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Won't let captaincy burden affect my batting: Butt

Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 14:31 [IST]
 
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Butt ready to start a new role

Karachi: Salman Butt who has replaced Shahid Afridi to lead the Pakistan Test side has said that he would not let the pressures of captaincy affect his own form and said he was mentally prepared for the job.

Butt said that he was aware of his responsibilities and the side is a young team with an average age of just 25.

"I know this captaincy is going to be a big challenge for me but I am prepared for it and I am confident it will not affect my batting. Infact, I have a feeling the responsibility will force me to be more consistent as a senior opener," Butt said.

"I was made vice-captain for the England tour so I was already ready for the challenge of leading the team when the need arose," the left-hander said.

Butt was handed over the captaincy on saturday after Shahid Afridi took everyone by surprise saying that he will retire from Test cricket and he would not want to captain the Test side no more following Pakistan's humiliating 150-run loss to Australia in the first Test at Lord's.

Butt added Afridi's absence will be a big setback for the team as he had led the T20 side well in the tour.

He was however grateful that he had a good support staff in the form of coaches Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed and Ijaz Ahmed and said that they were guiding the team well under current circumstances.

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