PCB unlikely to appoint new Pakistan captain for West Indies tour

Misbah-ul-Haq (above) is the current skipper of Pakistan’s ODI side while Mohammad Hafeez leads the team in T20s © Getty Images

Karachi: Jun 25, 2013

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is unlikely to make any changes in the captaincy of the national team for the forthcoming West Indies tour despite strong rumours and speculations about flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi being considered for the job.

An official source in the PCB told PTI that it was unlikely the new chairman of the Board, Najam Sethi would go for any changes in the captaincy of the national One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 squads for the West Indies tour despite calls for changes after the team’s poor performance in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

“The time is short before the team leaves for the West Indies on July 7 and Sethi needs more time to settle down and grasp the internal affairs of the Board,” the source said.

He said that Sethi would be in London for the ICC Annual Conference until next week.

“The selectors have been told to have fitness tests of a group of players and then finalise the touring squad which will be sent to Sethi in London for final approval,” the source said.

He said the players included young basmen, Haris Sohail and Sohaib Maqsood and others.

“The group does not include seniors Shahid Afridi or Younis Khan.”

The source said that the selectors have decided to sideline Shoaib Malik, Imran Fahrat and Kamran Akmal for the West Indies tour.

“That is decided but they have to see who will be their ideal replacements,” he added.

“But one thing is confirmed Misbah-ul-Haq will continue as captain for the ODI series and Mohammad Hafeez for the two T20 matches in the West Indies,” he added.