Lahore, Jul 23: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has once again reignited the captaincy debate in the national team by advising the cricket board to start grooming a successor to senior batsman Misbah-u-Haq.
"Misbah has done a great job as captain. His fitness and form have been an example for others. But he is not getting any younger at 37," Waqar said during a media interection in here on Jul 22.
He noted that the time was right for the board to start thinking about the future. "This is the right time for the board to appoint a young successor so that he is groomed properly and is ready to take over when the time comes," he said.
Waqar had also made the same observations in his report to the board after the West Indies tour.
The former captain's concerns over captaincy clearly stem from the fact that since early 2009 the PCB has had six skippers in Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Salman Butt and now Misbah.
Pakistan's volatile cricket environment has also seen the board try out 15 different captains since Imran Khan retired after the 1992 World Cup.
Captaincy has always remained an issue in Pakistan cricket and recently, after the board decided to replace Afridi as the captain of the national one-day team with Misbah, the all-rounder decided to retire in protest.
Waqar said the team needed a strong and stable captain.
"Someone should be groomed now so that when the time comes there is a natural change over in the captaincy within the team," he added.
PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, who has the authority to appoint the captain, has made it clear that it is board's policy to appoint captains on series to series basis and not on long terms. .