I would like to captain Pakistan again, says Shahid Afridi

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“If the Cricket Board (PCB) deems it fit and offers me the captaincy again I will accept it as a challenge”

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced that he would like to lead the national team once again after their disappointing series against Zimbabwe, which saw them lose an ODI and a Test match as well.

Afridi acknowleged that skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was under a lot of pressure and added that if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) “deems it fit”, he wouldn’t hesitate to take over the reigns when the national team square off against South Africa in a few days.

Pakistan’s series against South Africa will consist of three Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.

“If the Cricket Board (PCB) deems it fit and offers me the captaincy again I will accept it as a challenge,” Afridi said. “I think the position we are facing right now is that all the senior players need to contribute more and play a more decisive role in the South Africa series.”

Afridi was stripped of the captaincy in 2011 following a heated dispute with the PCB.

According to sources within the PCB, Afridi is one of the top candidates to replace ul-Haq as captain.

“In principle it has been decided that since there is little time before the South Africa series and the Test matches are to be played before the limited over games, Misbah and Dav Whatmore will continue as captain and head coach for the Tests but Afridi will be brought in as ODI captain while Mohammad Hafeez will continue to lead the T20 outfit,” one source told PTI.

The source added that the South Africa series would be ul-Haq’s “final chance” to prove his worth as captain.

“Basically the selectors agreed that Misbah should be given one final chance in Tests against South Africa but it was necessary to introduce a fresh approach to the ODI outfit and Afridi’s name for the captaincy came under discussion,” he said.

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