Malik to replace outgoing Afridi

Published: Monday, July 19, 2010, 13:16 [IST]
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Malik to replace retiring Afridi

Karachi: Former captain Shoaib Malik is set replace outgoing skipper Shahid Afridi in the playing line-up for Pakistan team's second and final Test against Australia at Headingley.

Sources in Pakistan team management has reportedly said that Malik had approached the officials and had convinced them that he can contribute to the team's cause as the Pakistan side looks to level the series after a 150-runs defeat in the first Test against the Australians.

Malik was reportedly dropped from the Pakistan playing XI for not showing seriousness in the practice session.

The presence of his wife Sania Mirza, the Indian tennis starlet, was believed to be the major reason why the Pakistan team management decided that Malik was too distracted to give his best in the opening Test.

However, according to sources, Malik has shifted his focus completely to cricket and is all set to fill in for Afridi in the second Test. Afridi had caught everyone by surprise with his decision to retire from Test Cricket after the end of the Lord's Test.

The only other change expected in the Pakistan eleven for the Headingley Test starting Wednesday is that of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal coming in for leg-spinner Danish Kaneria.


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