LAHORE Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has said that the national team captain for the forthcoming Asia Cup and Test tour to England would be announced on May 24. Ijaz Butt told the reporters that he was satisfied with Pakistans performance in the just-concluded World Twenty20 in the West Indies and it was sheer bad luck that the team lost to Australia in the semi-final. He said the PCB governing council members and selectors would discuss the forthcoming tours next week. Butt, however, refused to speculate on whether the board would announce one captain for the Asia Cup and England tour or have separate leaders. However, reports suggested that Shahid Afridi is on board about the developments. Reports being attributed to the board stated that Afridi will lead the team in Sri Lanka. I think he has impressed the selectors and the board and the fact that the squad played as a unit and backed each other up in a very positive way, has swayed the decision makers, reports quoted sources. Afridi skippered Pakistan in the fifth one day international in Australia replacing Mohammad Yousuf who was dropped for the match and since then has been the regular captain of the team in the Twenty over format. According to Pakpassion, Afridi would be the first to admit that he was not at his best during the Twenty-20 World Cup averaging 15.16 with the bat and picking up 4 wickets at an average of 45.50 and an economy rate of 7.58. Despite Afridi not being the match winner that he was during the 2009 event, his team was within a whisker of reaching their third consecutive World Twenty20 Final. Afridi has impressed the Board and selectors enough to be given the opportunity to skipper the team in what promises to be a hotly contested Asia Cup featuring the hosts Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and of course Pakistan. It is however unclear whether Afridi will skipper the team on the extended tour of England where Pakistan play six Test matches, four Twenty-20 matches and 5 one day internationals between July and September. The complication regarding Afridis appointment as skipper for the entire tour of England would it seem be the fact that Afridi has not played test cricket since July 2006. As a result of this, the Board may either have to ask Afridi to consider playing the 5 day version of the game once again or look to appoint separate captains for the one day and test format.