Salman Butt emerges frontrunner for Pak Test captaincy

Lahore: Left-hand Pakistan opener Salman Butt has emerged as a frontrunner for the captaincy for the upcoming back-to-back Test series against England and Australia.

According to sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the board is contemplating to reward Butt with the Test captaincy for his impressive show in the just concluded ICC World T20 Championship in the West Indies.

T20 skipper Shahid Afridi is likely to lead the team in the upcoming Asia Cup and later in the one-day tournament against England and Australia in England. However, the board would have to appoint a new captain for the Test series as Afridi has decided not to play the five-day game, The Daily Times reports.

Butt had served as vice-captain under Shoaib Malik, but he failed to impress the selectors during his stint as Malik`s deputy following which he was removed.