PCB to name skipper for Asia Cup, England tour to be named on Monday

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has said that the national team captain for the Asia Cup and the Test tour to England will be announced on Monday (May 24.)

Ijaz told reporters here Friday that he was satisfied with Pakistan’s performance in the just-concluded Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies. He described the team losing to Australia in the semi-final as sheer bad luck, the Daily Times reports.

He said PCB Governing Council members and selectors would discuss the forthcoming tours.

Ijaz, however, refused to speculate on whether the board would announce one captain for the Asia Cup and England tour or have separate leaders.

Opener Salman Butt is the favourite to become Pakistan’s Test skipper while Shahid Afridi, who led the side in the Twenty20 World Cup, is expected to retain the captaincy for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka and limited over matches in England.

Pakistan coach Waqar Younus, who is in Sydney at present, also backed Salman for the Test captaincy.

“I really don’t see any other candidate in sight at the moment,” he was quoted, as saying. (ANI)

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