Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2009 July 29, 2009

Afridi named Pakistan's Twenty20 captain

Cricinfo staff

As had been widely expected for some time, Shahid Afridi has been named Pakistan captain for the Twenty20 game against Sri Lanka next month. He takes over from Younis Khan, who retired from the format after leading Pakistan to the World Twenty20 title last month.

Afridi was instrumental in that triumph, turning in Man-of-the-Match performances in both the semi-final and the final. Since Younis's retirement Afridi has been the leading candidate to take over, even as chairman Ijaz Butt initially said he would try and convince Younis to reconsider. Presently, he has only been appointed for the one game against Sri Lanka, but a more permanent decision is expected sooner rather than later.

It will be the first time Afridi will lead the national team in any format of the game, getting his chance nearly 13 years after making his Pakistan debut. The last five years have been the most productive of Afridi's career, where despite brief patches of indifference, he has established himself as a fixture in Pakistan's limited-overs set-up. His form has been particularly good this year, with impressive performances in the ODI series and Twenty20 against Australia in Dubai in May. That culminated with his critical role in leading Pakistan to the World Twenty20 title. Allied to his player-of-the-tournament contributions in the 2007 version, another indicator of his suitability to this format, his ascension became inevitable.

Whenever there has been a captaincy change over the last couple of years, Afridi's name has figured prominently among the contenders. He has plenty of captaincy experience at the domestic level, having been at the helm of Habib Bank Limited, Sind and Karachi Dolphins over the past few years.

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  • salman on August 5, 2009, 19:38 GMT

    The good news is that Afridi is back in form and as far as Captaincy is concern Afridi is the only player who can handle pressure, and I think after Younis, Afridi will be the best choice for ODI as well.

  • Cricinfouser on August 5, 2009, 19:08 GMT

    what i meant was he's a great for a captain

  • Cricinfouser on August 4, 2009, 21:08 GMT

    Hope He's one of The Greatest T20 captains Ever

  • Muhammad Saad on August 4, 2009, 7:45 GMT

    @ imirfan . . . Sir, you're confusing two things . . . Afridi seals the captaincy berth solely because of the energy he brings to this team . . . Y do u count his two innings as the reason behind this . . . Are u willing to disregard the positive influence he had over this team in the past years . . .

  • Huzaifah on July 31, 2009, 21:06 GMT

    The team management have taken a wise decision in appointing Afridi as captain in the T20 format as he is not only Pakistan's best performing player in the format but also the most experienced player in the side at the moment. And in the absence of Younis Khan, Afridi is the best choice, and as advice to the PCB, I would like them to persist with him, atleast beyond the T20 against Sri Lanka ...

  • A on July 30, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    If anyone watched the game today, I've like the name of the only guy who has the galls to tout himself an all arounder and not be able to play spin at all. Yes, he bowled well. No, its not over if you play one bad innings, but Razaq really has to know how to play at least the likes of Jayasuria if not Murlitharan...he was pathetic and had it not been for the two 'tail-enders' Pakistan would have had a 100 run thrashing in Dumbula. I think Malik and Razaq are highly over rated. Why Yusuf is rated at all is beyond me...selfish players should not play team games.

  • irfan on July 30, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    Ok Aahd, why we are not comparing one stats? besides i am not saying malik is the choice of T20 captaincy. But plz try Razaq. he is far far better player.

  • A on July 30, 2009, 9:01 GMT

    @ imirfan: try the career stats page. Compare Malik's test averages against those of Afridi. Its shocking really but the stats will tell you how great Malik is.

  • Muhammad on July 30, 2009, 6:09 GMT

    This is great news. Other then Shahid Afridi there is noone else in the Pakistan team who deserves the captaincy more then Afridi. Even Imran Khan in his early days was a tiugh dude and when the board handed over him the captaincy he became one of the most successful captain for Pakistan. I am lucky to have met Afridi couple of times and I think he has the punch within him to take Pakistan to new laurels. Good luck Afridi!

  • irfan on July 30, 2009, 5:50 GMT

    Very gud decision afridi will lead t20, hez one of best active person, Congratz shahid best of luck

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