Pakistan news August 22, 2011

Afridi wants to make Pakistan comeback

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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_Shere 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.

  • 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.

  • Navzkhan 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.

  • AmjadZork 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • KingKashi 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!

  • on August 23, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Haaaahahahaahah I hope Afridi and Waqar Younus both comeback.

  • on August 23, 2011, 14:59 GMT

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

  • Ahsan_Shere 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.

  • 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.

  • Navzkhan 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.

  • AmjadZork 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • KingKashi 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!

  • on August 23, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Haaaahahahaahah I hope Afridi and Waqar Younus both comeback.

  • on August 23, 2011, 14:59 GMT

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

  • on August 23, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    benchod harami when they were needed that no 1 said we dont want them now no need them

    MR MENSAN

  • on August 23, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    accidently opened pakistan cricket page on cricinfo today, and found this joke saying his heart bleeds to play for paistan again and he is dying to play for the ppl now... doesn't anyone in our country have any self respect left with regards to taking hasty decisions, giving abrupt statements and later regretting them. Or maybe ijaz butt has knocked some sense into him finally....

  • on August 23, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Although Afridi is our Hero, He must also think for the country and its Pride, Return of Afridi is crucial and basic requirement of Pakistan, But for the sake of Pakistan Cricket Afridi should have to take a bold decision, leave behind his all personal issues.

  • khurramsch on August 23, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    @Navzkhan: no mate who said both zardari & butt are fine? & whats that has to do with afridi statments? does two wrongs make 1 correct? no so all afridi , butt should go. public was with him but he withdrawn & now he is asking for team mangment not board.

  • on August 23, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    @indianzen..........Your Dogs just dont know when to hush off.....Team can bite the dust....all they want is a century........Ask Santa for a reindear this time....atleast your team could hush back home swiftly.....:P

  • on August 23, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Afridi Should Respect & Follow the rules he is not bigger then rules. Alot of good Heros like Wasim , Imran , Waqar goes Afridi dont even near to them he is only Market factor on performance basis he dont have any place in the team. and he want that management should change becoz he dont like ? this is rubbish.

  • Humanoids on August 23, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    I do not have even 2 cents respect for Afridi. Who do he think he is? dropped a case against PCB to earn some pounds in England where he performed well. Ironically, he does not do the same consistently for Pakistan. I player who should have been discarded long back was given the captaincy. Waqar Younis has served Pakistan cricket with dignity, winning close tests and ODI's. He can say things, and people like Afridi should just listen and do not raise either their voice or neck! Waqar has worked hard with Umar Gul and other bowlers. If Waqar is arrogant, he has earned it due to his immense experience, while Afridi uses the "Pathan" logic which seems absurd, the same Pathan was a pussy cat when it mattered in SF against India in WC 2011!

  • M.N.I.Rony on August 23, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    afridi has to come in pakistan team & i'm sure he can proved his urgency in team..go ahead & never ever change your style..

  • mensan on August 23, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Afridi and razzaq are no more needed. We have better allrounders in Abdur Rehman and Hammad Azam. They must be given chances to improve and settle in team.

  • on August 23, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    It is a sad thing that personal and professional conflicts has effected the Pakistan cricket the most in past many yrs. Our team is the best team in the world, only if they can resolve their issues. As far as waqar is concern he is no doubt a legend in both as a player and as a coach, he taught young raw fast bowlers of Pakistan, the art of reverse swing, which he was master at, gul, wahab, junaid are the prime examples. It is sad to see him leave, but i think it is the best time to bring Wasim AKRAM IN AS A COACH. He shud have been the first choice after his retirement. As far as Afridi is concern he is a champion, he led Pakistan almost single handedly to the WC semi final which no one expected ofcourse, taking 21 wickets the most by any captain in WCs. He is the heartdrop of every Pakistani cricket fan, he should be back and back as captain. He instills life in Pakistan team. Afridi along with Wasim can turn Pakistan team to number 1 in both forms of cricket. Inshallah.

  • soilder09 on August 22, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    i think pakistan is in a better shape than india and they will perform better against england and srilanka

  • mensan on August 22, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    I didlike afridi due to his selfish nature. He plays only when he wants to play. he has no regard for country. poor behaviour.

  • on August 22, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    immature afridi again takes tun..at the age of 31 still he talks like a child who once wishes to buy chocolate at the same time he wastes money on video games.. afrisi first decide what you want..we know PCB management is incapable cant hundle issues, first you said i will play for pakistan when PCB management will be changed now you said i can play for pakistan when waqar resigns as coach.. this immaturity reflects also in your batting. first make your mind what you really want to do then come to that level..its easy to make journalists friends and with the help of them get sympathy from the nation. dont make fun of pakistan..you did well in worldcup but you cant be allowed to make fun of pakistan as PCB already doing this job..be mature and stuck on your decision you made..

  • likeintcricket on August 22, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Unfortunately Pakistan is missing several key players due to different reasons but otherwise this could be the side who can give England, the value for their money. Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis, Misbah, Yousuf, Umer Akmal, Zulqarnain, Asif, Aamir, Ajmal and ( Umer gul, Kaneria, Abdul Rehman). The batting doesn't look awesome like India but This is the best batting line up Pakistan can offer and they can play fast bowling. There is no Kamran Akmal and this bowling can bowl England out twice in a Test.

  • on August 22, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    @CricketFanatic01: the problem is that we dont have enough experienced spinners in the squad. Except for ajmal and afridi we dont have any wicket taking spinners. Hafeez usually chips in with a couple but that is not enough. And as far as our batting problems are concerned i think umar akmal, asad, ahmed shahzad ,azhar ali, hammaad(allrounder), rameez raja even taufeeq umar are pretty good players for the future. Btw im not saying that afridi should return as the captain of the side but as an experienced spinner who can score few runs at the end of an innings.

  • desicypriot on August 22, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    The problem with Afridi is tha he keeps forgething that his name is not IMRAN KHAN but Shahid Afridi

  • on August 22, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    afridi will be back soon INSHALLAH

  • on August 22, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    There are people like Waseem Bari and many more... who just quit one post and join the other and never leave from PCB who should be removed..... they are the main people who are the masterminds behind these wrong decisions and every one is against Ijaz Butt...... ok he must go to but other members of the board should go too

  • s-s-s on August 22, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    its great pleasure for me that Afridi is thinking to comeback in international cricket.Changes in top management in PCB is very much important,especially the post of chairman,this guy(at present) is very much stubborn,backdated,and ...awesomely unskill.but the person who will take place the post of chairman must be inherited such a mind that is to be devoted to improve the pakistan cricket.,,,,,,

  • on August 22, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    There is no need of Afridi to come back again in the side......He has blocked a place of a youngster for 4 years since 2007 WC.......But this decision is not a good one 4 Pak ckt.....He(waqar) helped the young bowlers alot......now PCB should bring Wasim as a bowling coach if they want a good seam bowling attack as we have.......

  • on August 22, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    no ...... he is not a capt kind of stuff....actually he has tremendous power .. but has teen brain .. only capable to play any matured captan

  • indianzen on August 22, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Now that the Dog has gone, cat can fill in... Poor Afridi at the verge of his retirement...

  • asianinvasion on August 22, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    as we are making wholesale changes at the management level i think we should do the same at the players level. How long will players leave and come back at will NO MORE lets get rid of all these players AFRIDI , MALIK , YOUNIS who think they can hold the country to ransom need to go and not be allowed anywhere near cricket again, the country needs players who are dedicated and pround genunily proud like javed and imran. so please lets wipe the slate clean bring in fresh blood and start again.

  • Zahidsaltin on August 22, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Non performers like afridi farhat and malik should stay out and concentrate on playing club cricket to intertaine their fans. Waqar is a gentleman of rare kind and a national hero too. Players like Afridi messing with waqar dont make any sense. They should respect him as he is a senior, a better player and gentleman breed.

  • khurramlone on August 22, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Anyone who cannot put his mind to play as the situation demands does not deserve a spot. Afridi has been in the team for 15 years and he still plays like a 10 year old. There is no way he should be considered.

  • on August 22, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    boom boom the best come back we wellcome u ...

  • on August 22, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    manager Intikhab Alam then waqar what time gonna be ijaz butt to go

  • on August 22, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    There is absolutely no way they should allow him to return to the national lineup. As talented as he is...no player is above team harmony and Afridi has proven time and time again that he is a virus. He may be a decent captain but a decent captain knows how to take criticism and input from his team when he is wrong.

    Afridi has proven he cannot do that because his pride is bigger than his bat.....

  • CricketFanatic01 on August 22, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    @Muhammed Ibrahim: you are totally not getting the point if you think Afridi is going to help Pak cricket. Pakistan already has a lot of bowlers and if you think otherwise then I suppose you should go jump in a well. What we need is a batsman that is consistent and skilled not a brainless brute who thinks he can simply play cricket on his own terms.

  • on August 22, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    waqas resigned nd INSHALLAH ijaz butt`s tenure will expire later on.Team has to focus for comng t20 WC,Players like afridi,hafeez,umar akmal are neccessary for t20 format.Afridi should come back.

  • CricketFanatic01 on August 22, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    This is very good for the betterment of Pak cricket.

  • Tigg on August 22, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    I hope they do change the management of Pakistan cricket. I also think the new people in chareg should refuse to accept Afridi back.

    You should not be able to pick and choose whether or not you play for your country if you don't like the people in charge.

  • WPDDESILVA on August 22, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Didn't see that coming!! Ha Haaaaaa...what a joke!

  • getsetgopk on August 22, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Misbah is 37, hafiz is inexsperienced and will lose whatever batting technique he has if he's made captain so yes we need afridi. Afridi is probably the only captain we had that improved as a player rather than scumbed to the added pressure.

  • CricketFanatic01 on August 22, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Well this was some sort of a surprise. I know many people think this is a good thing but in my opinion this is probably one of the backward steps being taken for Pak cricket. This guy is the reason batting in Pakistan has perished to be replaced with haphazard & reckless shot playing. Ever since the Boom Boom logo appeared on our shirts we have kept on going downhill, is this what we want for the betterment of Pak cricket? Ask yourself this question and then choose whether to support Afridi or not.

  • looh on August 22, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    the whole system of administration of cricket is faulty. the very appointment of coaches,captain, selectors and the chairman is fundamentally flawed and unfair.younas khan should have been the captain and pakistan would have flourished under his captaincy. now someone has to have the sense and appoint a permanent coach , if possible a foriegn one and start all over again. the captain should be given more respect and authority and the coach should be in the background . the captain and the players are the main strength and coach is there to support them and not to boss them.

    pcb should also try to get mohd amir's ban reduced by appealing to the icc on grounds of youth and inexperience.he is a real asset for the future.

  • on August 22, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    people who are saying that he has been inconsistent really make me laugh. He was easily the best bowler of 2011 WC and is by far the best spinner in 2020 nd a decent captain.

  • AlanHarrison on August 22, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    What good news for Boom Boom Afridi fans and lovers of the absurd everywhere. I wonder what his next exhibition will comprise. Perhaps he will try and hit six sixes in an over while holding the bat between his teeth, or something.

  • ZshanKhan on August 22, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Afridi has proved that he is now a full fledged Joke.

  • on August 22, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    thats the problem afridi have with waqar afridi wants to come back after waqar leaving the coachig of paksitan

  • on August 22, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is back Now possibly Afridi? Paired up with Younis Umar Akmal Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez? Can Pakistan come back?

  • on August 22, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    @JokeKiller yes afridi reteriment record is no good. But this time he was genuniely humiliated. He captained a team to world-cup semi-final of which nothing was expected Inzy and Waqar failed in there would cups as captain. Afridi no doubt has quality and no one should have to suffer public humiliation never mind the one afridi suffered despite captaining an in-experienced team missing their best bowler and key batsmen (yousuf) to the semi-final. Look at afridi's performance with the ball And don't forget his sportsmanlike conduct after defeat which was very good.

  • on August 22, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    WAQAR YOUNIS IS ONLY RESIGNING BECAUSE IJAZ BUTT'S FUTURE AS CHAIRMAN IS UNCERTAIN HE KNOWS HE WON'T BOSS AROUND PEOPLE WHEN A NEW CHAIRMAN COMES

    LOOK WHO IS ACTING IMMATURE WHY DID HE ANNOUNCE HIS RESIGNATION BEFORE THE ZIMBABWE TOUR HE COULD HAVE ANNOUNCED IT LATER NOW NO ONE WILL LISTEN TO HIM AND THIS WILL ONLY CAUSE GROUPING

  • Navzkhan on August 22, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @khurramsch...yeah ok i m agree with u that afridi is demanding changes in the management,its a bit too much, BUT tell me honestly...DO U THINK IJAZ BUTT IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR HIS JOB?.....and who appointed him? yes ZARDARI did...oh my gashhh.how can one expect good things frm these two...more power to pak team.

  • Jokekiller on August 22, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Shahid Afridi wants to come back from retirement? You don't say. This was completely unexpected. Never in a million years would I have guessed that Shahid Afridi will come back from retirement. I am shocked and I am in utter and complete disbelief. It is very unlike Shahid Afridi. Usually, when he retires, he doesn't reverse his decision. Look at his Test retirement(s). He never returned from those.

  • on August 22, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    i think afridi is a fyn bowler ....pak needs him ....he should back..

  • on August 22, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Afridi wants to make Pakistan comeback

  • Nameez on August 22, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Yes as stated below, i would see wasim as bowling and Inzy as batting best combination, and as AFRIDI is back Pakistan is going to raise, WELCOME AFRIDI, You are one of whom, who served PAKISTAN CRICKET at best.

  • luvPaKcric4ever on August 22, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Afridi should come back. Pak need Waqar as their bowling coach and Javed Minaded as their batting coach. Ijaz Butt should be kicked and a new chairman should be brought.

  • on August 22, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    plz come back................plz

  • ICCexpert.... on August 22, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    please bring in a young team...and get rid of Misbah....make afridi the captain and maindad as batting coach......

  • khurramsch on August 22, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    i was a fan of afridi on field but off field he is a joke. now he will select team management?first he has isues with board & now for coming back they are all good & team mangment is wrong? & about people support, yes you have public support but u didnt care for it & withdrawn case against board accepting your mistake paying fine for a NOC to play county. should have stand with hos case & he could have won it with support of people. now i think there is no league in near future so he wants to come back.

  • Happy_AusBang on August 22, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    People who have this sort of attitude should never be allowed into the team let alone captain the team. He is still showing his egocentric personality. On top of that, he has rocks in his head, otherwise why should he think of himself as such a huge personality when in cricket terms his story is one of consistent failures. It used to be one sucess - three failures a few years ago, now it is five or six failures and one small occasional success. Someone should tell this person to wake up and come down to earth.

  • sohailus on August 22, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    My all feelings are with WAQAR YOUNIS. He was such a great player. There is an old saying "HEALTH IS WEALTH". I'm damn agree with WAQAR that HEALTH comes FIRST.

  • ZeeshanKamal on August 22, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    We need Wasim Akram as main coach and Inzimam as batting coach.

  • on August 22, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Come back soon Mr. Afridi, we need u back in team

  • on August 22, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    man should keep consistency in his words.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 22, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    "If you don't find replacements at the right time than you face the problems that India is now facing.".... Maybe it's time to recall Javed Miandad? Bring back Inzy as well, can't be anymore unfit than half the Indian team.

  • boris6491 on August 22, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    He must have set a record for the number of times he has retired. And it seems as if we'll have to add another to that. Or maybe he would be vying for the top spot with Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf. Everyone seems to enjoy laying the blame on the PCB, but sometimes, the Pakistani players themselves can be so facetious it just becomes comical.

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  • boris6491 on August 22, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    He must have set a record for the number of times he has retired. And it seems as if we'll have to add another to that. Or maybe he would be vying for the top spot with Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf. Everyone seems to enjoy laying the blame on the PCB, but sometimes, the Pakistani players themselves can be so facetious it just becomes comical.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 22, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    "If you don't find replacements at the right time than you face the problems that India is now facing.".... Maybe it's time to recall Javed Miandad? Bring back Inzy as well, can't be anymore unfit than half the Indian team.

  • on August 22, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    man should keep consistency in his words.

  • on August 22, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Come back soon Mr. Afridi, we need u back in team

  • ZeeshanKamal on August 22, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    We need Wasim Akram as main coach and Inzimam as batting coach.

  • sohailus on August 22, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    My all feelings are with WAQAR YOUNIS. He was such a great player. There is an old saying "HEALTH IS WEALTH". I'm damn agree with WAQAR that HEALTH comes FIRST.

  • Happy_AusBang on August 22, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    People who have this sort of attitude should never be allowed into the team let alone captain the team. He is still showing his egocentric personality. On top of that, he has rocks in his head, otherwise why should he think of himself as such a huge personality when in cricket terms his story is one of consistent failures. It used to be one sucess - three failures a few years ago, now it is five or six failures and one small occasional success. Someone should tell this person to wake up and come down to earth.

  • khurramsch on August 22, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    i was a fan of afridi on field but off field he is a joke. now he will select team management?first he has isues with board & now for coming back they are all good & team mangment is wrong? & about people support, yes you have public support but u didnt care for it & withdrawn case against board accepting your mistake paying fine for a NOC to play county. should have stand with hos case & he could have won it with support of people. now i think there is no league in near future so he wants to come back.

  • ICCexpert.... on August 22, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    please bring in a young team...and get rid of Misbah....make afridi the captain and maindad as batting coach......

  • on August 22, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    plz come back................plz