Islamabad, Sep 16: Shahid Afridi has been appointed as the new T20I captain of Pakistan while Misbah-ul-Haq is retained as skipper for the ODIs for the ICC World Cup 2015, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced today.
Afridi replaces Mohammad Hafeez, who quit captaincy following a poor show in the World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh earlier this year. The right-hand all-rounder will be the captain for T20s till 2016.
"In line with my policy of taking decisions democratically I consulted Cricket Committee and my Board members before announcing these decisions," PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said.
"I wish both Afridi and Misbah very good luck in their upcoming assignments," he added.
The 34-year-old Afridi's first assignment will be next month (October 5) in the one-off T20 against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
Afridi has led Pakistan in 19 T20s (won 8, lost 11) from 2009 to 2011. He took the team to the semi-finals of the World T20 in the Caribbean in 2010 where they lost to Australia.
He was Pakistan's ODI captain in the 2011 World Cup, losing to India in the semi-finals. He has captained Pakistan in 34 ODIs. Afridi was removed as one-day captain in May, 2011. Since then, he had not captained Pakistan in any format.