Pakistan will be desperate for an improvement on their recent World Cup form after going out at the first stage in the last two tournaments but the PCB are still yet to name a captain that will lead the team in the competition. Shahid Afridi is widely expected to be handed the role by the PCB after being backed by the majority of senior and retired players.
Bowling legend Wasim Akram has been the latest name to put his weight behind the cause to hand Afridi the role to lead the side that has just picked up a series win in New Zealand although Misbah ul-Haq could be another contender.
"I would go for Afridi any day. Misbah (ul-Haq) is performing well, but he's not a magician. In my opinion, Afridi should be named captain. I don't know what the PCB is doing," Akram said.
Despite Afridi's various run-ins with the PCB the experienced all-rounder is the resounding choice of the senior players in the squad. Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul and Kamran Akmal have all reportedly lent their support to Afridi and that could well be the deciding factor behind any choice. The cricket odds indicate Pakistan could make an impact at the World Cup, but they will need to get their squad selection spot on.
Pakistan will go into their opening match of the tournament against Kenya on the back of their impressive one-day series win against the Kiwis and will need to build on that momentum. A good showing at this World Cup could be a major ingredient in the country's plan of returning to grace with the cricketing community after such a horrendous 2010.With Afridi leading the team Pakistan would stand a much better chance of achieving that.