Pakistan news May 8, 2011

Cracks appear in Afridi-Waqar relationship

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Shahid Afridi, Pakistan's limited overs captain, has hinted at differences with his coach Waqar Younis after arriving in Karachi from the West Indies where he led the side to a victorious, but ultimately deflating 3-2 series win.

Speculation has grown in the last two days about problems between the pair, specifically over issues of team selection. Both, along with team manager Intikhab Alam, are members of the on-tour selection committee which decides on a playing XI. It has been reported that Afridi was unhappy with what he has seen as Waqar's interference in selection; ahead of the fourth ODI against West Indies, one report claimed Afridi almost walked out of a selection meeting and had to be persuaded by Intikhab to come back.

"Although the differences in team management are not such which could not be solved, I feel everyone should do his job and need not interfere in other's work," Afridi told reporters on arrival. He also said he would be meeting the board chairman Ijaz Butt in Lahore next week to discuss the issue.

Board officials have downplayed the matter; one source telling ESPNcricinfo that "no such incident as described in those reports [Afridi walking away from a meeting] occurred during the series." He did concede, however, that there may have been "long-standing issues" over selection matters.

Another senior official confirmed to ESPNcricinfo, however, that differences between the pair had widened during the Caribbean trip. "They did have issues. Afridi believes he should have final say in the XI as he takes the heat when he goes out on the field and Waqar feels strongly that a coach should have input."

The official also confirmed that Intikhab did try to mediate between the two and stressed the need to keep matters within the team rather than leak them to the media as ultimately happened.

Afridi and Waqar went through the World Cup without huge problems but there are longer-term issues. For example, it is widely believed that before the World Cup, before a decision had been made on who would captain Pakistan in the tournament, Waqar was in favour of Misbah-ul-Haq ahead of Afridi as captain.

The matter is complicated by the recent threat to resign by chief selector Mohsin Khan. Although he eventually relented after resolving the matter with Butt and never publicly disclosed who he was having problems with, some reports suggested that he was also unhappy with Waqar's role in selection, especially of the Test squad for the current tour.

The board official believes though that the problems are not something that cannot be resolved. "It is something that has happened before and does crop up every now and again. I don't feel they are irreconcilable differences between the two. Afridi has requested time with the chairman so let's see what happens beyond that."

Pakistan lost the last two games of the series, the last one by ten wickets, having given chances to a number of untried young players such as Hammad Azam, Usman Salahuddin and Junaid Khan through the matches. Afridi regretted his team lost a good chance to win all the matches, calling once again for the involvement of a batting coach with the side.

"We should have clean-swept West Indies but the defeat in the last two matches left a bad taste in the mouth; we flopped in batting and that's why I must say we need a batting coach," said Afridi, who also admitted he was below par in the series.

"I played average cricket because I was tired after the World Cup and only played the series on the advice of some friends and former players."

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  • Zahidsaltin on May 11, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    "I THINK EVERY ONE SHOULD DO HIS JOB"?? isn't the coach one of the selectors to choose the playing eleven? What are afridi's credentials to select a playing 11. What is reason that Ahmed Shahzad is being kept even if there are very obvious flaws in his batting technique.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 11, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    @Rage468. you can start PPL. how cares??. If India playing qualification round, then there will not be a team from Pakistan for that WC...ha ha ha.

  • cric_fanatics on May 10, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @irfans1 ...captaincy for hafeez..?..what a joke..this guy is not good enough to make a debut for a decent enough side...he a mediocre player at best...

  • cric_fanatics on May 10, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    @hassaanster..In that case afridi would only play school boy cricket all his life..if he were from a decent test playing country...he is pathetic with the ball...and with the bat..?...hahaha....

  • on May 9, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Afridi is a good entertainer to keep in the team as a specialist bowler, who can sometimes bat. He is no match winner with the ball or the bat. He got wickets in the WC, but only against minnows. His problem is that he wants to be the center of attention and do his stupid little superhero pose when he gets a wicket. Abdul Razzaq is a much more sensible and performing all rounder than Afridi, and I believe he should be given a senior spot (possibly captain) in ODI and T20 format. Sahebzada Shahid Khan Afridi is not a leader, and definitely not a match winner.

  • Haleos on May 9, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    @hassaanster - Had afridi been playing for any other country he would not even have made a debut. Harbhajan has won many series(Series and not matches mind you) for India. Can you say the same about Mr Boom Boom and Doom in 15 balls Afridi?

  • Haleos on May 9, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    @SlogSw33p - and which cricket ground are u in currently. everyone here writes comments from behind the computer. One does not need to play international cricket to know that someone is inconsistent.I have played enough to know good player. It shows your maturity mate. Afridi was good with the ball not with the bat that too against minnows most of the time. he is being taken as an alrounder but hardly does anything with the bat. ..fastest century was a looong loong time back.

  • hassaanster on May 9, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    @cric_fanatics...we're talking about ODIs here...and harbhajans 400 wickets have come at an average of 31 with an an away average of 38...last five years overall he's averaged 40, 31, 30, 46 and 52....had he been playing for any other country he wouldve been thrown out a long time back

  • wicked.wizard on May 9, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    @Omar KHan I find your argument of keeping Afridi in the team because he has an x number of records very amusing. Dravid and Ganguly have an equal number of records if not more than Afridi, but were still phased out of the ODI team. Ricky Ponting is the best example. He's one of the greatest cricketers of the decade but when he'll be dropped he wont say i should be in the team because of the amount of runs/centuries/world cups i have won. What you can do presently or in the near future matters more than what you've done in the past or how many records you hold.

  • Desihungama on May 9, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Guys! If you are a passenger in a bus. Would you let Afridi drive it? That is exactly the issue between Afridi and Waqar as the latter thinks this guy is not capable of making sane decisions then how come he will let him pick playing 11?

  • Zahidsaltin on May 11, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    "I THINK EVERY ONE SHOULD DO HIS JOB"?? isn't the coach one of the selectors to choose the playing eleven? What are afridi's credentials to select a playing 11. What is reason that Ahmed Shahzad is being kept even if there are very obvious flaws in his batting technique.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 11, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    @Rage468. you can start PPL. how cares??. If India playing qualification round, then there will not be a team from Pakistan for that WC...ha ha ha.

  • cric_fanatics on May 10, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @irfans1 ...captaincy for hafeez..?..what a joke..this guy is not good enough to make a debut for a decent enough side...he a mediocre player at best...

  • cric_fanatics on May 10, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    @hassaanster..In that case afridi would only play school boy cricket all his life..if he were from a decent test playing country...he is pathetic with the ball...and with the bat..?...hahaha....

  • on May 9, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Afridi is a good entertainer to keep in the team as a specialist bowler, who can sometimes bat. He is no match winner with the ball or the bat. He got wickets in the WC, but only against minnows. His problem is that he wants to be the center of attention and do his stupid little superhero pose when he gets a wicket. Abdul Razzaq is a much more sensible and performing all rounder than Afridi, and I believe he should be given a senior spot (possibly captain) in ODI and T20 format. Sahebzada Shahid Khan Afridi is not a leader, and definitely not a match winner.

  • Haleos on May 9, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    @hassaanster - Had afridi been playing for any other country he would not even have made a debut. Harbhajan has won many series(Series and not matches mind you) for India. Can you say the same about Mr Boom Boom and Doom in 15 balls Afridi?

  • Haleos on May 9, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    @SlogSw33p - and which cricket ground are u in currently. everyone here writes comments from behind the computer. One does not need to play international cricket to know that someone is inconsistent.I have played enough to know good player. It shows your maturity mate. Afridi was good with the ball not with the bat that too against minnows most of the time. he is being taken as an alrounder but hardly does anything with the bat. ..fastest century was a looong loong time back.

  • hassaanster on May 9, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    @cric_fanatics...we're talking about ODIs here...and harbhajans 400 wickets have come at an average of 31 with an an away average of 38...last five years overall he's averaged 40, 31, 30, 46 and 52....had he been playing for any other country he wouldve been thrown out a long time back

  • wicked.wizard on May 9, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    @Omar KHan I find your argument of keeping Afridi in the team because he has an x number of records very amusing. Dravid and Ganguly have an equal number of records if not more than Afridi, but were still phased out of the ODI team. Ricky Ponting is the best example. He's one of the greatest cricketers of the decade but when he'll be dropped he wont say i should be in the team because of the amount of runs/centuries/world cups i have won. What you can do presently or in the near future matters more than what you've done in the past or how many records you hold.

  • Desihungama on May 9, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Guys! If you are a passenger in a bus. Would you let Afridi drive it? That is exactly the issue between Afridi and Waqar as the latter thinks this guy is not capable of making sane decisions then how come he will let him pick playing 11?

  • irfans1 on May 9, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    It's time to give Afridi a rest.. especially, his captaincy... It's the right time to give Hafeez(who has matured as a player n person for a year or so) the captaincy for both ODI and T20's.. later he could replace at the test level, once Misbah call it a day at international level.

  • stormy16 on May 9, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Getting tired of Afridi I am afraid. His performance with the bat has been nothing short of furstrating and when you consider this guy opened the innings in tests but for some reason these days does the clown act time and again when he has to bat. What's more he is all over the place with his media comments. The strange thing is I reckon the captain should have the call on the playing eleven - after all he is guy who is going to be expected to win the game on the park. But for it to come to this siutaion bring's home the point - Afridi is still too wild and I guess that's why everyone loves him. Just wish the guy played some normal cricket with the bat - he could be so destructive.

  • Trishcric on May 9, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @Rage468: [quote]"""plz dont compare him to dhoni.. dhoni is too far from reaching afridi's caliber. its IPL that has helped india to win WC. remove ipl and india will soon be playing qualifying matches of world cup. hahaha"""[/quote]

    Yes, you're the right... Dhoni is too far from reaching Afridi's caliber because both have more than 6000 ODI runs where, Afridi doesn't average even half of what Dhoni averages in ODI. Dhoni's AVG: 48.79 . Afridi's avg: 23.49

    Yes, Afridi is the best player and best captain without doubt. No comparision with Dhoni.

  • Yousafzay on May 9, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    @westeast, u bad man,how you ignored the performance of Afridi and Comment like that. Who Can lead this team better than Afridi? the Team was on verge of disaster and he lead well. so shame on u and all who neglect the Great hero of Pakistan cricket

  • on May 9, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    "I played average cricket because I was tired after the World Cup and only played the series on the advice of some friends and former players." lol what a joke!

  • on May 9, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    A holder of 9 WORLD RECORDS , n u ppl say he doesnt deserve to be in da team?? SHAHID AFRIDI's WORLD RECORDS : = Fastest ODiI century off 37 balls. = Most ODI 6s 285* = Most 6s in combine (ODIs , T20s , Tests) = ONLY da 2nd All Rounder to take 300 ODI wkts and 6000 runs after Jayasuria = ONE of the ONLY 3 batsmen in da WORLD to have strike rate of 100+ = 3 consective 4 wkt hauls (during 2011 WC) = Most wkts by a CAPTAIN in a single WC ie 21 in 2011 WC (previous I.K 17 in 1987) = Highest T20i Wicket TAKER (50+) = Most 4 wkt hauls in T20s ie 4 (Jointly held wid Umar Gul) In Afridi's CAPTAINCY Pakistan won ODI series after 3 YEARS !! (ended ODI series losing streak) We lost ASIA CUP bt Pakistan took da match till da end never was 1 sided . We lost da World CUp bt WON 6 out of 8 matches and NOBODY EXPECTED DEM TO DO SO . BOOM BOOM AFRIDI !! BOOM BOOM TEAM AFRIDI !!

  • cric_fanatics on May 9, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    @hassaanster....harbhajan has 400 TEST wickets...afridi is not capable of playing test matches...@Rage468..yeah you are right..thats the reason why afridi was pleading for inclusion into ipl....haha

  • on May 9, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    I agree with The Dynamite Kid. Though I myself am from Pakistan but I don't think he even deserves a place in the side, let alone captaincy

  • westeast on May 9, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    "I played average cricket because I was tired after the World Cup and only played the series on the advice of some friends and former players."

    * Worst Pakistani Captain * Why is he in the team * Most Over rated player

    Can pls someone remove this person from the team. Such a waste!

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on May 9, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    rage468 r u mad that india won wc due to IPL. both are poles apart this shows ur ignorance india won against pakistan because pakistan helped us by dropping catches, and then younis and misbah helped us wholeheartedly, secondly dont forget india defeated pakistan 5 times in wc, sl buckled under pressure if finals...pakistan has afridi at number 7, dont know in the last 5 years how many important matches he won for pakistan coming at number 7 may be 2-3 but overall he is a failure if he comes at number 7 he has to take responsibility

  • on May 9, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Afridi is the complete entertainer, his first fastest 100(in first match he batted) is enjoyable and talk-able even now. he just taking cricket as a game, surely it is a game nothing series. if 1 winning then definitely another 1 has to lose. i know so many guys began to love cricket only because of him(his aggression).more than everything, currently he is the top most leg spinner(leg spinner top spinner and off spinner). Love u Afridi. we see cricket as long as u r there(as a cricketer)

  • on May 8, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    There they go grabbing each other's hair again.. just wen they look like gettin a good side together, something like this happens.. it is really a shame.. i'm sure pakistani fans deserve better.. !!

  • touqeer777 on May 8, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Afridi do not want to play in this series and board and his dad force him to play this series and see his performance both with the ball and bat totally pathetic.I think it is totally rubbish to say that he do not want to get any input from coach.come on final selection in any team is by the coach and captain because they r people who has to answer the reasons for loss.So Afridi sahib instead of correcting ur poor performance u put the whole blame on waqar.Can anybody tell me any big tournamnet Afridi has won as a captain at national and domestic level nothing because he know nothing about captaincy.His captancy record is worse than Younus khan and Shoaib Malik.He talk too much in the media and on the ground he lost somewhere and totally confused in his decision making but we do not have choice thats why our incompetent board opted for him.I think now Pcb should give him rest and appoint Hafeez as captain for Ireland series and Zimbawae series.

  • hassaanster on May 8, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    @the_dynamite_kid...see the problem is not his performance...its his attitude...btw his overall average is just as bad as harbhajan singh's so if harbhajan can play then so can afridi...infact his bowling performances have improved over the last few yrs...last four years he's averaged 30.6 with the ball...during that very same period harbhajan has averaged 33.6...so u see the reason he's still there is cos he's contributing...and considering wt a tough time aussies are having finding a decent spinner they at this point would love to have afridi in their ODI playing XI

  • poderdubdubdub on May 8, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Afridi needs rest and waqar holoidays.......

  • on May 8, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    can all gyse tell me whos taken 320 wicket 6 time fastest 100 and 18 time less than 24 ball hit 50 almost 300 six strike rate 113.87 123 catches in one day almost 50 wicket in t 20 don,t say any thing about afridi shoud know about these things ok

  • bharath74 on May 8, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Can't there be any confidentiality about all these petty issues? Every board has issues with selection, but are all those issues made public? Selectors should also behave maturely not by threatening to resign(Moshin). Miandad, who resigned every time he was offered a prime position is still considered for batting coach. Common, pls look to rope in players like Saeed Anwar,Saleem Malik(fixing case dropped) ,Zaheer Abbas.... if the batting coach position is required.

  • on May 8, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    @ dynamite kid if u remove Afridi's World Cup bowling performance against the minows so BRO U WOULD LOOSE FRM CANADA !! he won u da match vs sri lanka !!

  • inshaflive on May 8, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    "I played average cricket because I was tired after the World Cup and only played the series on the advice of some friends and former players."..Is this how a Proffesional Cricketer talks....Awkward..

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on May 8, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    @Anjum Iqbal: Those 6695 runs came at an average of 23.49, and those 315 wickets came at an average of 34.22 at a strike rate of 44.6. Any Tom, Dick and Harry can achieve those runs and wickets at such pathetic averages if he manages to play 325 ODI matches. Anyone criticizing him is jealous? Jealous of what? he's the worst player among all those who have played 200 ODI matches or more. He has nothing for anyone to be jealous of. Forget about being great, he is a rubbish player who has been playing all his life without taking any sort of responsibility ever. Those averages are a testimony of him being rubbish. Every team in the world would like to have him in their side? I bet even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will think seriously before allowing such a pathetic player to play for them. He wouldn't have played even 1 international match if he were from Ind, Aus, S.A., S.L., Eng.

  • on May 8, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    6695 ODI runs and 315 ODI wickets its not a joke . anyone who is commenting against him is jealous plz give him some respect many people watch cricket just for him. he is a great player and I bet every team in world would love to have him in the team. He holds world records still to be matched. Don,t compare him with anyone else. His inconsistency is his weakness but I don't know any cricketer who has no weakness. Love u Afridi. Does not matter what ever people say

  • hassaanster on May 8, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    First of all, would he have opted for rest had he been bought by one of the ipl franchises...the answer is NO! and wt does he need rest for? all he has to do is go out there and field for 50 overs and bowl 10 overs of leg-spin and he barely spends any time on the wicket with the willow in his hand...didnt he get plenty of rest when pak played 2 tests against SA and NZ...and it was the six that bravo hit off afridi that cost them the game..so afridi needs to man up and take responsibility for the defeat instead of making others the centre of attention (in this case waqar younis)...PCB should fine him for talking to the media unnecessarily time and time again. He shouldve kept quiet and discussed his issues with the PCB chairman and the team management after the test series.

  • xylo on May 8, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    can we leave them alone for a while?

  • asterix.gaul on May 8, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    The term "interference" can be interpreted in many ways. I would be surprised if Waqar and Intikhab Alam had no role to play in the selection of the playing XI. That said, the final XI is the call of the captain. But, then when one talks of astuteness and tactical nous, I don't think Afridi is being thought of in that context. You can't captain on inspiration alone, Shahidbhai.

    Look at Vettori. He captains a team that is light years behind in talent than Pakistan, but he gets the best out of his team. Yes, they are also a struggling team, but they have a structure in place to address their shortcomings.

    Younus Khan is Pakistan's best bet as captain.

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on May 8, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Sorry, I mean to say that Afridi has more than 300 ODI wickets in my previous post.

  • Rage468 on May 8, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    cric_fanatics: you are right on what basis he is the captain. he should play as a regular player.. but plz dont compare him to dhoni.. dhoni is too far from reaching afridi's caliber. its IPL that has helped india to win WC. remove ipl and india will soon be playing qualifying matches of world cup. hahaha

  • newnomi on May 8, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    totally agree with what getsetgopk says.

  • on May 8, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    dude afridi was the best bowler in the world cup and also one of the best captains...on what grounds are u saying he cant play any format of cricket...in 2010 he was the leading run scorer also for pak...everybody have lapses in form..first study the game well before making a fool out of urself

  • hamqad on May 8, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    I believe Waqar's input in selection matter should be valued rather than criticized. He brings with him a wealth of experience and an astute brain. The current team, combined, does not posses the cricketing talent that Waqar has. He is one of the 3 greatest bowlers Pakistan has even seen.

    So Afridi should man up, understand what Waqar brings to the table, and realize that he, with his pea sized brain, that severely lacks tactical sharpness, needs Waqar on his side if he wants to keep winning matches and remain captain of the team.

  • westindian4life on May 8, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    afridi's batting in the odi series was disappointing...i hope that he can resurrect his batting form...i really think he is awesome!!!

  • likeintcricket on May 8, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Afridi is getting tired and he is not good captain either. He has lost his interest in batting and he is good for #9 spot in T20 and one day format. In fact Misbah is not a good choice either. Currently only Hafeez has a permanent spot and he looks to be a better choice for captaincy in both forms of the game. But Hafeez also had his ups and down and one cannot say for sure.

  • Agni2 on May 8, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    I am so shocked by this. "Unity" and "Team players" are the two words that *define* the Pakistan cricket team.

  • bigwonder on May 8, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    This has been pakistan's problem all along. They never get along, be it at cricket or politicians vs. military. They need to have one person to have final say, and not allow for dilusions.

  • ExpertSpectator on May 8, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Grow Up Pathan Shahid!!! Learn to amicably solve your issues and get your ideas thru. And not sure what you are tired off!Would a batting coach fix your batting problem? I doubt. You need a psychologist. Scoring runs and staying at the wicket like lot of the stalwarts says is a mind thing as well as a skill thing. So Pak need to understand that if they are to fare well in the years to come they have to field the youngsters in "dead rubber"matches. Winning is not everything sometimes. Getting a stable team with a mix of experience and youngsters is the key. In the matches you lose the youngsters will learn the lessons in the company of mature seniors. So learning to take losses as the other side of the coin is the key to long term growth of this team. Wishing this exciting team all the good fortune in their future matches.

  • on May 8, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    dhoni gets money thats why he plays........... and that is correct that afridi was tired................. 15 days is nothing

  • on May 8, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    cric_fanatics you should ask yourself on what merit is sammy captain of west indies cricket team in all formats you must think before you talk

  • mso797 on May 8, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    forget getin rid of of coach or captain get rid of butt he appoints people who have no work in the domestic system instead of people like rashid latif who started his own club and organized 2 of his own leagues karachi champions league and pakistan champions league. And just saying where is manzoor he should definetly be in the squad fawad alam maybe and safraz ahmad in one days adnan is the b est wicket keeper ps cricinfo can you please at least keep a scorecard on pakistan champions league if u cant do commentary

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    well...its just a matter of some time and every thing will be OK.....Afridi should be rested for this series,by the way.And if we talk about dhoni, he is just playing low-level T20 tournament aftr wc.....so they both cant be compared!!!! @hindh88, every team have some problem,its not just PAK!!!And by talking like this,you are looking a big joker to me rather than PAk cricket!!!!

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    I think Waqar and Afridi both are right in their perspective . Pak had already won the series so the last two matches have no value. So it is ok to play out your rookies .Afridi wanted a dominated series crashing WI as he is the Captain. The dispute is little so i dont think they should kick each other for that. Misbah is the test captain so Imran as well as other seniors wanted him to captain in the WC. I think Afridi should not take it personal cause everyone has own opinion.On the otherhand ,Afridi wanted to have a strong unit and he is crying out for a batting coach .Of course , as a captain ,his demand must be fulfilled . Another thing,Afridi should be wise while talking to media cause now he can see the aftermath of his media loving. The title is Cracks appear in Afridi-Waqar relationship!It is too silly to say a crack in relationship ,it is just a dispute of selecting the best team for a match.Extra aggregation is the worst thing that Pak should be careful of . Best wishes Raf

  • gghdty on May 8, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Waqar is wiser and more experienced than Afridi. Ill trust Waqar over Afridi anyday. We see some good changes since Waqar has taken over and on the other hand we have also seen some good considering Pakistans current sitauation since Afridi took over but we have also seen him falter and buckle away under pressure obviously he needs help and good help like maybe Miandad or a senior stalwart batsman maybe even Inzamam.Cricket has changed a lot and Pakistani cricketers have missed out on the monetary good. If world cricket policies dont change soon predictably we will see a decline in viewership of this great sport. IPL is taking a big toll on international cricket.

  • getsetgopk on May 8, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    i think when afridi requested for a rest after wc it was because he thought he was sent there as captain to do a job which he failed to do so he clearly requested he be put aside for a while meaning the whole of the PCB should sit down and think upon the next course of action primarily to decide upon the next captain now then PCB came back to afridi and afridi took it no problems there. now lets talk about the role of the captain. what do you want from a captain? first of all to make the team play with unity and purpose. he did that. 2nd to do his bit. leading wicket taker aint good enough? as for bating he has always been like this with the bat. Now, are u looking for a captain thats the leading run scorer and the leading wicket taker? there were ten other players in that team. why isn't anyone talking about them? those criticising afridi REALLY REALLY need to ZIP IT!

  • rashiddd on May 8, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    First of all afridi is not a player any kind of cricket now till the time. when he played well from bat and bowl he said i m a good allrounder and when he performed with bowl he said i m a bowller not a batsman it is not good attitude of a captain after 326 matches... my point of view it kind of player selected a captain it is very big joke from PCB side. afridi want self-intersted player and he is not able to play more cricket...

  • kartheepan on May 8, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    @SlogSw33p : I think you exactly dont know the meaning for the word consistency, his inconsistant batting was moved him from 1 to 7 or even 8 in position. You can say he got 300 wkts,but in how many matches 325 matches not even one wkt per match.Although All he got experience still his public statements was not sounds good. first he should find out what is his main strength, whether bowling or batting and must concentate in that part and remains the other option as part time. If you need the allrounder tag then Abdul razzaq ( but he always in a limelight) is far better option. Mind you, You and I even cricFan108 are not such Icons but a common public!!!

  • cricbuff10 on May 8, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Waqar may be over playing his role, but Afradi keeps claiming he is tired and did not want to play- well then he should not play- they are professional players making more money in a match then a lot of other do in a life time. All he has to do is try playing like a professional - Captain. ?? could we call any of his recent innings as a batsman - responsible or professsional. The non chalant approach has to end. Well cannot blame him entirely- whole system is like that- no sense of resposibility, no desire to learn from mistakes. No self assessmentl keep blaming others. Living on day to day basis.

  • on May 8, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is unpridictable always......

  • cric_fanatics on May 8, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    @ SlogSw33p..yeah he was really consistent in scoring single digit scores and taking MINNOW wickets...he has a pathetic avg. of 23 after almost 300 matches...what a shame..had he started to learn since he made his debut..he could have been atleast a good lower order batsman,,and not the tail ender that he is now...

  • cric_fanatics on May 8, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    On what merit is afridi the captain??..he cant bat..can bowl only against unsuspecting minnows and get thrashed by quality sides like india,aus,sa....that aside..How is he tired...?..he doesnt (can not) play tests..got a 15 day break after WC but hes still tired..why be such a cry baby ?..look at MSD..5 days after winning the WC he was playing the IPL....

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on May 8, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Totally Agreed with Rohit Gupta..Waqar and Wasim never spoke to Media about their disputes and differences to media and even now they don't talk about their bitter past...Mr.Afridi cant keep any thing to himself...

  • Rage468 on May 8, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    well... this matter is not as big as highligted by the media itself. just ignore it

  • A.R.AHSAN on May 8, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Waqar & Afridi is a good pair and PCB must do mediation between these two. Afridi is always agressive he also have to calm down and behave like a captain rather a sixteen year old.I love to see them both together because we saw in world cup. Both of them help Pakistan to fight in WC and to get back their pride.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on May 8, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Afridi is a person with no moral credibility..If he is not happy he must step down as caption...Mohammed Hafiz is better choice for Captaincy at the moment..When ever there is any controversy ,issue or news of dispute Mr.Afridi is the man who leaks it to media..I am 100% sure that the report of leaving the meeting was conveyed to media by Mr.Afridi himself. His performance with the bat and ball was worst and he is trying to escape by dividing the attention of people on other issues ,created by himself.You can easily understand his difference with Waqar over selection..He is supporting a mediocre player like Ahmed Shehzad,Whose is an average fielder with very poor technique to bat as an opener...

  • Stumpbreaker on May 8, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    he was wants to divert the attention from his own performance... what has he done in windies.. plus he wants to be Imran Khan and run the show by himself..everytime he loses.. he wants to blame other.. just typical of him.

  • indianzen on May 8, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Empty vessels make much noise...

  • Hindh on May 8, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    The PAk circus begins all over again in a new avatar.LOL......

  • CricketChat on May 8, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Doesn't seem like a problem at all to me by PAK cricket standards in recent memory. Just a matter of difference of opinion between two individual who ultimately were able to resolve them to lead their team to a respectable 3-2 victory. Life is back to normal!.

  • Zahidsaltin on May 8, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    AFRIDI SHOULD BE FIRED AND FINED for bringing the problem in to the media. He has done this now for so many times that he must be punished properly. Waqar is a decent person and would never behave like afridi does. Afridi might have taken lot of wickets in WC (just as Yuvraj did) but he can not be selected purely as a bowler. Would he like to know what his batting average is in all the matches after the Asia Cup. It's time that Abdul Razaq takes it over from him. Afridi has always been an uncompromising person. He wants to run the show without coach even having a say in it. It's these type of uneducated players who give PCCB a bad name.

  • Stark62 on May 8, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    @ the people criticising Afridi

    Afridi clearly wanted to be involved in the selection of the squad but was he given the right? NO!

    Now, that he has to play with whatever he has; Waqar all of a sudden decides he is going to take control who is in the playing 11.

    Who's going to be on the field? That aloo, the puppet, Waqar or Afridi?

    So, what if he hasn't performed with the bat!

    In his earlier days he was better with bat but now he is better with ball.

    Gul was brillaint in the WC but who was taking the wkts? Him or Gul?

    Take away Afridi's wickets and you would have seen Pak crash out in the quarters or even the group stages.

  • pakwellwisher on May 8, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Haha This time never fails to amuse me,always entertaining to follow pakistan cricket.

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on May 8, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    What baffles me is how someone life Afridi has been appointed captain of his national team. The guy has been a below average cricketer all his life, and his mental stability is well known by the cricketing world. The way his throws away his wicket every time without caring for his team itself explains it. The guy averages 23 with the bat and 34 with the ball, that's a mediocre as it gets. Without a doubt he's the worst player among all those who have played 200 ODI matches or more. It's a joke when his fans mention his 100 ODI wickets. Even Tendulkar has more than 150 ODI wickets, Ganguly and Yuvraj each have more than 100 ODI wickets. Basically anyone can take wickets in ODI cricket if he bowls regularly throughout his career. What seperates good ODI bowlers from fluke ones is their bowling average and strike rate. Afridi's bowling average and strike rate are a joke. As for the 2011 World Cup, just remove his performances with the ball against minnows and you'll get the true picture

  • on May 8, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    worlds most dramatic team unit Pakistan ...never together.This time has one major issue EGO.......being a captain Afridi did well in WC but only in WC and now he thinks that he is wise enough to take decision...ppl become wise after experience and waqar definately is more experienced than him ..it was good to give chance other youngster after having won the series ..this gives you idea abt yur bench strength... winning series 5-0 wont help... building teams for a longer course of time is more important..Pakistan lacks quality in all department and for this you will have to do some experience with your available resource so that yu get maxm output...This is wat waqar is trying to do mr Afridi.grow up you still need to grow up..You don have such stature and experience as waqar has in international cricket...Take example from MSD he never defeated clean sweep instead he always tries youngster for having a better bench strength.Learn and Adapt Mr.Afridi.

  • El_Toro_Loco on May 8, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Here we go again, the ugly saga continues..... Starring: The Diva Afridi, The Clown Ijaz Butt, The Villon Waqar Younis, The Heroin Misbah, & Extras: The whole Team.

  • illuminate on May 8, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    The lack of professionalism in the Pakistan team unfortunately seems to be a chronic condition. A pity that such talented individuals have characters that render them unfit to represent a street team, let alone a nation. It's shocking that Afridi and co don't demonstrate the least bit of shame making some of the comments they do.

  • SlogSw33p on May 8, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    @CricFan108: He was really consistent in the WC. Who are you to speak, get into the national team, get over 300 wickets, the fastest century, the most sixes and then you can talk. You're sitting there behind your computer chair as if you are Donald Bradman and Murali put together..

  • on May 8, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    This is a mere breakdown of communication. Seeing as most captains prefer an experienced voice in their corner, Afridi should've explained to Waqar where his input would be appreciated. Ultimately such a volatile relationship is bound to affect the team's performance. Unless they handle the dispute like Waqar- Akram handled theirs, this could be disastrous for an emerging and surging Pakistan team.

  • msidd on May 8, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Why is it that no matter what afridi does he will always get support form pathans.... common he is making joke of captaincy..... using it as he has cleverly managed to get rid of all the talented seniors and now it leaves only him in the picture for the captaincy...he uses this to threaten the youngsters for being given the chance to to represent pak and at the same time has just reserved a spot in pak 11 even though he performs or not....let alone the stupid comments and reasoning for his losses he gives

  • spellbinder76 on May 8, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Afridi wanted a break from cricket but they forced him to go to WI. He then excused himself from the last two ODI but Intikhab Alam persuaded him to play. He even walked out of the tour selection meeting. Waqar is trying to control the team and the game while the selectors have made a mess back in Pakistan. Blame PCB, selectors, coach and the manager not the captain. Afridi already has a county cricket contract for this summer in England and has found a place in the World XI and the Sri-Lankan league.

  • Stark62 on May 8, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    I was also bemused by some of the selection in the last 2 ODI's!

    How could you give taufeeq and tanvir (good test bowler and that's it) a chance but not the youngster Sadaf Hussain.

    Very disappointed with the selection salahudin ahead of Yasin, Azhar, Alam and Sohail.

    Not to forget Salman ahead of both Sarfraz and Rizwan.

    Overall, pcb needs to be reformed in every dept and that includes the selection committee.

  • nikhildevdesai on May 8, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    When was the last time Afridi performed with the bat, he's probably the most inconsistent Pak cricketer in the bunch, i think he should retire, he doesn't bring anything to the table except his bowling, which is mediocre against top rated teams, as we saw in the WC, no effective against India, or Aus.

  • MeTheVampire on May 8, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    ha ha pak cricket going worst even more day by day.so now in international cricket one competitive team like pakistan which was before decreased.now pakistan is nothing to take seriously about after some time they may even become worse than WI and Bangladesh.

  • on May 8, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    @ Adolfhitler89.................come on............ Pakistan is not going through its worst time because after a year or 2 now we can see a united team because of afridi.....there sometimes are arguments going on between the coach and the captain over small issues.it does not mean that Pakistan is going through a bad time.These are actually rumors....who knows whether it is true or not!!

  • AndrewFromOz on May 8, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    I'll never understand Pakistani cricket. Ego and self-interest are always more important than talent and commitment. As for Afridi - nothing more than a ball-biting show-pony.

  • bobagorof on May 8, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    "I played average cricket because I was tired after the World Cup and only played the series on the advice of some friends and former players." is not the attitude of a Captain. The Captain should be steering the side, leading by example. If your Captain is only there because fome 'friends and former players' suggested he should be, then his heart is not in it. What does that say to the younger players in the side?

  • dmqi on May 8, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Waker was right to express his desire to have Misbah as Captain for the world cup. Afridi's contribution to win against a good team is almost nothing. Moreover, Misbah was leading the team very well. So, what was the justification to import another captain who is not reliable and very unpredictable ( remember his resignation from test side in the middle of a tour). His on filed actions and personality is not in keeping with a good captain. It will be good for Pak cricket to release Afridi from the captaincy. In fact, now he will have hard time to justify his position in the one day team if he does not improve his batting. He was tired of what in the world cup, a silly statement.

  • Adolfhitler89 on May 8, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Pakistan's cricket is already going through it's worst time and such issues between the captain,coach,selectors and PCB will completely destroy Pakistan's cricket. The players,coaches,selectors and board members should join hands to work in the best interest of Pakistan's cricket. Youngsters shall be given more opportunities to prove their talent and some senior players must realize that it's time to say goodbye. Some senior players must step down to make room for new talent.

  • wambling_future on May 8, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Pakistan cricket just cannot have a quiet period of 6 month either within or outside the team, where they can play cricket simply like other "normal & less chaotic" teams. I guess this has become a part of the way they go about their cricket and they cannot live without it anymore. Sad but true. Just when we thought Afridi-Waqar will bring some normalcy in the ODI camp, we hear this news now. So what next? New ODI captain or a new coach or they can bury their differences for a greater cause? Everyone's guess is as good as mine. PS: can somebody get rid of big Butt.

  • Haleos on May 8, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Afridi was tired? When does he perform consistantly? If he was consistent, given his talent he would have been a great player. And nothing should be read into Mohsin Khan episode. It was a typical pakistan issue. Threaten to resign then resign n come back or dont resign. What a joke.

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  • Haleos on May 8, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Afridi was tired? When does he perform consistantly? If he was consistent, given his talent he would have been a great player. And nothing should be read into Mohsin Khan episode. It was a typical pakistan issue. Threaten to resign then resign n come back or dont resign. What a joke.

  • wambling_future on May 8, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Pakistan cricket just cannot have a quiet period of 6 month either within or outside the team, where they can play cricket simply like other "normal & less chaotic" teams. I guess this has become a part of the way they go about their cricket and they cannot live without it anymore. Sad but true. Just when we thought Afridi-Waqar will bring some normalcy in the ODI camp, we hear this news now. So what next? New ODI captain or a new coach or they can bury their differences for a greater cause? Everyone's guess is as good as mine. PS: can somebody get rid of big Butt.

  • Adolfhitler89 on May 8, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Pakistan's cricket is already going through it's worst time and such issues between the captain,coach,selectors and PCB will completely destroy Pakistan's cricket. The players,coaches,selectors and board members should join hands to work in the best interest of Pakistan's cricket. Youngsters shall be given more opportunities to prove their talent and some senior players must realize that it's time to say goodbye. Some senior players must step down to make room for new talent.

  • dmqi on May 8, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Waker was right to express his desire to have Misbah as Captain for the world cup. Afridi's contribution to win against a good team is almost nothing. Moreover, Misbah was leading the team very well. So, what was the justification to import another captain who is not reliable and very unpredictable ( remember his resignation from test side in the middle of a tour). His on filed actions and personality is not in keeping with a good captain. It will be good for Pak cricket to release Afridi from the captaincy. In fact, now he will have hard time to justify his position in the one day team if he does not improve his batting. He was tired of what in the world cup, a silly statement.

  • bobagorof on May 8, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    "I played average cricket because I was tired after the World Cup and only played the series on the advice of some friends and former players." is not the attitude of a Captain. The Captain should be steering the side, leading by example. If your Captain is only there because fome 'friends and former players' suggested he should be, then his heart is not in it. What does that say to the younger players in the side?

  • AndrewFromOz on May 8, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    I'll never understand Pakistani cricket. Ego and self-interest are always more important than talent and commitment. As for Afridi - nothing more than a ball-biting show-pony.

  • on May 8, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    @ Adolfhitler89.................come on............ Pakistan is not going through its worst time because after a year or 2 now we can see a united team because of afridi.....there sometimes are arguments going on between the coach and the captain over small issues.it does not mean that Pakistan is going through a bad time.These are actually rumors....who knows whether it is true or not!!

  • MeTheVampire on May 8, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    ha ha pak cricket going worst even more day by day.so now in international cricket one competitive team like pakistan which was before decreased.now pakistan is nothing to take seriously about after some time they may even become worse than WI and Bangladesh.

  • nikhildevdesai on May 8, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    When was the last time Afridi performed with the bat, he's probably the most inconsistent Pak cricketer in the bunch, i think he should retire, he doesn't bring anything to the table except his bowling, which is mediocre against top rated teams, as we saw in the WC, no effective against India, or Aus.

  • Stark62 on May 8, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    I was also bemused by some of the selection in the last 2 ODI's!

    How could you give taufeeq and tanvir (good test bowler and that's it) a chance but not the youngster Sadaf Hussain.

    Very disappointed with the selection salahudin ahead of Yasin, Azhar, Alam and Sohail.

    Not to forget Salman ahead of both Sarfraz and Rizwan.

    Overall, pcb needs to be reformed in every dept and that includes the selection committee.