Afridi likely to become Pak skipper in all format

Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 16:49 [IST]
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Afridi likely to become Pak skipper

Karachi : Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi is likely to be chosen as captain for the Pakistan ODI and Test side for the upcoming Asia Cup and the Test series in England.

Although the Board has not made a formal announcement sources have revealed that Afridi along with team manager Yawar Saeed on Tuesday met Butt in his office to discuss the future tours where the all-rounder was offered the captaincy for all three formats of the game.

Shahid Afridi who had recently declared that he is not playing Test Cricket anymore and said he would like to concentrate in One-day and T20 format suited more to his style has reconsidered his decision after backing from his family and some former cricketers.

"The meeting also discussed the scenario in view of yesterday's meeting of the National Assembly standing committee on sports which recommended that the bans and fines on players be removed," a source said.

"Afridi was asked by the chairman whether he had any problems accepting Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik back in the team and he said no he was fine with their presence in the Test side," the source added.

The all-rounder has not featured in Test matches since mid 2006 in England and if he gets captaincy it will be first time he will be captaining the side in the five-day format of the game.

Former captain, Younis Khan, who on Tuesday left for England to play for county Surrey until mid-July, is expected to be named in the probables for the England tour. Fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar is also expected to be recalled in the short list of players.

Pakistan, after playing in the Asia Cup in June, will leave for England to play two-Test series against Australia and then a four-Test series against England.They will also play four T20's and five ODI's on the tour.


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