Ending days of speculation, the Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to name the captain of the national team for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup in Lahore on Tuesday.
PCB is expected to announce the skipper of the national team during some domestic matches involving the senior side, A and under-19 teams scheduled to be held in Lahore.
While the PCB has named the captains of the national A side (Muhammad Hafeez) and under-19 team (Azeem Ghuman), it had not yet announced the skipper for the senior team, which will take on winners the match between Pakistan A and under-19 team under lights at the Gaddafi stadium on Tuesday to celebrate Pakistan Day.
"The board plans to announce the captain the same day. The player who will lead the national team in the festival match will also lead the team in the T20 World Cup," a PCB official said.
While the PCB has excluded banned players like Mohammad Yousuf, Younus Khan, Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul Hasan from taking part in the match, the players who were fined recently are included in the team.
"Shahid Afridi appears to be the strongest contender to get the captaincy of the T20 team once again, but you never know as PCB changes its mind every minute," one official said.