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Pakistan crisis deepens

Chief selector quits, captain banned

Kamran Akmal: next in line?

Pakistan's dismal tour of Australia has been enveloped by a fresh crisis over who leads the team in Friday's one-off Twenty20 international.

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"After the clean sweep in the Test as well as the one-day series in Australia, I don't think it is my moral duty to remain the chief selector. I am very disappointed, like millions of Pakistanis. As I am responsible for the selection of the team, I quit from my post."

Iqbal Qasim

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The tourists have been whitewashed in both the Test and one-day series and have one last chance to break their duck in Melbourne before heading home.

Pakistan are world champions in the T20 format but will be without captain Shahid Afridi after he was banned for two matches for biting the ball during the fifth one-day international.

With Test skipper Mohammad Yousuf out with a knee injury and his predecessor Younus Khan having retired from T20, there is no obvious candidate to step in as captain.

Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal could find himself in the hot seat despite being axed from the Test side following a woeful performance behind the stumps in Sydney just a month ago.

Qasim resignation

The resignation of chief selector Iqbal Qasim on Sunday - the first casualty of the disastrous tour - provides a further complication.

Pakistan must first find someone who can appoint a captain, and then appoint a captain.

"After the clean sweep in the Test as well as the one-day series in Australia, I don't think it is my moral duty to remain the chief selector," Qasim said.

"I am very disappointed, like millions of Pakistanis. As I am responsible for the selection of the team, I quit from my post.

"The selection committee, which I headed, did its best to select the best possible team for the Tests as well as for the one-day matches, but they did not live up to the expectations of the fans who are badly hurt."