Wasim says Shoaib Malik should be retained as Pak captain

November 16th, 2008 - 12:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, Nov 16 (ANI): Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram has come out in support of the present incumbent Shoaib Malik, saying that that the latter had proved him wrong by shining both as a player and leader in recent games.

He said he had always taken Malik as a poor player and captain. Till last year I believed that Malik is not a good choice (as Pakistan captain). But, he has proved me wrong by performing really well in most of the matches Pakistan have played this year, The News quoted Akram as telling reporters here last evening

Akram said that he had changed him mind about Malik. I think Malik should be retained as captain, he said.

Malik (26) led Pakistan to back-to-back wins against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi earlier this week, and is now looking to win the three-match ODI series 3-0.

The Sialkot-born all-rounder was chosen to lead Pakistan in the aftermath of their embarrassing first round exit from the 2007 World Cup. Many former Test cricketers including Akram rejected him as a weak captain.

The PCB appointed Malik till the end of this year and will be deciding whether to retain him for the all-important home series against India starting from early next year at a meeting of its Governing Board next month. (ANI)

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