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05 February 201115:09

Afridi confirmed as Pakistan skipper for CWC 2011

The Pakistan Cricket Board said Afridi would lead the team while Test captain Misbah- ul- Haq would be his deputy

Afridi confirmed as Pakistan skipper for CWC 2011
 - Cricket News

Shahid Afridi will shoulder the responsibility of leading Pakistan's hopes in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

Pakistan on Friday named experienced all- rounder Shahid Afridi as captain of the national team for the ICC cricket World Cup beginning in Dhaka on February 19.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said Afridi would lead the team while Test captain and another front- runner for the job, Misbah- ul- Haq would be his deputy in the mega event to be jointly co- hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) announces Afridi as captain of Pakistan team for the World Cup. Misbah has been announced as vice captain for the event," the board said in a statement.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said the decision had widespread backing.

"I had detailed discussions with team management and players in New Zealand regarding captain and vice captain and am pleased to state that everyone fully endorsed these decisions," Butt was quoted as saying in the PCB statement.

The PCB also appointed a security advisor, Wasim Ahmed to accompany the team in the World Cup after the post was lying vacant following the resignation of Khawaja Naeem.

The PCB also announced that vice- captain Misbah- ul- Haq would be part of the tour selection committee for the World Cup, which also includes manager (Intikhab Alam), coach and the captain.