Shahid Afridi To Captain Pakistan At ICC WT20

Shahid Afridi To Captain Pakistan At ICC WT20
Shahid Afridi To Captain Pakistan At ICC WT20
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that all-rounder Shahid Afridi will captain the team at the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean later this year.

Earlier this month, they named a 15-man squad without naming a captain but Afridi, who captained the side following the retirement from Twenty20 cricket of Younus Khan, is set to return to lead the side again.

Afridi briefly led the side in Australia, where he picked up a two-game ban for ball-tampering, which ruled him out of games against England in Dubai.

Shoaib Malik stepped in to lead but following his one-year ban in the wake of an inquiry into the winless tour of Australia, after which Afridi was heavily fined and put on probation, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided against naming a captain for the defence of theit title in the Caribbean.

A short media statement from the PCB confirmed that Afridi would once again be leading the side in the West Indies.

"Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed Shahid Khan Afridi as Pakistan Team Captain for the ICC T-20 World Cup 2010 being held in the West Indies," it read in its entirety.

Pakistan play Australia and Bangladesh in the initial group stage and have an enviable record, having won the 2009 event by beating Sri Lanka in the final at Lord's and finished as runners-up to India in the inaugural event in South Africa two years earlier.

Pakistan ICC WT20 squad: Shahid Afridi (captain), Misbah-ul-Haq, Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, Khalid Latif, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Hamad Azam, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Moahmmad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan

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