Qadir wants separate teams

Karachi: Pakistan’s new chief selector Abdul Qadir has proposed two cricket teams for Test and one-dayers with two separate captains.

“It is not a bad idea and worth definitely giving a try in our cricket as well,” said Qadir, whose first assignment will be to choose the team for the home series against Sri Lanka next month.

Qadir said he would discuss the matter with the senior officials of the board in Lahore when the selection panel meet to pick the team.

He would also like to see separate captains for the two formats of the game, an experiment that had been done with considerable success in Australia, England and Sri Lanka.

“We have enough talent in our country and by having separate teams we can start planning ahead and building a combination for the Champions Trophy and 2011 World Cup,” he said.

There is a growing lobby in PCB that wants the board to have Shoaib Malik as captain for one-dayers and Twenty20 cricket and senior batsman Younis Khan as Test captain. Malik is presently captain in both forms of the game till December 31 and his continuance as skipper would be reviewed afresh by the governing council of the board next week. — PTI

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