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Published: Saturday, August 4, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Pacer Waqar Younis has been retained as captain of Pakistan for the upcoming home series against New Zealand and the Asian Test championship, cricket officials said on Saturday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is satisfied with Younis's overall showing as captain and he has set a good example with his leadership," PCB chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia said.Younis was appointed captain in April after Moin Khan was dumped after Pakistan's poor showing in New Zealand in March. "Younis will lead Pakistan for the series against New Zealand and after assessing his fitness and result as captain we will make another decision later," Zia said.Younis is Pakistan's sixth captain in the last four years. The 29-year-old pacer from Burewala in central Punjab province led Pakistan to a 1-1 draw in a two-Test series in England and runners-up in One-day tournaments in Sharjah and England.Former coach Richard Pybus and manager Yawar Saeed have praised Younis's leadership qualities, noting that he maintained good discipline on and off the field.Younis's sagging career was resurrected on the England tour when he took seven wickets in two Tests, including five in Pakistan's win at Old Trafford.Younis, whose wife gave birth to a baby boy earlier this month, is expected to return from Australia on Saturday night. Pakistan's preparations for the home season kick off with a training camp in Karachi on Sunday. Bangladesh will play Pakistan in its first ever Test away from home in Multan, Pakistan, from August 29-September 2. If allowed by its government, India will be Pakistan's next opponent in the Asian Test championship in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore from September 12-16. If the Test goes ahead it will be India's first Test on Pakistan soil for some 12 years. Pakistan also hosts New Zealand for three Tests and as many Limited Over games in September-October.