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Pak_rox
April 15, 2007, 09:03 AM
LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to hand over the captaincy of the national team to all-rounder Shoaib Malik, The Nation learnt on Saturday.
All eyes were on Younis as next skipper after Inzamam-ul-Haq resigned. However, Younis Khan refused to take up the captaincy.
However, sources inside the PCB disclosed that the PCB chairman, all of its directors and chief operating officers came round to agreeing on Shoaib Malik as the captain of the team.
Although the decision has been made but its formal announcement would come in a couple of days. The PCB is likely to name his captain on long term basis instead of series to series basis.
It seems for the moment that the PCB has sorted out the captaincy problem but it has yet to address the grouping problem in the wake of a number of aspirants and their supporters in the playing eleven.
Some of the seniors that include Muhammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzak, Shoaib Akhtar have also shown their desire to lead the team while Salman Butt was also one of the players taken as one of the candidate for the job.
Yousuf was reported by a newswire agency as saying that if he was offered, he was ready to take the captaincy.
"I do not feel any pressure and I feel eligible more than anybody after my recent performance," said he.
"In this crisis situation I think I would be the right choice to lead the team," he added.
Similar views were expressed by all-rounder Abdul Razzak. "I and ready to take the captaincy and would prove to be one of the best," said he.
Shoaib Akhtar was on a number of occasion seen challenging the captaincy of Inzamam-ul-Haq.
PCB chairman said that various names were considered. The chairman also had meetings with Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik and others.
But he recently said that the new captain would be a senior player and on that count Salman was to miss out. Besides, he was out of the team and had yet to confirm his place as a solid opener. And in seniority Yousuf was the top most but his excessive inclination towards religion and questions over his fitness made the PCB look for other options. In Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi's case, the fitness of the former and the slogging style of the latter stammered their chances, leaving Malik alone in the race for captaincy.
The PCB chairman said that the PCB's first priority was the appointment of captain on long-term basis followed by the announcement of the 30 probable players and the selection committee.
Ashraf said that series against Sri Lanka to be played in Duabi in May would not be ruled out whereas Pakistan team will tour England in July to play two One-day Internationals.
An official of the board said that Malik fulfils the criterion set for the captain. But in the recent years Malik has been nursing his elbow injury and has also been among the suspect bowler. "He is fit, plays for the team and has with his form ensured place in the team," said an official of the board.
http://www.nation.com.pk/daily/apr-2007/15/sports1.php

Miraz
April 15, 2007, 09:04 AM
Good decision.

Perfect choice. Good luck to him and Pakistan.

Pak_rox
April 15, 2007, 09:42 AM
well i guess you are right. but somehow i've got the feeling shoby is still young for this job & at the moment when pakistan is in serious crisis. a mature & senior captain like yusuf or evan afridi cud b good.

Pak_rox
April 15, 2007, 09:44 AM
but i think its still good good luck shoby

Sovik
April 22, 2007, 05:31 PM
he is very young and has a great future ahead of him. hope he will get all the supports from his fellow team members and the board.

Good Luck Shoaib, good luck pakistan

Hatebreed
April 22, 2007, 05:44 PM
Good choice, he's a good player with a cool head on his shoulders. Good luck Shoaib.

gatekeeper
April 22, 2007, 08:44 PM
I agree with this. Its rebuilding time for them and this is a good first start.

Nocturnal
April 22, 2007, 08:47 PM
It's a good choice by PCB- Shoaib Malik. Good Luck.

Kabir
April 22, 2007, 09:26 PM
What do you think the next step should be? I would say, invite BD for a 5 ODI and 3 Test tour :D
Or, ask BCB if they are ready to host Pakistan for the same number of ODIs and Tests. How about that for the 2nd step!

AsifTheManRahman
April 22, 2007, 10:07 PM
pasher barir chelerao ekta captain banay fello, akhon to amader taratari kichu ekta korte hoy. oi dhor junaid siddique re captain banay de! :D

gatekeeper
April 23, 2007, 12:41 AM
What do you think the next step should be? I would say, invite BD for a 5 ODI and 3 Test tour :D
Or, ask BCB if they are ready to host Pakistan for the same number of ODIs and Tests. How about that for the 2nd step!

From the Pakistan (and Bangladesh) point of view this is very good suggestion.

Tintin
April 23, 2007, 01:08 AM
If he gets support from the seniors (MoYo & YoKh), Akhtar stays out and Afridi is kept in check, he can still do a good job.

gatekeeper
April 23, 2007, 02:13 AM
If he gets support from the seniors (MoYo & YoKh), Akhtar stays out and Afridi is kept in check, he can still do a good job.

Exactly, actually I don't think Pak team in the WC was that bad. Certainly not bad enough to bow out like that. Who knows what went on, what with Woolmer's death and all.

Pak_rox
April 23, 2007, 07:31 AM
What do you think the next step should be? I would say, invite BD for a 5 ODI and 3 Test tour :D
Or, ask BCB if they are ready to host Pakistan for the same number of ODIs and Tests. How about that for the 2nd step!
the second step is a good coach & ill prefer a local coach , someone like aqib javed wid a batsman like zaheer abbas or mudassir nazar
& then touring bangladesh hmmm i dont think a great idea coz they need to giv the confidence back to shoby n co. n i dont think there will b many changes may b 2 or 3. a new batsman for inzy( fawad ) n one for YK ( may b bazid khan , asim kamal , faisal iqbal, or hasan raza) n yeah new openers salman butt n yasir hameed .

One World
May 4, 2007, 02:15 PM
:-D Touring BD will not be a good idea..rather tour India after they finish here.
Future is bright and spotless:D
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