PCB names Shahid Afridi as captain for World Cup

Published: February 4, 2011

Shahid Afridi has been retained as the limited-overs captain by PCB. PHOTO: AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) late on Thursday night announced that Shahid Afridi will lead the Pakistan side in the cricket World Cup, to be held from February 19 – April 2 in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The cricket board (PCB) announced their 15-man squad for the showpiece event on January 18 but  did announce a skipper until today (Friday).

Pakistan’s current limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi and the Test skipper Misbahul Haq were the two contenders for leading the team in the World Cup.

They downplayed the ongoing row but former players lashed out saying the decision was likely to harm team unity.

Afridi had earlier said: “It would not be an issue for me if I’m removed as captain.”

“It doesn’t make a difference whether Misbah leads the side or I lead the side because we both are playing for our country.”

Afridi had also shrugged-off reports of differences with Misbah.

“We don’t have any differences. He is a good player who remains focused on his job.”

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Butool
    Feb 4, 2011 - 12:52AM

    Yay Afridi! Go team Pakistan! :D Recommend

  • Khurram
    Feb 4, 2011 - 1:52AM

    Finally!!! Sanity has prevailed.Afridi should have been named the captain when the World cup squad was announced last month. Taking nothing away from Misbah,i personally think that Afridi is more suited to captaining the side in ODI’s.Thank God that we won the series against New Zealand…..otherwise Ijaz Butt and Co had almost ended our World Cup Campaign before it even got underway by creating this controversy over the captaincy.

    Best of Luck Shahid.Recommend

  • Saad
    Feb 4, 2011 - 4:15AM

    Finally a good decision by PCB.

    Good Luck to Team Pakistan & Afridi.Recommend

  • usman ashraf
    Feb 4, 2011 - 5:28AM

    this is a good decison of pakistan cricket board good luck afridiRecommend

  • abid satti
    Feb 4, 2011 - 7:05AM

    thts gr8 newsRecommend

  • dodo
    Feb 4, 2011 - 7:59AM

    alls well that ends well … now just get that cup back!Recommend

  • Feb 4, 2011 - 8:11AM

    p c b give good decion about the captency of shahid afredi ,he is senior and telented playerRecommend

  • Feb 4, 2011 - 8:14AM

    Plz, also mention source from PCB who said that Khan will lead pakistan in WC as it has not been officially announced.Recommend

  • Shahid Hussain
    Feb 4, 2011 - 9:25AM

    Ironic. Afridi is the only one who has lower thinking ability than the bats we use. Another disaster courtesy of the PCB. 3 cheers and hurrahRecommend

  • MAD
    Feb 4, 2011 - 9:31AM

    Oh captain my captain please lead your flock to the world cup.Recommend

  • Talha Khan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 9:48AM

    I wish him success for the sake of Pakistan and congratulate him for managing the team with Misbah and Younas. The team wok is great and I hope they will continue the same effort in the upcoming world cup. weldone waqar for your efforts in the team. Recommend

  • shams khattak
    Feb 4, 2011 - 9:54AM

    the dicision taken by pcb is too late it should be taken before the series. at last it was a big war tug between two senior players whch was won by affridi.
    afridi deserves because he is really good captainRecommend

  • Shah Nawaz Khan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:09AM

    It is a brillient and best decesion of PCB to announce Shahid Khan Ahridi as captain for World Cup 2011 . We pray for the Pakistani Team for its successRecommend

  • SK
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:14AM

    if we look at the past track record, one pathan captain brought home the one day world cup home and another pathan captain brought T20 world cup home, should we say Afridi will follow the suit :)
    On serious note, good luck to my national team- our prayers are with you.Recommend

  • Feb 4, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Finally PAki team got a Captain :) Meet News WorldRecommend

  • Feb 4, 2011 - 10:15AM

    Finally PAki team got a Deserving Captain :) Meet News WorldRecommend

  • Shah Nawaz Khan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:15AM

    Although it is a late but a good decesion from pcb , because Afridi is a good captain and deserve it . Also he can lead the team in a better way . Recommend

  • Shah Nawaz Khan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:19AM

    In my point of view it is a good decesion because Afridi is a senior and tallented player .
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  • Shah Nawaz Khan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:26AM

    Afridi is better than Misbahulhaq in leadership . From RubberGola And Charmakhtai Jalsai Swabi Recommend

  • Shah Nawaz Khan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 11:00AM

    It is a good decesion. From da chayo Tako NumanRecommend

  • Feb 4, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Great decision. I wish best of luck to Pakistani team. Bring the cup back home!Recommend

  • Muneer Khan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 11:56AM

    thts gr8 newzRecommend

  • Feb 4, 2011 - 12:07PM

    One of the few good decisions by PCB. Former cricketers and analysts like Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir and Rashid Latis as well as Pakistani cricket fans want to see Afridi as a Captin for the next Worldcup.Recommend

  • huzaifa khan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 1:03PM

    if we look at the past track record, one pathan captain brought home the one day world cup home and another pathan captain brought T20 world cup home, should we say Afridi will follow the suit :)
    On serious note, good luck to my national team- our prayers are with you.Recommend

  • Chacha
    Feb 4, 2011 - 3:08PM

    Now lets hope and pray Muhammed Amir is cleared in time as we are one quality bowler short in the team, Sohail Tanvir is not good enogh and Shoaib Akhtar has fitness issues.

    If not then maybe need to call on anwar ali.Recommend

  • Rozeenasaddar
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:20PM

    finally finally a good decision by PCB:-)
    Wishing best of luck to Pakistaniiiiiiiiiiii teammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm:-)
    JEEEEEEEEEEEEEt k GeooooooooooooooooooooRecommend

  • Feb 5, 2011 - 1:02AM

    @huzaifa khan:

    Imran khan is from mianwali not pathan. Its not the matter of being pathan its the matter of nation. Recommend

  • Feb 5, 2011 - 8:11PM

    thats awesome!! Afridi deserves it.Recommend

  • Raj
    Feb 5, 2011 - 10:05PM

    I want Pakistan to win this cup. Pakistan can only win this cup if Afridi opens. If Afridi survives first ten overs, Pakistan’s win is certain against any team. Afridi coming at seven will not yield same advantage. Good luck Pakistan. The win will be good for the mental health of the country.Recommend

  • shoaib
    Feb 6, 2011 - 2:28AM

    thanks PCB to announced afridi as a caption.he has that ability to take pak team ahead
    we are praying MAY GOD GIVE US this world cricket cup as gift.AMIN SOMA AMINRecommend

  • ehtisham
    Feb 7, 2011 - 9:21PM

    Thanks God Finally PCB took at least one good decision. Recommend

  • hassan
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:37PM

    razzaq and afribi bang and boomRecommend

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