Moin Khan hints at change of captain for Pakistan’s ODI side
Misbah-ul-Haq’s time as Pakistan’s ODI captain could be nearing an end under Moin Khan © AFP
Karachi, Apr 24, 2014
Pakistan‘s new chief selector Moin Khan on Thursday dropped a hint that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) could go for a change in captaincy of the one-day team in the coming weeks.
As the board continues to make changes and give new assignments as part of its its-shake, Moin said that a captain should be liked by the team.
“The captain should be someone who is a performer and is also liked in the team. The captain should be liked in the media and by the people as well,” Moin told reporters in Lahore.
He appeared to be referring to current Test and one-day skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq, who has led by personal example with some sterling performances, but continues to be criticised in the media and by fans for his approach to the game.
Sources have indicated that with Moin taking over as chief selector and manager of the national team, there is a lobby active in the board that wants Shahid Afridi to be given the one-day team captaincy before the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Opener Ahmed Shehzad is being tipped to take over as the national T20 captain after Mohammad Hafeez stepped down following Pakistan’s failure to reach the semifinals of the World T20 in Bangladesh.
Afridi has always been seen as a popular captain in the team.
Moin stated that Pakistan have time to prepare for the 2015 World Cup and a plan would be unveiled soon to start preparations for the mega event.
He also called on all players to keep the same approach and positive attitude. “That is the only way our players can improve themselves and be world beaters.”
Meanwhile Pakistan’s most capped player and former captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq has advised the board to quickly take whatever decisions they wanted to for the national team.
“There is little time left before the World Cup and whatever the board wants to do it must do it quickly. Because the captain should also know where he stands and the players should also be comfortable knowing who is leading them,” Inzamam, a veteran of 120 Tests, said.
Inzamam also said that the captain needed to be give freedom to plan and select the team.
“A captain needs time to gain confidence of his players so that they can work together and perform for the team.”