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Akram slams PCB, backs Afridi for captaincy

cricket Updated: Feb 03, 2011 17:38 IST

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Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram on Thursday backed Shahid Afridi to lead the side in the World Cup and hit out at the Cricket Board (PCB) for delaying the appointment.

Akram said Pakistan has the potential do well in the mega event but the side need to know leader as soon as possible.

"Pakistan can be a dangerous team. No one can altogether write off Pakistan's chances in the World Cup. They have the capability to do well, but first and foremost the captain has to be named," said Akram, among the finest left-arm pace bowlers in the history of the game.

"But they don't have a captain with just 15 days left for the tournament. I don't know the reasons behind the delay. Even Shahid Afridi must be under pressure. The sooner the captain is named, the better for the team," said the former all-rounder, who was a dangerous lower order batsman.

He backed swashbuckling all-rounder Afridi to lead his country in the February 19-April 2 tournament.

"I would go for Afridi, although Misbah (Ul-Haq) is performing well (as Test captain), but he's not a magician. Afridi has been the captain for a reasonable period of time. The World Cup is too close to change a captain.

"They came back well in New Zealand. It shows that Afridi has the skill. Last year he was the highest wicket taker and also one of the top run-getters for Pakistan. In my opinion, Afridi should be named Pakistan's captain. I don't know what the PCB thinks about it," he said.