Butt hoping to get an 'extended' run as captain

Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 15:20 [IST]
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Butt hopeful of an extended run

London: Newly appointed Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt is hoping to get an extended run as the captain of the Pakistan side as he leads the side in the second Test match against Australia at Headingley starting Wednesday (today).

“Everybody who gets into this kind of challenging position, it helps to be permanently appointed. But this is what we have and it goes like that with everyone. Hopefully if we can do well we can stretch it (his tenure) a bit longer," Butt told reporters on the eve of the match, according to ANI reports.

Butt, who was handed over the responsibility after Shahid Afridi"s surprising announcement of retirement last week, following the 150-run loss against Australia in the first Test at Lord"s, also said that because he is leading a young and energetic squad, there shouldn"t be much of a hassle.

“The Pakistan captaincy is a great honour, there is no doubt about it but the way it has come is not a way it has come to anyone before so I hope it goes well," the left-hand opener said.

Butt described Afridi"s decision to quit Test cricket as an “honest" one, and said that it would benefit the team because he would be replaced by a Test specialist.


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