Butt to captain Pakistan following Afridi resignation

LONDON, (Reuters) – Salman Butt will captain  Pakistan for the remaining test matches on their tour of England  following the resignation of Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan Cricket  Board (PCB) said yesterday.

Afridi announced his decision to retire from test cricket for the third time after Pakistan lost to Australia in the first  test at Lord’s on Friday.

It was Afridi’s first test after coming out of a four-year  self-imposed test exile.

At a PCB meeting yesterday morning, opening batsman Butt,  25, was named as Afridi’s replacement for Wednesday’s second  test against Australia as well as the forthcoming four-test  series against England.

The England and Wales Cricket Board also said  yesterday  that all-rounder Afridi would not play in the second test, at  Headingley in Leeds, because of a side strain.

Pakistan begin their test series against England at Trent  Bridge, Nottingham, on July 29.

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