Pakistan cricket June 20, 2012

Why Afridi is right to call for new blood

We have been here before, I hear you say; Shahid Afridi , Pakistan's maverick hero, pondering another retirement , this time from the 50-overs version of international cricket
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We have been here before, I hear you say; Shahid Afridi, Pakistan's maverick hero, pondering another retirement, this time from the 50-overs version of international cricket. Afridi's desire for retirement changes with the seasons. People will question his motives. A booming fashion among star cricketers for T20 cricket tends to attract scepticism from fans rather than sympathy. We'd all prefer to be paid more to do less.

But let's strip away our cynicism for a moment and take Afridi's argument at face value: it's time, says the man who is always in a hurry, to make way for new blood and ready Pakistan for a challenge at the next 50-overs World Cup in 2015. It's an argument, whatever Afridi's true motivation, that I believe is compelling.

Pakistan cricket has a new board chairman. A new coaching team has taken charge too. Yet, this month's defeat to Sri Lanka in the ODI series had a stale aroma. No new players entered the fray. Old hands plied their familiar wares, and any old warriors that were recalled were pretty much as we remembered them. Pakistan cricket has rarely planned beyond the next series but success in modern cricket requires greater foresight.

Perhaps it is a delusion, but the conveyor belt of talent that Pakistan was once famous for introducing to the world has become a recycling cart. Instead, the world looks to England, Australia, and even India, to surprise with unfamiliar names and unsung talents. Even the thrill makers in Pakistan cricket are purveyors of established thrills, take Afridi for example.

Pakistan cricket has become a place of rare experiment. Admittedly, experiment isn't always appropriate. A formidable Test team builds at a gradual pace, a tweak here and a shuffle there, experience as vital as ability. The impending World T20 offers little scope for unearthing new stars; Pakistan have a formula and need to finesse it. It is 50-overs cricket that now offers the greatest opportunity for trial and error.

Fifty-overs cricket has become the problem child of the international game, less than the thorough examination of a Test match and the instant fix of a T20 bash. Players want Test cricket to further their status in the game; they crave T20 cricket to firm up their pension fund. Fifty-overs cricket falls between priorities, a game uncertain of purpose or mandate. In the race for survival among formats, 50-overs cricket looks the most vulnerable.

That's argument enough to use 50-overs cricket as an entry route to the international game, a gateway to cricket's longest or shortest forms, or both depending on a player's performance. For Pakistan cricket, this approach is even more compelling one. With three years to go before the next World Cup, the cricket board and selectors need to ask themselves how many of the current bunch can be expected to make a genuine impact in that tournament? Afridi, Misbah, Younis Khan and other senior players are players of the past not the future in 50-overs cricket.

And this is where Afridi's contemplation hits the right note. Pakistan can only hope to compete at the next World Cup with a team of new stars. Warriors, old and recycled, need to make way immediately for a new generation of Pakistan cricketers; players who can mount a serious challenge for the next world title and make a case for inclusion in the Test and T20 sides.

Afridi is right to question his usefulness to the 50-overs effort, as well as the strategy for the 2015 World Cup. His senior colleagues should follow suit. Cricket teams, like empires, run their course and decay. Pakistan cricket needs fresh blood and a fresh direction in ODI cricket. The PCB should identify its potential team for the next World Cup, appoint a new captain, and let Dav Whatmore do the rest. The moment, like Afridi, calls for young blood and new solutions.

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

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  • vivek pandey on December 7, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    ohhhh plz, don't say that U R gng to retire mr. AFRIDI. what U need to do is just have look at ur own records; no matter whether its bowling or batting. U were a KING; U are a KING; and U will be a KING of all times

  • jazim hussain on October 2, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    it is right to inject fresh blood in the team so they can make themselves to the international level before the mega event which is to be held in aus-new zealand. pakistan have lot of talent but the same need to be groomed for international level so they can compete with others and give tough time to the opposition.

  • fahim Aziz on August 23, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    We all talk about the exubrance of youth. However, kindly condider that the next world cup is in Australia, and no matter what potential youth brings to the table, particularly from the subcontinent, in most caesx it's never enough to make a positively significant difference on the bouncy tracks of Australia. Experience is key, let's be honest about it.Do we have enough tours to Australia prior to the 2015 world cup to blood the youngsters and give them experience.

    Consider this selectors.

  • raja on August 11, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    AFRIDI IS OPENER HE SHUD NOT BAT AT NO 6

  • ibrar shah on August 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Afridi needs to stop threatning retirment on pak cricket and start beliving in himself " he is a good bowler in both forms and is needed in bowling attack" all he needs is special coaching with his batting and will be back in form? and we all know when its fri day he can take the game away from oposition.Captaincy comes and goes?

  • farzoq ali on July 26, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    afridi is right because the seniour in our team are use less how many chancese we give him to prove themselves if these chancese were given to the new up coming players they learn alot more then our seniour players.....afridi is the pride of our pakistani cricket team he is man of honour and a true pakistani cricketer.....shahid bhai you should play the wc-2015.....

  • mohamed on July 25, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be there in the T20 as well as in ODI's as captain. he is the only calm player who can lead well it proved in 2011 worldcup...! all players in the team listens to what he say and he knows how to handle them in calm way and as a captain he plays very coooool....1

  • Farrukh on July 23, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    I think the statement of Shahid about retirement is more of hopelessness anda result of the attitude of PCB towards him, being the most experienced, he is not given the place he deserves, neither the captaincy!

  • shahidkhan on July 23, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi is the best coise to lead pakistan world cup t20 2012

  • Fahd on July 23, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    The best examples of modern days cricketer are Virat Kohli , Raina ,AB Devilliers etc ,who can adjust them self in all format of the game by just changing the Batting technique/SR ,Pakistani Batsmen should learn this art also.Only this can put our Team on winning tracks.Those who are not capable to do so ,should quit them self from the team.and as for as Bowlers are concerned ,their Economy rate/SR should always be monitored .My final conclusion is that Pakistan team is always consist of big names (out of Form) ,actually it should be consist of Any Players who are in Form.The biggest example is the Australian Team ,they even dont hazitate to drop their Captain if he is out of form.

  • vivek pandey on December 7, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    ohhhh plz, don't say that U R gng to retire mr. AFRIDI. what U need to do is just have look at ur own records; no matter whether its bowling or batting. U were a KING; U are a KING; and U will be a KING of all times

  • jazim hussain on October 2, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    it is right to inject fresh blood in the team so they can make themselves to the international level before the mega event which is to be held in aus-new zealand. pakistan have lot of talent but the same need to be groomed for international level so they can compete with others and give tough time to the opposition.

  • fahim Aziz on August 23, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    We all talk about the exubrance of youth. However, kindly condider that the next world cup is in Australia, and no matter what potential youth brings to the table, particularly from the subcontinent, in most caesx it's never enough to make a positively significant difference on the bouncy tracks of Australia. Experience is key, let's be honest about it.Do we have enough tours to Australia prior to the 2015 world cup to blood the youngsters and give them experience.

    Consider this selectors.

  • raja on August 11, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    AFRIDI IS OPENER HE SHUD NOT BAT AT NO 6

  • ibrar shah on August 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Afridi needs to stop threatning retirment on pak cricket and start beliving in himself " he is a good bowler in both forms and is needed in bowling attack" all he needs is special coaching with his batting and will be back in form? and we all know when its fri day he can take the game away from oposition.Captaincy comes and goes?

  • farzoq ali on July 26, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    afridi is right because the seniour in our team are use less how many chancese we give him to prove themselves if these chancese were given to the new up coming players they learn alot more then our seniour players.....afridi is the pride of our pakistani cricket team he is man of honour and a true pakistani cricketer.....shahid bhai you should play the wc-2015.....

  • mohamed on July 25, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be there in the T20 as well as in ODI's as captain. he is the only calm player who can lead well it proved in 2011 worldcup...! all players in the team listens to what he say and he knows how to handle them in calm way and as a captain he plays very coooool....1

  • Farrukh on July 23, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    I think the statement of Shahid about retirement is more of hopelessness anda result of the attitude of PCB towards him, being the most experienced, he is not given the place he deserves, neither the captaincy!

  • shahidkhan on July 23, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi is the best coise to lead pakistan world cup t20 2012

  • Fahd on July 23, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    The best examples of modern days cricketer are Virat Kohli , Raina ,AB Devilliers etc ,who can adjust them self in all format of the game by just changing the Batting technique/SR ,Pakistani Batsmen should learn this art also.Only this can put our Team on winning tracks.Those who are not capable to do so ,should quit them self from the team.and as for as Bowlers are concerned ,their Economy rate/SR should always be monitored .My final conclusion is that Pakistan team is always consist of big names (out of Form) ,actually it should be consist of Any Players who are in Form.The biggest example is the Australian Team ,they even dont hazitate to drop their Captain if he is out of form.

  • Fahd on July 22, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    The main thing for our team is the SR of Batsman ,our Coach should work on it .The Batsmen palying in the team should stay in the team only if they score consistantly with an approx strike rate in Test = 50 % , ODI = 100% , T-20 = 200% .Faster format of the Game needs Talented young Blood.PCB/Misbah/Hafeeez should understan this .Captain Afridi can prepare Hammad ,Asad OR Umer Akmal as future Leader for ODI/T20.

  • Fahd on July 22, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Afridi is the best available choice for Captaincy for Both T-20 and ODI atleast upto 2015 WC.Winning Combination for T-20 is 01-Ahmad Shehzad,02-Nasir Jamshaid,03-Asad Shafiq,04-Umar Akmal,05-Shahid Afridi,06-Hamad Azam,07-Zulqarnain,08-Saeed Ajmal,09-Junaid Khan,10-Wahab Riaz,11-Umar Gul , Imran Nazir can be as spare Opener. . Umar Gul has lost his rythem ,he need to be rested ,other wise he is a quality Bowler. Hafeez is a Foto copy of Misbah ,only suitable for Test .Best Combination for Test Squad 01-Hafeez,02-Azhar Ali,03-Muhammad Ayub,04-Asad Shafiq,05-Umar Akmal,06-Misbah,07-Sarfraz,08-Wahab,09-Ajmal,10-Junaid,11-Gul

  • NAWAZ on July 20, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    For me if Afridi retires from either of any format, i think i will stop watching cricket at all because the way he (afridi) led our team in the previous world cup it was great effort that he put us to feel proud, however, as i think that some of our players especially in batting lineup (Younis Khan, Misbah and Mohammad Hafeez) must leave the team with courtesy.

  • salahuddin on July 16, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi.When match begin Ban vs pak i support pak because i am a big fan of afridi. so i want to tell afridi pls dont retired from cricket.if u do this i will never see cricket because u r a only unpredict guy in cricket history.so pls dont leave cricket at least 2-3 years.

  • S N Qazi on July 15, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Misbah at the end of the Sri Lanka Tour has said that : The performance of some of the Senior Playerswas not good.however , we cannot remove them from the team just because of bad performance income tour. The answer is for the PCB to publish the. Statistics for each of the tours for the last three years and commutative statistics for the last three years . It will be seen that some players such asYounis khan ,Shoaib Malik andImran Farhat haven't been performing for the last three years. Why They are kept in the Team is a mystery.bringinginnew talent is long overdue ,

  • fazrul gafoor - SriLanka on July 12, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    i am really happy to read the news today that pakistan selectors have include IMRAN NAZIR, KAMRAN AKMAL, ABDUL RAZAQ & SHUHAIB MALIK for the T20 World Cup. Pakistan have a great oppotunity to win the T20 world cup once again. Best of luck pkistan.

  • Khalil on July 11, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    We need confident & consistent batsmen in our side. When Azhar was playing his 1st series vs ENG , he was heard saying that he would like to support the batting line up by perfroming well. His words sounded very confident at that time & proved to be. We also need Nasir Jamshed, an other very confident & consistent scorer at the top of the order.We need some natural talent also to boost our scoring rate. Shahzad may be an other one needing attention.

  • akb on July 11, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    SL gives confidence to their players. Kulasekra just like Vaas gives the break through & rest is taken care by the spinners.There are no out standing performances from Kulasekra but he is playing regularly for SL. Even Vaas started perfroming out standingly towards the end of his carrier.The messege is, Don,t discard young players after playing a match or 2.

  • HUS on July 11, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Call for fresh blood is a timely call. Senior players have disappointed while younger players have shown them the way. Junaid is the find of the SL series. Azhar & Shafique are the rising stars. Replace the aged players if not perfroming with new blood.

  • S.N. Qazi on July 10, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Younis Khan has had a very poor series as a Batsman in Sri Lanka . He has not been performing for quite some time in recent years . However , in this match to score a Duck and then to spill a very easy catch was inexcusable . It is this very poor performance by the " Senior Players " and their getting away with it by continuing to be retained in the Team is very surprising .

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on July 10, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Thanks to the rain Pakistan should be able to avoid getting defeated in this Test . I hope the performance of Pakistan in Sri Lanka will be a wake up call for the PCB . There are too many Non Performers in the Pakistan Team for Tests , ODIs and T 20s and their dismal performance of several players has continued for too long . As suggested by one of the Contributors above PCB should publish the Batting and Bowling Performance Statistics for this Tour and also for 2010 , 2011 and 2012 . This should identify the poor performers and help in having them weeded out . These weeded out players should not be replaced with the Players which had been weeded out earlier . The need is to identify and give opportunity to new talent and develop it .

  • kashif on July 8, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    there is lot of problems in batting but our strength is bowling but now a days we have no genuine fast bowler most of the matches our team wins recently by performing spin bowlers.Afridi is a match winner but he is not performing well in batting because management not utilize him properly he should came for batting in top order, he should play cricket at least next world cup. I did't understand that why Imran nazir not include in the team

  • Javed Hasan on July 8, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    The overdue task for the PCB is Team Building . Firstly the Team has too many so called Senior Players who have bother performing Intelsat three years or so, however, they manage to retain their place intheTeam . Take.playwrs like Younis. khan, Shoab Malik , Imran Farhat . At International llevels their performance in the last three years has been dismal. PCBshould,publish the statistics of the performance of al Team Membersfor their last 15 Innings each year in July and January.this willidentifythetformars , Under Performers and Non Performets .allthefpur Players mentioned above are in thecategoryof NonPerformers for thelastthreeyears. There. Is ample talent in the country which needs to be given a chance.

  • akb on July 8, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Here comes the role of selectors with good foresight to give timely chance to youngsters. Groom Sami Aslam under the wings before he is lost. We remember Salim Malik hitting Holding for boundries with out taking care of his calibre. Ali Naqvi was assaulting Pollock & Donald at their peak. Same is true for Azhar Mehmood & Mohammad Waseem.Mohammad Zahid teased Lara when he was No. 1 batsman in the world. These were the players,who were not overawed by the calibre of the player. When they were provided opportunities,they cashed it on. Spot good upcoming batsmen from the youngsters , prepare them for future & give them timely opportunities.

  • Mohammed Sameer on July 7, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Pakistan cricket have always had a tag of unpredictibilty over them for quite some time now. I think Afridi should continue playing the 50 over format because Pakistan have a very feeble middle order... And if Afridi retires from this format, then the problems would increase further more.. And moreover Pakistan should give Imran Nazir another look, well if this guy can solve the opening worries for Pakistan, then surely they will be the side to beat.! Backed up by a strong bowling line-up containing the likes of Ajmal, Afridi, Hafeez, Gul and Tanvir. Pakistan team will surely look a strong line-up if they manage to solve their opening problems and middle order worries...

  • aftab from VB on July 7, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    I must agree with Dav. Misbah is indispensable for Pakistan for any format. The team is better served with him there in the 11 even without doing anything than with an in form 11. The guy provides a receptacle without which the team is simply like a house of cards.

  • khalil on July 7, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Mahela,the gracious is showing signs of aging. As captain,his decision in 1st ODI was much criticised & yet again his decision to bowl in 2nd test,almost back fired.Courtesy bad weather.

  • akb on July 7, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Azhar is truly a star in the making. He needs guidance from YK & Misbah to become 1 of the main Pak batsman.He really enjoys his batting.

  • Fazrul Gafoor (from Sri Lanka) on July 7, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Dear Selectors

    Please consider the inclusion of Kamran Akmal for all three formates how can you forget his some remakable innings that he has played in test matches,ODI & T20's? He is a verry good batsman for Test matches you have tried Shafraz,Adnan,Haider and recently Shakeel Ansar but as i concern they aren't too god with the Bat when you compare with Kamran. My kind request from Sri Lanka as a pakistani supporter please include him for upcoming Australia series please...please..please.

  • voltaire on July 7, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    afridi, d captain capability are unpredictable when he can score morethan we expect. A good player encountered ups and down of their times, an old sayings practice makes perfect,practice to win get d reward. need to focus on the game, go with game plan and play like a pro....i like pakistan team more than any other team....us we know and as i know they out side their home court....and we noticed how it works...they have strong hearth n d game, outnumbered fans.....screaming fans.....but d question s why they can still handle? i like d way they play...they always try to failed but they are not failed to try....wenning a games comes after....but when developing stage is going on....part of rebuilding and

  • HUS on July 6, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Ajmal is a late comer to the national team. He doesn,t have time to recover if goes out of form. By the way the Lankans have played him beautifully.

  • khalil on July 6, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    ENG is truly no.1 team but they don,t carry the pump & show of super stardom like the Australians. Eng have match finishers,who can play long innings even without KP & a dreadful pace attack.

  • akb on July 6, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    AUS seems to be shadow of its past because they don,t have imposing & big scoring batsmen now. Pak should perform well against them.

  • Merchant on July 6, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    I think we have time to prepare ODI world cup.I agree that by that time we must have nucleous of 20 players for ODI.Currently we should think of T20 world cup.We have enough players for this format.We can select Four opners from Kamran Akmal,Hafiz,Ahmed shehzad,Nasir jamshed,Imran Nazir,Khalid Latif .We have Asad Shafiq,Umar Akmal,Shoaib Malik.we have Yaseer Arfat,A.Razzak and Rana Naveed and Hammad azam for alrounder's slot.Ajmal,Afridi,Raza Hassan and A.Rehman for spinners.We have Shohail Tanveer,Umar Gul,Junaid Khan and Aejaz cheema/M.Sami for fast bowlers. What we need to select players who are good fielders along with their batting and bowling.I think Shoaib Malik is the right person to lead our T20 team.He has proven this in our domestic cricket for years.He is bold and innovative.He can bring T20 title for Pakistan if given a chance to lead.His field placing,Bowling changes and switching batting orders are excellent.

  • fazrul gafoor on July 5, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    @ MR.JAVED HASAN, WHY TAUFEEEQ UEMR IN O.D.I? IT SHOULD BE IMRAN NAZEER,KAMRAN AKMAL,ABDUL RAZAQ & SHOIB MALIK TO ENHANCE THE STREGNTH OF PAKISTAN ODI & T20 AS WELL

  • Javed Hasan on July 4, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Looks like efforts are being made to bring back Misbah in the T 20 Team .This will be a big mistake . He simply does not have the mindset or the nerves to play in T 20s at International levels anymore . Also , Misbah is much too defensive in temperament to Captain the T 20s side . What Pakistan should seriously consider is to bring back Abdul Razaq and Taufeeq Umar back for the ODIs and T 20s Team . They will add great strength to the Pakistan Team .

  • Shamshad Ali khan on July 3, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Pakistan,s bowling has been totally exposed . For the 3rd Test I hope Sami is brought back . His performance at least in some of the matches against Sri Lankla has been very good .

  • SN QAzi on July 1, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Pakistan's Top Order Hafeez , Taufeeq and Azhar Ali this time batted very well . WhenYounis Khan came in the need for Pakistan was to score faster inorder to be able to declare with about 525 on the score board and to have a go at the Sri Lankan Batsmen before closing some fifteen overs or aggressively . Younis Khan who can almost never bat inaccordance with the demands of the situation as usual plodded along on balls scoring 32. We have most Ikely not performed as wel As we should have done with the start and the strong Sri nkanbatting will most likely post anequallybig scpreand the match will most Ikely end in draw, if we had an-aggressive Ctainhe would have gone for aggressive finish today an declared withabig total.thisdidnpthappen

  • Fazrul Gafoor on July 1, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    I have read most of the comments and i found that many of the criket lovers are requesting Shahid Afridi to back as a captain for pakistan. I too agree with those comments that Afridi shold be back as capatain and be open the innings with Kamran Akmal (I am a Srilankan)

  • AKB on June 29, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    It,s very sad that PCB can,t enforce the code of conduct. Rumours of groupings & blame game is going on for quite sometime now. Anybody creating misunderstanding amongst the players should be dealt with severely. Players,managers,ex-managers,commentators all of them are openly giving their point of views to the press but the PCB is least pushed. The nature of commentry in our country has changed. They are expressing their likes & dislikes during their comments. They should be brought under the code of conduct like the players. PCB should also rise above the player power,the only thing Ejaz Butt was better in.

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on June 28, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Afridi from an All Rounder position has drifted down to the position of a very useful bowler who can bat a bit but is not dependable since his batting lacks the required level of consistency . However , he is a very good fielder when good fielding is a rare quality in the Pakistan Team . Additionally , he has the required level of aggressive spirit which is needed in ODI s and T 20s from a Captain . He would make a very good Captain for the Pakistan Team for the ODIs and T20s . The experiment of Hafeez as Captain has been a failure . We should not appoint any one a Captain whose capacity for qualifying as a Member of the Team is only marginal .

  • sanarul islam on June 28, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Please, mohamad amer come back pakistan national cricket team.Because he is very important cricketet for pakistan team.

  • Javed Hasan on June 28, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    The overdue need now is for Team Building . We have Senior Players such as Younis Khan , Misbah , Shoaib Malik and others who perform about once in a year since the last three years . The Pakistan Under 19s have performed exceptionally well and have several very good prospects for the Pakistan Team and there are other younger players within the country who could be very worthy successors to the " golden oldies " whose performing years are now a part of history . I hope in the interest of Pakistan Cricket the PCB acts and acts quickly to remove the deadwood from the Pakistan Team .

  • harvinder singh on June 28, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Afridi still has lot to offer to Pak cricket atleast till WC 2015.Bring in Abdul Razzak, kamran akmal and Bababr azam.. drop wastes like farhat, Sarfraz ahmed, sami, .... Malik can be handy in T20... Dav wattmore is a very good coach.. take full advantage of his expertise.. rest in hands of God.. Best of luck Pak cricket team and do learn from your failures...

  • Aamir Bhat on June 27, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Its good to have young blood at the cost of ageing and non performing seniors, but given the condition Pakistan team is facing where every now and then team combinations are changed and younger ones not ready to take the responsibility: read umar akmal, its good to have someone like shahid to nurture the talent. moreover, see the Indian team where both set of players play according to their roles and results are there to see. hope shahid doesn not consider it this time.

  • faizan on June 27, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    It'll going to be heartbreaking news if afridi retires. I thing all over the world he has the largest fan following. If he retires than whole fans and cricket fraternity will come under shock. afridi just 32 has to take inspiration from sachin 39 years old still playing. In fact afridi can contribute with both bat and ball and he is good fielder also. and i don't thing he is not doing doing apart from srilanka series before that he was doing well. At least another 4 years he has to play. BOOM BOOM Afridi will not take a birth again.

  • nasir warsi on June 27, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    afridi u are also a young cricketer bez u r just 31 you must play like all old cricketer ponting jaysurys kallis they r so much older than u now u have ur whole life for cricket dont miss the good days bez it will not come back so please stay on ur mind only on cricket your's well wisher

  • S N Qazi on June 26, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    A large number of Pakistanii ' Senior ' such as Younis, Misbah , Shoaib Malik have been downhill and now reformers for a very long time now . They should be retired forthwith . Also overdue for axing are Imtan Farhat , Abdul Rehman. The focus should neon new blood and team building.

  • farooq on June 26, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    idont agree with afridi at all pakistan need good batsmen your top4 batsmen have got score

  • Javed Sani on June 26, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Many of you have missunderstood what Afridi meant by this article It clearly means that he needs younger players to perform as the seniors have failed Afridi can walk into any world side just by his bowling talent only So give Shaid Afirdi a young team and make him the leader in ODI and t20 and see the results.I agree that Kamaran Akmal can be selected only for his batting and his brother should be in test team also.as he is one of the best batsman of the Pak team. Javed Sani Los-Angeles USA.

  • HUS on June 26, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    SL even at its peak is no AUS.We have to revisit our strategy of slow batting to wear out the opposition. We need quick scoring & imposing batsmen,who can turn the game on their head. Individual brilliance had been the hallmark of Pak cricket in the past. But this trait is vanishing fast. Except Ajmal,we cann,t say that a player in our side can win a match for you against odds,single handedly. We have to think over it.

  • Tharind on June 25, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Yes, it's good to plan ahead, but it's also important not to wield the axe just because of one lost series. Pakistan played well enough to win 3-1 but didn't finish games off. Afridi is still in his early 30s. Surely the PCB should try and persuade him to play on until the 2015 World Cup. You want to have a core of experienced players going into a world cup.

  • Mr Hamilton on June 25, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Despite my dislike of the vulgarities of sahibzahada Afridi chisti, the pakistan ODI team without Afridi will be 50% poorer he has held them up for so long

  • syed Z hasan on June 25, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    No doubt he is a great cricketer, a legend. But the time has come to hang the boots now. He has done tremendous job for Pakistan Cricket and everyone of us acknowledge his contribution to the game. He has contributed one way or the other, overall he has been a utility cricketer. However, lately his performance is up to the par, neither he is bowling well nor batting. He still plays the irresponsible shots he used to play in the inception of his career, the difference is the ball do not cross the boundary for the maximum anymore. At the moment he is in the team as a bowling all rounder and he not bowling well, there is no reason to retain him. We need all rounders who can bowl and bat with controlled aggression. The sooner we find one, the better it would be for the team,

  • Ahmad on June 25, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Without Afridi circket will be booring game for me. I may quite watching it.

  • Muzammil on June 25, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Just another statement after another lost series. We know we need him. May be he was asking Misbah to retire. I believe both Afridi and Younis can play next WC in Australia. We can not affoard a whole new team there.

  • Hassaan Nakhuda on June 25, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    I am an Indian, and i want to tell one thing to pakistan cricket board tat give captaincy to afridi n see d success.

  • akie on June 24, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    afridi is a legend and should continue until 2015. He definitely should be the captain for 50-50 and T20 formats. Things were going all well until someone had to change and reverse them back. I'm amazed at how we keep ignoring our own legends when it comes to coaching and advices. Wasim akram is coaching kolkata and waqar is about to be selected or selected for australia'a bowling coach assignment while someone in PCB keep bringing the lame professionals for PAK cricket

  • rahul on June 24, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    hi afridi iam indian i like ur bowling bating fielding, pak criket need u still 10 years, so carry on as a captain u r bettter much than misbha, younis haffiz

  • khalil on June 24, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    We need fresh blood very dearly in the form of Batsmen. There is no difference in the overall team total in a test & T20.Getting out for 99 or 100 in a test match by a team is really worrying.

  • Irfan on June 24, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Try this; make Afridi captain and the team should look like as follows. 1) Ahmad Shehzad 2) Nasir Jamshed 3)Shahzaib Hassan 4)Umar Akmal(wc) 5)Mohammad Hafiz (6) Haris Sohail 7) Hammad Azzam 8) Shahid Afridi 9)Sohail Tanveer 10)Umar Gul 11)Said Ajmal. If you want a definit keeper than it is only Kamran Akmal instead of Hammad Azam.

  • same on June 24, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    hi PCB we dont know wheather u check this comments or not but my opinion is atleast read all articles and decide some good ideas and meaningfulness, bcz all are here sharing ideas ,so just take few and discuss ur self and take good decision,most of them need AFRIDI to continue to play, bcz they all love him so much want him to play , as i am a srilankan , i am a biggest fan for him, he is dangerus player always he is the bggest threaten for all teams in his bat and bowl specially agains srilanka, last one day and T20 he is the cause for won pakistan , most of the match he was the one changed,

  • Mahmood Iqbal on June 23, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Afridi yes it is time to go, Don't mess with the respect you have gained over the years , As i can see your downfall has started .

  • javaid noor on June 23, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    afridi is great alrounder as well as record holder of fastest century & sixes its to early to think about retirment.pakistan cricket team need him badly till the world cup i,m sure he is disoppointed ,with the cricket board.but we all love him and we need player,like afridi,as well as yousuf and razaq,imran nazir............

  • hadia muzaffar on June 23, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    he still have potential more than any young player in team.....if afridi performs just like last year he did...he is still amazing..he is capable to lead team to wc2015....just make him captain n then see the magic...gud luck lala ..hope u will not give retirement. players like yonous ,malik etc should better leave the team...

  • farhan on June 23, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    afridi is the best player in Pakistan side,,,i do not understand why he is going to retire in OD I's or why he is deciding to retirement.he is well aware of sentiments of Pakistan community that all of them love u so much so think about it...

  • shahzaib on June 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Its high time, we get rid of Younus Khan. Its been a long time, hes played any meaningful inning. besides, he can't play under stress at all. Plz just see his record in last two world cups. Its says it all. Its time we understand his grim weaknesses.

  • Abdul Mosawwir on June 23, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    If Misbah can play in the age of 39, Lala is a child yar.

  • Desihungama on June 22, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    If everyone start retiring just after one bad series there would be no cricketers left. We need to separate emotional response from logic.

  • Hyder Ali on June 22, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Dear Sir,

    Fantastic, simple and true account of our cricket team. No if or but promote the under 19 into senior side, add Ajmal in the mix appoint Babar Azam as captain and we will have a winning team by 2015 world cup. Remember Babar Azam could do for Pakistan what young Dhoni for India and novice Smith did for South Africa.

    Is PCB capable of following a successful formula of investing in youth? A million dollar question

    Regards

  • YASIR HUSSAIN on June 22, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    SHAHID AFRIDI is very patriotic and he new that no other seniour player is in mood of taking retirement even players like shoaib malik and razzaq are trying to come back to team,even Muhammad Yousaf is also hoping and trying to come back to playing 11..thats why he is thinking of retirement, PCB should think about it, as Afridi is performing well and he can carry it to next world cup ,Afridi should think big ,,

  • majid on June 22, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    hi my favourate afridi please dont think abt retirement if u retire i swear nobody will watch pakistan match bcoz ur the backbone of pakistan team i keep watching u since oct 1996 against srilanka if pakistan call abdul razzak and kamran akmal imran nazir then nobody beat pakistan in oneday iam ur true fan iam indian but i love pakistan team because of you afridi please u can bat you can ball then noneed to retire if you are not performing doesnot matter there are many players in other team who is consistancy flop but u r the one who brought pakistan into world cup semi final and u r the one which pakistan won the t2o world cup in 2009 i was in ground only in uk i humble request you please be patience about retirement u have to play 2015 world cup for pakistan without you i cant see pakistan to play world cup 2015

  • Firdous on June 22, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    @Shahid Afridi plz don't retire' PCB should wake up & bring back afridi as captain. Misbah plz go or show the performance like u did in ist WC T20. Bring kamran, razak, imran.

  • Asif on June 22, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Afridi is right pak needs young blood.Pak has seen enough of the boring & tuk tuk mizbah's batting & captaincy.It is time now for mizbah & younis to retire from one day cricket.The pcb should convince afridi not to retire & hand over the captaincy for t/20 & odi's to him.He is still extremely fit & his bowling is very effective provided if the fielders support him.He can get back his batting form any time which will be a bonus.This very team under afridi was looking extremely dangerous & eager to win every match & scared even the the tough & strong teams like south africa,australia & england. But now under mizbah that fighting & never say die spirit is missing from the team.Mizbah & younus are still good enough for test cricket & hafeez is not a captaincy material.My sincere advise to afridi is to just keep playing till 2015 wc.

  • Shahid mahmood on June 22, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    Try this; make Afridi captain and the team should look like as follows. 1) Ahmad Shehzad 2) Nasir Jamshed 3)Shahzaib Hassan 4)Umar Akmal(wc) 5)Mohammad Hafiz (6) Haris Sohail 7) Hammad Azzam 8) Shahid Afridi 9)Sohail Tanveer 10)Umar Gul 11)Said Ajmal. If you want a definit keeper than it is only Kamran Akmal instead of Hammad Azam.

  • Zahidsaltin on June 22, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Try to recall any match where Pakistan is chasing and haven't lost early wickets, You will see that even then required rate will go on climbing up until the allrounders are asked to score at 12 per over to win it in last 10 overs. You have a rubish opner in Hafiz who only plays because he can bowl, because Younis scores once every year and because you don't really have any batting allrounder after Razzaq. Afridi is not used properly and thats why has lost his batting touch. Most of your batsmen score in SR of 60 while all players of other nations score in high 70's or 80's and that is because no one is good enough to be secure of his place. Make Afridi captain and ask him to play a new young team against Australia without being afraid of losing. Horrible mistake to name Hafiz as captain in limited overs games.

  • Shahid on June 21, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    We are determined to call Sohail Tanveer an allrounder. We rely too much on other allrounder who only score a 50 every 12th innings. Our top order batsmen play so slow that when the middle-lower order comes in, they are supposed to score at 10 per over and in such a scenario they loose their wickets more often than not. Only due to this tuk tuk top and upper niddle order, Afridi and Razzaq lost their touch long time ago. We have seen Afridi score runs at no. 3 with sensible batting but we are too much conservative in approach, both players and officials. Our standards for calling a batsman for a good one, have gone very low and player who score a hundred every 40 matches and a fifty every 10 matches are now supposed to be dependable ones. And that's not because we do not have talent but because we don't want to give a new face a comfortable run and rather go on with Faisal Iqbal, Hafiz, farhat,Misbah,Younis, Asad Shafiq and so on.

  • Faysal Tariq on June 21, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    For me if Afridi retires from either of any format, i think i will stop watching cricket at all because the way he (afridi) led our team in the previous world cup it was great effort that he put us to feel proud, however, as i think that some of our players especially in batting lineup (Younis Khan, Misbah and Mohammad Hafeez) must leave the team with courtesy. Mohammad Yousuf should come in and join our team in order to play with young and talented players like Omar Akmal, Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali so they can boost their batting skills. In last if AFRIDI leaves cricket i LEAVE it too.

  • Discard My Team on June 21, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    ODIs: Shahzad/Babar Azam, Jamshed(Lefty), Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam/Asad Shafiq, Hafeez, Hammad Azam/Kamran, Afridi, Ajmal/Raza Hasan, +2 fast bowler. (Team of 15 players perfect).

    T20s: Imran Nazir/Owais Zia, Shahzad/Rameez, Kamran, Umar, Afridi, Malik/Haris Sohail, Hafeez, Yasir Arafat/Hammad Azam, Ajmal, +2 fast bowler. (Team of 15 players perfect).

    Test: Leave it the way it is, Awesome batting line up & Spinner,

    Problem is I really didnt find out good fast bowlers from pakistan..

  • arif shahzad on June 21, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    international cricket is the very big problem for Pakistan cricket, young blood must have international standard instead of B class domestic cricket.improvements in domestic cricket may happen if tournaments like IPL, BPL, big bash ect,will be arranged IN PAKISTAN.there is a lot of talent in Pakistan but we have to make program mes to polish this talent.

  • Junaid Tariq on June 21, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    If we can open up with hafeez and Naseer Jamshed one down Ahmed shahzad. i named Ahmed Shahzad because after seeing practice games i think he has learned his lesson. at no 4 Azhar ali no 5 asad shafiq no 6 umer akmal i can only name batsmen. sorry for bad english

  • Nadeem Sharifuddin on June 21, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    I think that what afridi is trying to say that he don't want to play in ODI cricket under boring Misbah and i agree with him it's just waste of time to play test match type cricket in odi which misbah do in each and every match. I hope Misbah quits ODI too.

  • Afrasiab khan on June 21, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    plz plz afridi do not retire urself u have showed enogh to prove urself bowler in the whole world only fear of you than all the cricker in international cricket ..when u come to the crease the captains take thier players to the rope why they dont do this to other batsmen because they fear of you and can win an impossible game you are fit enogh to continue its my request to you that do not take retiremant plz plz

  • akb on June 21, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    His records speak for him. Afridi has no comparison in our cricket history.

  • Abde-Ali Bohra on June 21, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Like the great Imran khan, Shahid Afridi belongs to the same school of thoughts, which is aggression, leadership, motivation and enormous talent. Just like Imran Khan matured late, after his operation, and did won the world cup 1992, at the age of 39. Afridi is still 32, and now well matured, he started in 1996, and now with 16 years of experience with greats like wasim, waqar, miandad, saeed anwar, inzamam, he is the most worthy brain in the whole team. In my opinion not only 2015, he can play 2019 world cup too. Afridi, don't go, a player like you, is not easily developed, hope PCB make you captain again for both one days and T20's and give you fresh legs, like you had back in 1996. Love you Afridi

  • MayuranTillaratne on June 21, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Even if he retires again..I bet 100$ he will unretire in 6 months to a year. Afridi's life decisions are also like his batting...completely erratic and blind gambles...most of times with a splash of fluke of brilliance which help him survive. Besides the word retirement holds different meaning in the rest of world and from where Afridi comes from , so Afridi fans need not panic.

  • aftab from VB on June 21, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I will not be surprised if he secretly says that he can return only as a skipper. His 'this time' retirement (we need to label them) shows just how complex the scene is. The role played by T20 in keeping such retirements relatively queit can't be over-emphasized. In my opinion, Afridi should play, and open ODIs. But not as captain. We have Misbah for that. On the average (Misbah + Afridi)/2 is a cool player who can hit stupendously. With them both in the team, we have two of such players.

  • Adeel on June 21, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Selectors should bring Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam, Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzak, and last but not least Kamran Akmal but as a batsman and then they will see the big change in the performance.

  • Murad on June 21, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    i still beleive since 1996; Shahid Afridi is highly over rated

  • zaid_sl on June 21, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    He has the age and talent.he is not old as younis o mishandling Afridi SHOULD BE MADE THE CAPTAIN.give him a young Team.with Whitmore he will lead them 2 a.successful worldcup

  • vaseem on June 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Please don't retire...you have a lot of cricket to offer. Please open inning in ODI and T20..you can create new records with bat

  • RAJ on June 21, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    100% COMMENTS SUPPORTING AFRIDI TO PLAY AND PLAY AS CAPTAIN IN ONE DAY AND T20 HOPE THIS PAKISTAN BOARD MUST LISTEN AND MISBHA AND YOUNIS AND SAMI,UMAR GUL RETIRE AND GIVE CHANCE YOUNG BALLERS AND BATSMAN TO PERFORM UNDER AFRIDI..................WAKE UP PAK BOARD

  • Amir on June 21, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Where is Imran Nazir,he's a player who is perfect for the shorter version of the games.They are wasting these talents by not playing them in 20-20 and one day games.....players like Misbah,malik,Younis and some others also,they really do need to think about their retirement,before selectors axe them.......

  • Rehan on June 21, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    HUS why do you bring up the topic of Sami when the article is about bringing new blood and no mention of Sami at all in the article. Same was and always has been nothing to write home about. Name one match-winning performance by Sami

  • Faisal on June 21, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    @ huh, i agree with the Afridi argument but i think Sami deserves a chance to prove his place in the team as he has pace and apart from Gul, we currently lack that if talking about playing outside the subcontinent. And as the next world cup is in australia, it makes sense to carry a battery of fast bowlers. In terms of Afridi, he can get selected on his bowling alone so we mighet as well use him to open as if he fails, he is equal to Hafeez and we are used to it. But when he fires, he can change the course of the match in the powerplay alone. If that means a reshuffle by bringing Hafeez lower down the order then be it as Misbah and Younus are the next in line for the axe. K Akmal should only be considered as a batsman as if he plays as a keeper he starts by a few good performances followed by dropping KEY catches which cost us the match.

  • talha naeem on June 21, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Why Afridi?? Why not younis, hafeez, farhat, sami etc.. they have performed horribly in the past 10 years of ODI's. Their good performances have been only against Zim, Bang, ireland etc. Retirement of Afridi at this stage would be disaster for Pak cricket. He is a true match winner and perhaps the last genuine superstar left in the team. Afridi should be leading pak in 2015 WC. His retirement would create ways for pathetic players like hafeez to lead the side.

  • Kash on June 21, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Hi

    I don't think the time has come for Afridi to retire, he still has lot to offer. I agree the time has come for new blood to take charge. I believe Pakistan needs quality not one off performers. Younis, Sami, Imran need to go as they are done playing ODI's. Kamran Akmal needs to be brought back to open the batting to give some stability and also a better keeper, compared with wheat I have seen so far. Team should be Nasir, Shehzad, Hafeez,Umar Akmal,Shoaib Malik,Kamran Akmal, Afridi,Ajaml,Gul + 2/3 fast bowlers

    Shoaib needs to be given more time and people need to back off him. The above team gives us 3 allrounders, 1 quality spinner and 3 fast bowlers. I hope some common sense prevails and let’s hope fielding can be improved.

    Thank you

  • Somi Tiwari on June 21, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I dont know why Afridi is in too mch hurry to retire. Last year he retired because of his differences with the board. This time he wants to retire to introduce youngsters to be prepared for the WC 2015. But i think that Afridi still has a lot to offer to Pakistan. He is only 32 and its not the age to take retirement. He can still play at least 2 years and maybe he can also lead his side in the world cup. I dont think that Pak has another Afridi who can shatter any batting line-up and as well as can hit some really big shots against any bowler. Pak needs him desperately.

  • Syed Abid Ali on June 21, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    I Think Afridi should not get retirement from ODI because he is the only one bowler having Experience and wicket taking bowler in pakistan. Shahid can do captaincy better than others. PCB should give him chance for captain. Shahid Afridi has ability of captain. And in T20 format Afridi should be batting as an opener. Because you have to hit the boundaries you no need to save the wickets. just you have to score as much as you can. if he batted well as opener he can take highest record score

  • Rizwan on June 21, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Still there is no choice instead of Afridi. He can play 2015 WC without any concern. He did very good bowling at al the time. I feel Unis need to retire from ODI. Azher Ali & Asad Shafiq need to play continuiosly at middle order position. Pakistan need to find a good left hand opening batsman. Hafiz need to take the leadership also in One Day.

  • Asif on June 21, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Afridi's decision to review his career just shows how disappointed was he with his own performance eventhough his bowling was not bad at all.Abbasi saheb people like u should convince afridi not to take any decision in a haste as he is still good enough to play 2015 wc.He is still very fit & was the man of the match in the 2nd t/20 & he took two wickets of two balls in the last match & gul dropped a sitter of sangakara in the 4th match of his bowling which enabled srilanka to win that match.His batting is always like that ever since he started batting down the order.The only way pak can his full batting talent is to send afridi higher up the order so that he can utilise the power play overs.Even if he gets out it should not be a problem as he is one of the main bowlers of the team.Pak need young blood for the 2015 wc & hence younis & mizbah should only play test cricket & afridi who is only 32 yrs should continue to play as a captain till the next wc.

  • Shahzeb on June 21, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Don't go away shahid. Afridi was on course to become a successful captain but the PCB management messed up all. He should be the captain till the world cup in 2015. PCB should fire the seniors like Misbah and Younas and bring in the new blood under the leadership of Shahid Afridi. He still has a lot to offer for Pak cricket. In my opinion he should continue till the next WC.

  • Mubasher-Hasan on June 21, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    It angers me, when i witness a lack of respect towards a legend, Afridi is arguably one of, if not the greatest all-rounder in the ODI format. Career-wise he is the most successful spinner in the game after Murali respectively. Afridi also holds the record of having the highest strike rate in the history of the game, an accumulation of over 7000 runs with a strike rate of 113.79 demonstrates his destructive / game changing methods of batting. If one has the highest career strike in history and over 7000 runs, obviously the average will be low, especially if you realize that he is a bowling all-rounder (you can't expect players like Warne or Vettori to provide runs, note: Afridi pulled off batting records in spite of being a bowling all-rounder). Afridi has smashed the most number of Sixes in the history of International cricket as well. He also has the unique feature of holding the record for the fastest ODI hundred as well. Afridi can still contribute to Pakistan cricket heavily.

  • Mubasher-Hasan on June 21, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    ‎@ Haroon Syed i totally agree with you on this. you have pointed out key things quite nicely. time to re-Launch proactive, aggressive, confident, & most importantly bold & fair less SHAHID-AFRIDI AS CAPTAIN OF T20 & ODIs. you might disagree with the fact that After Imran khan now one led the time like him except Afridi. with limited resources Afridi not only able to unite the team but also raised the game level of players & bring back passion to Pakistan Cricket. but again when someone is on the edge to deliver outstanding results either he is removed or politicized. same thing happened with Boom Boom. when he settle down as a captain he was removed from captaincy with the planing & from where pakistan cricket lost its passion & now rating downwards again.

  • Mubasher-Hasan on June 21, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Another Clear difference is the difference in strategy. Misbah is clearly a defensive captain,but even in that role, he is out of ideas it seems. His approach to situations is predictable and reactive. Mahela just exposed Misbah for his lack of leadership in thinking by outdoing him in every phase and session of the ODI series. Mahela was proactive, innovative, bold and attacking when he had to be.Misbah on the other hand reacted to situation but never really had any proactive moves or ideas. Im not going to joke about Misbahs poor strike rate, he is a safe bet in the batting line up because of his temprament. But PCB needs to understand what modern day captains are,stop this mindset of the 90s, where the most senior or most reliable player becomes the captains, players with ideas,confidence and those who believe in themselves should be captain, rather than those who ACCEPT flaws,point to the teams rebuilding(for more than a yr now).That means no Afridi or younis khan,someone new.

  • Mubasher-Hasan on June 21, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Agree with you Shahid- Afridi on your contemplation about the WC 2015 & senior players. Dear Kamran Abbasi we need to learn that Afridi Certainly has the fitness & ability to meet the challenges of WC 2015. I bet you If PCB announce Shahid as captain for the next year & so with the potential pol of at least 20 young players with the vise captain under him, he will surely deliver what others can't. Its time for Misbah & Younas to retire from ODI cricket instead of Boom Boom. we need to look ahead instead of backwards for inclusion of players in the National side. Ahmad Shehzad, Nasir Jamsheed, Haris sohail, Umer Ameen , Anwar Ali( fast bowler) Sadaf Hussain,(Fast Bowler) have to be selected dropping Misbah, Younas, Sami, Cheema, Rahat Ali. Afridi has the ability to lead the side brilliantly & have all sources to utilize the abilities of young blood. time has come in pakistan cricket to take some tough & bold decisions before its too late for the WC 2015. we love you Afridi plz carry on.

  • khurram chaudhry on June 21, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    i think its a 50-50 decision. He can play as a bowler in playing 11 & sometimes smash. main reason for saying this is that in england series, most of asia cup & sl his bowling was not upto mark but still he could be a bowler in playing 11. may be right for pakistan if he retires in sense that a proper batting allrounder can be placed in his boots as batting is what pak need more. new one may be good batting allrounder but so much good bowler - that s a question mark. kind of 50-50 for me.

  • Dr. Talha on June 21, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Afridi is good enough and fit enough to play till 2015 WC. He could have served pak more in test matches as well. He is the worlds best leg spinner at present, and his batting average in tests is almost as good as hafeez(the most over-rated player in the history of cricket. Pakistan should immediately get rid of all the repeated failures of the past 10 years. Like Sami, Hafeez, Younis(in ODI's) Imran farhat and Faisal iqbal. Selectors should also keep check of Mr. Guls preformance. He just seems to have no competition, and is playing every match, despite of performing horribly.

  • Hunbbel Meer on June 21, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    I agree with your point of view. Afridi is right to call young blood. What will happen worse? Our team is already losing, but more than that, it seems to lose its way. At least, we won't be embarrassed, when learning youngsters will fail us. In my opinion, Babar Azam, Azeem Ghumman, Sharjeel, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Nasir Jamshed, Sadaf Hussain, Junaid Khan, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, etc. should carry on.

  • HUS on June 21, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Sami was a disappointment in the last ODI.He is a victim of personal likes & dislikes. He is rythm bowler & his speed is an added advantage. But if you break his rythm & then tell him to perfrom,the result will be like in 5th ODI.

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  • HUS on June 21, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Sami was a disappointment in the last ODI.He is a victim of personal likes & dislikes. He is rythm bowler & his speed is an added advantage. But if you break his rythm & then tell him to perfrom,the result will be like in 5th ODI.

  • Hunbbel Meer on June 21, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    I agree with your point of view. Afridi is right to call young blood. What will happen worse? Our team is already losing, but more than that, it seems to lose its way. At least, we won't be embarrassed, when learning youngsters will fail us. In my opinion, Babar Azam, Azeem Ghumman, Sharjeel, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Nasir Jamshed, Sadaf Hussain, Junaid Khan, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, etc. should carry on.

  • Dr. Talha on June 21, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Afridi is good enough and fit enough to play till 2015 WC. He could have served pak more in test matches as well. He is the worlds best leg spinner at present, and his batting average in tests is almost as good as hafeez(the most over-rated player in the history of cricket. Pakistan should immediately get rid of all the repeated failures of the past 10 years. Like Sami, Hafeez, Younis(in ODI's) Imran farhat and Faisal iqbal. Selectors should also keep check of Mr. Guls preformance. He just seems to have no competition, and is playing every match, despite of performing horribly.

  • khurram chaudhry on June 21, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    i think its a 50-50 decision. He can play as a bowler in playing 11 & sometimes smash. main reason for saying this is that in england series, most of asia cup & sl his bowling was not upto mark but still he could be a bowler in playing 11. may be right for pakistan if he retires in sense that a proper batting allrounder can be placed in his boots as batting is what pak need more. new one may be good batting allrounder but so much good bowler - that s a question mark. kind of 50-50 for me.

  • Mubasher-Hasan on June 21, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Agree with you Shahid- Afridi on your contemplation about the WC 2015 & senior players. Dear Kamran Abbasi we need to learn that Afridi Certainly has the fitness & ability to meet the challenges of WC 2015. I bet you If PCB announce Shahid as captain for the next year & so with the potential pol of at least 20 young players with the vise captain under him, he will surely deliver what others can't. Its time for Misbah & Younas to retire from ODI cricket instead of Boom Boom. we need to look ahead instead of backwards for inclusion of players in the National side. Ahmad Shehzad, Nasir Jamsheed, Haris sohail, Umer Ameen , Anwar Ali( fast bowler) Sadaf Hussain,(Fast Bowler) have to be selected dropping Misbah, Younas, Sami, Cheema, Rahat Ali. Afridi has the ability to lead the side brilliantly & have all sources to utilize the abilities of young blood. time has come in pakistan cricket to take some tough & bold decisions before its too late for the WC 2015. we love you Afridi plz carry on.

  • Mubasher-Hasan on June 21, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Another Clear difference is the difference in strategy. Misbah is clearly a defensive captain,but even in that role, he is out of ideas it seems. His approach to situations is predictable and reactive. Mahela just exposed Misbah for his lack of leadership in thinking by outdoing him in every phase and session of the ODI series. Mahela was proactive, innovative, bold and attacking when he had to be.Misbah on the other hand reacted to situation but never really had any proactive moves or ideas. Im not going to joke about Misbahs poor strike rate, he is a safe bet in the batting line up because of his temprament. But PCB needs to understand what modern day captains are,stop this mindset of the 90s, where the most senior or most reliable player becomes the captains, players with ideas,confidence and those who believe in themselves should be captain, rather than those who ACCEPT flaws,point to the teams rebuilding(for more than a yr now).That means no Afridi or younis khan,someone new.

  • Mubasher-Hasan on June 21, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    ‎@ Haroon Syed i totally agree with you on this. you have pointed out key things quite nicely. time to re-Launch proactive, aggressive, confident, & most importantly bold & fair less SHAHID-AFRIDI AS CAPTAIN OF T20 & ODIs. you might disagree with the fact that After Imran khan now one led the time like him except Afridi. with limited resources Afridi not only able to unite the team but also raised the game level of players & bring back passion to Pakistan Cricket. but again when someone is on the edge to deliver outstanding results either he is removed or politicized. same thing happened with Boom Boom. when he settle down as a captain he was removed from captaincy with the planing & from where pakistan cricket lost its passion & now rating downwards again.

  • Mubasher-Hasan on June 21, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    It angers me, when i witness a lack of respect towards a legend, Afridi is arguably one of, if not the greatest all-rounder in the ODI format. Career-wise he is the most successful spinner in the game after Murali respectively. Afridi also holds the record of having the highest strike rate in the history of the game, an accumulation of over 7000 runs with a strike rate of 113.79 demonstrates his destructive / game changing methods of batting. If one has the highest career strike in history and over 7000 runs, obviously the average will be low, especially if you realize that he is a bowling all-rounder (you can't expect players like Warne or Vettori to provide runs, note: Afridi pulled off batting records in spite of being a bowling all-rounder). Afridi has smashed the most number of Sixes in the history of International cricket as well. He also has the unique feature of holding the record for the fastest ODI hundred as well. Afridi can still contribute to Pakistan cricket heavily.

  • Shahzeb on June 21, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Don't go away shahid. Afridi was on course to become a successful captain but the PCB management messed up all. He should be the captain till the world cup in 2015. PCB should fire the seniors like Misbah and Younas and bring in the new blood under the leadership of Shahid Afridi. He still has a lot to offer for Pak cricket. In my opinion he should continue till the next WC.

  • Asif on June 21, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Afridi's decision to review his career just shows how disappointed was he with his own performance eventhough his bowling was not bad at all.Abbasi saheb people like u should convince afridi not to take any decision in a haste as he is still good enough to play 2015 wc.He is still very fit & was the man of the match in the 2nd t/20 & he took two wickets of two balls in the last match & gul dropped a sitter of sangakara in the 4th match of his bowling which enabled srilanka to win that match.His batting is always like that ever since he started batting down the order.The only way pak can his full batting talent is to send afridi higher up the order so that he can utilise the power play overs.Even if he gets out it should not be a problem as he is one of the main bowlers of the team.Pak need young blood for the 2015 wc & hence younis & mizbah should only play test cricket & afridi who is only 32 yrs should continue to play as a captain till the next wc.