Saturday, March 27, 2010

Afridi named as Pakistan Twenty20 skipper

Pakistan has appointed controversial all-rounder Shahid Afridi as their captain for next months Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

The 30 year old is currently on a six-month probation programme and was fined $50,000 by the Pakistan Cricket Board for bring his country into disrepute after he was caught ball tampering in January during Pakistan’s ill fated tour of Australia.

"After a detailed discussion, the PCB have appointed Shahid Afridi as captain for the World Cup," PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said.

The defending Twenty20 World Cup champions have been in turmoil since February after the PCB handed out a number of bans and fines to senior players after holding an internal review of player conduct in Australia

Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan were banned from playing for Pakistan for life because of continuing infighting while Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan were both banned for 12 months.

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