Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has said that Shahid Afridi is the best man to lead Pakistan in the world cup 2015. Misbah-ul-Haq has been the Pakistan captain for a few years now, but he may not remain in the post for much longer. His own age and Pakistan’s underperformance has undermined his role as captain.
Malik said, “I don’t know what the board has in mind but if they are thinking about changing the captaincy they should do it now because there is little time left before the World Cup. Afridi is a senior player and aggressive by nature and I think if the board decides to replace Misbah than Afridi is the best person to lead the side in the World Cup. He is strong willed and can lead by example in the mega event.”
He denied that he wants the captaincy himself, adding, “Even if the board offers me the captaincy than I will only do it after the World Cup 2015 and then try to groom a new team. Because it is a fact that after the World Cup some of our senior players will fade away. I don’t think this is the right time for me to be captain and right now honestly speaking my focus is only on winning back my place in the national side again. This team is neither that of the board or any other individual, it belongs to and represents the people of Pakistan and those decisions should be taken which are in the interest of the team and country. Apart from Saeed we don’t have bowlers who can take quick wickets and change a game in the last few overs. We need to build on our bowling firepower.”