Johannesburg: T20 World Cup hero Shahid Afridi will lead Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener against the West Indies on Wednesday.
Pakistan will miss the services of their regular captain Younis Khan in the opening game as he is suffering from a hand injury.
Younis Khan fractured his finger during a warm-up match against Sri Lanka here. However, he is likely to be fit for Pakistan's second match against arch-rivals India.
His unavailability for the match paves the way for vice-captain Afridi to take on the mantle of leading the One-day side for the first time in his career.
Meanwhile, Pak coah Intikhab Alam insisted that the Younis' injury is not very serious.
"It's a hairline fracture. However the injury is not serious. We hope he will be fit to play against India," he said.