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PCB gives Malik more authority

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt directs the chief selector Saleem Jaffer to consult with the captain of the national side when selecting teams.

DUBAI // The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has directed the chief selector Saleem Jaffer to consult with the captain of the national side when selecting teams. "I have been assured that the team will now be announced after consultations with the skipper," the captain Shoaib Malik said after a meeting with Butt. "The selection committee will convince the captain before naming the team, unlike the way it used to happen previously."

The former chairman Nasim Ashraf had given national selectors the final say in selecting touring squads and also the playing 11 for a home match. Malik, who was named captain last year after Pakistan's disappointing show in the World Cup led to the resignation of Inzamam-ul-Haq, said he had asked Butt to give more authority to the captain. Malik has been under fire and seen as a weak leader by former cricketers since 2007 when he took over.

However, Butt went ahead and retained him captain saying his performance as captain will be reviewed in December. Jaffer said the talks had gone well. "We had a positive meeting with the captain and the chairman, in which he encouraged us all and told us we must work together with the captain," he said. * Reuters