Pakistan news May 1, 2013

Discarded Afridi vows to make comeback

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Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi has vowed to make a comeback to Pakistan's one-day squad, claiming that he is "better than most". He was dropped from the side for the upcoming tours of Scotland, Ireland and England for the Champions Trophy in June, along with batsman Umar Akmal and fast bowler Sohail Tanvir.

"The decision to drop me from the side is taken by the captain (Misbah-ul-Haq)," Afridi told the Daily Jang. "It isn't a big thing if the captain does not want a player but in cricket, being in and out is a one-off thing. It happens and I will soon come back.

"I am still better than most. I know I have ample cricket left in me and I can represent Pakistan for the next few years. Players usually get dropped but I appeal to my fans to pray for me."

Afridi, 33, had been dropped from Pakistan's squad for the ODI series in India in December 2012, but was chosen for the trip to South Africa because of his skill as a legspinner. He failed to take a wicket in 37 overs, though, and scored 126 runs in four innings with a high score of 88. Since the start of 2012, Afridi's taken only 15 wickets in 21 ODIs, and five of those came in one game against Afghanistan. His batting average during this period was 19. He managed to score only 70 runs and take three wickets in four matches for his domestic side last month.

"I have been training for the England tour. I want to insist once again that I will walk away before being a burden on the side but for a while I understand I have to work hard to come back," said Afridi.

However, Afridi could be playing Twenty20 games for Hampshire this season. Due to visa issues, he was forced to miss the T20 matches for the county last year. In 2011, he had a successful stint with the county, taking 17 wickets in 10 matches at 11.17.

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  • Mohammad_Imran on May 1, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    I agree that Afridi's bowling didn't produce any wickets, but that's because SA conditions don't favor spinners, didn't anyone see the hammering received by Robin Peterson! And I don't understand why Afridi is sent @ #7 and is expected to hit a 50 every time and dig the team out of a hole created by upper and middle order batsmen. If you want to make Afridi accountable for his batting, play him in top 4, then drop him if he doesn't perform. Plus, Afridi plays well in English conditions - does anyone remember the T20 WC?

    I'm fine if you drop Afridi for under performing but at least replace him with a similar caliber/position player (maybe Hammad Azam or Razzaq - now Pak doesn't have any aggressive player in the lower order to control the run-rate).

  • Kamran_Pakistan on May 8, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Funny comment from Afridi, there are players on the domestic performing better than him. This time he is blaming Misbah, I don't know why has he got problems with all. I fully support Waqar's comments on SA tour, "We need a match-winner not an entertainer". Having said that, I know he would make a come back into the team not on his talent because our selection system is like that. For this one step though, I praise the selection committee for not selecting Afridi, he cannot continue on his popularity alone...

  • Crick_Expert on May 8, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    @Mr. F: the great AFRIDI is just 32 years old he can plays 8 more years, Sachin T. is more than 40 years.

  • on May 7, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    it is time say Good Bye to Afradi let s go toward s real cricket .His cricket is over

  • on May 6, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    never happy with pakistan selection. i am fan of pakistan cricket when i know game cricket and still supporting them. player like afridi scare another team mentally that he can be danger at any time. look at pakistan selection now. nooone got power to hit 6 runs.bring back player like razzaq too. whats happpening with pakistan cricket. may be politics again

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    why pakistan dont try afridi as a opener or one down.he is a hard hitting batsman who can give u a quick start as he use to do before..he is coming at no.7 when hardly 3 overs are left and we expect to hit 50 runs to cover the top order batsman.,.,

  • KashirHameed on May 6, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    I guess Afridi needs to sit back and think over whats seriously wrong with him if he really wants to make through back into Pakistan side. He is very senior, had played over 350 ODi's, he needs to take his responsibility and has to play his part. Look back at the both semi finals of ICC world cup 2011 and T20 world club 2012, he came in and should had won the both matches for PAK, but what he did was just threw away his wicket rationally. I love to watch him playing for PAK, but he had to improve worth of it.

  • on May 5, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    I have been a diehard fan of Afridi since the start of his career. But there comes a time in every man's life be he a player or not that he has to WAKE UP and SMELL THE ROSES. If I had been the captain then I would have spoken to him during the T20 world cup and asked him to TRY and play according to the requirements of the team. If he could not then I would have dropped him there and then and not even have played him in South Africa. The most unfortunate thing about Afridi is that he refuses to adjust his attitude and simply cannot stop his mouth from running faster than himself. He needs to accept the fact that his statements do not help him nor do they help the team. If he wants to work hard and come back then sit quietly, go to the practice pitches and WORK. You do not need to come out and pass statement after statement after statement. You also are not a young man anymore so please START PLAYING FOR THE TEAM.

  • Pak_Guru on May 4, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Even Sachin had to leave his place due to poor performance, so Mr Arrogant - Afridi , your claim of being better than most shows lack of upcoming talent in Pak cricket. ........ Still take my advice focus on drift in your bowling and in batting keep your focus on your strength that is hitting over pitch and good length balls for sixer. You will be back soon.

  • Crick_Expert on May 4, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    PAK can't win a single game. another Mark my words a big defeat waiting for Mr. tuktuk. PCB should kickoff Mr. tuktuk & professor and callback AFRIDI, Abdul Razzal, Hammad Azam, Imran Nazir, Awais Zia for UK tour.

  • Mohammad_Imran on May 1, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    I agree that Afridi's bowling didn't produce any wickets, but that's because SA conditions don't favor spinners, didn't anyone see the hammering received by Robin Peterson! And I don't understand why Afridi is sent @ #7 and is expected to hit a 50 every time and dig the team out of a hole created by upper and middle order batsmen. If you want to make Afridi accountable for his batting, play him in top 4, then drop him if he doesn't perform. Plus, Afridi plays well in English conditions - does anyone remember the T20 WC?

    I'm fine if you drop Afridi for under performing but at least replace him with a similar caliber/position player (maybe Hammad Azam or Razzaq - now Pak doesn't have any aggressive player in the lower order to control the run-rate).

  • Kamran_Pakistan on May 8, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Funny comment from Afridi, there are players on the domestic performing better than him. This time he is blaming Misbah, I don't know why has he got problems with all. I fully support Waqar's comments on SA tour, "We need a match-winner not an entertainer". Having said that, I know he would make a come back into the team not on his talent because our selection system is like that. For this one step though, I praise the selection committee for not selecting Afridi, he cannot continue on his popularity alone...

  • Crick_Expert on May 8, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    @Mr. F: the great AFRIDI is just 32 years old he can plays 8 more years, Sachin T. is more than 40 years.

  • on May 7, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    it is time say Good Bye to Afradi let s go toward s real cricket .His cricket is over

  • on May 6, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    never happy with pakistan selection. i am fan of pakistan cricket when i know game cricket and still supporting them. player like afridi scare another team mentally that he can be danger at any time. look at pakistan selection now. nooone got power to hit 6 runs.bring back player like razzaq too. whats happpening with pakistan cricket. may be politics again

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    why pakistan dont try afridi as a opener or one down.he is a hard hitting batsman who can give u a quick start as he use to do before..he is coming at no.7 when hardly 3 overs are left and we expect to hit 50 runs to cover the top order batsman.,.,

  • KashirHameed on May 6, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    I guess Afridi needs to sit back and think over whats seriously wrong with him if he really wants to make through back into Pakistan side. He is very senior, had played over 350 ODi's, he needs to take his responsibility and has to play his part. Look back at the both semi finals of ICC world cup 2011 and T20 world club 2012, he came in and should had won the both matches for PAK, but what he did was just threw away his wicket rationally. I love to watch him playing for PAK, but he had to improve worth of it.

  • on May 5, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    I have been a diehard fan of Afridi since the start of his career. But there comes a time in every man's life be he a player or not that he has to WAKE UP and SMELL THE ROSES. If I had been the captain then I would have spoken to him during the T20 world cup and asked him to TRY and play according to the requirements of the team. If he could not then I would have dropped him there and then and not even have played him in South Africa. The most unfortunate thing about Afridi is that he refuses to adjust his attitude and simply cannot stop his mouth from running faster than himself. He needs to accept the fact that his statements do not help him nor do they help the team. If he wants to work hard and come back then sit quietly, go to the practice pitches and WORK. You do not need to come out and pass statement after statement after statement. You also are not a young man anymore so please START PLAYING FOR THE TEAM.

  • Pak_Guru on May 4, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Even Sachin had to leave his place due to poor performance, so Mr Arrogant - Afridi , your claim of being better than most shows lack of upcoming talent in Pak cricket. ........ Still take my advice focus on drift in your bowling and in batting keep your focus on your strength that is hitting over pitch and good length balls for sixer. You will be back soon.

  • Crick_Expert on May 4, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    PAK can't win a single game. another Mark my words a big defeat waiting for Mr. tuktuk. PCB should kickoff Mr. tuktuk & professor and callback AFRIDI, Abdul Razzal, Hammad Azam, Imran Nazir, Awais Zia for UK tour.

  • Crick_Expert on May 4, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    PCB should create 3 different teams for 3 different TEST/ODI/T20 format. That truth some players not deserve in ODI, like Misbah Niazi, Asad Safiq, Abdul Rehman, Imran Farhat. They all can't chase 150 score how they will win Champion Trophy?. TEST team-Misbah CAPT ODI team-AFRIDI CAPT T20 team-Hafeez CAPT Please don't waste talented ODI players like, Abdul Razzak, Imran Nazir, Awais Zia, Hammad Azam, Reza Hasan. Shahzeb Hasan.

  • malepas on May 3, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    The selection of this team is SHOCKING to say the least,, the way this selection committee and team management is destroying the career of one of the best young batsman Pakistan produced in last 2-3 years naming Umer Akmal is baffling, when he came to the scene and scored loads of runs in all formats, he got overloaded with the positions he shouldn't have been batting, remember in Newzealand, when some senior batsmen refused to go at no 3 and he was sent up on a very tricky pitch and still was high scorer, he is the best young talent we have and the way he is being treated is shocking, he didn't get any ODI game in SA and the batsmen like Shoib malik who has not done anything to be in this team but still getting selected ahead of him, again and again,,why,,Umer is Pakistan's future and should be nourished like India did with Kohli. This team can't chase 240 plus,,mark my words. Where is Hammad? very poor selection.

  • TMuhammad on May 3, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Mr. Dannymania please may I ask, how Hafeez Bowling was good in South Africa all he could get is 1,2,0,0,1 and you count it good? he is suppose to be an opener and all he could get 25, 31, 57, 0 and 5 (118) whereas while batting at no. 7 Afridi scored 34, DNB, 88, 4 and 0.(126) Well done Hafeez. Also my dear The match in which Afridi Scored was the 4th match of the series before that the series was 2-1 in favour of South Africa. In this match South Africa Scored 343 with help of Wahab Riaz 10-0-93-2, Hafeez 6-0-49-0. In this match Hafeez Scored 57 and Afridi Scored 88 and Pakistan could score 308 and hence loosing by 34 runs. So the match was still interesting until Afridi lost wicket. for your information Afridi has scored 7201 runs with 6 hundreds and 34 fifties (and he never scores?). In the bowling he is leading the table in playing players with 348 wkts the best ever by any leg spinner. If you want Afridi out then obviously Hafeez, S.Mailk, I. Farhat, K. Akmal, should also be out.

  • TMuhammad on May 3, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    As now the team has been selected and there is a lot of time to play 5 one days practice matches. I suggest that a team of discarded players be made and be asked to play against Pakistan eleven. My team will be: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shahzad, Azher Ali, Younus Khan, Raffatullah Mohmand, Fawad Alam, Khurram Manzoor/ Haris Sohail, Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Khan, Raza Hasan/ Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Arafat, Tabish Khan. Lets see what will be the results.

  • EngineerKhan on May 3, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Totally agree with Qazi Hassan. Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez both batted in all 5 ODI matches of SA tour and yet scored lesser than Afridi (who didn't bat in 2nd ODI). If you talk about bowling, Malik bowled total 3 overs in whole tour. Needless to mention what Hafeez done in the test series..

  • on May 3, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    Pakistan selectors should select proper batsmen rather than bowling camps.we need batsmen atleat 3-4 .also we need to make 3 different teams for T20,ODI and Tests.

  • on May 3, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    If he is better, then he should have proved it in the Field. Selectors made the right decision... Meritocracy wins. But there is always a next time, Afridi is a natural athlete, he should work harder and prove himself in domestic cricket. A True soldier never gives up; and we loose in long-run, only when we Give-Up

  • on May 2, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    guys, please stop doing this. We have a team selected and lets support it. I would have liked if harris sohail was selected however its still better. I think Afridi needs to support the team and understand what caused this. his performance has gone down and due to the new fielding restrictions, it is not difficult to stop runs. He needs to concentrate on improving his skills and use game reading. I did not like his comment at this moment. Why afridi wants to play dirty ouutside of the game???? he needs to show his skills inside the gound however there he gets out on few runs. With his expereince he could be a lot better.......Pakistan won series against india because afridi was not there and trust me his game is over unless he realy does something extra...they get paid more than a government worker and should bring extra ordinary skills to prove theirplace in team.

  • on May 2, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    It makes me laugh that the batsman who scored second highest in ODI after Misbah in SA, was declared out of form.

  • on May 2, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    umer akmal and shahid afridi is out for this coming trip for champions trophy. its pain ful but it is correct decision. both failed to perform in last tour and also if u look at their performance in 2012 and fist quarter of 2013. they really not deserve to make place in coming trip.

    instead of going to press and talking nonsence, they must play our local league or paly in england to show the selector and captain that they deserve a place in team. i still think afridi and umer akmal are great when they are in form. lets work to bring form and then i am sure they will make come back

  • Dannymania on May 2, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    @Muhammad Irfan..the featured comment is so bad i had to answer it. The point he raises is that Afridi didnt take wickets in Southafrica because the conditions were spinner-friendly.Do we need to remember that Saeed Ajmal bowled absolutely brilliantly,so did M.Hafeez.And Robin Peterson also bowled beautifully & bagged lots of wickets.It was only Afridi who didn't take wickets,so don't blame it on the wickets when the fault lies in the man himself. The second point he raises is that Afridi never performs as a batsman because he bats at number 7! I agree with half of this sentence.The correct sentence should be 'Afridi never performs as a batsman,PERIOD!'. The 88 runs he made in one of the ODIs was obviously because it was a lost cause already,there was no pressure and no one expected afridi to play well.So he went and did what he does,tried to smash everything.He was lucky.He even got bowled out on a no ball(For crying out loud). It is time We say good bye to Afridi.Bye bye.Boom off!!

  • umairasgharbutt on May 2, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    He will be back with smash !

  • bouncer709 on May 2, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    @raihan927, why you just compare Afridi batting record with top 5 players of any team? do afridi bat in 5 top order? See your other top order batman, What nasir Jamshed did in south africa? he scroed only in india, had given chance in India Afridi could also have scored there on indian pitches. and your Another opener Hafeez. Afridi's ODI , T20 and even test record is better than Hafeez, both in bowling and batting, hafeez is neither a batsman nor a complete bowler. and in middle order misbah? he think 50 overs are not enough to score a century, he need 150 overs in ODI to score a century.. even afridi test record is better than Misbah too. Afridi scored more centuries than misbah in test matches while playing less matches than him. This team will get knocked out in first round. Then PCB will make Afrid captain in ODI.

  • raihan927 on May 2, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    The decision taken by PCB to drop Afridi should have been taken a long time ago as he hasn't got that caliber to play more than 350 ODIs. Any youngster could have been groomed if given proper chance just as he gets now and then. For my fellows over here all the teams start their innings with genuine batsmen not with a immature tape ball batsman.If you guys check out the averages of top 5 batsmen of any team than it would be easy for you to realize that he doesn't deserve to be in the team at all.And he is playing as a bowler now a days without picking up wickets. His cricket is over.Performing after every 6 or 7 matches is not required. What we really need is consistency not gallery player. So wake up guys new talent should be included in team instead of old players.

  • on May 2, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    I think Afridi should retire himself before being dropped disgracefully by management.He has stopped taking wickets and he was a burden already as a batsman.He should not insist on playing and should retire gracefully.

  • Oraclebob on May 2, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    I think dropping Afridi is a good choice for Pakistan. The fact that he says he is "better than most" is arrogance consistent with his on-field grandstanding whenever he takes a wicket. Afridi CAN change a game by himself, but only 1 game in 10. As an opposing team, you always KNOW he's going to be irresponsible with the bat, and just set a trap which he falls into EVERY TIME. Personally, i would rather have 11 team players than 10 players and one man who thinks he is a hero.

  • Amawas on May 2, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    He will return as captain as it has been the case with PCB

  • on May 2, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    afridi should take retirement and he should never be in team he always disappoints

  • Sprit_of_Cricket on May 2, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Umar Akmal !!!! What a great talent to waste by pakistan.... I still remember kholi and akmal start their career same time and everyone had high hopes with akmal to be a backbone of pakistan..... If the cricketer need to be drop and perform in domestic cricket and over come all the errors and mental strength then what's the point to appoint a coach in a team who cannot fine tune a player who has already go the talent.... Coaches are getting healthy amount just to give burden on player to perform well all the time..... I hate to see that umar akmal is getting wastes the way we have wasted Imran nazir... Ahmed Shazad , razzaq, and many more..... Coaches are good for nothing..... Pakistan should include Afridi and akmal for big tournament if they wanted to made them comeback then they should be out in normal tour like South Africa tour but should atleast give one chance to akmal in whole tour in South Africa before eliminate him..... Poor selection. No match winner in current squad....

  • on May 2, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Afridi entered into the team as a batsman. He was a part time bowler then. All his 6 centuries were scored when he opened the innings. When he used to open the innings for Pakistan, the opponents had very tough time because of his ability to score runs at a brisk pace. How can a player of his calibre be dropped for not being consistent at no 7, where he can hardly get some overs to bat? According to me, not opening the innings with Afridi is a crime.Besides his batting, he has developed as a very good bowler with plenty of variations in the bag. He is a very useful allrounder.

    Pakistan team has not used his potential to the best. He has to be given chance to open the innings (if not atleast to bat at no 3) in a few matches before being dropped.

  • on May 2, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Afridi Don't Make people fool anymore.there are many more better than you.what is your better side, fielding,bowling,batting ?. Nothing . Playing with you , Pakistani Team look like playing with 10 players & Opposition with 12 players. You are more beneficial for opposition instead of Paki Team. So for GOD Sake keep yourself quiet just as your performance.

  • on May 2, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    He has talent, but his maturity level as a batsman is still of someone playing his first international game. After 350+ ODI matches you would think he would have the experience to know when to hit, and when not to. He is way too unreliable to have in a team.

    A prime example was in two of the last ODI's against SA. He had basically taken Pakistan home with his 88, which was an incredible knock, but then he had to try push for 4 4s in a row, which was not needed at the time. And then in the next one, he tried to hit Mclaren out the park ONE BALL before the batting powerplay had to be taken. That is just bad batting.

  • javed.agrawala on May 2, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    how many more failures does one need to know that one is a burden? once in a while afridi will play an innings of the type no one else can but this now is a case of fewer and more far between. he is not old but we as a nation love the flamboyant and the irrepressible. that is not cricket of the test or one day variety, though. given as many chances there are a few others who would have done better... perhaps not as attractively even if less transiently than afridi. T-20 is okay as there is lesser harm done by his style and lack of intellect. that is why hampshire only have him in this format! they know better than us flair intoxicated people. first perform as a bowler to be included... and his bowling for the past year and more has not just been bad it has been awful!

  • on May 2, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    This is not unusual Decision by pakistani team selector,s . These kind of things already happened. And it will remain Until Some new selectors will be there. Honestly I am a big fan of shahid khan afridi. I agreed he disappointed most of time. But Selectors are Droping him from Squad. Its not a good decision either. Because he is a powerful hitter/bowler could change the entire match situation single . Like in South-africa pakistan was nowhere near to the total when he smashed tostoby and pakistan was in winning position but falling wickets was big issue.

    Simple Question is: Will Misbha will play like Afridi, Younis khan can bowl? Not at all.

    They are missing Jackpot!

  • dmqi on May 2, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    The tragedy of Pak cricket is this: The Captain's liking and disliking is more important than the selection committee. The selection committee is not impartial and fair rather spineless. Afridi and Malik are both past their prime time and non-performers for the last couple of years. Young players are badly needed and Pak has a good pool but they will not give them chance. if you drop Afridi, which is good, then under what justification Malik is there? What happened to Umar Akmal, Hamad Azam and other who are waiting to get a chance? Hopeless Kamran is there to drop catch. Pathetic selection. PCB is destroying Pak cricket not the others from abroad, as often we hear. What a laughing statements: Razzaque is dropped by Hafizas as capatin in T20, Now Afridi is dropped by Misbah as captain, Afridi's complain, all cry baby. Hafiz did a bad thing for sure in favor of Afridi then but now Misbah did half good, he should have dropped Malik too.

  • dmqi on May 2, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    I agree that Afridi needs a break/retirement, so that his poor performance can be replaced by another all rounder. Shoeb Malik should be replaced too by Hamad Azam or Abdur Razzaque. One of these two is a must for the team. I will go for Razzaque, a much better all rounder who can swing the ball.

  • QASIM_cricket on May 2, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Afridi was a star cricketer for PAKISTAN but every star has to leave. Leaving gracefully shows the character of the sportsman. Like hundreds of other have done before. I pray for Afridi that his mind may allow him to leave. He is been stuck in cricket by number of reasons but I think it is still time for him to leave Gracefully. He will be always loved by his fans

  • on May 2, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    thank God and PCB to drop Afridi .It real cricket not entertament .look at his average for the last 3 year .

  • on May 2, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    @Mohammad_Imran I know bowling conditions were not good for spinners but in the same conditions Saeed Ajmal and Hafeez performed really well. For those who are asking why Shoaib Malik is selected then check his recent domestic record, he performed way better than Afridi & Umer Akmal. I like batting style of Afridi but he needs to understand he should stay in wicket for a while before starting playing aggressively like Virat kohli does, his exclusion is totally justified we can't select a player who only perform once in dozen of games

  • Crick_Expert on May 2, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    AFRIDI always played well in UK, look AFRIDI outstanding performance in last T20 worldcup. AFRIDI should be ODI CAPT. In single word AFRIDI IS LONE KING OF ODI FORMAT. Misbah Niazi, Asad Safiq, Imran Farhat, Sohaib, Abdul Rehman should be replaced by Abdul Razzak, Ahmed Shahzad, Imran Nazir, AFRIDI.

  • Crick_Expert on May 2, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    PCB should call back AFRIDI, and appoint him as ODI CAPT. AFRIDI is worldclass spin bowler, great batsman and a quick fielder and PAK TEAM need his service for next couple of years.

  • Rubic on May 2, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    So here is the pattern on English seaming tracks…obviously. I'm not going beyond group matches. Imran Farhat - Pathetic..Pathetic..Pathetic until caught behind the wicket. Nasir Jamshed - Hope he learned how to play Dale Steyn and swing bowling. Hafeez - Even B. Kumar is too much for him and will remain hopeless against Dale Steyn again. Shoib Malik - Doesn't know how to play moving balls..30 balls 20 runs max, if no seamers and a sunny day. Misbah - 50 balls 22 runs (now he has all the reason to justify TUK TUK and keep his place. Shafiq - Sorry mate, you will have to chase 200 plus runs in 13 overs left by our TUK TUK. Perfect set-up for a failure. Kamran Akmal - 15 ball, two boundaries and two drop catches of the likes of Amla, Kallis, AB de Villiers, Tendulkar, Kohli, D. Sammy and Chris Gail… Bowlers - You will have to defend 140 plus in every game with no close fielder and Kamran Akmal behind the wicket. Lets' look for some miracles…

  • Cricket_theBestGame on May 2, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    'will walk away before being a burden'...take a look at his stats for the last 1-2yrs and still you don't see you are a burden? your omission is completely justified and i hope it remains that way. let a younger player come in and make his name. you've had your chance more than million times!

    same should apply to malik as well. let young players come in now.

  • Hamid1 on May 1, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    Afridi is a Has-been. Het gets out on the first ball most of the time. Usually he cant last more than 3 to 4 balls. He lets the team down 99% of the time. Its time that Afridi is Permanently dropped and told that this is Permanent. Too many chances have been given and squandered. Shoaib Malik is much more reliable and Hammad Azam is younger and can play a much longer time. So Afridi, you gave us many good memories, but now you are detrimental to the team and you should stay away.

  • on May 1, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    It is True, Afridi is Best & Shoaib is Better.. Afridi's alternate are not available

  • on May 1, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Whine all you like, Afridi, but his omission is entirely justified.

  • on May 1, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    what's the basis of including shoaib malik in place of Afridi???? The Selectors are way over their heads this time around. why pick Imran Farhat? just because he is the son in law of ex-chief selector PCB? Imran Farhat is just as slow as Misbah. we could have easily included Ahmed Shehzad instead of Farhat Sahab. Now we dont have any one to rely on in the lower order.

  • Farrukh.91. on May 1, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    look at the players that Afridi supported and groomed under his captaincy, M. Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Asad Shafique, Wahab Riaz, Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal; those of them who are still with him are being sidelined 1 by 1, Afridi should be coach of the team, if not the captain. How many players has Misbah supported? How many tournaments has Misbah won for Pakistan? Infact, his worst performance in semifinal of WC2011 can't be forgotten, thats what PCB does, make hero a zero and a culprit the captain. Misbah and Whatmore should resign! :@

  • on May 1, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    he is most unpredictable player ever since he played for Pakistan. you play him as batsman and he will perform as bowler, u play him as bowler and he will perform as fielder. in last 16 years he didn't understand how to understand match condition, his formula is simple.. 1 .2. 3 Loft the ball... we no need fluke players. cricket is more technical now then ever before. and afridi lacks technique, only thing he has in abundance is GoodLuck..

  • on May 1, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    With 300 games under his belt he needed to have developed some sort of consistency. After 300 ODIs, hes still a gamble. Same with Umar, give him doze of reality. If u cant finish games, we'll try someone else.

  • Amjad.Zork on May 1, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    I want Afridi as a Captain !!! will miss him in Champion's Trophy...

  • on May 1, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Afridi is a great player but he needs to learn to be disciplined. he should respect selection committee and board. every now and then he ha shown childish behavior like retiring from Test cricket in the middle of a series and announcing retirement from all forms of game after WI tour when he developed differences with coach Waqar Younis. All cricket lovers in Pakistan love him and support him but he needs to perform if he wishes to play for Pakistan.

  • on May 1, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    I want Abdul Razzak back in side. It sound good that irresponsible afridi is dropped.

  • roook on May 1, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    What a nonsense dropping umar akmal for shoaib malik. If PCB is displeased with his temperament then there ways to do that. Dropping Afridi is one thing, but what replacement we got for him, unfortunately we did not tested a single youngster in the last SA series while SA did. So we are hoping that our younster will perform rightway and if fails then replace him with other. Thing doesnot work that way it take time for amla to improves his technique and to become no 1 batsman. Similarly we dropped nasir jamshad because he developed a technical error in his technique and got out in similar fashion instead of rectifying we dropped him for imran farhat who still have to make impact after so many years.

  • honestpakistani on May 1, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Afridi has his own values but please don't compare him with Malik, he is a class cricketer, in last 3 to 4 years what what happens with him but only because of his extra ordinary performce in the domestions cricket and reasonable share in Pakistan interenational games somehow he always be selected for all the tours. I feel bad for Afridi but for him in think it is good now he will make himself more improved and responsible cricketer and insha allah will comeback soon with pride ... Afridi is best ... and Shoaib is better cricket .... he is class

  • warneneverchuck on May 1, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Good desicion to drop a p layer who score runs once in years. No doubt though he was a good slogger in shorter formats

  • on May 1, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Afiridi is a fantastic player, I am a big fan of him. But we admit has not been performing from last 12 months or so. Even he has not taken a single wicket from last 4-5 matches. His omission is justified, I would love to see the Afridi who performs well as he used to.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 1, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    I completly support selectors decesion to drop him because he has not been performing from a long time now. But Umar Akmal has better avg.,strike rate and ranking than likes of Shaoib malik and imran farhat, why he has been dropped? Why Haris sohail has been not given a chance though he has been a best batsman in domestic for so long now. Kamran Akmal is another favroutes of selectors or team management as Rizwan could have suited more in this format for Pakistan. Anwar Ali is another neglected guy among bowling line.

  • on May 1, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Come on guys Afridi comes at number 8 or 7 and you expect him to hit a 50 every time he bats, this is utterly nonsense. For Hafeez and Misbah lovers again Hafiz averaged less than 10 in11 innings in SA as a specialized opener. there should be no double standards how come you include him and drop a guy who averaged 34. PC and TUK TUK lack common sense.

  • Nadeem1976 on May 1, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Misbah don't deserve to be in ODI team. Afridi should replace misbah as player and captain in ODI team. Misbah is so boring.

  • on May 1, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    For crying out loud guys stop opposing this decision to drop Afridi. Hafeez is way better than him right now. Afridi hasn't performed and so has been dropped. Period. But all players come back strong after a stint in domestic cricket. So lets just hope to see the best of Afridi once he makes a comeback.

  • on May 1, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    How the hell one can prefer Afridi over malik.....Numbers dont lie. Malik hasnt giben a proper chance to come up the order and play according to his strength but even in this situation he has won us many matches. Did u forget that 6 to jadeja,.....wut ab that assault on tsotsobe.....how many time he had a partnership with Misbah....so give him due credit. We can however argue on dropping Ahmed Shehzad and HAris Sohail and selecting Imran Farhat..

  • Pakistan_Foreva on May 1, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    I honestly don't mind Afridi being dropped IF AND ONLY IF the likes of Shoaib malik and Imran Farhat were dropped before him. The fact that useless players like Farhat and malik are in the team instead of afridi and the likes of true deserving all-rounders like Hammad Azam and Shoaib Maqsood are not in the line-up either only implies that the afridi decision and this whole team selection is due to politics and nepotism and not merit as Iqbal Qasim claims.

  • getsetgopk on May 1, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Although I support the dropping of Afridi from the squad based on his current form both with the ball and perhaps little so with the bat but whats baffling is these other batsmen. I simply dont see anyone in the current lot to pick themselves up and bat in challenging English conditions. To WIN you have to do one better than the likes of ADB, Amla, Kallis, Cook, Trott, KP et al. I dont see a single batsman in the entire Pak squad who can match any of these and there goes our chances of winning. With this batting lineup, one can only expect our bowlers do deliver miracles in each game but unfortunately miracles dont happen that often. What Pak needs is a clean slate, the old timers needs to be shown the door once and for all. The selectors chose a young player for a few games and is then dropped for another old timer. When you remove a captain you are supposed to give captaincy to a younger player not an old timer like Misbah who has now ganged up with other old timers like Malik.

  • on May 1, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    For those criticizing decision to drop Afridi he hasnt taken a wicket in his last 11 ODI So he is useless now as his shot in last match in SA shows. Misbah performed in domestic ODD's as well as t20 so he is included

  • on May 1, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Some of these comments are depressing. The offensive language should never be used against anyone. Afridi has rightly been dropped, but he has all the right to try and make a comeback. It's good to see Umar Amin back in the side. The worst thing with our selection process is that we discard a player if he gives one poor performance. This way we have destroyed the careers of many young cricketers. PCB is also a strange body. The national team has been almost constantly failing with the bat, but the entire focus appears to be on bowler's training. For batting we have hired a coach whose current team in the IPL is guilty of successive batting failures at the top. What a waste of money and resources!

  • on May 1, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Afridi should have been replaced by someone like Hammad Azam. Now lies the problem of having no finisher in the squad, especially in the power play over and if the game goes down to the wire. This line-up is not aggressive enough.

  • on May 1, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Afridi and umar akmal abd haris sohail r good then Malik ( a third class player ) and few others in the team, its clearly shows the favoritism,the main reason is also our coaching problems..wathmore and his team is totally failed,,,the world is hiring our former players as a coach but PCB is ignoring them and hiring old foreign coaches..

  • on May 1, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    misbah doesnt deserve to be in OD squad and he is captain oh my god.shahid afridi should be captain and opener batsman with kamran akmal as a keeper and opener batsman mohd hafeez should be in middle batsman as a spiner all rounder -asad shafique haris sohail umar akmal ahmaz shahzad should be pure batsman and hammaz azam abdulrazzaq should be all rounder -junaid irfan and saeed ajmal should be pure bowler team- shahid-kamran-haris--shazhzad-umar akmal-hafeez-razzaq-hamad azam-junaid irfan ajmal so above team got 2 spin all rounder 2 pace all rounder one pure spiner two specialist fast bowler and 4 pure batsman - what a side -no one can beat this side

  • Sports4Youth on May 1, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    It was Afridi who groomed Hafeez as an all-rounder. Now Afridi has lost his place in the team because suddently there are too many spinners in the team.

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  • Jda123 on May 1, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Personally I believe that if Malik is in the team then Afridi definilty deserved a spot.

    Pakistan should have given Afridi a chance in the upcoming 4 games against Scotland and Ireland and on his performance based on that he then would be included in the CT.

    Do not see Pakistan winning this at all.

    Lose against India and South Africa.

    Jamshed (out of form) Hafeez (1 day 20, other day 70, other day 0) Inconsistent. Kamran & Malik....

    I hope they manage to get Afrdi in if it still possible.

    Just do not understand the decision in a major tournament.

  • Ahmedpakistan6 on May 1, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Afridi always performs in big tournaments such as World cups. Don't forget what he did last time when he was in Engkand in a world tournament in he T20 world cup.

  • SaudFaruqi on May 1, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Afridi should realize that no one is bigger than the game. What audacity to say that he is still better than most. Mohammad Ali said that champions have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. I am afraid Afridi has neither.

  • on May 1, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    If india can drop their main batsman sehwag and main string bowler zaheer so y cant we ? drop AFRIDI

    What afridi have done in his whole career ? with bat avgs 23 and with bowl avgs 34 ?

    and now just trying to get sympthy from the so called fans ?

    Misbah have all right to drop him and he should not be dropped he should be kicked from intl cricket from now on wards i love u Selection commite

    And he is always ready to play any league outside PAK but never plays in own countries Domestic :-| Afridi ur just good for nothing

  • on May 1, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    how about checking his bowling records before 2012!!! batting , he does insensibly i agree but his bowling leaving this year ? has been good.....!! he will come back. Moreover, every time leaving a huge score for him and sending him at 7th number , one should not expect much! since last 3-5 years he has been consistently going at 7th number, an 'off form batsman' oftenly going on to bat in situations when u need a huge score and u r the only batsman out there pffff thats a way to have a player gain form back ri8!! P.S: dont humiliate your national heroes by yourself when luck and form leaves their side and consider his bowling records.....

  • Ahmedpakistan6 on May 1, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    I just cannot understand some of the Pakistanis. Afridi is right he was better than Hafeez, Younis, Malik, Akmal. Afridi scored 126 runs and he was the second highest run scorer in the recent series. If he didn't get wickets, then what, how many wickets did Hafeez got, only four wickets with 118 runs. Why is he selected. Only Misbah, Irfan, Junaid, Ajmal and Asad Shafiq's selection is on merit

  • aiksa on May 1, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Despite being a big fan of Afridi, I still believe it was correct to drop him. You can't be picked on your name alone, you have to perform and Afridi failed to perform for quite some time. Umar Akmal is wasting his enormous talent. He doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes and keeps on repeating them. I really feel sorry for him. Kamran Akmal is the worst wicket-keeper in Pakistan cricket's history. Yet he keeps getting selected misteriously. Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat are other two very ordinary players but lucky enough to be in the team. Where is Abdul Razzak? Perhaps he has been neglected for not being a favourite of the captain and selection committee.

  • Saady1195 on May 1, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    @Muhammad Usman Asif..Pardon me,but you can't compare Afridi with Malik.Malik is not considered as an all-rounder because Misbah doesn't let him bowl.Secondly,I'm neither against Afridi nor in favour of Malik.Honestly,I don't think both of them deserve a place in the squad(given their current form).I would like to let you know that there is a guy in our domestic cricket Mansoor Amjad,25,a leggy who bats, has scored with an avg. of 80+ in the National One Day Cup and was amongst the leading wicket taker.Afridi,in his own statement said that he'll back out when he sees someone better then him.So,why not let Mansoor Amjad be given a chance.

  • Sports4Youth on May 1, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    He is sure fitter than most of the yougsters. His bowling is a useful tool as an all-rounder. His batting may be clicking eratically but still he manages to score more than many othe batsmen in the team.

    He is definately better than S.Mallik, Hafeez, Misbah & Farhat. He aught to have been in the team.

    .

  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 1, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    If Pakistan's bunch strength is weak, Afridi will get chance. Abdul Rasaq is a far better all rounder than him just because he can play according to the situation.

  • ArmChairUmpire on May 1, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    I support Afridi's determination to work on his form and get back into the Pak ODI or 20:20 teams. Where he is overestimating himself is that 'he is better than most'. It is quite a disappointment that a cricketer of Afridi's ability and experience has, for quite some time, been unable to read the situation adequately. You need to bat sensibly, Mr Afridi. You cannot always throw away your wicket by batting recklessly, especially when your team has a long tail! So, hear me. You have all the batting skills you need to be in the team for a few more years to come. What you lack is the discipline to safeguard your wicket. Your batting has the same wildness as the bowling of speedsters. Perhaps you will learn from Ajmal's present discipline and work on yours.

  • bhushanjain78007 on May 1, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Why should people even take this guy seriously; the man doesn't takes himself seriously.It is not that he can't bat or bowl , the thing is he doesn't want to improve.He has played over 340 ODI , but from the day since his debut he didn't learn to play even a single bowl on merit.And then when gets dropped or ignored , he starts making tantrums , showing everyone that he is a victim of conspiracy.Poor chap.

    He should better concentrate on his cricket.

  • on May 1, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Misbah has always pushed for Afridi's inclusion. Afridi hasnt done justice to the chances he has got. If India can drop Sehwag then Pakistan is right in dropping Afridi. He should simply perform to make a come back in the team

  • Ahsan-cric-freak on May 1, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    It is so irritating to read senseless comments from my Pakistani brothers! I mean come on guys get some Sense about cricket! If misbah would have said 'i am better than most' that would have been a truth but afridi saying he's better than lot makes me laugh with annoyance! He keeps on saying that he won't be a burden on the team but my question is "does he have that much sense to realize that thing?" I'm saying this with lots of grief that people will feel Misbah's value in the team only after he retires!!!

  • on May 1, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    It is a Good decision by selection think tank to eliminate Afridi while every one knows he is not performing but respected committe please justify the selection of other like Imran farhat , Shoaib malik, hafeez and took took ..... and excuse me why you drop umarakmal ??? He didnot play a single game in last tour.... Stupid selection once again will lead to defeat ... Time tells you Good loook .

  • on May 1, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    He deserved to b dropped from the squad, he was a burden on the team. Pak team should now perform well in absence of him. Great decision by the selectors.

  • Hassan_U on May 1, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Rather to blame anyone, as who dropped you from team. Can you just perform. It doesn't look good that only recently you started to play domestic games. Perhaps its a lesson for all player who think they don't need any domestic games.

    If Abdul Razzaq was given as many chances as Afridi he would have done much better. feel sorry for him.

  • on May 1, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    @Faadikn143: True, Afridi plays for entertainment. He doesn't care if Pakistan loose or win, he is there to entertain himself & crowd.

  • on May 1, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    There is no cricket without lala really people of pak watch cricket only for afridi he is aggressive in every field of cricket,I think performance of shoaib malik,hafeez and farhat is not better then afridi it is totally a wrong decision of our selector that he dropped afridi............

  • on May 1, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    If Shoaib Malik can be selected in this team when why not afridi. Shoaib malik has not scored any runs from a long time and he has been useless with bowl also. Then how come he is being selected and afridi is dropped.

  • zesh92 on May 1, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    AFRIDI SERIOUSLY do you think you are better than other please !!! by just scoring one fifty in last numerous innings you are still better, and in last five ODI how many wickets u have taken to prove that u r better than others how many wickets ajmal has taken, or junaid & irfan has taken are u better than those and all those who are bashing misbah must understand that if pakistan was able to won 2 ODI so that was only because of misbah, and that is absolutely right that afridi is a huge entertainer but we need performer who can perform not entertainer

  • on May 1, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    He should be chosen for the champions trophy. Although he is yet a big match winner.... Big player big name..

    A big Champion... so why this is called champions trophy when champion is out of the squad.... He should be included for champions trophy... Remeber T20 WC 2009 He was the match winner of semi final and bigd Final.....

  • ihaq1 on May 1, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    i think afridi has survived so long because he had started to bowl better...his batting has always been in fits and starts...the team finally decided that his bowling was no longer good enough..his replacement seems to be umar amin as shoaib malik too has not been playing well...against south africa the batting only succeeded in one t20...against a good bowling side pakistan are definitely suspect with teh only dependable bat nowadays being imran farhat...hafeez and nasir jamshed have not been all that brilliiant in south africa...however teh bowling could be teh strong point with asad ali coming in as the third fast bowler and two playable sppinners and a medium pacer in umar amin...ehsan adil too has yet to show his brilliance but could be a reliable stop gap...the teams batting has slowly and steadily drifted towards the mediocre with kamran akmal also not doing that well...

  • on May 1, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    I think Misbah should concentrate on his orm rather than dropping the players, despite of the fact that Afridi did some performance in RSA and also in domestic still being dropped from side will hurt him as well as his fans. Its time now to replace Misbah with Hafeez as ODI and Test captain as I think rumors were true Misbah was fighting with Hafeez for the sake of his captaincy.

  • Mumraiz on May 1, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Afridi is right. We also would not be concerned by his omission from the squad if the recent form was taken into consideration and shoaib malik, kamran akmal and imran farhat were also discarded. Hope we do better in the champions trophy and hope Afridi gets into form and be a part of the team.

  • on May 1, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Afridi is dead right when he says he is better than most. For instance Mohamed Hafeez averaged a partly 6 as the main opener in the side on the test tour and 10 in the ODI`s and bagged multiple ducks. How come his position is justified, when Afridi averaged more than 30 with the bat on the tour. But then this is the Pakistani side where TUCK TUCKS and CO rule. Long live TUCK TUCK!!!

  • on May 1, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    We want to see you back lala..

  • Stark62 on May 1, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Chasing a total of 250+ for the current Pak batting line up will be IMPOSSIBLE!!

    Jamshed is the only genuine aggressive batsmen, who is able to keep up with the tempo and so can Kamran but he is woefully out of form.

    Hafeez will be a massive flop because he just can't handle the swinging ball and Amin is over-hyped and overrated because of one little T20 innings, he has been touted as the "best young" Pak batsman but his record suggests otherwise.

    Finally, Afridi will be present at the 2015 WC and is far superior to many other players in the current team.

  • on May 1, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Shoaib Malik doesn't deserve a place and lala should get another chance.

  • wrenx on May 1, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Enough talk, performances are what matter. Domestic, A-tour, international, whatever. Score some runs, take some wickets and we might take some notice. Too many words from Afridi of late, I think he forgets his fans also like him to play good cricket

  • on May 1, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    he hasnt performed from quite some time now so its the right decision to drop him atleast u can rely on malik with his batting in critical situations unlike afridi who will try to hit his frist ball for six with the wicket fell a ball ago. ahmad shahzad should hv been picked instead of farhat. Pak has to groom young players for future, players like umar amin, hammad azam etc .There is no point in selecting ppl based on thier repuatations and previous records.

  • Faadikn143 on May 1, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    There is no entertainment in team without lala :(

  • on May 1, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Better than most? Yea, when you're batting you're better than Muhammad Irfan. And when you're bowling you're better than Misbah. Accept it Afridi, you're time in international cricket is up.

  • on May 1, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    those who said that afridi's exclusion is a good decision then what about shoaib malik and kamran akmal are they permorming very well.if performance is the selection criteria then these two will also be droped.

  • Sports4Youth on May 1, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Nearly at 40 already i dont expect Misbah to be around till the next world cup. Hafeez has shown that he has serious limitations abroad. This leaves Afridi as the only possible future captain candidate. His aggressive style of captainship is suited to the limited overs format. Misbah is a good player and captain for the test matches but not for the limited overs format.

    I am sure Lala will return with a bang.

    .

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    @saady1195 ............. sir this comment is not for youngster this for shoiab malik who with no perfomance from quite a long time is still in the team ......... afridi is far far better than him both with bat and ball as at the number where malik is playing team dont need layer who scores at 3 runs per over

  • Javid_ on May 1, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    the same thing they done with A.Razzaq putting him out without any reason, and destroy his career, and now doing it with lala, they should also include Hamad but shame on PCB that they are going to loss such a huge talent by puttin Malik, Kamran, Farhat like players every now and then.

  • Sports4Youth on May 1, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    "BETTER THAN MOST" - I fully agree.

    BOOM-BOOM is certainly better than Misbah, Younis, Farhat, U.Akmal, S.Mallik, S.Tanvir, U.Gul, W.Riaz. This he had clearly shown in the SA tour. HE IS BY FAR THE BEST FIELDER PAKISTAN HAS EVER PRODUCED. This fact no one is talking. He never dorps cathes. I keep repeating this because rest of all the Pakistani team is known to drop catches, Keepers included, and then loose the matches because of it.

    His bowling is usefull and capable of bowling the full quota with going for too many.

    HIS BATTING WAS BETTER THAN MOST OF THE SPECIALIST BATSMEN IN THE SA SERIES. He was the second highest run getter in the four innings he batted. This inspite of the fact that he was batting so low in the order.

    He could have been in the team in place of S.Malik, Misbah, Farhat. Not to mention Kamran did not deserve to be in the team as a keeper. KAMRAN IS THE WORST KEEPER PAKISTAN HAS EVER PRODUCED.

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  • on May 1, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    he can return but for that need to perform atleast on demestic circuit. he is not playing too much of domestic events and not performing. and many would agree that his recent form is poor. stats on post tells the whole story. he is been wicketless in last 350 balls bowled at international level. 15 wickets in 21 games , 5 came in vs Afghanistan. in batting yes he scored 88 in 1 match. but instead of scores, what matters most is how he does in after that. he went in next games, hitting 1st ball and got out.

    he should focus on domestic and then make a comeback. i dont agree with this " better than most" that means if others are WRONGLY SELECTED then select me as well.

    also he can be good on asian pitches, for UK i think they have already selected more spinners which is wrong.

  • Jamshed78 on May 1, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Boom Boom, We all will pray for you, INSHALLAH you will come back

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Comparission between selected allrounder Shoaib Malik and droped Great Shahid Afridi in last 25 inngs Malik. Runs: 412 , Not Out: 3 Time , 50s: 0 , 100s: 0 , Avg: 69.83 H.S: 39 Runs, Wickets : 11

    Afridi. Runs: 515, Nou Out: 2 Time , 50s: 3 , 100s:0 , Avg: 123.80 H.S 88 Runs, Wickets: 25

    in last 25 inng Afridi Batting Possition 7th. 16 8th. 4 5th. 1 6th. 3 3rd. 1

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Pakistan cricket will rise once again the day Afridi retires. The reason Pakistan has been lingering at no.6 and no.7 in odis is because of mediocre cricketers like Afridi, Gul, Malik and Kamran Akmal who give a decent performance after every ten games and then claim to be match winners. He's been around for almost 18 years and yet when the team needs him in a crises situation he comes out and smashes the very first ball straight into the hands of the fielder. I must say that he is extremely lucky to have so many fans despite being a mediocre cricketer all his career. And as far his bowling goes, he's no Shane Warne. His odi record against teams like India, Aus and SA is pathetic to say the least. Anyways at this point his inclusion will disrupt the team combination. What they need right now is batting all rounder low down the order.

  • RahiLUMS on May 1, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    This is a good selection. He was becoming a burden not only on the team but also on the crazy, die heart supporters. Everyone everywhere was counting on him, in every match he played to perform but Alas, he disappointted everytime. He would let down the team and everybody following the team. Had Afridi been not bowling well post 2008, I would have dropped him - SURELY! He played till now because he bowled well but since the start of 2011 his bowling has been pathetic - 10 wickets in 20 matches, taking out match against Afghanistan - while his batting is even not mentionable. So, all these matches he got were a bonus. He must call it a day and give chance to youngsters like Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, Usman Qadir and others!

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Damn it. Why would you drop such impact players ? Totally a wrong decision by the selectors and PCB management. Umar Akmal is starving to get going in the upper order in ODI, He deserved to be in squad & Afridi is the one who by nowhere took Pakistan to the World T20 title, with his sudden explosive batting and bowling form. I hope this turns out to be the difference in this coming tournament.

  • Saady1195 on May 1, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    * Better Than Most*,this attitude of his won't make his form to return.He should try to compete with himself,rather then competing with the youngsters.I would have loved to see him saying that 'Iam trying to become a better Afridi by competing with myself'.And I think that his exclusion from the side is a very brave and a praise worthy decision.The guy who has played 16years of International cricket is comparing himself with the upcoming raw talent is just not what I wanted to see.

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Why would you take out Afridi. He is a effective bowler and can turn around the match by chipping wickets in between their main bowler spells. He is out of the form only in his batting but he still can bat and can be dangerous. Plus what about TRPs. how can PCB ignore that afridi is the one who gets them most TRPs on TV. looks like PCB dont love money.

  • Pathiyal on May 1, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    disappointed! he will miss a big occasion and many will miss him there. hope to see him back in action as quickly as possible.

  • PACERONE on May 1, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Pakistan cannot wait for Afridi to turn his batting around.He has no clue about batting anymore.Hit the ball as high in the air as he can...not far.Wild swings all the time.he could do well if he hit the ball flatter or on the ground.

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    lala , i have faith in you........

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    lala , i have faith in you........

  • PACERONE on May 1, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Pakistan cannot wait for Afridi to turn his batting around.He has no clue about batting anymore.Hit the ball as high in the air as he can...not far.Wild swings all the time.he could do well if he hit the ball flatter or on the ground.

  • Pathiyal on May 1, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    disappointed! he will miss a big occasion and many will miss him there. hope to see him back in action as quickly as possible.

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Why would you take out Afridi. He is a effective bowler and can turn around the match by chipping wickets in between their main bowler spells. He is out of the form only in his batting but he still can bat and can be dangerous. Plus what about TRPs. how can PCB ignore that afridi is the one who gets them most TRPs on TV. looks like PCB dont love money.

  • Saady1195 on May 1, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    * Better Than Most*,this attitude of his won't make his form to return.He should try to compete with himself,rather then competing with the youngsters.I would have loved to see him saying that 'Iam trying to become a better Afridi by competing with myself'.And I think that his exclusion from the side is a very brave and a praise worthy decision.The guy who has played 16years of International cricket is comparing himself with the upcoming raw talent is just not what I wanted to see.

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Damn it. Why would you drop such impact players ? Totally a wrong decision by the selectors and PCB management. Umar Akmal is starving to get going in the upper order in ODI, He deserved to be in squad & Afridi is the one who by nowhere took Pakistan to the World T20 title, with his sudden explosive batting and bowling form. I hope this turns out to be the difference in this coming tournament.

  • RahiLUMS on May 1, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    This is a good selection. He was becoming a burden not only on the team but also on the crazy, die heart supporters. Everyone everywhere was counting on him, in every match he played to perform but Alas, he disappointted everytime. He would let down the team and everybody following the team. Had Afridi been not bowling well post 2008, I would have dropped him - SURELY! He played till now because he bowled well but since the start of 2011 his bowling has been pathetic - 10 wickets in 20 matches, taking out match against Afghanistan - while his batting is even not mentionable. So, all these matches he got were a bonus. He must call it a day and give chance to youngsters like Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, Usman Qadir and others!

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Pakistan cricket will rise once again the day Afridi retires. The reason Pakistan has been lingering at no.6 and no.7 in odis is because of mediocre cricketers like Afridi, Gul, Malik and Kamran Akmal who give a decent performance after every ten games and then claim to be match winners. He's been around for almost 18 years and yet when the team needs him in a crises situation he comes out and smashes the very first ball straight into the hands of the fielder. I must say that he is extremely lucky to have so many fans despite being a mediocre cricketer all his career. And as far his bowling goes, he's no Shane Warne. His odi record against teams like India, Aus and SA is pathetic to say the least. Anyways at this point his inclusion will disrupt the team combination. What they need right now is batting all rounder low down the order.

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Comparission between selected allrounder Shoaib Malik and droped Great Shahid Afridi in last 25 inngs Malik. Runs: 412 , Not Out: 3 Time , 50s: 0 , 100s: 0 , Avg: 69.83 H.S: 39 Runs, Wickets : 11

    Afridi. Runs: 515, Nou Out: 2 Time , 50s: 3 , 100s:0 , Avg: 123.80 H.S 88 Runs, Wickets: 25

    in last 25 inng Afridi Batting Possition 7th. 16 8th. 4 5th. 1 6th. 3 3rd. 1

  • Jamshed78 on May 1, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Boom Boom, We all will pray for you, INSHALLAH you will come back