Latif: Shahid Afridi should lead Pakistan in ODIs after WC

Karachi: Former captain Rashid Latif has sparked off a new controversy in Pakistan cricket by suggesting that flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi must not retire from ODIs after the World Cup.

Shahid Afridi and Rashid Latif
Shahid Afridi and Rashid Latif 

"I don't think this is the right time to retire for Shahid. Misbah has already announced he will retire after the World Cup and I think the Pakistan team needs to be captained by a senior and aggressive player like Shahid for atleast a year," Latif told PTI yesterday.

Both Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq have said they will retire from ODIs after the World Cup and while Afridi will continue to captain the national T20 team until the 2016 World Cup, Misbah has said he will only focus on leading the Test side.

"It is never a good idea to build a new team with a relatively inexperienced leader and that is why I think Shahid should reconsider his retirement decision and stay on atleast until the 2016 World T20 to also lead the one-day side," Latif said.

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