Afridi should be made Pakistan captain: Mushtaq

October 13th, 2009 - 5:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, Oct. 13 (ANI): Former Pakistani leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has said the PCB should replace Pakistan captain Younis Khan with all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

“I think, it would be better if the PCB change the captain (Younus Khan) and give the responsibility to Afridi. As Younus himself has said it does not bother him if he is not the captain and he is willing to play as a senior member of the side,” The News quoted Mushtaq, as saying.

Mushtaq is leaving for South Africa this week to join England team as the bowling consultant.

Mushtaq’s comments came a day after Afridi met with PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt to review the team’s performance in the Champions Trophy.

In November, Pakistan is scheduled to play a three-match one-day series against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi and two Twenty20 matches in Dubai.

Mushtaq feels that it is high time that Afridi should be given the responsibility of captaincy.

“Afridi is one of those players, who, if given extra responsibility of captaincy will also raise his individual game. We saw that happen in the Champions Trophy tie against the West Indies when he put his head down and batted with responsibility,” Mushtaq said.

“The team needs to play more positively without fear and Afridi can bring that element to the team.

“Besides, as a senior player and vice-captain he is not bothered about seeking advice from other players. That is sign of a good captain,” he added. (ANI)

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