Waqar to stay captain till ICC Champions Trophy

Published: Saturday, August 3, 2002, 18:50 [IST]
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Karachi: A victory over Australia and the team's overall good showing helped Waqar Younis retain the Pakistan captaincy for another month, an official said on Saturday."We hope that the Pakistan team's ascendancy will continue." A rare 2-1 win over Australia in the Super Challenge One-day series in June became the high point of Waqar's captaincy, which he assumed in April last year. In the 10 Tests he has led Pakistan, Waqar has recorded eight wins and two losses. In the 37 One-day internationals under him Pakistan have won 27 and lost 10. "Waqar's leadership is inspiring but as per our policy we would continue to give him short stints although he remains our potential candidate for next year's World Cup," Zia said. The PCB has been criticised in some quarters for not appointing Waqar captain until World Cup, but Waqar remains unperturbed. "I am happy and retaining me as captain helps boost my confidence and I will do my best to peak at the World Cup," he said. Pakistan is among the favourites to win the eighth World Cup scheduled to be held in South Africa from February 8 to March 23 next year. Waqar says he is thankful to the team for the run of success. "I owe this run to my teammates and hope that the good work will continue to help us win the World Cup." The Pakistan team flies to Tangiers, Morocco on Wednesday to play in a tri-series One-day event from August 12 to 21, also pitting South Africa and Sri Lanka.

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