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More time for Malik

Malik handed a furhter 12 months as Pakistan captain.

Malik: More time as captain

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has been given a one-year extension to continue leading the side until December 2008.

Malik was appointed as captain in April after Inzamam-ul-Haq left the post after a poor performance at the World Cup in the Caribbean.

25-year-old Malik is currently leading the side on their tour of fierce rivals India,, and has played 20 Tests and 147 one-dayers for his country.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf said that Malik had shown enough in his short spell in charge to warrant a further 12 months at the helm.

"Malik has shown enough promise to warrant more time as captain," said Ashraf.

"He has led the team well and all the players are comfortable with him.

"We are looking to have continuity in the captaincy as this is instrumental in the improvement of the team. Malik is young and learning and the perfect choice."


Ashraf added that the vice-captaincy would be assessed on a series-to-series basis, with Younis Khan currently filling that role in India.

Ashraf also said t hat injured pace bowler Mohammad Asif may be sent to Australia for treatment as he struggles with his elbow problem.

"We have two reports on his injury," Ashraf added.

"One specialist says he requires surgery, another feels he can recover without surgery.

"We have sent his reports to a top specialist in Australia and we are awaiting his response."

Asif has missed the tour of India with the problem that has troubled him recently, also forcing him to miss four of the five one-dayers against South Africa.