Malik rules himself out of Twenty20 World Cup captaincy

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Shoaib Malik has told the PCB that he is no longer interested to take up captaincy on a permanent basis.

Updated: February 12, 2010 10:55 IST
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Pakistan Cricket Board sounded out Shoaib Malik to lead the national side in Twenty20 World Cup in May but the senior batsman has said to PCB that he is no longer interested to take up captaincy on a permanent basis.

Malik, who will lead Pakistan in the two Twenty20 Internationals against England in Dubai, conveyed this to PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt during a meeting in Lahore to discuss preparations for the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

Butt had called Malik to discuss about 30 probables for the Twenty20 World Cup but was advised to do this with Afridi.

"After reluctance of Malik, the Board has decided to continue with Afridi as captain for T20 World Cup despite his ball tampering incident in Australia for which it has been decided to fine him at board level," one source said.

Malik even told Butt that since Shahid Afridi would be available for second Twenty20 International in Dubai on February 20 he should resume the captaincy in that game.

Butt, however, told Malik the board would not change the decision that he (Malik) would lead the team in both matches.

"But Malik made it clear he didn't want the captaincy in future and Afridi should be given the responsibility to lead the team in the Twenty20 World Cup," one source said.

"Malik also assured Butt that he would wholeheartedly support Afridi," the source added.

Malik was made captain in 2007 after World Cup disaster but sacked in early 2009 after a home series loss to Sri Lanka and after coach Intikhab Alam and manager Yawar Saeed submitted a damaging report against him to Butt.

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