir ahmed... I'm all for giving chances to youngsters, but give it to the right youngsters! aka MOHAMMAD IRFAN!

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is like a Suspence Thriller. One never knows whats going to happen next. Shahid Afridi was never a Test material. It was wrong to make him lead the side, in first place. Make Imran Khan the coach of the team. He may also captain the team sitting on the fence. Nominate a captain only for the toss. Lets see how long Butt remains at the helm.

  • TheDonn on July 17, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    What a shame. In the space of two days two legends (afridi n murali) are both saying farewell to the most thrilling format of cricket. The will surely be missed

  • on July 17, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Someone's saying go on with the time but you can't replace a seasoned contender sidelined. Younus has been stroking the balls well in UK. So how can someone be so sure about his cricketing form?

  • avmd on July 17, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    At last captaincy has been handed over to the player who has been grromed for the job since a very young age. Yusuf and Afridi were not the captanicy meterial, temprament wise, Butt is. I agree, time to move forward, forget about Yousuf and Yunis. They did a great job in the past but thier time is up. They are old, sluggisg and out of form and fitness. Stick with the new guys, they have shown promise and can only get better with experince. Yousuf and Yunis haven;t win any matches for pakistan letely, leave them alone. Hers's my eleven for next test. Butt, Azhar ( who is basically an opener), Yasir Hameed, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Malik, Kamran, Amir,Gul, Kaneria and Asif

  • on July 17, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    I did not buy as many pajama since 2009 as Pakistan changes captains...

  • AsifMaqbool on July 17, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    What these nonsense cricketers doing with Pakistan? Salman Butt has been appointed as captain. Good! Now please withdraw Shahid Afridi and other stumbling ones likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Shoaib Malik. I would request the patron in chief of Pakistan Cricket that please bring eligible people to look after the Pakistan Cricket, trust the remaining team and support the players. they would definitely give the result in one or two years. Please play cricket only & stop playing with cricket.

  • friendfromusa on July 17, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    This is Afridi's 3rd retirement from international test cricket! An international class player should be able to play in any format of game. Why he wants to quote temperamental unsuitability as an excuse? Is it 'unsuitability' or 'instability?' Failure is failure, no matter what and how you call it. Good luck, Salman.

  • Bhakkar786 on July 17, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Why isn't it possible to have both the 2 debutants and Moyo and YK. Drop Farhat the fisherman, and now that Afridi isn't playing, Yk and moyo can fill the void. It isn;t rocket science mr butt. Why dont u just admit that your big fat ego isn;t letting you allow these 2 greats come back in the team. Everyone knows that we'll start winning some macthes as soon as they come, and that will make you look like a buffon, oh no wait....thats alreasy happned. My team woud be: Salman Butt (captain) Azhar Ali Younis Khan Mohammed Yousuf Umar Akmal Umar Amin/Fawad Alam Kamran Akmal Mohammed Amir Umar Gul Danish kaneria/Saeed Ajmal M Asif.

  • on July 17, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Pity. i feel sad. Afridi is the player we need. and Ijaz Butt is not what we all need. Good luck Salman Butt, i hope this will not affect your captaincy.

  • on July 17, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Loser !!!............................................

  • on July 17, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    I think butt is most appropriate person to be captian for time being Good Luck "Butt"

  • mzaka on July 17, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Now, it seems Butt's form will end ... As the Captain's Cap in Pak makes him go Crazy..

    Like Afridi is now in a Mental Hospital Ha HA

  • AKNT on July 17, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    great! it was pretty obvious that Afridi was not performing well at all ever since the asia cup and now the decison of appointing Butt as captain is probably the most appropriate decision the PCB could have taken under the circumstances.I'm pretty sure that Butt won't succumb under the pressure of such imperial responsibilty and will assist the pakistan team in outplaying australia despite all that they've been through.Also while playing againts essex and various teams, we were able to witness butt's captiancy and although our middle order is relatively inexperienced,I'm sure Butt will be able to pull it through!

  • on July 17, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    I Think PCB included Younus & Yousuf Outcome their crisis

  • _Australian_ on July 17, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    I really hope the extra pressure of being captain does not effect his batting. That would be a shame for Pakistan.

  • on July 17, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    salman is not matured for captaincy at all

  • ayaz_mewati on July 17, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Best of luck to Salman Butt. I hope it doesn't affect his batting form..

  • Realhotshady on July 17, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I thought Afridi could make it to the test team as a genuine allrounder because he definitely could have taken more wickets if he would have bowled more. But seems like Afridi is afraid of playing test cricket. I don't know whats the reason behind it. Being a great fan of Afridi, i am disheartened by this decision and i think Afridi gave up due to his fear rather than due to his inability.

  • on July 17, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    My Goodness..... A Man Who Was Sacked Frm the test team 2 matches ago for bad performence is the vice captain now....( Kamran Akmal) ...seems like a joke....Umar Gul shud have been given it....lets see if butt can do it... dosent matter if afridi is there or not.... Malik replaces him cal also bowl and better test batsmen thn afridi anytime...

  • on July 17, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Afrid.......what a lol lol lol lollol lol lol lol

  • on July 17, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    not good :( we will miss u afride

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on July 17, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Wise Decision at last ,to name Salam Butt as Captain also i would like to appreciate the decision of PCB to persist with both youngster,Umer Amin & Azhar Ali.They should get chance like Misbah ,Malik and Farhat.

  • 2.14istherunrate on July 17, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    I think the choice of the opening batsman is wise-one has to be naturally level headed to open and relatively calm and detatched. Butt was good with the bat Lords and hopefully can handle this post better than previous incumbents. Also persisting with youngsters is a suitable way forward- the benefits should appear down the line. Hopefully the rest of the summer can be about cricket and Tests in particular.

  • bulla on July 17, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Butt has been favoured above a number of senior players...expect a dash for power and more cliques to form within the Pakistan team. With Shoaib Malik and the Akmal brothers in the team, the atmosphere will be extremely politically charged

  • on July 17, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    no he is not yousef will be......

  • Shahzeb93 on July 17, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    PLLLLZZZZZZZZZZZZZ REPLACE IJAZ BUTT AND BRING IMRAN KHAN AS CHAIR PERSON OF PCB..........ONLY HE CAN BRING BACK THE REAL STATUS OF PAKISTAN CRICKET BACK...........WELL...........I HOPE SALMAN BUTT WOULD BENEFIT PAKISTN THROUGH HIS CAPTAINCY SKILLS..................

  • hmia1001 on July 17, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Good Luck to Salman Butt as captain of Pakistan!

  • oppurba on July 17, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Ups & Downs, Corruption and Politics in Pakistan cricket damage not only the cricket of their country but also the "IMAGE".

  • warneneverchuck on July 17, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Pakistan is gonna lost 2-0 to ausi and 3-0 to england. They dont deserve to play test cricket

  • Zahidsaltin on July 17, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    When ever Pakistan played Australia, there is something wrong going on in pakistan camp.The baffoon is making it his pride in breaking younis khans honesty and pride and that he will do even if he has to sell pakistan. On the other hand he will keep Shoaib and Imran Farhat in the team even if they lose their arms and legs. Pakistan is a very competitive cricket nation only if they could find an honest man like Amir Sohail to run its affairs.

  • on July 17, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    It was preplanned to make salman butt captain , at first step all seniors were kicked out and then shahid afridi was made as dummy captin to avoid public reaction and it was planned to kick him out too after failure too but he himself resigned Now ejaz BUTT planned desire to make another BUTT as captain fulfilled

    Although salman butt showed good temperament in last test but he is young to lead a team and will not have due respect by other team members , Younis needed here

    Younis khan zindabad , PCB murdabad

  • Agha.Intesar on July 17, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Who ever perform well they announced him captain or vice captain. Just like they announced Afirdi captain after his good performance in T20 world cup but what happens next is routine.... Player's focus shifts and that results in bad performance in ground. I hope captaincy does not effect Butt good form and he keep entertaining us like he did in Lord's test INSHALLAH.

  • on July 17, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Then there should be two changes. IF should make for YH and since Afridi is not there, then Shoaib Malik is the next best choice.

  • A.SOFI on July 17, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE YASIR HAMEED IN FOR AFRIDI NOW , AS AFRIDI IS NOT PLAYING ANYMORE TESTS.

  • A.SOFI on July 17, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    SALMAN BUTT HAS SHOWN THAT HE IS A VERY RESPONSIBLE PLAYER AND DOES PUT LOTS OF THOUGHT IN HIS CRICKET AND I HOPE HE MAKES GOOD DECISIONS AS A CAPTAIN , AND THAT HE IS AN ATTACKING CAPTAIN . ALL SUPPORT TO HIM . WISH HIM WELL.

  • Asif_Iqbal on July 17, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Salman Butt is a better choice for captaining Pakistan in test, he is a sensible and qualified person and I hope the team will progress well in his tenure and I request the management to full backup him.

  • fanonfire on July 17, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    king ejaz butt has made pakistani cricket a circus he is running it like a dictator even worse than that he treats it like his family business. salman butt shold have been made captain at first place. god help pakistan cricket

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  • fanonfire on July 17, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    king ejaz butt has made pakistani cricket a circus he is running it like a dictator even worse than that he treats it like his family business. salman butt shold have been made captain at first place. god help pakistan cricket

  • Asif_Iqbal on July 17, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Salman Butt is a better choice for captaining Pakistan in test, he is a sensible and qualified person and I hope the team will progress well in his tenure and I request the management to full backup him.

  • A.SOFI on July 17, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    SALMAN BUTT HAS SHOWN THAT HE IS A VERY RESPONSIBLE PLAYER AND DOES PUT LOTS OF THOUGHT IN HIS CRICKET AND I HOPE HE MAKES GOOD DECISIONS AS A CAPTAIN , AND THAT HE IS AN ATTACKING CAPTAIN . ALL SUPPORT TO HIM . WISH HIM WELL.

  • A.SOFI on July 17, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE YASIR HAMEED IN FOR AFRIDI NOW , AS AFRIDI IS NOT PLAYING ANYMORE TESTS.

  • on July 17, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Then there should be two changes. IF should make for YH and since Afridi is not there, then Shoaib Malik is the next best choice.

  • Agha.Intesar on July 17, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Who ever perform well they announced him captain or vice captain. Just like they announced Afirdi captain after his good performance in T20 world cup but what happens next is routine.... Player's focus shifts and that results in bad performance in ground. I hope captaincy does not effect Butt good form and he keep entertaining us like he did in Lord's test INSHALLAH.

  • on July 17, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    It was preplanned to make salman butt captain , at first step all seniors were kicked out and then shahid afridi was made as dummy captin to avoid public reaction and it was planned to kick him out too after failure too but he himself resigned Now ejaz BUTT planned desire to make another BUTT as captain fulfilled

    Although salman butt showed good temperament in last test but he is young to lead a team and will not have due respect by other team members , Younis needed here

    Younis khan zindabad , PCB murdabad

  • Zahidsaltin on July 17, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    When ever Pakistan played Australia, there is something wrong going on in pakistan camp.The baffoon is making it his pride in breaking younis khans honesty and pride and that he will do even if he has to sell pakistan. On the other hand he will keep Shoaib and Imran Farhat in the team even if they lose their arms and legs. Pakistan is a very competitive cricket nation only if they could find an honest man like Amir Sohail to run its affairs.

  • warneneverchuck on July 17, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Pakistan is gonna lost 2-0 to ausi and 3-0 to england. They dont deserve to play test cricket

  • oppurba on July 17, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Ups & Downs, Corruption and Politics in Pakistan cricket damage not only the cricket of their country but also the "IMAGE".