Reliable sources claim that although Shahid Afridi was the front runner for the T20 captaincy but some of the selectors and a strong lobby in the board were in favour of a younger captain who could be appointed on long term basis.
     
"The idea is that if Sohaib Maqsood is appointed the T20 captain he can lead the country right until the 2016 World T20 while in Afridi's case it will have to be a short term appointment," one source said.
     
Maqsood, 27, is also being seen as a strong candidate as he is an MBA and experts believe he will cement his place in the national team in all three formats soon.
     
Maqsood who hails from Multan has played just 17 ODIs and 13 T20 matches for Pakistan since his debut last year.      

The source said Maqsood might even be appointed vice captain to Misbah-ul-Haq for the coming one-day series against Australia so that he can be groomed properly for the future.

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