Pakistan news July 10, 2011

Waqar wants to groom young captain

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Waqar Younis, the Pakistan coach, has praised captain Misbah-ul-Haq for stabilising the national team, in his report to the PCB on Pakistan's tour of the West Indies. However, Waqar wrote that since Misbah was already 37 years old, Pakistan needed to start grooming a young captain for the 2015 World Cup.

"I have to give full credit to Misbah as he has stabilised the team and leads from the front," Waqar wrote in his report, excerpts of which have been published in Dawn. "His performance is also outstanding. He makes the boys feel comfortable and relaxed so they actually enjoy their cricket. He is mature and willing to listen.

"The only unfortunate thing is the age factor which is not in Misbah's favour. On that account, I don't think he will be able to lead the side in the next World Cup [2015], and therefore I would advise that we should start grooming a young captain from now."

In excerpts of the same report published earlier, Waqar had described Shahid Afridi, who captained Pakistan for limited-overs leg of the Caribbean tour, as immature and undisciplined. After his return from the West Indies, Afridi hinted at differences with Waqar, and team manager Intikhab Alam's report on the tour suggested a rift between the two. Afridi was removed as ODI captain and replaced by Misbah.

While Waqar's criticism of Afridi was severe, the rest of the report had a distinctly positive tone. He mentioned the growth of Mohammad Hafeez, who has backed up his impressive bowling performances with three half-centuries and a hundred in his last seven ODI innings. "Hafeez has been exceptional, both with the ball and the bat. He was timing the ball sweetly and worked with the game plan when bowling. He is now taking responsibility as a senior member of the team."

Also in line for praise were Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, who Waqar said were developing into match-winners. Waqar backed the younger players as well, saying Asad Shafiq, Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal and Azhar Ali were all improving. Mohammad Salman, he said, was a good wicketkeeper but needed to get rid of his nerves.

Waqar also noted that senior batsman Younis Khan, who missed the tour of the West Indies, was still an important part of the side. "It was quite unfortunate that he had to leave the squad on the West Indies tour and returned home due to his brother's death. He was missed on the tour because he is one of the key players in the batting line-up."

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  • on July 13, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    afridi has been an over-rated cricketer. his 313 wickets in 350 ODI matches speak for how good wicket taker he is. 50% of the total matches lost in last 15 years were because of shahid afridi. brain is the necessity to be a captain but afridi has not got one. we have lost even to west indies half team in T20I under his leadership. i think we should overlook him and stick with abdur rehman for leg spin and afridis batting has always been horrible especially averaging 9.5 in the last 12 months.. to his credit he has got wickets against kenya and other minnows in the world cup..lol

  • on July 13, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Today Waqar saying Misbah is establish team. but tommorrow there is no guarantee of PCB to put captain any one for atleast one year this is my guarantee. Shahid Afridi is much better than Misbah ul Huq. Now Misbah is age 37, Afridi is 31, so Afridi should be the Pakistan captain. Look at the past World Cup record of Pakistani team. Waqar Younis is the captain of 2003 wat happen due to the poor performance of the team first round exit of pakistan in 2003 then Inzimam in 2007 wat happen again due to poor performance first round exit. Look at Shahid Afiridi team unexpreinced expreince balanced team reaching at Semifinal its a good sign of captaincy. Winning against minnows what Waqar thinking Misbah doing good job future will tell who is the best Waqar or Aijaz Butt or Misbah.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on July 12, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    @ Mohammed deel Ahmed if WC is criteria to judge the better captain then , i reckon you will also say that Mr. Afridi is better Captain then Ricky Ponting and Gream Smith, because both Australia and South Africa were unable to reach in SF???? ridiculous .....

  • Indiangazza on July 12, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Ijaz Butt making a comeback to be the new Pakistan wicket keeper...

  • EX-EY on July 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    It is easily understandable that people supporting captain's other than Afridi are anti pakistan cricket. How can a pro pakistan cricket person even think like this?

  • cric_fanatics on July 12, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    So as usual another under-performer will be pakistan captain..long live the tradition of younis khan,shoaib malik , afridi , misbah , and now the great m.hafeez...

  • on July 12, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    I would recommend 3 captains for all three type of games this will help find the best in the field, and the best and one with longest possible career may take over from other captain who is not doing sufficiently well... and please guys kindly accept the hard truth that Afridi was never a captain and he have no skills to lead.

  • on July 11, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    I see a lot of people still supporting Afridi and compairing him to the former captains of Pakistan. Afridi has been my favorite since I saw him playing and I still have sympathy with him but I do not think that he was a captain material, in my opinion he wanted to be like Imran Khan but he can't even get close to his personality or the leadership skills and I would agree that he is still immature. And if we recall 2003 world cup, yes we did have the best team and best players in the squad but it wasn't united comparing to 2011 team. To make the story short, people need to understand the Afridi was immature, he has no personality outside of cricket feild, no sence of how to talk to deliver any sort of speech, but still I would love to see him play as a player but when it comes to profesonalism, he is not the guy.

  • on July 11, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Now at this time sohail tanvir best choice for captaincy and he is also a good allrounder

  • on July 11, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    afridi boom boom afridi pakistan need afridi!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 13, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    afridi has been an over-rated cricketer. his 313 wickets in 350 ODI matches speak for how good wicket taker he is. 50% of the total matches lost in last 15 years were because of shahid afridi. brain is the necessity to be a captain but afridi has not got one. we have lost even to west indies half team in T20I under his leadership. i think we should overlook him and stick with abdur rehman for leg spin and afridis batting has always been horrible especially averaging 9.5 in the last 12 months.. to his credit he has got wickets against kenya and other minnows in the world cup..lol

  • on July 13, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Today Waqar saying Misbah is establish team. but tommorrow there is no guarantee of PCB to put captain any one for atleast one year this is my guarantee. Shahid Afridi is much better than Misbah ul Huq. Now Misbah is age 37, Afridi is 31, so Afridi should be the Pakistan captain. Look at the past World Cup record of Pakistani team. Waqar Younis is the captain of 2003 wat happen due to the poor performance of the team first round exit of pakistan in 2003 then Inzimam in 2007 wat happen again due to poor performance first round exit. Look at Shahid Afiridi team unexpreinced expreince balanced team reaching at Semifinal its a good sign of captaincy. Winning against minnows what Waqar thinking Misbah doing good job future will tell who is the best Waqar or Aijaz Butt or Misbah.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on July 12, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    @ Mohammed deel Ahmed if WC is criteria to judge the better captain then , i reckon you will also say that Mr. Afridi is better Captain then Ricky Ponting and Gream Smith, because both Australia and South Africa were unable to reach in SF???? ridiculous .....

  • Indiangazza on July 12, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Ijaz Butt making a comeback to be the new Pakistan wicket keeper...

  • EX-EY on July 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    It is easily understandable that people supporting captain's other than Afridi are anti pakistan cricket. How can a pro pakistan cricket person even think like this?

  • cric_fanatics on July 12, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    So as usual another under-performer will be pakistan captain..long live the tradition of younis khan,shoaib malik , afridi , misbah , and now the great m.hafeez...

  • on July 12, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    I would recommend 3 captains for all three type of games this will help find the best in the field, and the best and one with longest possible career may take over from other captain who is not doing sufficiently well... and please guys kindly accept the hard truth that Afridi was never a captain and he have no skills to lead.

  • on July 11, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    I see a lot of people still supporting Afridi and compairing him to the former captains of Pakistan. Afridi has been my favorite since I saw him playing and I still have sympathy with him but I do not think that he was a captain material, in my opinion he wanted to be like Imran Khan but he can't even get close to his personality or the leadership skills and I would agree that he is still immature. And if we recall 2003 world cup, yes we did have the best team and best players in the squad but it wasn't united comparing to 2011 team. To make the story short, people need to understand the Afridi was immature, he has no personality outside of cricket feild, no sence of how to talk to deliver any sort of speech, but still I would love to see him play as a player but when it comes to profesonalism, he is not the guy.

  • on July 11, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Now at this time sohail tanvir best choice for captaincy and he is also a good allrounder

  • on July 11, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    afridi boom boom afridi pakistan need afridi!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 11, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Hafeez should be made vice captain and from now on misbah should give atleast one match in every odi series to hafeez as captain (misbah should sit out) and by end of 2012 depending on the progress Hafeez should be made full time ODI and T20 captain.

  • on July 11, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Mr Waqar, if you look at your record as a Captain then i guess Afridi is much better.... !! In 2003 WC, Pakistan was not even in the super sixes, in fact they were 5th Team in the group stage. In 2011 world cup under the captaincy of Afridi, Pakistan reached semi finals and was among the top 4 teams. There is no doubt Waqar Younis is one of the legend but he cannot make leaders. Leaders are born and not developed !! I agree with other people, Hafeez has got leadership qualities with long career to go !!

  • on July 11, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Misbah is a young captain ? after 1-2 yrs he will retire !! look at his age ! groom him and at the time of next world cup he will be a retired soldier !

  • imirfan on July 11, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Now Professor Hafeez will be the captain of Pakistan cricket

  • khurramsch on July 11, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    hafez seems good choice & he is also known as professor in the team coz of his knowldge in cricket. not only captain give young players more exposure. last time hamad was in team but didnt get much batting & bowling.

  • khurramsch on July 11, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    yes agree paksitan should start grooming young captain for next cup. hafeez seems to be a best choice. & also they should give youngsters more exposure. BUt thats not hapening. even after 3-0 in Wi pak in next 2 matches diding give chance to new players with squad. even hamad azam didnt get much exposure. & then in ireland. even against ireland pak didnt went without younis, misbah, or gull. they should give chances to youngsters against small teams. zimbabwe series will be this year its better to send team with young captain & mostly young players.

  • on July 11, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    M. Hafeez is going to be the future captain, soon he will be announced as vice captain, however its quite early to say whether its going to be gud or bad, but history says giving captaincy to an opener is not worthy, we have examples of Saeed Anwer, Sachin, Lara, and etc. Secondly, whenever i recalls the way M. Hafeez got out in semi finals, i simply want him to be dropped.

  • PKcric4evr on July 11, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    without afridi the 2015 world cup will be crap...and w/ out shoaib akhtar..2 ppl i admire and should always be in pakistan cricket

  • Desihungama on July 11, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    @Hussain Murtaza Rind - You mean his critical decision to play the shot at that crunch moment in the WC semis? lol. Though I agree he should be the one to lead.

  • on July 11, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    afridi for captaincy period!

  • oops282 on July 11, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Hammad Azam or Wahab Riaz for captaincy

  • on July 10, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    Common sense tells us Hafeez is the best choice with Asad as his deputy, period.

  • cric_forever on July 10, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    I think Hafeez is the best choice and if they want more younger the I will really go for Umer Akmal because he is talented young batsman with brave attitude .

  • on July 10, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    i think waqar wants the complete control over the team.Its bad sign if pakistan cricket looking for a strong captain.Coach should play only supporting role , that's better for any team.Captain who is one have to take decisions, based on the situation of play. this should come from captain rather from from coach.Now already afridi is out and only two seniors are left in the team . so he is trying push them out too.If we look at his coaching term , all the bad things in pakistan cricket happened during his coahing time.So something is also going wrong with coach too.

  • JavagalSrinath on July 10, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    @PAK_LEO : U r bang on target, Azeem Ghuman should indeed be captain of Pakistan Team for following reason, if anyone who played on the recent tours is made captain,the team will be again divided as none of the pakistan players has superior talent when compared with other team members, they will feel jealous and bring down team. So if u make a new player like Azeem ghumman has captain, all other players will be united and even waqar can act like headmaster to ghuman. Onlything Ghuman has to do is follow coach order for few years.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 10, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    Amazing. So the captaincy musical chair starts all over again in Pak. Unless they start appointing sensible folks (like Misbah), there are going to be problems and embarrassments. Afridi has only brought shame and embarrassment to Pak over and over again. How much more are Pak people going to tolerate this guy?? It is best to stick with Misbah no matter how old he is.

  • pak_leo on July 10, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Muhammad Hafeez is good choice but n my opinion Pakistan should name "AZEEM GHUMAN" captain of pakistan as he leads the team to Final of Under 19 Worldcup, he is also younger else Elect the Captain through polling from current team members.

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    I really admire the Pak cricket team. Pne minute you they are down and out and the next you know they play like world champs. Hope they play consistently, either good or bad. Although Afridi was good with ball, he is our right pathetic with the bat, and has a very nasty attitude. To me je is not the right kind of captain. Misbah is a touch older and may not be in the team for WC-15. Who ever captains the team needs to have a right mindset and matured enough to know the team needs and manage his and team's needs accordingly. May be Hafeez/Gul is a better choice, not Akmal Jr. certainly. Wish Pak team all the best. This coming from an Indian.

  • on July 10, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    Hafeez can be groomed as captain ..a non controvertial person who is keen on performing rather then indulge in leg pulling

  • cricket_forever on July 10, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    Why not appoint the man who brought home a World Cup title recently - Younis Khan ! Younis is by far the best Captain Pakistan had after Imran Khan ! He won you an ICC title, brought in so many youngsters such as Umar Akmal, Mohd Aamer, Fawad Alam etc ! Had he not been forced to resign, Pakstan was surely winning the World Cup 2011 as well ! He is the only one who fits in all three formats and has age on his side to lead in the World Cup 2015 !

  • on July 10, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Mohammad Hafeez is the most obvious choice for the captain.He has been nicknamed "Professor ji" because of his uncanny knowledge of cricket and sharp ability to decide in crunch situations.Besides his performance with both bat and ball has been exceptional.I wish him all the luck for his future.

  • Ashpak10 on July 10, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    shahid Afridi is the best and shall remain for years.. he will definitely bring 2015 world cup and we pakistanis are damn sure abt that :-)

  • on July 10, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    well i think umar akmal is the best choice for captain. He is very aggresive cricketer and young one. I think he is suitable for t20 captaincy. He is the bright future of pakistanwell i think umar akmal is the best choice for captain. He is very aggresive cricketer and young one. I think he is suitable for t20 captaincy. He is the bright future of pakistan

  • on July 10, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    shahid afridi is an over rated captain that makes very poor decisions in the field. hes captaincy has costpakistan matches. for example he bowled a saaed ajmal in the last over of the 20/20 world cup in west indies, which went for 23 runs and dumped pakistan out of the 20/20. also he allows batsmen to get easy runs even when they are new at the crease. Waqur is absulute spot on here, bringing a new young captain makes alot of sense. Pakistan should appoint a aggressive captain that makes the right decisions at the key moments. afrdi always has hes fielders deep, even when a new bastman comes to the crease. waqar clearly knows whats best for pakistan

  • on July 10, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    mohammad hafiz can lead the site but no buddy can ever replace afridi he is a true caption he know how to motivate players the only prob in pcb is ajaz butt but hope everything will be alright... suggest icc to remove butt as soon as they can... save pcteam..

  • on July 10, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    asad shafiq , shoiab malik and mohammad hafeez is best choice

  • Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on July 10, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    I think pakistan will have as many captains as players in the next 5 years!

  • Desihungama on July 10, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Mohammad Hafeez has an acumen to be a good Captain.

  • Z.Saleem on July 10, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Only Afridi can lead a Pakistani side full of star players.....he is the one and no one can be AFRIDI! He is the BEST CAPTAIN for PAKISTAN in 2015 WC!

  • on July 10, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    i will again suggest Afridi as the captain but board should resolve all the issues between the board itself, Afridi and Waqar.. coz Afridi has experience and has has been the part of the team for a very long time he has not been dropped because of his performance for many years.. Charge was given to Afridi, when the team was in very critical condition, and he did well in last some series. all the junior players will not be suitable as captain, lets take example of Hafeez. He has not been consistently part of team since his debut. no doubt he is in good form these days but u cant consider him as captain. Afridi's come back (with all issues resolved) is necessary for the wellness of team

  • AatifM on July 10, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    I agress with Stark62,but the other options arealso not bad choices.

  • stabish on July 10, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    i think kamran akmal should be made captain. best wkt keep n will be the best captain ever for pakistan :)

  • akasavani on July 10, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Finally someone from the Pakistan Cricket establishment seems to make some sense. 1st thing PCB needs to do is make sure they don't lose Waqar. 2nd - they should listen to him.

  • on July 10, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Hafeez is good choice for captaincy

  • on July 10, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Afridi is the man to lead a team that runs into controversies so many times. Who else could rebuild a depleted in England? Who could imagine Pakistan in semis after what had happened in last several months? Afridi is the man to lead Pakistan. Pakistan has really gelled in together under him. Boom Boom Afridi, Pakistan loves you!

  • on July 10, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Mohammed Hafeez is best choice. Not umar Gul isnt a captain type player.

  • straight6 on July 10, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Misbah has no doubt done good to the team, but he's there for at least 2 years and in that time look to groom someone totally new. Umar Akmal is very immature and needs to really cement his place in the team by performing more consistantly. Hafeez just doesn't fit the bill, as I think it's a responibility to get the innings underway and at times he's just failed to make any impact. Pakistan needs a ' total clearout' to be honest and the improvements will be put to some effect. Board should be disolved and the chairman should be ellected and not be hand-picked by the President. In an ideal world Imran khan should be the Chairman, but I can't see that, but if it's someone like Majid Khan then I'm sure Imran will pop in from time to time with his suggestions. I think new players should be tried and amongst the trial keep an eye open for the rite candidate to lead Pakistan. Asad Shafiq seems to be a good candidate, but it's still early days for him. Pak Zindabad!

  • on July 10, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Who is waqar yunis to decide!! , shahid afridi was the best captain and we want him back

    !!!

  • getsetgopk on July 10, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    groom a young educated talented or whatever qualities there must be in a good captain but that wont solve anything for pakistan cricket. i firmly beleive that pak cricket is always and has always been different from the rest of the world. and its not difficult to figure out if you look at the history of captains pak team had over the years and the only successful one was khan and he was successful only because he was fully in charge of his team and lets face it everyone in the team was scared of khan. we tried salman butt he was educated, talented and had every quality but he not only destroyed his own carrier but of amir as well who could have been the greatest fast bowler ever but ... there is so much political pushing and pulling going on in pak cricket that makes it alsmost impossible captaining it. we need a brave and honest person above everything to captain this side.

  • MeAsFan on July 10, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Umar Gul is right choice for Pakistan future captain. He has lead quite well his dometic side Pesawar and win title also in his captaincy.

  • on July 10, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    No, best captain in the world without Afridi who is the best for the ever world

  • CricketChat on July 10, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    I agree with Waqar on captaincy. Misbah probably has 2 yrs in int. cricket. I think Umar Akmal , who is a good player with a long career ahead of him should be groomed. Granted he had his indiscretions earlier, but looks like he maturing fast and taking responsibility while batting of late.

  • on July 10, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Considering Pakistan's track record with captains, everyone will get a chance by 2015 - Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Younus khan (8th time), sohail tanvir (his team won the domestic T20) or even kamran akmal! And we will be back with afridi before 2015...hopefully ijaz butt would be gone by then!

  • Stark62 on July 10, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Have Afridi as the ODI captain!

    That same immature and undisciplined person, lead a depleted Pak team to the semi's of the WC, topped the group which had SL and Aus, stopped the Aussies winning streak in WC's, had the series at 2-2 against the powerful SA's, made a comeback against Eng from 2-0 down with the spot-fixing controversy still fresh, won the series against Nz in Nz 3-2, won recently against the Windies in WI 3-2 and of course was the joint leading wicket taker in the WC which, shows that his leading from the font.

    The guy has had so much success but only failures are allowed to be captain.

    Misbah won one series against Nz in Nz but then goes onto to draw the series with a mediocre Windies (no offence) team and draw the series against SA which, is great but that was on flat pitches, that wouldn't even produce a result after 5 days of play.

  • indian_rockers_2015_champs on July 10, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    kamran akmal will be good choice for captainship...................

  • Bilal_Choudry on July 10, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    hafeez it is ... he should be given the chance with t20 first before giving him ODI and only when misbah leaves he should get the test captaincy too

  • on July 10, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    If they are looking for a young captain, they should ideally look towards Hafeez, or if they need someone much younger then Asad Shafiq would be ideal, or Azhar Ali for the Test squad

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  • on July 10, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    If they are looking for a young captain, they should ideally look towards Hafeez, or if they need someone much younger then Asad Shafiq would be ideal, or Azhar Ali for the Test squad

  • Bilal_Choudry on July 10, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    hafeez it is ... he should be given the chance with t20 first before giving him ODI and only when misbah leaves he should get the test captaincy too

  • indian_rockers_2015_champs on July 10, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    kamran akmal will be good choice for captainship...................

  • Stark62 on July 10, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Have Afridi as the ODI captain!

    That same immature and undisciplined person, lead a depleted Pak team to the semi's of the WC, topped the group which had SL and Aus, stopped the Aussies winning streak in WC's, had the series at 2-2 against the powerful SA's, made a comeback against Eng from 2-0 down with the spot-fixing controversy still fresh, won the series against Nz in Nz 3-2, won recently against the Windies in WI 3-2 and of course was the joint leading wicket taker in the WC which, shows that his leading from the font.

    The guy has had so much success but only failures are allowed to be captain.

    Misbah won one series against Nz in Nz but then goes onto to draw the series with a mediocre Windies (no offence) team and draw the series against SA which, is great but that was on flat pitches, that wouldn't even produce a result after 5 days of play.

  • on July 10, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Considering Pakistan's track record with captains, everyone will get a chance by 2015 - Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Younus khan (8th time), sohail tanvir (his team won the domestic T20) or even kamran akmal! And we will be back with afridi before 2015...hopefully ijaz butt would be gone by then!

  • CricketChat on July 10, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    I agree with Waqar on captaincy. Misbah probably has 2 yrs in int. cricket. I think Umar Akmal , who is a good player with a long career ahead of him should be groomed. Granted he had his indiscretions earlier, but looks like he maturing fast and taking responsibility while batting of late.

  • on July 10, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    No, best captain in the world without Afridi who is the best for the ever world

  • MeAsFan on July 10, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Umar Gul is right choice for Pakistan future captain. He has lead quite well his dometic side Pesawar and win title also in his captaincy.

  • getsetgopk on July 10, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    groom a young educated talented or whatever qualities there must be in a good captain but that wont solve anything for pakistan cricket. i firmly beleive that pak cricket is always and has always been different from the rest of the world. and its not difficult to figure out if you look at the history of captains pak team had over the years and the only successful one was khan and he was successful only because he was fully in charge of his team and lets face it everyone in the team was scared of khan. we tried salman butt he was educated, talented and had every quality but he not only destroyed his own carrier but of amir as well who could have been the greatest fast bowler ever but ... there is so much political pushing and pulling going on in pak cricket that makes it alsmost impossible captaining it. we need a brave and honest person above everything to captain this side.

  • on July 10, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Who is waqar yunis to decide!! , shahid afridi was the best captain and we want him back

    !!!