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Afridi out: a triumph of stupidity

Kamran Abbasi





Shahid Afridi's absence in the one-dayers may just be a turn-off for the fans © Getty Images
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This is a World Cup year. Pakistan are about to play their final home one-day series before that tournament. The campaign needs to be relaunched with a sense of optimism and an aura of positivity. Conditions in Pakistan are likely to be closer to the West Indies than conditions in South Africa will be.

Your star player, your talisman, your aggressor, your match-winner needs to rediscover his confidence. A combination of the West Indian attack and home conditions are an ideal formula to reinvigorate your champion and your campaign. The decision looks straightforward. The selectors, though, leave him out. Shahid Afridi out? The mind boggles and the logic wobbles. Nice one. Another triumph of stupidity from the men who want to be paid to do an important job badly.

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Posted by Faran Taher on (January 17, 2007, 21:15 GMT)

PCB/Inzi/So-called Selectors need to be focused, If Pakis are going to make some noise WC2007, then the inclusion of Afridi/Akhtar is a no-brainer. People seem to overlook Afridi's fielding prowess, yet he stands out in Pakistan. Everyone seemingly forgets his knock in India and Pakistan. For the love of cricket, please bring him back and unleash him. Afridi single handedly becomes a problem for the Aussies, English, Indians & South Africans the remainder of the teams the Pakistan team can handle.

Posted by Ikram ur Rehman on (January 11, 2007, 7:07 GMT)

i ve, to tell u one thing about afridi, he is the only man who can change the match,,,but do u know? only his prescence in his team can make a pressure on against team this why to drop afridi is a verry verry silly comments. and one thing more he is a bowler not a batsman he performed abetting in free becaz his job is to bowl,so to exect batting from afridi is not wiseness. we have to leave afridi 4 his own mind let him to do every thing .becaz whenever he blastt then dont think that he will not make match change.ikrammmmmmm

Posted by Jassim on (December 21, 2006, 15:53 GMT)

As much as we loved to watch him thrash bowlers it is high time he steps down. Afridi has lost his mojo. He might not admit it, most of his hardcore fans wont (even though i am one too), but its down to two things now. either leave the international scene OR bounce back to those miracle days where bowlers would fear putting in a loose ball when he was on strike. I just hope he does well in the upcoming Twenty20. I do look forward to having our old Afridi back but till then its bye bye.

Posted by Imran Quraishi on (December 13, 2006, 18:01 GMT)

I think that Afride should be permanently axed from playing for Pakistan cuz first of all he is not someone that you can rely upon all the time. He never clicks when the need comes and plays like he is playing club cricket. It would be the biggest mistake to include him in the team for South Africa and world cup cuz he is clueless against fast bowling and is an easy prey for fast bowlers. Every time he is included in the playing eleven the opponent fast bowlers are having a bowl.

Posted by Gibran Lalani on (December 11, 2006, 23:40 GMT)

I noted earlier post that Afridi can be included on the basis of this bowling. In the last 5 matches for Habib Bank Afridi has taken 22 wickets at an average of under 10 and has made one 50 and one 100...what more can you ask of an allrounder in a 5 match series?

Posted by Syed A. Rizwan on (December 9, 2006, 16:13 GMT)

Can anybody tell me when Afridi scored a Century or Half-Century last time? took 3, 4 or 5 Wickets last time? or take 2 or more catches / runout last time?

Unfortunately many of you people unable to tell me because he did it these thing once-upon-a-time.

So please tell him to perform in domestic cricket & then join the team.

Posted by Yamin Butt on (December 7, 2006, 17:20 GMT)

Afridi is pakistans match winner full stop. Instead of discarding him they should be doing all they can 2 nurse him back to full form in time for the world cup. If afridi ticks Pakistans chances in the world cup will be huge

Posted by Faraz Ishaq on (December 7, 2006, 16:37 GMT)

For me cricket is ths most passionate thing and if i am not wrong there are very few cricketrs are playing with killer instincts these days and one of those is Shahid Khan Afridi. I have seen him playing from the Galli Cricket from the streets of F B Area to TMC on club leve, from Pakistan U-19 against WI in WI to National Team. I consider him as most diversed player in modern cricket with handsome batting average and consistency in balling. And dropping him from the side for world cup will be the biggest injustice against him and to the whole nation. I want him in the team badly and he is the biggest entertainer in cricket these days, even bigger then Sachin and Lara. and one more thing I am sure HE WILL BE BACK during this series. He will be playing atleast in Karachi.

Posted by Ansar on (December 6, 2006, 18:27 GMT)

I would say why not drop Akmal and use Younis as wicket keeper batsman and bring afridi back. I guess akmal needs some domestic cricket to improve its form. Because in recent matches neither his batting nor his keeping was upto par and since we have bowling attack is back.

Posted by Mohammad Aftab Ahmed on (December 6, 2006, 13:41 GMT)

Since Shoaib and Asif are back, we have no choice but to drop Afridi from the startign 11. But I do believe he needs to in the team that travels to WI. Just not in the starting 11.

Our '92 WC was won by specialists coming the fore - Akram, Inzi, and co. None of the allrounders lead us to victory, unless you count Imran Khan as an allrounder. And it wasn't his performance so much as his leadership that lead us to victory.

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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