Ex players slam PCB''s decision to not name captain in WC squad

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Karachi, Jan 18 (PTI) Former test players have slammedPakistan Cricket Board for not announcing the captain whilenaming the 15-member final squad for the 2011 World Cup inIndia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Former captain Moin Khan warned that any change in thecaptaincy of the one-day team at such a late stage before theWorld Cup could prove counter-productive for the team.

"The board should have named the captain with the WorldCup squad," he said.

Former test player Salahuddin Ahmed, who has remained onthe national selection committee as a member or chief selectorfor 12 different terms criticized the decision to not appointthe captain and also drop senior batsman Muhammad Yousuf.

"If the selectors have a clear conscience that they havedone the right thing they should have addressed a pressconference instead of just issuing a press release. The WorldCup is too important an event to be announced in a release,"he said.

Salahuddin said by not naming the captain, the boardwould only encourage politics in the team.

"It makes no sense once Shahid Afridi has gone toNew Zealand as captain for the one-day series it would make nosense to change him as captain for the World Cup at such alate stage," he said.

Former test captain Aamir Sohail felt whoever the boardwanted to lead the team in the World Cup they should havenamed him along with the team.

"This delay only creates uncertainties and will alsoaffect the performance of Afridi and Misbah in the one-dayseries in New Zealand," Sohail said.

Well-informed sources have different stories to tellabout why the board didn''t announce the captain today.

Interestingly the decision to hold back the announcementof the captain came after chief selector, Mohsin Khan met withthe PCB chairman Ijaz Butt earlier in the day in Lahore andthen announced the team after consulting the other selectors.

"It is nothing but a way to give out a clear message toAfridi that he should not take captaincy for granted andremain in line with board policies," a source said.

He pointed out that the board Chairman was not happy withAfridi''s habit of giving unnecessary statements in the mediaand that the team management and some players had alsocomplained about his behavior.

Another source said that the captaincy issue was aserious one.

"Basically it will depend on how the second test endstomorrow and how Misbah manages things and then mostimportantly how well Afridi leads the teams in the one-dayseries in New Zealand and performs himself.

"There is a feeling that the Afridi''s talent as a playerare being affected by the pressures of captaincy and it wouldbe better to give this responsibility to a more mature personlike Misbah who has led the team well in the tests," thesource said.

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