LAHORE The Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed opening batsman Salman Butt as Vice Captain of the Pakistan cricket team for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka and the tour of England. Shahid Afridi was earlier named captain for both the series. Butt was being tipped as top favourite for the Test captaincy after Mohammad Yousuf was banned following Pakistans poor series in Australia where they lost three Tests, five one-day and a Twenty20 match. But in a turn around, Afridi announced his availability for the Test cricket annihilating Butts captaincy prospects. Pakistan take on hosts and defending champions Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh in the Asia Cup from June 15-24 before their tour of England. Pakistan play two Twenty20 and two Tests against Australia before taking on England in four Tests, five one-day and two Twenty20 matches. Salman has so far played 27 Tests, 76 one-day and 22 Twenty20 games for Pakistan since making his debut in 2003. The decision was expected as most of cricket pundits favoured Salman Butt for this post. Skipper Shahid Afridi and chief coach Waqar Younis were also in favor of Salman Butt for the job. There were speculations that former skipper Younus Khan could be recalled for vice-captain job. Afridi also wants Younus back in squad for England tour as vice captain. Middle-order batsman Misbah-ul-Haq and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq were also under consideration but reports said that PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt decided in favor of Salman on the advice of manager Yawar Saeed. Another interesting thing to note is that Misbah was not even in the 35 probable list but came under consideration. Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis has already been informed about the decision. Salman, who has shown a lot of improvement with the bat recently, had also been the candidate for the captaincy prior to Afridis appointment.