Shoaib Malik retained as captain for another year

Friday, November 9, 2007

Shoaib Malik has been retained as Pakistan's captain until December 2008 after the PCB extended his current appointment by another year. Malik was made captain in April, following Pakistan's dismal World Cup performance, originally until December this year.

"Malik has shown enough promise to warrant more time as captain,"

Nasim Ashraf, the board's chairman, said.

"He has led the team well and all the players are comfortable with him. "

"We are looking to have continuity in the captaincy as this is instrumental in the improvement of the team. Malik is young and learning and the perfect choice."

The appointment of a vice-captain, however, will be made on a series- to-series basis. Younis Khan, deputy for the tour of India, is the third vice-captain during Malik's tenure; Mohammad Asif was appointed for the Abu Dhabi ODI series against Sri Lanka, while Salman Butt replaced him for the ICC World Twenty20 and the home series against South Africa.

Asif, meanwhile, might be sent to Australia for treatment on the elbow injury which forced him out of the ongoing ODI series in India. He also missed four out of the five ODIs against South Africa last month, and the status and extent of his injury remains uncertain.

"We have two reports on his [Asif's] injury. One specialist says he requires surgery, another feels he can recover without surgery. We have sent his reports to a top specialist in Australia and we are awaiting his response,"

Ashraf said.

Pakistan are due to play three Tests against India after the ODIs, before taking on Zimbabwe for a five-match ODI series at home in January.

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