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

Umar Farooq

November 5, 2012

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Shahid Afridi was bowled by Mitchell Starc, Australia v Pakistan, Super Eights, World Twenty20 2012, Colombo, October 2, 2012
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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 .

Posted by 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.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 7, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

He was always a better test player than a ODI players

Posted by 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.

Posted by wasim_007 on (November 6, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Lala...Please come and play domestic..very good decision...Cricket needs you...You have another 4-5 years of cricket in you...don't listen to the people who hate you. concentrate on game and Please ask management to open with you at least in T20...you can score freely in the beginning. No one can't score everytime in crisis as it happens with you all the time either you come when 3 bowl remains or you come early when the situation is very adverse....We Wish you All the Best...Good decision....

Posted by PakFan1209 on (November 6, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

@ Kraetoz totally agree with u

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

@Lara4life501 for your kind information he has scored 6 100s and 33 50s

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 6, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

@Cricket_Fan_in_Hawaii.......Exactly! bro! you said everything right he's just one example. Just because he scored a world record only one time 37 ball 100 and that's good enough for boomboom according to them I think I must be missing something. Even Shane Watson or Chris Gayle can have that tag.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 6, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

So according to your logic scoring the fastest ODI 100 gets you the tag of "boomboom" even though its likely one day that would be broken so what you're going to say then? :) having the most 6s according to you in ODI is also good enough? Wow! great logic what about T20s? he's not even close even though he has played one of the most in that short format and coming to 'most', the only reason he has more 6s than anybody else in ODI is because of his staggering 300+ ODI matches. Trivia in all formats at International level, how many matches ago did Afridi last score his half century? ordinary player according to me and he's not getting any younger :)

Posted by Lara4life501 on (November 6, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

If ever one cricketer lived off ONE innings it is S. Afridi...102 of 37 balls against Sri Lanka 16 YEARS AGO...what has he done since, has a few good games with the ball, but has done absolutley NOTHING with the bat

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

I think few ppl completely missing the point while bashing Afridi for his abysmal batting performances and dire form. As I understand this is definitely an issue but you still can't compare AFRIDI as a complete package with YUVI, GAYLE, or SEHWAG, Why? The answer is dead simple Afridi is not just a batsmen he is a PACKAGE of Energy, enthusiasm, variety BOWLING, Fielding & Batting (which has seen a decline though). None of the others compared can be compared to AFRIDI - as they may be good with batting but they are all Part-time bowlers not a World Class bowlers and I don't know how much Energy Sehwag pulls in the team with his dull, tiring looks.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (November 6, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

@counterStrike 1.6,i agree on razaq issue.RAZAQ z Way undr.ratd .EVRY NOW N them He makes a strong statement N Thrown out of team without further explanation.he z definitly more talentd than afridi bt not as much crowd favorite as afridi is/was

Posted by xylofon on (November 6, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Afridi is brilliant but very inconsistent. Thats all. Its up to him to take the chance and show he can still deliver. Lets hope he does as we get a better fight out of it for the pak indi series coming up.

All this comparing with indian players is pretty silly. Some people are jealous of his hitting otherwordly htting power and match winning capacity. Pakistan and Indian players are great in their own right and fans should grow up a little.

Personally I believe Pakistan should rely on more consistent players and put him in a place where if he delivers then fine and he doesnt we can still make a good effort out of it. Ajmal, M amir, A Rehman, AzharAli, A Shafiq, N jamshed are key for this and Fawad Alam and Babar Azam etc.

Im personally a little allergic to Afridi but he has a potential like no other, I have to give him that.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

After joined back to domestic first-class cricket showing poor form he will deside to retire from domestic first-class cricket and will join Later

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (November 6, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

@ Kraetoz - Well surely Sehwag doesn't deserve this tag but I think even Afridi doesn't deserve it either. Can Afridi hit 6 SIXES in an over that too against a fast bowler that too on fast and bouncy pitches of SA ? I would say, this is one achievement which any xyz big hitter can only dream of but Yuvi made it look simple. And I think you are forgetting one guy who can break the record of most sixes hit by Afridi.- It's GAYLE. He has already hit more sixes than Afridi in T-20I. If you total the no. of sixes hit by Afridi in all formats of the game that takes his tally to "381". And Gayle has scored "330" sixes in all formats of the game. So clearly, Gayle is not someone who can 'just dream' of beating this record, but can actually become No.1 six hitter. And considering the form of two - aFRIDI AND gAYLE, I think, latter will officially get the Boom Boom tag after a few more series.

Posted by faizh on (November 6, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Stop playing to the crowd Afridi. Play your game. In 2009 T20 Afridi was brilliant as he had a plan. In 2012 T20, he had no plan. He was under pressure and wanted to hit out to form, which obviously did not work. This is his last chance, as he is not getting any younger. Focus on staying at the wicket, get your legs moving and get in groove. Noone watches 1st class cricket in Pakistan so hopefully he does not feel pressured to hit out. If this does not work, he should thank for the opportunity and move on.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (November 6, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

About "Boom Boom" tag - Well only one guy who deserves it is GAYLE as he scores quickly and way more consistently even against quality bowling attack unlike Afridi who can just hit off-spinners and slow bowlers that too on flat tracks. Afridi might have scored quickest century but how many after that ? I just checked his batting records, even Irfan Pathan averages better than Afridi. lol It simply shows how consistently inconsistent Afridi has been. All he does is, Comes on to bat, hits couple of sixes (nowadays even that doesn't happen), increases his tally of sixes and gets out on very next ball. I would say, if someone from Pak who deserves the tag of Boom Boom is Abdul Razaaq, who is a selfless Cricketer unlike Afridi.

Posted by Cricket_Fan_in_Hawaii on (November 6, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

@Kraetoz: Afridi can retain his "BOOMBOOM" tag for the strike rate and number of sixes, and has an abysmal batting record in Tests and ODIs, which has NOT helped Pakistan cricket.

On the other hand, Sehwag has a slightly lower strike rate than Afridi but much better batting record in both Tests and ODIs. He has scored 8,306 runs in tests and 8,238 runs in ODIS. He has also scored 4 doubles and 2 triple hundreds in tests and a double hundred (217) in ODI. His 319 against South Africa was scored in 304 balls at the strike rate of 104.93. His 217 in an ODI was scored in 149 balls at the strike rate of 146.97. All these stat are better than Afridi's. I don't believe that Afridi has the temperament to play such fabulous innings. Don't get me wrong - Afridi is talented player but has not performed to his fullest potential. I love watching him bat , bowl and field. But Sehwag is truly a consistent BOOMBOOM player ;-)

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

The only way he can regain form is concentrating more on batting and spending sometime when he comes for batting. He don't need to care about his tag BOOM BOOM and start trying to hit from very first ball. Once he get settles he is automatically a BOOM BOOM

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (November 6, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

@Infrared,u betr ask this to Ur belovd ravi shastri regarding boom boom tag.....wel it was attributd to him bcoz he was ruthless,fearles,merciless against indian bowlng comprising of zak,balaji,bhaji,kumble in that famous delhi conquest.THRASHED KUMBLE FOR 4 sixes in his ist ovr.HE PUT BREAKS ON BALAJI's carer n latter was no where to b seen 4 nxt 4 years at intrnational stage.AFRIDI SCORD 3RD FASTEST CENTURY AT INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT N DEFENDED ONLY BALL DURING THE ENTIRE INING ON WHICH HE WAS DISMISSED.LOLZ.@Rajesh 420,u dn't need to be a ponting to conquer indian bowlng,even a malik would do the job,lolz

Posted by getsetgopk on (November 6, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

@SaeedKhanNiazi: Is it really convenient to turn a blind eye to the facts of the matter? It is not and let me explain that a bit, Who do you think will deliver 10 overs in ODI's and 4 overs in T20's better than Afridi? When you make a statement then Im sure you will have someone in mind to fill that gap now will you give us a few names who can bowl these overs? Forget about the batting, sort out your bowling first, Afridi bats at No 7, what are these other six top order batsmen doing in the team? Since, Yousuf, Inzi, and Younus non of the batsmen has ever done anything as far as I can recall, though Nasir Jamshed is looking very good, we need to find good batsmen like Nasir, our bowling is strong as ever.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (November 6, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

@Kraetoz and 'boom boom' will not score 300 runs in total in his entire career, let alone in one innings.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (November 6, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

@Infrared,u betr ask this to Ur belovd ravi shastri regarding boom boom tag.....wel it was attributd to him bcoz he was ruthless,fearles,merciless against indian bowlng comprising of zak,balaji,bhaji,kumble in that famous delhi conquest.THRASHED KUMBLE FOR 4 sixes in his ist ovr.HE PUT BREAKS ON BALAJI's carer n latter was no where to b seen 4 nxt 4 years at intrnational stage.AFRIDI SCORD 3RD FASTEST CENTURY AT INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT N DEFENDED ONLY BALL DURING THE ENTIRE INING ON WHICH HE WAS DISMISSED.LOLZ.@Rajesh 420,u dn't need to be a ponting to conquer indian bowlng,even a malik would do the job,lolz

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 6, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Afridi has to think a lot on his batting. It is not that he is technically bad or is not good enough to score runs but the kinds of shots he plays is really baffling. If Afridi of the T20 WC winning team and in SL comes back, it would be great for Pakistan.Pakistan traditionally are a team who follow blueprint of Slow and steady for 35 overs and hit big in last 15. The lack of form of Razzaq, Afridi and Umar's inability to make it big is hurting them more these days. If two of them can do it consistently, Pakistan will entirely be a different team.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (November 6, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

@Infrared->Afridi doing well in 2/20? Well he is going through a rough time as all other players have to go through.Its just that he is facing alot of trouble coming out of it.There are so many legend players who went out of form for some time,it dosent mean that those players were not good.Just give Afridi some time.if he has got a little bit of cricket left into him,he'll come back strongly.. The only T20 WC we won,Afridi was the player who made it possible by his batting.In 2011 WC,Afridi was the one who took the highest wickets in the Tournament.People are judging him by his batting Avg lol..there are so many occasions that he had a big contribution in Pak win.Here people play for the 'CENTURIES' and Average thing.What matters is that contribute in your teams winning.Afridi is not in his good form from some time now.Give him some time

Posted by mfmfaiq on (November 6, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

As a Srilankan I Wish Afridi to Come to His Best Vs India Tour!!1 But Real Is Afridi Always Play for the Crowd not for the Team!! When He Comes to Bat Sounds Will Blast as BOOM BOOM Then He Will Get Too Much Tension & Play Wayward Shots...

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

Afridi is over bring someone new .. we have plenty who are sittings in the dugout to get a chance.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

He never should have stopped playing first class even if retired from tests. If you dont play first class then eventually you forget how to bat. He will have chance to bat for a longish period and can take his time and play himself back into form.

Posted by Kraetoz on (November 6, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

@Infrared.. The reason Afridi is known as "BOOM BOOM" and not sehwag is because he has scored the fastest century, sehwag can never score a century of 37 balls.

Secondly he has hit more sixes then sehwag or any other xyz big hitter can ever dream of

Think again does sehwag deserve the tag?

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

terming Afridi an average bowler is ridiculous to say the least, he is a great bowler, but I feel as far as his bowling is considered he is trying to change things a bit and transitions causes fluctuations. His bowling methodology is very similar to Anil Kumble, but Kumble was very insightful, Afridi is more instinctive than any thing else. Afridi needs to put some thought in his cricket and that's all he needs.

Posted by joseyesu on (November 6, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

Even if he gets some form, he wont perform much in batting. Boom Boom Boom will always burst. To me Afridi, Sehwag, Dilshan and Gayle are same kind of players with the mindset of attacking. Gayle even in 20-20 want to spend time in the middle to launch and you knew better what Afridi is...

Posted by SaeedKhanNiazi on (November 6, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

To all of those that suggest and agree that Afridi should look to first class for regain is form, is laughable. First of all, WHY even provide him with the opportunity to regain his form when probability of that occurring is slim. What we are doing here is wasting precious space in first class, YES I SAID IT, EVEN first class spot, that can be reserved for a youngster to develop himself. He doesn't deserve ANY spot, both in the Pakistan International and Domestic circuit. And those that make this bogus claim that he can be an inspiration for the youngesters??! It is absurd to even think of that with his recent history of trying to bite an "apple" while having a continuous decline in his performance. I mean c'mon, for an entire year or more, he has displayed nothing as a "batsman" or a bowler. Absolutely nothing! Yet he feels he has some wiggle room to believe that he can do stupid things and still hope that people should look up to him??? Youngsters in Pakistan need to look past him.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 1:50 GMT)

For a batter, it more age when yr reflexes weaken unless you take good care. Afridi is binge hitter( not a slog though) relied on youth. But he has returned as useful bowler, and fine. He is still a cleberty with a fair draw. Pehaps, he can still be in demand and continue at the secondary level - say county cricket, or at home may be?

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 5, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990.....Totally agree! his record in batting does not really suggest that he's a genuine batsman. Just a fair bowler that can bat a bit. Definitely no all-rounder mind you he doesn't play tests anymore.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 5, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

I don't really get why Afridi gets the tag of "boomboom" because most of the time, it doesn't work. Someone like Sehwag deserves that tag. Afridi is an average bowler and batter who only does well like 2 out of 20 games :)

Posted by attilathecricketer on (November 5, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

Good to see. I don't like the idea of players focusing solely on one day game. Having seen his brilliance in Sharjah last year v SL I really hope he can recover his form.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

I Am Not Only Hope Ful I Am Certain I Am 100 Percent Sure InshahAllah He Will Get His Bowling And Batting Form In Upcoming India Series He Looks Completely Different Player In That Series Dont Forget My Words If Anyone Have Pencil And Copy Write It Now When Series Got Underway See It .....

Posted by raaznp on (November 5, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

however his form last series but should be afridi tour of india, lot of cricket fans enjoy it to see afridi i would say afridi is excellent player all time ,,

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 5, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

@dickyroy.paklover afridi is neither ponting nor Clarke... interested to see how many balls he is going to survive?may be one..

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

i have never seen afridi in form, so bouncing back is not even a consideration

Posted by afaqmalik1 on (November 5, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Its never too late! After all, he is just 32 and he has at least 6 years cricket left in him. Domestic practice would surely assist him in getting his form back and certainly many people wait for him to be brutal in the consistent way.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

This is quite disappointing that players like him prefer not to play domestic cricket. they are depriving the youngsters who can learn by watching their heroes play at other end. i wish stars like him play the domestic cricket more often.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Good Decision, first class cricket should come first - He should not stop playing first class cricket as it is the right path to play international cricket. Hope it will regain his confidence and form ! If he still cannot perform in first class then I think he should stay away from Indian tour and let the other players play on merit !

Posted by SlamMasterJ on (November 5, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

At this point, it is a complete joke to call Afridi an allrounder!

Posted by BloodBeat on (November 5, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Don't worry anybody because LALA is gonna BOOM back into form!!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

It will only do good to his batting form, because his bowling has lost the drift he had in 2011 WC and later, because of his constant back problem. His fielding shows he is still not fully fit with the back, and that hinders you in drifting the ball. Anyways, he has just come back from a spiritual journey to Mecca, hope he has become a better person and more mature....

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Afridi is older than 34, look at the wrinkles when he laughs

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 5, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Good luck Afridi. I am eager to see your mega sixes which kept crowds at their feet.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 5, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

This will just help him to get the basics right for once. An ordinary player definitely not an all-rounder just a decent bowler but then again, he's not in form with the ball either. Even Ravindra Jadeja can do better than him at the moment.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Is this too little and too late for Afridi? If he fails to gain both batting and bowling form in the domestic matches he shluld be out of TEAM PAKISTAN. Even if he does score some runs he should not be guaranteed a place in TEAM PAKISTAN unless he demonstrates patience and ball selection when batting. If he gets out recklessly than it should be GOOD BYE Mr Afridi. He also needs to improve his strike rate in bowling.

Posted by sirvivfan on (November 5, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Prodigy A listen to Ganguly! Listen to me! Poor batting performance no doubt puts pressure on his bowling that's why his performance has dipped in both. Batting is all in the mind, he needs give himself more time......the problem is that he is wants to prove everybody wry g and is stubborn. So playing 4 day game is not a bad thing so that he can put some time in the middle and give himself a better chance. Finally I am not convinced he has accepted Hafiz as a captain.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

He once admitted that he is a big fan of the former Indian Captain Mohammed Azharuddin's flicks and paddles but though he prefers a different form of cricket.

Selectors should just leave him and give him enough room to think. He will be good. Of course we in India need him to be in good form. After all its just cricket. And we need it to be entertaining.

Posted by sirviv on (November 5, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Afridi needs to go visit Gayle and learn how to keep your cool and humble a bowling attack simulataneously. It never hurts to ask for a helping hand, especially if your opposite number is enjoying the cool carribean breeze

Posted by getsetgopk on (November 5, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Afridi has lost his form with the bat and to an extent with the ball as well, one reason I could think of is the amount of cricket he played in the past couple of years. He played in almost every T20 league barring IPL which is great as putting your valuable 2 months to waste is just too much, besides I dont recall if he has ever missed any Pakistan matches apart from the one occasion in SL when he got injured. The guy is 34 now not as young and energetic as he used to be. To play good cricket its paramount you get enough rest. I remember after WC in 2011 he asked to be rested for WI tour but was asked to go and he did, followed by those legal rumblings with notorious Ijaz Butt's regime. Not to worry, LALA will be back with a BANG!!!

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (November 5, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

No doubt Afridi is a special talent but he himself had accepted that he lacks patience while batting that is needed in Test Cricket - The Real Cricket, and decided to retire eventually. He will always be remembered as an Entertainer who never knew what Real batting was all about. He is good in bowling though.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

out of form? no worries play against india.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (November 5, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Great decision ! no doubt, he took inspiration from some of the Ind batsmen like Viru, SRT who are out of form too, and playing Ranji matches to get some form back.

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 5, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

He should just listen to Ganguly and his problem will be solved.

Posted by AmjadZork on (November 5, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

The day Afridi took retirement from Test cricket, he lost it !!! He should atleast start playing test in domestic First classcricket which would help him bring back his form. I think this is a good decision he has taken & should have taken it a long time ago.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

At this point...i don't even care. Pakistan needs to move past Afridi....He was great and certainly provided more than his share of excitement. The bottom line is....he just never delivered. Time to move on and let Asad Shafiq or Hammad Azam play more frequently.

Posted by Munafis810 on (November 5, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

India is known as team which gets rival batters in form. But on second thoughts this is Afridi ...only captaincy can get him in form and nothing else can....although if he turned his bat over and read the instructions on how to use it he might play a 20 odd run innings once in a year and his place in team is secure.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Finally he recognizes his worth and made a good decision.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (November 5, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

@Rajesh india 420,hope india would show him gesture of gd well.as they did to ponting n clarke.lolz

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Problem with Afridi is his approach towards the game. He tends to be over-aggressive and go after the bowling right from when he comes in the middle to bat. He needs to spend some time in the middle.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

very good. shahid this decisson is better for pak and ure future. good wishes.

Posted by masoodali150 on (November 5, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Afridi must take retirement from all format cricket.

Posted by shazada1 on (November 5, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

thats what these guys need to do. He needs to use his head more rather than bashing on first ball for six. Its management's task to ensure every player is playing some form of first class cricket to keep skills intact and practice their shots.

He has scored 1700+ runs in 27 test matches with average of 36 ( 5 centuries and 8 50s) which is very good,

In ODI he has score over 7000 runs and has 350 wickets which is again excellent.

one thing pakistani fans need to learn is that cricket is team sport and when they lose its whole team failure, never should they blame one player.

Posted by MianAmmar on (November 5, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Best Of Luck Lala,You will rise soon insha allah

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Now you have plenty of time mr Afridi. Just remember its not T20.

Posted by smbhayi on (November 5, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

I think he just need to play against india.... India is the first choice of a lot batsmen to regain form....ツ

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Here is wishing all the very best to Lala!

For a man who has given so much to Pakistan Cricket, such thrills, such frustration, such ecstasy, and such abject despair all rolled into the mercurial form of one man, it is heart-breaking to see him lose his form so terribly towards the twilight of his career.

Here is wishing that he finds his form so that he can choose which series to make a swansong of, and what better platform for it than a series against India in India.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

very good decision from all rounder , these 4 league matches very help full for afridi . Inshallah afridi back into the from through president trophy.

Posted by EngineerKhan on (November 5, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Oh That is Awesome Decision....I was already thinking that he needs to play first-class Cricket in order to regain form. When you have to feel the heat for one poor stroke for 5 days, it surely does teaches you quickly by stern lessons. In last CLT20 game (against Stallions) he was exactly looking to do so, defend as many balls as he can in order to start timing the ball. Great Decision!! To me, he can still play tests (For those who doubt, see his Test Record)

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Dangerous batsman for his own team:))

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

I think i might work for him

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