5 Feb 2011

Afridi named Pakistan captain for World Cup

5:48 am on 5 February 2011

All-rounder Shahid Afridi has been named Pakistan cricket captain for the World Cup starting later this month.

The Pakistan board said in a statement that Afridi, who led Pakistan to their first one-day series win since late 2008 with victory over New Zealand on Thursday, will have test captain Misbah-ul-Haq as his deputy.

The PCB announced their final 15-member World Cup squad last month but delayed naming the captain leading to speculation their had been a tie between Afridi and Misbah, who led Pakistan to a test series win in New Zealand.

The board did not give any explanation for the delay in naming the flamboyant all-rounder, who has appeared in 311 one-dayers, as captain.

Pakistan have been drawn in Group A of the February 19th to April 2nd World Cup alongside Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya.