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Afridi to lead Pak in ICC Champions Trophy opener

Younis Khan has been ruled out due to a hairline fracture in his hand which made him miss the second warm game as well

Afridi to lead Pak in ICC Champions Trophy opener - Cricket News
Shahid Afridi will lead the Pakistan cricket team in their ICC Champions Trophy.
Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi will lead the Pakistan cricket team in their ICC Champions Trophy opener against the West Indies tomorrow as regular skipper Younus Khan has been ruled out due to a hand injury.

Younus, who suffered a hairline fracture in his right index finger during a warm-up match against Sri Lanka at Benoni three days back, is, however, likely to be fit for Pakistan's second match against archrivals India on Saturday. His unavailability for the match paves the way for vice-captain Afridi to take on the mantle of leading the One-day side for the first time in his career.

Meanwhile, Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam inisisted that the Younus' injury is not very serious. "It's a hairline fracture. However the injury is not serious. We hope he will be fit to play against India," he said.

Younus did not play in the second warm-up match on Saturday due to the same injury.