PCB to name Pak captain on May 24 for Asia Cup

Published: Friday, May 21, 2010, 17:23 [IST]
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Karachi, May 21: Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) chairman Ejaz Butt said that the Pakistan team captain for the Asia Cup and the England test tour will be announced on 24th May.

Butt told reporters that he was satisfied with Pakistan's performance in the recently concluded T20 World Cup in the West Indies and it was sheer bad luck that the team lost to Australia in the semi-final.

He said PCB governing council members and selectors would discuss about the selection of captain the forthcoming tours next week.

Butt, however, refused to speculate on whether the board would announce one captain for the Asia Cup and England tour or have separate leaders.

Opener Salman Butt is the favorite to become Pakistan's Test skipper while Shahid Afridi, who led the side in the Twenty20 World Cup, is expected to retain the captaincy for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka and limited over matches in England.

Coach Waqar Younis has backed Salman Butt to become the skipper of the Pakistan side.

"I really don't see any other candidate in sight at the moment," he said.

He also praised Afridi's leadership qualities and said the all-rounder led the side well in the West Indies.


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