Pakistan news August 22, 2011

Afridi wants to make Pakistan comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

On the same day when Waqar Younis quit as national coach, Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan captain who had retired conditionally , said he wants to return to the national side, but only if Pakistan make changes to the team management which satisfy him.

"My heart bleeds to play for Pakistan and I am dying to play for my country. I even wanted to go to Zimbabwe and hopefully at the right time I will make a comeback to the team," he told Geo TV. "They need to bring in more sensible and good people into the team management and if that happens I will reconsider my decision to retire. I have been moved by the support shown to me by the people. I owe them a lot."

Afridi and Waqar had been at loggerheads during Pakistan's tour of the West Indies, during which Afridi captained the ODI side to a 3-2 series victory. In his report on the tour, Waqar had called Afridi immature and questioned his discipline.

Waqar, however, said that he quit as coach only due to personal and health reasons and that he had no differences with anyone. Though Afridi himself quit the game due to differences with the board and management over his axing as ODI captain, he said that if Waqar did have issues with anyone in the board or team, he should have worked them out.

"I don't know [the reasons for Waqar's resignation] but I feel if he had any issues he should have faced them. He didn't look to have health problems to me, but now if that has changed I don't know about that."

The PCB in a release insisted Waqar's resignation had nothing to do with a rift between him and the board or the selection committee. Waqar has maintained the same. "It is unfortunate that these stories appeared despite the fact that I presented myself to media and talked in detail on the reasons of my resignation," he said. "Working with the Pakistan team is an honour and I enjoyed being part of it. I have my personal reasons to resign and all the stories about my differences with anyone are absolutely incorrect."

Waqar also said that picking young players was the way ahead for Pakistan. "It is good that a young side has been announced for the Zimbabwe tour. It is good to see youngsters in the side and there will always be criticism but sooner or later at some time you need to induct new players.

"If you don't find replacements at the right time than you face the problems that India is now facing. If you look at India's case they have not inducted youngsters at the right time and they are in a bad state in England. Unfortunately we are not getting any international cricket at home so how do you try out your new players, especially those who have performed well in domestic cricket."

Pakistan's team management has seen a complete shake-up in the last month, with manager Intikhab Alam being removed and the assistant coach being changed as well.

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  • Ahsan on August 25, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    @Saarah Khan: When you have Shoaib Malik in your team be prepare for grouping & I'm sure Waqar is resigning because Shoaib is back, his decision came just after Shoaib inclusion.

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    afridi is good player he should be back in team and wasim akram should be bowling coach now as waqar sa resigned so i vote for afridi to come back and he then should be captian.AFRIDI YOU ARE BEST!!!!!!!!

  • Naveed on August 24, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I am a big big supporter of Shahid Afridi and I kept on posting in support of him before for captaincy when he was not captain and I support him now as well but the truth is that nobody is bigger than the game and his demand of changes in the management is not good at all. If this happened then players' power will manipulate the cricket board which whether good or bad is the supreme institution. However captain should be given power for selection because it is he who fight in the middle and not coach. I don't understand why coach wants power to elect playing eleven? He should have he input but the final call should be of the captain. He is coach of all 16 players and not only the 11 playing.

  • Naveed on August 24, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    @khurramsch...look buddy try to get me,afridi wants changes in the management right?who assigned that management?pcb ok,then butt is the head of pcb,so butt is responsible for all the miss-management,zardari is responsible for butt...both of them responsible for what happening in pak cricket now a days i mean for all the controversies...thnks, cheers.

  • Amjad on August 24, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    I disagree with people who consider Afridi worthless... He is a very good captain. The way he came up with a broken team in the recent world cup & took it to the Semis. I support Afridi & the only person i want removed is Ejaz Butt.

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    afridi is definitely not bigger than rules he should be back but should not be made captain again!

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    @ humanoids first of all,we must realise that whatever happens on the field,captain is held responsible.Therefore,he should have the choice for playing team of his liking.Secondly,What waqar is doing,he is ought to do that becz he gets paid for it.And finally,we cannot compare waqar with Afridi becz both are great in their own right.Afridi is only world 2nd player who has scored more than 6000 runs and taken over 300 odi wks.His captancy record is good as well (60% wins).And lastly, why should afridi listen to waqar without raising his neck?.Afridi is the captain and it would be him who will be held responsible for the failure not the coach or anyone else.

  • Kashif on August 23, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    Waqar's services are more than Afridi's. Afridi is most popular in Pakistan but it does not mean he is most powerful! He want to be as powerful as Imran Khan was but he has no mind in himself to lead the national team. He is good and Improved Bowler but not a a Batseman! So he should be in the team only as a bowler if he is forgiven!

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Haaaahahahaahah I hope Afridi and Waqar Younus both comeback.

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    ho ho ho, Mr Afridi has kneeled down, baloon is out of air now. hahaha

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