KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt has said that limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi is not certain to be retained as the leader for the World Cup that starts on February 19.
Ijaz said the final decision will be taken on January 19 — the day when the Test series between Pakistan and New Zealand ends. Afridi, who has come under scathing attack for his leadership skills by former players, was the leading run-scorer in One-Day Internationals for Pakistan last year with 601 and also claimed the highest 19 wickets with Shoaib Akhtar.
However, after the Twenty20 losses against South Africa and New Zealand, there were questions regarding his captaincy skills as the PCB decides on a successor.
Asked if changing the captain right before the World Cup would harm the team, the chairman said, “The media is going create a ruckus if we announce it now and if we do it later. So it’s better if we wait.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2011.