Butt hoping to get ‘extended run’ as Pakistan Test captain

Updated: Jul 21, 2010, 18:37 PM IST

London: Newly appointed Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt is hoping to get an extended run of the top job as he prepares to lead the side in his maiden Test as skipper in the second Test against Australia at Headingly starting Wednesday.

“Everybody who gets into this kind of challenging position, it helps to be permanently appointed. But this is what we have and it goes like that with everyone. Hopefully if we can do well we can stretch it (his tenure) a bit longer,” Butt told reporters on the eve of the match.

Butt, who was handed over the responsibility after Shahid Afridi’s abrupt announcement of retirement last week following the 150-run loss in the first Test at Lord’s, also said that because he is leading a young and energetic squad, there shouldn’t be much of a hassle.

“The Pakistan captaincy is a great honour, there is no doubt about it but the way it has come is not a way it has come to anyone before so I hope it goes well,” the left-hand opener said.

“It’s a challenge for me but I have to keep on going as a player and as a batsman which is more important. It’s a young unit so shouldn’t be that much of a hassle,” The Dawn quoted, as saying.

Butt described Afridi’s decision to quit Test cricket as an “honest” one, and said that it would benefit the team because he would be replaced by a Test specialist.

However, he refused to reveal who would be taking the spot in the lower middle order vacated by Afridi, but it is believed that former captain Shoaib Malik, who did not play in the Lord’s Test, would get a chance.