Pak cricket captain should be appointed on a series-by-series basis: Qadir

January 5th, 2009 - 2:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Jan 5 (ANI): Pakistans chief selector Abdul Qadir has suggested that the captain of the countrys cricket team should be selected on a series-by-series basis.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is at present planning to give an extension to Shoaib Malik, the Daily Times reported.

Although it is up to the PCB chairman to appoint the captain, a series-to-series appointment automatically keeps the leader under check and balance, Qadir said.

Another suggestion Qadir has put forward is to have separate captains for Tests and ODIs. The Test and ODI captains will search for talents and will not feel the burden.

However, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has already hinted that Malik will be given an extension.

Malik, who was handed the reins following Pakistans early exit from the 2007 World Cup, said a captain should be given adequate time to prove himself and obtain results.

Pakistan have had mixed success under Malik. They reached the finals of the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007, and last year they beat India in the Kitply Cup final in Bangladesh, followed by a 3-0 sweep in the ODI series against West Indies in Abu Dhabi in November.

Malik led Pakistan to a country record 12 successive ODI wins in 2008, though the bulk of them came against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

Malik lost both the home Test and ODI series to South Africa in 2007, as well as the Test and ODI series in India that followed.

During the last 18 months I have learnt a lot about life and cricket, Malik said. (ANI)

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