Shoaib Malik to captain Pakistan
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Shoaib Malik to captain Pakistan

The PCB has decided to appoint the all-rounder as the new captain in case senior batsman Younis Khan doesn't relent.

cricket Updated: Apr 17, 2007 19:46 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to appoint all-rounder Shoaib Malik as the new captain in case senior batsman Younis Khan doesn't relent from his refusal to accept the job, sources said on Tuesday.

"The decision has been taken that Malik will be the next captain on a short term basis. But even his appointment is subject to Younis Khan not changing his position about not accepting the captaincy," one well placed source in the board said.

"Former captain Imran Khan and some members of the board feel that the Chairman should make one last attempt to convince Younis to change his mind. If that does not happen, Malik is then the unanimous choice," he said.

He said it was a wrong impression that Malik would be appointed on a long-term basis.

"What has been decided that Malik should be named captain for the one-day international against India at the Lord's slated in July for the Prince Charles charity and for the Twenty-Twenty World Cup in South Africa in September," the source said.

He will also be retained to lead the team in the home series against South Africa and then on the tour of India in November after which his performance would be reviewed, the source added.

He said that it was unlikely that Pakistan would be playing any series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi next month as the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council has not been able to raise the money to host the series and pay the appearance fees to the two teams.

First Published: Apr 17, 2007 19:25 IST