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Shahid Afridi reappointed as Pakistan T20 captain

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Explosive all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been named the new captain of the Pakistan T20 team, having been sacked from the position three years ago.

The 34-year-old led his nation to the semi-finals of the World T20 in 2010 but lost the captaincy of the side just a year later when he fell out with coach Waqar Younis.

Afridi assumes immediate leadership of the team, who haven’t had a captain since Mohammad Hafeez stepped down from the role after Pakistan’s elimination from this year’s World T20 in Bangladesh.

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First stint

Afridi initially became an international T20 skipper in August 2009 and went on to lead Pakistan in 19 matches, winning eight of those.

But the all-rounder lost the honour of skippering the side when he was critical of team management on a limited-overs tour of the Caribbean. The all-rounder kept his place in the team, but was stripped of coin-calling duties.

Younis still remains Pakistan’s head coach, but Afridi believes that their working relationship will be different this time around.

Fresh start

The big-hitting batsman is quoted by the BBC as saying: “Whatever happened in the past is over and now I have started a new beginning.

“I will develop a fearless approach in the players and eradicate the fear of loss as a captain. This format is not for the chicken-hearted player.”

Afridi regains control of Pakistan with them ranked third in the world in the shortest format of the game. If his players can play with the same confidence and brashness as their new skipper then they will continue to be a dominant force in 20-over cricket.

T20 specialist

The leg spinner is one of the biggest names in 20-over cricket due to his pyrotechnical batting and ability to take wickets at an economical rate.

He has amassed more than 1000 T20 International runs from his 74 appearances at a strike rate of 144 and has also claimed 77 wickets at an average of 22.61 coming at just 6.48 runs per over.

His ability has made him sought after in both the Indian Premier League – where he has played for Deccan Chargers and Dhaka Gladiators – and the Australian Big Bash – in which he has represented Melbourne Renegades.

World Cup captain

Meanwhile, Misbah-ul-Haq has retained his leadership of both the Test and ODI sides.

The 40-year-old will lead The Stars into next year’s 50-over World Cup, which begins in February and is being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Afridi will be expected to play down under – injury permitting – but he is likely to also have one eye on the next ICC World T20. Upon being reappointed, it was revealed that his contract as captain will run until the culmination of the 2016 World T20 in India.

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