Inzamam roots for Afridi as T20 captain

Updated: 08 July 2009 14:11 IST

Former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq believes flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi should succeed Younus Khan as Pakistan's next Twenty20 captain.

Karachi:

Former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq believes flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi should succeed Younus Khan as Pakistan's next Twenty20 captain.

Younus announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket after leading the country to the World Twenty20 title last month in England and Inzamam felt Afridi would be the right replacement.

"I would back Afridi because he had performed outstandingly in the World Cup and he enjoys this form of the game. Plus, he has proved himself by leading the Karachi and Sindh teams in domestic cricket," Inzamam said.

It was very important that whoever led Pakistan was a good performer himself and led by example, he said. "Don't forget we have just nine months to prepare for the defence of our title in the World Twenty20 in the West Indies next year," Inzamam added.

Afridi has said he was not running after the captaincy but if he got the chance it would be a big honour for him to lead the country.

On Younus' decision to quit Twenty20, Inzamam said his decision must be respected.

"I would not say whether he took the right decision or not. But the fact is it is his decision and it must be respected," Inzamam said.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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