Pakistan news May 1, 2013

Discarded Afridi vows to make comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Kamran 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...

  • zaf 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.,.,

  • Kashir 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Shahab 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.

  • zaf 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.

  • zaf 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.