Shahid Afridi has been appointed as the captain of Pakistan national cricket team for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2011. PCB has taken more times to take the decision of choosing him for the post.

Pakistan cricket board announced the 15-man squad without announcing the name of captain and vice-captain. It was speculation that Misbah-ul-Haq would get the captaincy because of his successfully leading Pakistan cricket team in the test series against New Zealand.

It seemed that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials kept faith on him and chose him to lead the national cricket. Before giving the captaincy job, he was being watched for the last 6-match ODI series. He proved his skill of captaincy with leading his team to a series victory.

Former Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram, has talked in favor of Shahid Afridi. In his statement, he said that PCB took a good decision to select Afridi as the Pakistan cricket skipper. Though PCB took long time for this decision, Akram is happy at the end because the power of captaincy has been given to the right person.

When he was asked about the performance of Pakistani players, Akram said that Abdur Razzaq and Shoaib Akhtar would play important role in the World Cup.

The 30-year-old played well in the previous T20 World Cup and was awarded “Man of the match” in both Semi-Final and Final matches. It is believed that he will play well in the ODI format World Cup too.