KARACHI - Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has insisted Pakistan name Shahid Afridi captain for next year's World Cup.
Afridi has captained the ODI unit on 34 occasions during a lengthy 378-match career - and will likely be named in the squad for the 2015 showpiece in Australia and New Zealand.
"Afridi is not a batsman, but his credentials as bowler and aggression in his attitude is more than enough to help him qualify as a captain of the national team," the Dawn quoted Akhtar as saying.
Erstwhile skipper Waqar Younis, meanwhile, has succeeded Australian Dav Whatmore as head coach. Younis' opening assignment will bring a one-off Twenty20 International, three ODIs and two Tests against the Australia in the United Arab Emirates between 3 October and 1 November. The 2015 World Cup campaign in Australasia, where Pakistan have been pooled with India, West Indies, Zimbabwe, UAE, South Africa and Ireland, is also high on the agenda.
"I hope Waqar will bring changes that will be beneficial for Pakistan team in the future. He as a coach has to rise above everything and act as father figure in the dressing room," added Akhtar.
"All these tactics are part of the skills of a coach and I hope a cricketer of Waqar's stature would be able to help Pakistan team overcome these problem and win in the future."