Butt favored to lead Pakistan test side

Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 14:32 [IST]
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Lahore, May 19: Left-handed opener Salman Butt has emerged as the favorite to captain Pakistan in their upcoming back to back test series against England and Australia.

According to sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the board is planning to reward Butt with the Test captaincy for his impressive show in the recently concluded ICC World T20 Championship in the West Indies.

Meanwhile, T20 skipper Shahid Afridi is likely to lead the team in the upcoming Asia Cup and later in the one-day tournament against England and Australia in England. However, the board would have to appoint a new captain for the Test series as Afridi has decided not figure no more in the five-day game, The Daily Times reports.

Butt had served as vice-captain under Shoaib Malik, but he failed to impress the selectors during his stint as Malik"s deputy following which he was removed.


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