Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi may lead Pakistan during the one-day and Twenty20 series against New Zealand to be held in the UAE from November 3.



Dubai: Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi may lead Pakistan during the one-day and Twenty20 series against New Zealand to be held in the UAE from November 3.

Younus Khan, the present captain, is yet to recover from a finger injury and Afridi is being asked to be ready to lead the team if required. The news has emerged following a meeting between Pakistan Cricket Board and chairman Ijaz Butt at Lahore yesterday.

It is understood that Afridi was also asked for his comments on the 25 probables who have been picked for the oncoming series.

According to information, the current captain might need at least 15 weeks rest to recover from his injury. He played in the Champions Trophy taking pain killers.

Afridi had led Pakistan in the first match of the Champions Trophy against West Indies following the injury to Khan. Pakistan won that match and he displayed his captaincy skills.

Speaking about Afridi's captaincy, coach Intikhab Alam, after the match, said: "Afridi has matured tremendously and has shown his ability to lead the Pakistan team. He is a very good captain and we have made him the captain of our Twenty20 team to prepare him for the future."

Khan is expected to lead Habib Bank team in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy to commence this week. If he is ready to play in this tournament then PCB will not think about a change in captaincy for the UAE series.