Afridis future as Pakistan captain all but over.
Karachi , May 27, 2011 (Frontier Star): Shahid Afridis chances of
regaining Pakistans ODI and T20 captaincy is all but over but the
flamboyant all-rounder will get a chance to prolong his career as a
player in the national team, a PCB source said. According to sources
quoted by PTI, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has decided to revoke the policy
of having separate captains for limited-over cricket and Test matches,
which means Misbah-ul-Haq is expected to take over the charge of
Pakistan team in all three formats of the game. "The decision to
remove Afridi as the captain of the one-day team and hand over this
responsibility to Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq is part of the new thinking
in the board, " one said. He said the primary reason for the change
in the strategy was the fear of groupism within the team. "The
board got concerned with reports filtering in during the World Cup that
Afridi had started to take his captaincy for granted. Some players have
also complained about adjustments they need to do with two captains
instead of one, " the source said. "The reason for handing
over full captaincy duty to Misbah is simply. He has been in consistent
form since last year and has delivered in all formats of the game.
"In contrast, Afridi has retired from Test cricket and has
struggled to deliver as a player on consistent basis in the one-day
team, " the source stated.
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