If sources are to be believed then Peshawar da Puttar Shahid Afridi will be leading Pakistan in the Twenty20 format of the game and his first assignment could come in on August 12 when Pakistan will a Twenty20 game against Sri Lanka in Colombo. And the dope does not end there.
Pakistan’s One-day unit will also have Afridi as the captain if World Cup winning captain Younis Khan decides to focus his energy only on Test cricket. Afridi has always been quite vocal about captaining Pakistan and this opportunity will be embraced by the Pathan with open arms. But Afridi will have to wait a little longer as Younis wants to captain the side till the 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent.
Earlier, Younis Khan inspired Pakistan to lift their first ever Twenty20 World title defeating the much-favoured Sri Lanka by 8 wickets and Shahid Afridi played a key role in ensuring that the Cup was theirs for the taking. During the press conference after the win, Younis famously declared that he is no more going to play Twenty20 and will concentrate his energies
Some facts on the Pakistan win
1. This is Pakistan’s second World Cup title
2. Pakistan, with this win, became the second team after India to lift the ICC World Twenty20 trophy.
3. Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik put on a third wicket stand of 76 (unbroken), which Pakistan’s highest for the third wicket in the Twenty20 World Cup.
4. Umar Gul, with 13 wickets at an average of 12.15, was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
5. Afridi, with Player of the match awards in both the semifinal and final of the same Twenty20 World Cup, became the first player to accomplish the feat.
6. Abdul Razzaq with his 3 for 20 registered his best bowling performance in Twenty20 Internationals.
7. Afridi’s 54 off 40 balls is his best-ever innings in T20 games, surpassing the 51 off 34 balls against South Africa on jat Nottingham on June 18, 2009 # Afridi, in his last four innings, has batted reasonably well to post 29 not out against New Zealand; 24 against Ireland; 51 against South Africa and 54 not out against Sri Lanka.
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