THE Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) late on Thursday night announced that Shahid Afridi will lead the Pakistan side in the cricket World Cup, to be held from February 19 April 2 in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, reported a private TV channel. The cricket board (PCB) had announced their 15-man squad for the showpiece event on January 18 but did not announce a skipper until today (Friday). Pakistans current limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi and the Test skipper Misbahul Haq were the two contenders for leading the team in the World Cup. They downplayed the ongoing row but former players lashed out saying the decision was likely to harm team unity. Afridi had earlier said: It would not be an issue for me if Im removed as captain. It doesnt make a difference whether Misbah leads the side or I because we both are playing for our country.