Butt is Pakistan`s best choice for Test captaincy

Updated: May 19, 2010, 19:46 PM IST

Opener Salman Butt is the right choice to lead the Pakistan Test side in the forthcoming series against Australia and England, feels former captain Wasim Akram.

Akram said with Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi`s place uncertain in the Test team, Butt is the best man for the job.

"Salman (Butt) has performed really well in recent times. Afridi`s place in the Test squad is not fixed, so there is no question of him being made the skipper," Akram said.

"In the absence of senior blokes like Mohammad Yousuf, Younus Khan and Shoaib Malik, Salman is the right choice for the job," he said.

With series coming up against England and Australia starting next month, Pakistan are searching for a new Test skipper, especially after their disastrous Australia tour earlier this year under Mohammad Yousuf`s captaincy.

Soon after team`s return from Australia, the Pakistan Cricket Board had sacked Yousuf and banned him for an indefinite period along with former skipper Younus Khan, while another ex-captain Shoaib Malik was handed a one-year ban and fine.

Since then Pakistan Test skipper`s post has been lying vacant with the PCB in the look out for an able candidate for the job.

Meanwhile, with a leaked video of a recent PCB probe where former coach Intikhab Alam and bowling coach Aaqib Javed were suspecting Kamran Akmal`s involvement in match-fixing during the Australia tour making news, Akram said he "happy" not to have missed the inquiry committee meetings.

"I have read it in the Pakistan newspapers. I was also a part of this enquiry and thank God, I could not make it due to my television commitments. I could not attend any of their meetings," Akram said.

He said there is a lot of mistrust between the players and PCB, which is not good for Pakistan cricket.

"One thing is for sure, players have lost faith in the Board and vice-versa. This was a very private inquiry. So I do not think next time anybody will trust PCB. This is not on. The players have gone through a lot. They performed badly in Australia and then went through a lot of probes. But they did well to reach the T20 World Cup semifinals," Akram added.

PTI

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