Afridi Won`t Say No To Captaincy

Friday, January 18, 2008

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi would be willing to take on the captaincy if current skipper Shoaib Malik is ruled out of the forthcoming one-day international series against Zimbabwe through injury.

Malik is doubtful for the five-match series against the African nation due to an ankle problem and Afridi is keen to stand in.

"Of course I will take up captaincy if offered,"

he told The News.

"Every cricketer dreams of leading his country and I'm no exception. I've played for Pakistan for more than 12 years and it would be great to bow out (of international cricket) after having captained Pakistan."

The 27-year-old is currently leading the Patron's XI in a four-day game against Zimbabwe and believes the tourists will present Pakistan with a stiff challenge.

"I believe Zimbabwe are a very good one-day side and it will be a different ball game in the ODI series against them,"

he added.

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