Karachi:Former test players have slammed Pakistan Cricket Board for not announcing the captain while naming the 15-member final squad for the 2011 World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Former captain Moin Khan warned that any change in the captaincy of the one-day team at such a late stage before the World Cup could prove counter-productive for the team.
"The board should have named the captain with the World Cup squad," he said.
Former test player Salahuddin Ahmed, who has remained on the national selection committee as a member or chief selector for 12 different terms criticized the decision to not appoint the captain and also drop senior batsman Muhammad Yousuf.
"If the selectors have a clear conscience that they have done the right thing they should have addressed a press conference instead of just issuing a press release. The World Cup is too important an event to be announced in a release," he said.
Salahuddin said by not naming the captain, the board would only encourage politics in the team.
"It makes no sense once Shahid Afridi has gone to New Zealand as captain for the one-day series it would make no sense to change him as captain for the World Cup at such a late stage," he said.
Former test captain Aamir Sohail felt whoever the board wanted to lead the team in the World Cup they should have named him along with the team.
"This delay only creates uncertainties and will also affect the performance of Afridi and Misbah in the one-day series in New Zealand," Sohail said.
Well-informed sources have different stories to tell about why the board didn't announce the captain today.
Interestingly the decision to hold back the announcement of the captain came after chief selector, Mohsin Khan met with the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt earlier in the day in Lahore and then announced the team after consulting the other selectors.
"It is nothing but a way to give out a clear message to Afridi that he should not take captaincy for granted and remain in line with board policies," a source said.
He pointed out that the board Chairman was not happy with Afridi's habit of giving unnecessary statements in the media and that the team management and some players had also complained about his behavior.
Another source said that the captaincy issue was a serious one.
"Basically it will depend on how the second test ends tomorrow and how Misbah manages things and then most importantly how well Afridi leads the teams in the one-day series in New Zealand and performs himself.
"There is a feeling that the Afridi's talent as a player are being affected by the pressures of captaincy and it would be better to give this responsibility to a more mature person like Misbah who has led the team well in the tests," the source said.