Afridi to lead Pakistan in T20

Updated: 29 July 2009 08:25 IST

Allrounder Shahid Afridi will lead the Pakistan cricket team in the next month's Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka.

Islamabad:

Allrounder Shahid Afridi will lead the Pakistan cricket team in the next month's Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka.

"Chairman PCB (Ijaz Butt) has appointed Shahid Afridi as captain for the Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka," the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement Wednesday.

Afridi will replace Younis Khan, who retired from 20-over game after leading Pakistan to win the Twenty20 World Cup in England last month.

Afridi, 29, was instrumental in Pakistan's success in England, hitting an unbeaten 54 off 52 balls his side beat Sri Lanka in the final.

He has played in 23 Twenty20 internationals, scoring 371 runs at an average of 19.52, as well as claiming 33 dismissals at an impressive average of 15.57.

Pakistan will play Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 match on Aug. 12 after a five-match one-day series.

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