South Africa February 10, 2007

Afridi should pay and play

Pakistan and South Africa might not have played much international cricket against each other but when it comes to controversy they are sure making up for the Apartheid years

Pakistan and South Africa might not have played much international cricket against each other but when it comes to controversy they are sure making up for the Apartheid years. Now Shahid Afridi will sit out the rest of the one-day series cursing his stupidity. Whatever provocation he received from the spectator - and Chris Broad was right to speak to Cricket South Africa about the abuse of Afridi - there is no excuse for thrusting a cricket bat at anybody.

Afridi's behaviour was dangerous and irresponsible and he deserves to pay the price. But at the same time he also deserves to play in Pakistan's World Cup campaign, which luckily begins with two official World Cup warm-up matches. This means that Afridi could well be available for the opening encounter of this year's World Cup, the match against West Indies, if the warm-up matches count. At worst, Afridi will miss only one crucial World Cup match, the other being against Ireland.

Afridi, like any good spinner, is maturing with age and the spin option he offers means that he has more than one reason to be in the team. Pakistan should back him for the World Cup as a bowling allrounder with the ability to turn a match on its head with bat and sometimes ball. The wickets in West Indies should suit him.

The World Cup is rapidly opening up with Australia's blip in form. Pakistan have a real chance if all their main players are fit and available. Afridi is a vital element of Pakistan's attack force, and with the current strategy of batting right down to number nine or ten Afridi has greater licence to free his mind and swing.

If the PCB and Afridi have any sense they will accept the punishment, forget about an appeal, and get Mr Boom Boom ready for the Caribbean.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • testli5504537 on March 5, 2007, 15:16 GMT

    he is better than any other hitter.when he stays 50 over on the pitch all the batting records wiil be broken

  • testli5504537 on March 2, 2007, 20:09 GMT

    Well i Personally Met With Afridi While he was Passing Through Dubai On his Way to Home when he was Banned for 4 ODI .Belive me he was very upset not because he was banned because hw wanted to Teach South Africa a good lesson with his pinche hitting as he was upset with most of the spectators were passing bad comments not againts team but against Pakistan which really drive him crazy for such reaction..he promised me that in the world cup he will try his best to proform with his fullest cooool .And Boooom boooom Sixes All over the Carribean..we all Pray for his success and as well team success in the world cup and inshallah the cup will come to Pakistan very sooon...

  • testli5504537 on February 28, 2007, 11:21 GMT

    Afridi should open again India and Srilanka only

  • testli5504537 on February 17, 2007, 13:16 GMT

    Ro bert! you are not exactly Mr. current affairs are you ? Kamran is referring to the "aparthied within" in that australian offspring of dubious origin--speed!! The ban on Afridi is illegal as it was invoked against the rules!! go home and read some tabloid if you cannot keep up with the news...the 18 hour stipulation had expired for anyone to have laid a charge on Afridi-- above all the ICC media rep had issued a statement that no action would be taken against Afridi---but when Afridi played his BOOM BOOM innings in the 2nd ODI, ---it occured to speed to deal a blow to Pakistan and so he did...that's the aparthied you fail to see, maybe you are just pretending....

    Pakistan Zindabad, Pakistan Paendabad!

  • testli5504537 on February 16, 2007, 7:33 GMT

    HI GUYS, Dont worry about pakistani cricket team.It is an unpredictable & unbeatable on their days.This 3-1 loss was impotant for pak & also good for them becoz pak is a team wich plays well only when they r pushed back.Pak can defeat any one in the world dont worry about them.

  • testli5504537 on February 15, 2007, 10:02 GMT

    Being an Indian i always want to see Indian team winning but if our team is not there then my second choice is Pakistan.I really appreciate the kind of talent this team has ,the likes of Shoiab,Afridi,Mohd.Yusuf,Younis khan,Asif,Razzaq,Kaneria and Mr.Cool-Inzy.But it gives me a sad feeling when these players act foolishly.I always feel and fully endorse Wasim Akram's statement that if there is any team capable of beating Australia in world cup then it is Pakistan ( India of course is there all the team having great talent in their team ).I just want to see good sense prevail and all these players give 100% and i think if they club together and fire properly at the right time world cup is coming back to this continent.Either to India or Pakistan but in no case will go to Australia.We all must pray to GOD ,our wish should come true.

  • testli5504537 on February 15, 2007, 9:25 GMT

    Adding to my last message i would like to say that if asian countries really want to oppose these kind of comments happened with Afridi in South Africa then we all ( India,Pakistan,Bangladesh,Sri Lanka ) must stand up and take this issue to the annual meeting of ICC.One should not forget that if these 4 nations stop playing cricket then cricket will die very soon.

  • testli5504537 on February 15, 2007, 9:22 GMT

    What JINN has said on 10th Feb at 4.01 pm is correct is that they are an aggressive playing nation and if someone is abusive then the players have all the right to react accordingly.But mind u the words like green pyjamas and baby blues are equally abusive.I wish the two hottest countries play against each other in world cup and there the world will see who is more aggressive.Last 3 world cup matches are good example.

  • testli5504537 on February 13, 2007, 23:39 GMT

    To Javad A Khan from Lesley C No but I have a DEAF sister so I find it really easy to lip read (years of practice Mr Khan),

  • testli5504537 on February 13, 2007, 19:36 GMT

    Javed, you sure love afridi, "aye". But the thing is, what he did was WRONG. and as calgary highlander said, "Gibbs did not serve a two match ban. He served a ban froma test, an ODI, and the 20/20. That kinda equals two four ODI's. Both Gibbs n Fridi kinda did the same amount of wrongdoings." and why are you comparing ice hockey (or etc) with cricket!?? i know you love him, BUT dont get upset if someone says something about "AFRIDI" :-) PEACE

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