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Pakistan replace skipper Malik with Younus

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  • 26-year-old Shoaib Malik has been relieved of the Pakistan cricket captaincy
  • Younus Khan has been handed the job for an indefinite period, the PCB said
  • Scan clears England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff of injury in West Indies tour
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(CNN) -- Shoaib Malik has been relieved of the Pakistan captaincy with batsman Younus Khan handed the job for an indefinite period, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tuesday .

Younus Khan, above, has been appointed Pakistan captain after Shoaib Malik was relieved of the job.

Younus Khan, above, has been appointed Pakistan captain after Shoaib Malik was relieved of the job.

The 26-year-old Malik was sacked after Pakistan suffered their worst one-day defeat by 234 runs in Saturday's final one-day international that handed Sri Lanka a 2-1 series win.

There had been strong calls last year from former players, including Inzamam-ul Haq and Zaheer Abbas, for Malik to be sacked, but the PCB instead renewed his term at the start of January.

"Malik has accepted a request to step down after the Sri Lanka defeat," PCB chairman Ijaz Butt told reporters. "We have appointed Younus as the new captain for an indefinite period."

The 31-year-old Younus' first task will be a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka, starting in mid-February.

Under Malik, Pakistan lost a Test and ODI series away in India and at home against South Africa before they embarked on a 16-match ODI winning streak.

England received positive news on the fitness of key all-rounder Andrew Flintoff after an MRI scan revealed no major damage in his left side leaving him clear to carry on with the tour of West Indies.

Flintoff, 31, made a round trip to Jamaica on Monday, accompanied by team doctor Mike Stone, after complaining of a side strain.

The scan results, assessed back in the UK by the England and Wales Cricket Board's chief medical officer Nick Peirce, proved encouraging at the start of England's four-Test series.

Flintoff, whose international comeback last summer was delayed by a similar injury, will now be monitored ahead of Thursday's first-class fixture against West Indies A at Warner Park.

"The scan showed no major damage and we will continue to assess Andrew on a daily basis," said an England team spokesman. "We haven't made a decision yet as to whether he is available for the next three-day game."

Owais Shah was undergoing further medical checks on a scratched cornea. Shah hit an unbeaten 125 on the opening day of the tour while the first Test begins at Sabina Park, Jamaica, next week.

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