Afridi handed T20 captaincy

Controversial all-rounder to lead Pakistan in the West Indies

By Ally Fisher.   Last Updated: 23/03/10 2:37pm

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Afridi: Pakistan captain for World Twenty20

Afridi: Pakistan captain for World Twenty20

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Shahid Afridi has been named Pakistan's captain for the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean as they look to defend their title.

"After a detailed discussion, the PCB have appointed Shahid Afridi as captain for the World Cup."
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The 30-year-old was named player of the tournament in the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 and starred in last year's competition playing a pivotal role in Pakistan's final win.

The controversial all-rounder has never been far from the spotlight and was among a number of players who received severe sanctions following an inquiry into Pakistan's dismal display against Australia.

The flamboyant Afridi was caught on camera tampering with the ball in January, during a one-day match in Perth, and was subsequently banned for two Twenty20 Internationals by the International Cricket Council.

The Pakistan Cricket Board fined the all-rounder £23,800 for bringing the game and his country into disrepute, and was placed on a six-month probation programme.

Detailed discussion

However, in an extraordinary turnaround, he has now been named skipper following a meeting with PCR chairman Ijaz Butt in Lahore.

"After a detailed discussion, the PCB have appointed Shahid Afridi as captain for the World Cup," said PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar.

The Pakistani has been involved in other notable incidents in recent years. In 2005 he was banned for one Test match and two ODIs for pitch tampering against England and in 2007 was given a four-game ODI suspension for attacking a spectator.

Afridi will join up with Hampshire after the tournament ends on May 16 to help the newly-named Royals engage in a successful Friends Provident T20 campaign.

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