The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to retain Misbah-ul-Haq as both ODI and Test captain of Pakistan national team until the next World Cup at Australia and New Zealand in 2015 in order to crush apparent unrest in the national team over the captaincy issue. Current chairman of the PCB, Najam Sethi Tuesday said that Misbah-ul-Haq will remain captain of the national team till the upcoming World Cup in 2015. While talking to the media, he said that only the PCB chief is authorized to appoint captain of the national team and not the selection committee. He also said on Geo TV that there was some intrigue and politics going on in the team over the captaincy issue, but Misbah-ul-Haq will remain captain till the next WC in 2015.

Chief selector Moin Khan said in a statement that the change of captain was being considered, but in reply to that Najam Sethi said that, the appointment of captain was not the job of the selection committee who only selects the team. Sethi admitted that media is also prompting their favorites for the captaincy and there was something going on in the team, and he thinks in this situation the best solution is to announce Misbah as captain until the World Cup to end any politics and internal issues and for the sake of the good of the team.

Misbah, full name Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi, the 40 year old current Pakistani skipper and batsman, who has led Pakistan in all formats of the game since the late 2010 is not seen as a popular choice to captain in the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand by a particularly strong lobby within and outside the board which has promoted Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi as a better choice to lead the team in one-day internationals.

The chief selector and team manager, Moin Khan had at a press conference earlier where he confirmed there had been discussions held on Misbah’s captaincy and on a possible change in captain is not impossible, but later he denied he was speaking in specific terms about the ongoing controversy over whether Misbah or Afridi should lead the team.

Sethi said that Misbah has led the side well and he thinks this move would also give the skipper more space and confidence, and allow the players to just focus on their game and he assured that things have now settled down now with the announcement.



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