Pakistan news November 5, 2012

Afridi turns to first-class cricket in bid to regain form


Shahid Afridi has decided to end a nearly four-year hiatus from domestic first-class cricket in a bid to regain his form ahead of the India series next month. Afridi will represent Habib Bank Limited in the ongoing President's Trophy, after last having played for them in January 2009.

"We understand he [Afridi] has been struggling with his form and obviously he has to play quality cricket to regain it," a spokesman from HBL sports department told ESPNcricinfo. "Unfortunately there is no limited-overs cricket being played at the moment and the on-going first-class tournament is the way out for him to get engaged to change his dipping form."

Afridi is currently in the middle of a severe form trough, highlighted at the recent World Twenty20. He made only 30 runs in six matches, and picked up four wickets at 42.75. In ODIs this year, he has scored 182 runs in 16 matches and taken 15 wickets at 43.13 (including a five-for against the lightweights of Afghanistan).

Pakistan's exit from the semi-final in the World Twenty20 has drawn criticism from several former players, with some blaming Afridi's poor form as the primary reason for the team's failure to reach the final.

Afridi will join the HBL squad in place of Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who is currently serving his 12 weeks ban for using recreational drug cannabis during his stint with Somerset in the English domestic season. "Though Afridi's name wasn't listed in 20-man probables for the team, he can take the place of Rehman to play the rest of the rounds ahead of the India series," the spokesman said.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • just_chill_chill on November 8, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    @Syed_imran_abbas He is also the reason for bringing some of the biggest humiliations for pkaistan on and off the field. I think what Pakistan needs is at least ONE decent and civilized cricketer, and Afridi is definitely not the answer.

  • dummy4fb on November 7, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Shahid khan afridi is our next captain.........

  • Syed_imran_abbas on November 7, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    All he need is to change his attitude. He was one of the biggest reason of pakistan failure in world t20. anyways best of luck and good to hear that he is playing in domestic games.

  • dummy4fb on November 7, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    guyz stop fighting .......... and best of luck lala , we all have our hopes on u , i have full believe on u , and INSHALLAH u will fire and will silence all your haters aka critics .

  • AamirAbuOzair on November 7, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    My friend Zaheer Abbas and Javed Miandad were even better, why don't we call them. Afridi should accept his struggling age and form and should step aside, we need younger and talented persons to replace him that can take us to the next world cups and can play for much longer. No offense to him but we will always remember him as one of the Greats but it is time to accept and get some talent into the team.

  • on November 7, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Flop Flop Afridi or Duck Duck Afridi that will suit him more.

  • dummy4fb on November 6, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Afridi needs to open batting in T-20. afridi is better captain for odi and t20.

    Afridi was the best thing to have happened to Pakistan cricket in a long time…. He is a MUCH better ODI captain than Misbah. He has aggression and passion needed in Pak cricket

    Afridi is a star performer and a definite match-winner.

    Shahid Afridi is one of the aggressive batsmen of the world. Currently .... Just in 1world Afridi is the best all-rounder the BEST entertainer in the world.

  • dummy4fb on November 6, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    In last 2 years Afridi has one so many matches for Pakistan. Don't think there is any doubt in Afridi ability to win matches. He has said so many times, he is a bowler who can bat. Why do we expect him to play a big inning all the time. Stop complaining about Afridi. There are so many other players who should not be in team. We need Afridi. He is the match winner.

  • dummy4fb on November 6, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    He was always a better test player than a ODI players

  • SaeedKhanNiazi on November 6, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    contd: It is unfair to include Afridi as being part of a current great bowling attack only as an attempt to overlook his lack of contribution. Let's face it he has lost his lackluster. Move pass him.

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