In a surprise change of heart, Younis Khan has said he is now willing to lead the Test side if the Pakistan board asked him to do so.
Younis has long shown a reluctance to lead Pakistan. He gave up the captaincy - and swiftly took it back - last year before the Champions Trophy, and then turned down the post again after the Caribbean World Cup this year.
And he was again an unwilling stand-in captain after Shoaib Malik's ankle injury ruled him out of the last two Tests against India.
"If the board wants me to lead the team, I can do it. But first we [himself and the officials] need to sit down, discuss and finalise some things,"
Younis told PTI.
Younis had been the official vice-captain for two years under Inzamam-ul-Haq and was widely expected to take over once Inzamam resigned. At the time of his refusal, he also stepped down from the vice-captain's role, before surprisingly accepting for the tour to India.
"I only agreed to be vice-captain for the Indian tour because of the importance of the series. If the matches had been against any other team I might not have accepted this responsibility."
"But now if the board feels I can be a good Test captain, I am willing to do it but after talking to them,"
"If the team can do well under my captaincy I would be very happy but I am not asking anyone for the job. This is the board's prerogative whatever they want to do."