Pakistan news July 2, 2013

'I am still better than lots of players' - Afridi

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Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi's ODI career has a question mark hanging over it after he was dropped twice in the last six months following poor runs, but he remains hopeful of making a comeback for the upcoming West Indies series and is keen on playing both shorter formats.

In the 21 ODIs he has played since January 2012, Afridi has picked up 15 wickets at 57.13 and scored 308 runs at 19.25. While he is an automatic selection in the Twenty20 squad, he last made an ODI comeback on the tour to South Africa earlier this year, where he remained wicketless and scored 126 in four innings with a high score of 88. He was subsequently dropped from the Champions Trophy, and has not played competitive cricket since April.

Now, though, he is pushing himself hard to be ready for the West Indies series that begins with a practice one-dayer on July 11. He has been training at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore over the past couple of weeks, and he passed the fitness test he was subjected to. The Pakistan selectors will meet in Lahore on Wednesday afternoon to finalise the squad, and Afridi said he still had the desire and skills to make the team. "I am doing my best and working so hard in the nets at the National Cricket Academy over the past two-three weeks. I have working on many areas of the game and I want to play both [shorter] forms of the game.

"I think I am still better than lots of players; there should be professional jealousy in me. I know how important my performance is as a senior player for the team. You can't judge a player based only on Twenty20 performance."

Dropping "match-winners", Afridi said, was not the way to go. Key players, he said, even when they lose form, should "stay with the team". "Poor form doesn't really reflect that a player is at the wrong side of his game," he said. "Those players who are around with the team for years and are also match-winners should be kept with the team to boost their confidence. Teams are carrying their match-winners like David Warner [despite him being suspended]. You can't be in form if you stay out of the team."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • avmd on July 2, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Time to move on and forget Afridi, give chances to new players. Afridi has not been performing well for almost two years and at this stage he won;t be a youngster again. On pure technical ground, he is not the most technical correct batsman and played some breathtaking innings only due to eye-hand coordination and reflexes. At this stage and age, when his reflexes are not of a twenty-some players, he is not going to bring back his old magic. So long boom boom, have a good life away from national team.

  • salman.ali.rai on July 2, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    I have always had a soft corner for Afridi. He has produced some magical moments with the bat and with the ball over the years and a lot of times has been thoroughly disappointing. He is someone who has found himself in controversies many a times, he is out spoken and would not hesitate to speak his mind irrespective of how dumb he would sound. He doesn't have the calmness of a Dhoni, the shrewdness of an Inzimam but still as a captain he somehow managed to get the team together and had a terrific record in the short span he got to lead Pakistan. Under him, we saw the youngsters looking towards him because of his high profile nature. How much unconventional Afridi may be, he got us the results as a captain. Watching him fade away in the last year has left me very disappointed. My heart wants to see him in the team but my brain wants to move on. IF he gets a chance to play, I hope he does well.

  • on July 15, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    i think afridi is the best player in pak team. He is match winner yaar,cant compare with other player

  • on July 4, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I love Afridi but i need to ask him.. how long has a player need to be playing without making significant contribution to the team.. being senior or star player should not be the credential to be in the team.. Play well stay in !! Otherwise give young guys a chance !!

  • on July 4, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    @dmqi i think 10% think Fuad Alam in team. He is not a good Player. S,K,F dropped and Afridi and Shezaad and Umer comes in its a Good Move for Pk Team. i missed Razaaq he should be in team. but he is not misfortune for Pakistan ...

  • zarasochozarasamjho on July 4, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    PCB is without ideas and just keep rotating players who are sub-standard. Afridi is a classic example of this who has lost so many matches for Pakistan and only won a few. He fails in 9 innings and performs in one. Just compare his statistics to the players of other international teams. Afridi should be out for good while Umar Akmal should be kept out of test cricket as he is sub-standard too. Only occasionally and because other players are not performing either, Umar can be given chances in limited over cricket.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Move Afridi once you have found a suitable replacement (a spinner who can be handful with the bat). Dropping Malik was a no brainer. He is not a front line batsman and has done practically nothing with the bowling. Hafeez has had his struggles with the bat, but the guy is more than handy as a bowler. So his inclusion in the team is automatic. Once again, logic is, find a better player, move him in the team at the expense of someone who is not performing.

  • on July 4, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Afridi still has the ability to contribute he has had a lean patch but in South Africa he seemed to be regaining his touch with the bat he scored a quick fire 34 and than the breathtaking 88. I think he will comeback hungry. His real age being around 36 I think he can play till 2015 WC.

  • dmqi on July 4, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    I am going to have a good 4th of July Barbecue party today in Maryland near DC, as Malik, Kamran and Farhat has been dropped. We all were looking for good young players, we got a few. If I get two more replacement, I will have a bigger party in the future. Can anyone tell me who the other two are?

  • Rage468 on July 4, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Thank God.... Shoaib malik, farhat and kamranakmal are gone. .. We need talented and consistent players like hammad azam, haris sohail and ahmad shehzad..

  • avmd on July 2, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Time to move on and forget Afridi, give chances to new players. Afridi has not been performing well for almost two years and at this stage he won;t be a youngster again. On pure technical ground, he is not the most technical correct batsman and played some breathtaking innings only due to eye-hand coordination and reflexes. At this stage and age, when his reflexes are not of a twenty-some players, he is not going to bring back his old magic. So long boom boom, have a good life away from national team.

  • salman.ali.rai on July 2, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    I have always had a soft corner for Afridi. He has produced some magical moments with the bat and with the ball over the years and a lot of times has been thoroughly disappointing. He is someone who has found himself in controversies many a times, he is out spoken and would not hesitate to speak his mind irrespective of how dumb he would sound. He doesn't have the calmness of a Dhoni, the shrewdness of an Inzimam but still as a captain he somehow managed to get the team together and had a terrific record in the short span he got to lead Pakistan. Under him, we saw the youngsters looking towards him because of his high profile nature. How much unconventional Afridi may be, he got us the results as a captain. Watching him fade away in the last year has left me very disappointed. My heart wants to see him in the team but my brain wants to move on. IF he gets a chance to play, I hope he does well.

  • on July 15, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    i think afridi is the best player in pak team. He is match winner yaar,cant compare with other player

  • on July 4, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I love Afridi but i need to ask him.. how long has a player need to be playing without making significant contribution to the team.. being senior or star player should not be the credential to be in the team.. Play well stay in !! Otherwise give young guys a chance !!

  • on July 4, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    @dmqi i think 10% think Fuad Alam in team. He is not a good Player. S,K,F dropped and Afridi and Shezaad and Umer comes in its a Good Move for Pk Team. i missed Razaaq he should be in team. but he is not misfortune for Pakistan ...

  • zarasochozarasamjho on July 4, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    PCB is without ideas and just keep rotating players who are sub-standard. Afridi is a classic example of this who has lost so many matches for Pakistan and only won a few. He fails in 9 innings and performs in one. Just compare his statistics to the players of other international teams. Afridi should be out for good while Umar Akmal should be kept out of test cricket as he is sub-standard too. Only occasionally and because other players are not performing either, Umar can be given chances in limited over cricket.

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Move Afridi once you have found a suitable replacement (a spinner who can be handful with the bat). Dropping Malik was a no brainer. He is not a front line batsman and has done practically nothing with the bowling. Hafeez has had his struggles with the bat, but the guy is more than handy as a bowler. So his inclusion in the team is automatic. Once again, logic is, find a better player, move him in the team at the expense of someone who is not performing.

  • on July 4, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Afridi still has the ability to contribute he has had a lean patch but in South Africa he seemed to be regaining his touch with the bat he scored a quick fire 34 and than the breathtaking 88. I think he will comeback hungry. His real age being around 36 I think he can play till 2015 WC.

  • dmqi on July 4, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    I am going to have a good 4th of July Barbecue party today in Maryland near DC, as Malik, Kamran and Farhat has been dropped. We all were looking for good young players, we got a few. If I get two more replacement, I will have a bigger party in the future. Can anyone tell me who the other two are?

  • Rage468 on July 4, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Thank God.... Shoaib malik, farhat and kamranakmal are gone. .. We need talented and consistent players like hammad azam, haris sohail and ahmad shehzad..

  • on July 4, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    i like the aticle. i also believe that pakistan must move on with youngsters. But there has to be some direction and guidance from senior players, Afridi is only 33. Maybe giving him the responsibility of guiding youngters will make him perform better.

    However, can someone please tell me ho this Umar amin is and why iss he constanly persisted with in both fomats. Whee is Azhar fo the 50 ovr version.

    iam amazedd

  • SaifS on July 4, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    It may sound cocky but he is actually right in saying that he is better than a lot of current players in the PAK squad. If this team had been good and been performing consistently, I'd say keep Afridi out, but not in the current scenario. PAK team needs better batters and I welcome this move from the selectors. The choice is always situation specific and you just cant compare with India or Australia as their young crop of players are all performing well unlike PAK. I wish Afridi comes good on this tour and with the maturity of age (as a positive factor and not negative) on his side, should give the team the right balance and mentor the youngsters. Good Luck Afridi....from a team India and MSD Fan

  • on July 4, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    again the pcb take a step back by picking someone who only performs once a blue moon we need to get rid of this dead rubber and start again as i see afraidi only playng for himself not the team hes a show pony with no class and whoever says misbah is not good you dont know cricket and regarding bring umar akmal back thats a good move

  • dmqi on July 4, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    There should be a practical test of 7 overs batting and 7 overs bowling for the all rounder's selection, 3 time in one week. I can guarantee that Afridi and Hafiz would be discarded if that process was followed. Hamad Azam, Razzaque and others would come in. PCB has never been fair in selection. 80% think Fuad Alam should be in the team but he is not. Yousuf, Younus, Razzaque were all victim of bad politics, many times in the past.

  • sharidas on July 4, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Whatever you can say about Shahid Afridi, there is no denying that his name equates with excitement. Curiously, it is his inconsistencies which bring on the adrenaline....one never knows what will happen once he is in the field. I wish him luck !

  • on July 4, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    ROFL! He is as classy as Shoaib Malik with words. :-)

  • on July 4, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Even if Pakistan loses some more match without Shahid Afiridi they should move on with the youngsters. Their aim should be only grooming Youngsters and make them ready for WC 2015.

    He still thinks himself better than many other players... I remember last time a player talking like this was Sehwag who told "Have you seen the catch I have taken ".

    If Pakistan tries to persist with senior players then reformation of the team will taken much more time and will be very difficult for their future.

  • on July 4, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    its time that you leave room for younger talent .... you have been an excellent contributor for cricket in Pakistan , although i still feel that you had been too rash in your approach and you could have been just like chris gayle if you had a calmn head !!!

    But please leave cricket now as we need to move an and look for more brighter and younger talent ! we need to have a futuristic approach just like our neighboring India has done.

    Also Hafeez needs to be shown the door if he does not perform in this series. His poor form has continued from S.African tour

  • poorpatriot on July 4, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    what speech is this from afridi. even out of form players should "stay with the team" means a team should never change? how many players will be in the squad if so :)

  • Nicholas_Clarke on July 3, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Pakistan's selectors, like their Indian counterparts, never treat picking the best team as their top priority. Spare a thought for Fawad Alam, now 27, who scored 168 on debut in 2009 but played just two more Tests. A First Class Ave of 55.96 in 96 matches yet he's overlooked for the likes of Imran Farhat (FC Ave: 42.88), Azhar Ali (36.60!) and Asad Shafiq (39.90). Can anyone explain?

  • on July 3, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    The sole criterion for selection should be the performance in the Domestic circuit. Either its Shahid Afridi or anyone else. Also its high time to groom the new talent, rather than investing so much on the international team. More spending should be make to polish the upcoming players and enhance their lacking technically or any other aspect. One more thing that the board/selector for I would say have done utterly wrong is ignoring people like Razzaq, Yousuf, and Fawad Alam. Fawad Alam espacially who has done amazing in international as well as domestic. Yousuf, who to me is nothing short of a legend was undone by politics; same goes for Razzaq.

  • on July 3, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    The problem with PCB is that it experiments too much too fast. Given that Afridi has been out of form, but he brings energy to the team. He should be included in the team as a bowler and if he clicks with the bat, thats a bonus for the team and that entertains the crowd. Pakistan team will never be able to consistently perform like Australia and India when there is so much politics involved in selection. Might as well hope that Afridi performs and entertains us like he has been doing when he was in peak form. Good Luck Mr. Boom Boom

  • umair.zubairy on July 3, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    He could be better than other players in term of fitness, but performance wise he is not good any more.. we should release him from team and focus on young players. Already too many changes has been given to him, i don't understand why PCB still considering him. Selection of Pakistan cricket team really sucks ...

  • IndCricFan2013 on July 3, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    I am still better than "lots of" players -> So, there are better players than Afridi, so he should make way for them. Improve your boom boom bang game and play only T20 like former cricketers, you could enjoy cricket, make money and give a chance to another young PAK palyer to play for the country.

  • Unconstitutional_PCB_Chief on July 3, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    He is still better than lots of players, it is true if he delivers 100% OR at least 90% OR at least 80% but not less than that.

  • on July 3, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    I think younus khan is much better player than him but he is out of team, the point is if you want to stay in team then you have to perform ,we can't keep a player forever in our national squad who only perform once in a year

  • jimbond on July 3, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    He is better than Malik, and better than Akmal. But among Pak's allrounders, he was definitely worse than Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood. Now, the time may be fast getting over to him.

  • on July 3, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I think this should be the last chance given to Afridi, as he does have a knack to come back strong. Pak management should invest time and money in training new upcoming players, like India did since their senior players have or about to retire soon. Every team has to go through the struggle of losing senior players.

  • bingster on July 3, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Afridi has the lost the plot Oh wait he never had a plot

  • Stark62 on July 3, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Pak don't have a replacement for Afridi but do have one for the likes of Younis (definitely in ODI's but not sure about Tests), Malik, Farhat, Misbah (not Test captaincy), Kamran and even Razzaq (Anwar Ali a perfect replacement or Hammad Azam).

    Also, Afridi was the second highest run getter for Pak during the tour of SA and that too at no. 7, so players like Farhat, Malik, Kamran, Hafeez and Younis, should bow their heads in shame.

    His been off colour with the ball recently but then again, everyone hits a bad patch and I still feel Afridi can play for another 3-4 years.

  • M_S_K_949 on July 3, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Afridi Should be in team as Compare to Hafeez as all rounder Afridi is Much Bater. As Long as his fitness Level is Ok he should Play.

  • jawadbintariq on July 3, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    I am myself in favour of trying our young talent and preparing the team for 2015 World Cup. but i think AFRIDI DESERVES ANOTHER GO. Specially when you are selecting players like Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat. I think Shahid Afridi should be a part of West Indies series.He has a huge impact on the young players. A combination of young talent like Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam etc and than the optimism of Shahid Afridi can be worth a try...

  • wrenx on July 3, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    This is a bit of a theme for Afridi, he said similar things back when he was first dropped, that he was better than other players, and that he wouldn't stand in the way of youngsters from developing. It's not saying all that much, comparing yourself in a relative sense to the current lineup that has been faring so miserably, it's almost as if he's taking a lot of pleasure whenever the team does poorly without him. The thing is, in the last year, the team has done poorly WITH him as well.

  • on July 3, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Name the players you are better then?

  • on July 3, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Ok fine afridi is better than many players but u cannot expect a comment like this from a senior and a experienced player that i am better than many players SHAME on u Afridi.Its time to take new youngsters,we can try Hammad Azam as a replacement for Afridi I know there should be experienced players in the team but the experienced who r performing and can support the youngsters.

  • on July 3, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    I do not agree with some comments. What did the players did in the Champions Trophy. Failed. Umar Akmal ommission was bad decision on the part of the selection. Maybe now that there is a new President of PCB things will change. We have to see the squads for W.Indies

  • hampshire234 on July 3, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I can see many of you against the inclusion of Afridi... I think that the young players can learn a lot of positives from Afridi... During the champions trophy , Pakistani players were scared .. really scared... You don't have to be scared if you have afridi in the team... There is someone in the team who can at least look in the eyes of the opponent... Misbah is a timid captain... Tactical ..YES but Timid... Where is the agression?... Pakistan lost psychologically ... They need either Afridi or Umar Akmal to bring aggression into their team...

  • on July 3, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    please for god sake no afridi anymore, he has been given enough chances, he doesnt want to learn or adapt, we should look for future now .

  • Behind_the_Wicket on July 3, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    No More Afridi again !!!! I think better don't give chance Umar Akmal also because he also follow Afridi. We need wise players those can play according to situation not only they play every ball for a six.

  • on July 3, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Bring afridi and razzak back to team

  • on July 3, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    no not afridi - unless he is doing very well in domestic cricket. Plus Pakistan already have Hafeez as an allrounder. Umar Akmal definitely needs to be picked. So does Fawad Alam. Misbah should bat at no 3. Azar ali needs to be in for in for Imran Farhat. I reckon Abdul Razak needs to be picked for Malik - also he is more consistent than afridi.

  • xylofon on July 3, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    Either Umar Akmal or Afirdi and Id rather go with Afridi. Both at the same time might not be a good idea in the long run - unless Akmal can prove he will not play irresponsible shots and performs consistently.

    As for the verdict on Afridi its simple: perform. That doesnt mean once in a while; I will watch him closely in the following way: forget the odd sixes. Perform consistently and then we may even give him a chance for T20 captaincy. He can play a few more world cups in that format.

  • on July 3, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    plz forgot shahid afridi it is time go forward .and he should change his profession go to media .

  • Shazia_Javed on July 3, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    He might be better than few millions... but not better than the Top 100 players that Pak can select for the team. People should look at his stats for last 21 matches (mentioned in the article above)... if he ever used to be good, but not anymore. He always use the "Senior" and "Experienced" tag for himself... this is international sport... not an office job. If Ponting can go, no one should be staying without performing.

  • on July 3, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    if slectors drop afridi behalf of his perfomance than should drop whole team ,which player's perfomance we seen in champions trophy misbah & little bit nasir no one can't perform batter last lot of times hafeez play a good innings after 25 bad ones, imran ferhat,kamran akmal and espacialy shoib malik??????? why not we slect some new energatic blood ,these are our heroes play for PAKISTAN & gets dream reward against that but they should judge there self ,,,,, if i'm a cricket player and if don't perform well than i want to leave the team for some one batter than me , in this team all the players are selfish they are playing for them self not for PAKISTAN its time to say good bye these kind of players

  • on July 3, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    1 off innings followed by 2 careless six hitting tries when no pressure on. 2 wrings can not make it right. he is right he is better failure than those failed ones who played in CT like malik, kamran, farhat. but thats simply is -0 better than 0?

    some suggesting him as captain, on his last 2 years performance i dont think he can be selecetd in any team of world & we want to make him captain.

    some one suggesting him playing as only bowler, his stats doesnt even support that. 15 wickets in last 21 odis ( 5 in 1 game vs afgh) and last 60 odd wicketless overs in international cricket.

    he can only play as a bowler on the conditions where pak do not need 3rd seamer and want to play 3 spinners.

    WI tour may be hard but its should have been a good opportunity to test new players as its not that big series.

    if they are selecting him then this should be last chance for him to do something.

  • on July 3, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    well this kind of attitude is not helping pak cricket. the stats above do miss couple of things. from the 15 wickets he took since jan 2012, 5 were in 1 game vs AFG. and last 60 odd international overs he bowled, he went wicketless. he scored one off 88 vs SA but after that he got out in next 2 games trying to hit 1st couple of balls even when there was no pressure on team. and still he says he is better than many. yes he is better than many failed players. but that doesnt mean that failure should be replaced with more failures. selectors are moving in circles, they selected wrong for CT & after failure bringing back other failures. we may see malik, kamran, farhat back after 2-3 series when afridi fails again.

    they dropped him for CT quoting his recent form ( which was justified ) what happened inbetween CT & now ? no domestic event to select again. either selectors were wrong to drop him for CT or they are wrong now.

  • on July 3, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    I think its the time to move on from Afridi, He is a match winner but can never be trusted with his approach; time for Pakistan to inject young blood in the team, let us give chance to Umar Akmal, Asad Shafique, Umar Amin. Misbah is still the best option to lead Pakistan middle order.

  • getsetgopk on July 3, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Analyze this. Afridi was thrown out of the team because a certain coach wanted to play Imran Farhat in the team for the 4th ODI on the WI tour a couple years ago. Afridi stood up against the same mediocrity of PCB and its administration years ago and all he got was humiliation, retirements courts and what not. Thing is, you need someone who's got flair and a bit of a rash attitude only then people will listen and take you seriously. Afridi is an honest man (ate the ball but that too was for the country, in a sense). Stayed far away from corruption and spot fixing and he's someone who has made the team look like a team. He was given a shambles of a team before WC 11 and its only to Afridi's credit that we found some stability. But we are in an even worse situation now. Players like Farhat, Hafeez and Malik have permanently damaged Pak cricket and when Misbah comes out and says that there has been 'no wrong' selections, I think its time to show him the door too.

  • Riz37 on July 3, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    I request PCB's selectors to move on with this tested players. I agree Afridi is better player than Malik, Farhat & Kamran but I also agree that these three are the worst Pakistan ever produced. So Afridi is better than worst but not at all the international material at all now. Please bring in either Hammad Azam, Fawad Alam or Anwar Ali as an all rounder instead of Afridi with all due respect. It is time to decide whether we need some consistency in the team or lottery tickets in the team, the choice is yours!

  • on July 3, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    I think Afridi should be in the team only if he is Captain. If captain is misbah, Afridi should not be in the team. Pakistan can never perform well under Misbah....

  • on July 3, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    PCB should appoint afridi as captain till World cup he is still young and aggressive nature help pakistan in building team Misbah is defensive and all people hate his tuck tuck batting and captaincy when he make runs always pakistan loose match he is not a match winner he can only improve is average he cannot win matches for team so get rid from Misbah and also he never encourage youngster he always prefer Malik Farhat Akaml so get rid from this tuck tuck we are fade up of him

  • wasim_007 on July 3, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    How fast people forget....He is the one who took the captaincy of same team and led the team to semifinal of World Cup isn't it...he single handedly won Asia Cup isn't it (I'm talking the recently)..on the whole he has got most MoM award from Pakistan..It is PCB who ruined Afridi..Akhtar..and Razzaq..Mahmood..Saqlin Mustaq..Saeed Anwar..Waquar Yunis and Very recently..Yousuf Yohana...Asif Kamal....Give him the captaincy of same team and get the result differently....we need a attacking captain..inside the field and outside the field..

  • on July 3, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    yes he is better then malik, farhat or kamran akmal but these are the worst of the team so let afridi play with them

  • IAS2009 on July 3, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I think Afridi should only play if he is captain, i am tired of Misbah tuk tuk captaincy, all his BS talk about technique and staying at wicket only looses games for Pakistan, many examples when pakistan looses Misbah is top scorer with too many doc balls he never rotates strike and other batsmen fail around him, he 39 years old and his approach is not a recipe of winning, the wins Pakistan had over England was due to spinners which can still wining them matches even with poor batting. Make Afridi ODI captain and VC should chosen so he could take over from Afridi in 2 years or so. Afridi could play as bowler in team and would be good agressive captain, he almost won the semifinal of WC against India, Misbah lost it for us with his tuk tuk.

  • on July 3, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Well i would like to say rite now in Pakistani Team there is some new talent available. But New talent cannot lead the team in pressure situation specially playing against Aussies, India, Sri-lanka. And if we discuss the Past record of Shahid Afridi ,there is no doubt His performance went up and down in past 2-3 years.But main problem of Pakistan Team is selection. Selectors/Audience/Fans always cheers up the guy who performed on that day, And when He is not performing always been criticize. Same the thing is Happening with Afridi. Because Everybody who know little bit Cricket knows SHAHID AFIRIDI is most dangerous and powerful player in cricket history, like 3-4 months ago he performed smashing performance against S.Africa. I am not surprize to see after that perfomance pakistani selctors dropped him in ICC Champ,s Squad. what the hell is there. Who is playing well for pakistan? Is Kamran Akmal , Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat is better then BOOM BOOM. No not at all

  • on July 3, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    I think we should give Afridi one more chance as he is still very good Allrounder.How mau never knowny good Allrounders Pakistan team has?. very few. You never know when his bat will give spectators better enjoyment of thrilling Cricket OR he may take few good wickets with his Bowling.I think he should be included in the squad for West Indies Tour

  • on July 3, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    I think it is time that PCB selectors learn something from BCCI, its time to move on. Who would have thought that Yuvi would have been dropped from the ODI squad of all the players. But dropping Ghambir, Shewag, Yuvi and Bhagi brought wonders to the indian team and the results are for everyone to see. Similarly, it is time that players like, Afridi, Malik and Farhat are dropped for good. Give youngsters a chance, whats the worse that could happen? It cant be worse than what the team performed at CT. Kamran was always in the team for his batting, either use him as an opener or drop him for good!

  • on July 3, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Afridi is like a lottery ticket . At best youngest performance out of him in one inning out of twenty . It would be a collossol blunder to select him .,

  • PakFollower on July 3, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Correct statement is "I am still better than lots of players in T20 but not ODI cricket". Afridi's temperament suits T20.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 3, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Afridi is a match winner. Pakistan is not so amazing that they can do without him. Pakistan needs him.

  • somethingdifferent on July 3, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    It is absolutely clear that Afridi is way past his prime, and his inconsistency and below par performance during the last couple of year does not justify his selection under normal circumstances but despite his poor showing he is still far better than a lot of players in the team. Specially our inability to find a decent all rounder compels his selections otherwise we will see the likes of Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat back in the side again.

  • on July 3, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    I think Afridi was quite effective as a spinner. But he has lost form for sure. Calling himself a match-winner displays arrogance because he does it so infrequently... Not too different from Jayasuriya or Sehwag..who click once every 10 matches..but when they do the team wins.. I think times are different now..There are many players who are younger, hungrier and more consistent.. Afridi's comments are not too different from Shoaib Akhtar calling himself a rare diamond..lol

  • Sussexx on July 3, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Okay okay okay chill out folks ! Leave him alone now ! When he was banging each and every bowler around each and every corner of the park then you all used to even dream of becoming like him and now at this stage of his career where he needs your encouragement you folks are talking trash about him. .... where were you all when he single-handedly took Pakistan to semi final in the 2011 world cup ? Don't you all forget that he is a former Pakistan skipper. .... don't you all forget that he's a match-winner ...... I am sure he will come back without a shadow of doubt in the carribean series and bat and bowl superbly and win the series for his country .... now please calm down you all and wish him a good luck ad he is a real fighter, peace out everybody and let him play for another half dozen or more years for Pakistan.

  • on July 2, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    The most shockingly inconsistent player in world cricket.

  • Unconstitutional_PCB_Chief on July 2, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    When he said "I am still better than lots of players". He meant a better political player than others. Remember, it is not how much you know rather it is whom do you know.

    Bottom line is: PCB (our system) needs a complete overhaul other wise we will continue to hear shouting remarks from the failing players (politicians).

  • Jda123 on July 2, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Afridi needs to touch up on small issues... he has everything but seems to throw it away.

  • 777aditya on July 2, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    height of shamelessness!

  • on July 2, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    If Afridi wants to play for Pakistan again he needs to start playing regular List A and First Class games. For some reason he is not doing this. He hasn't played a 1st class game for 3 years and a List A for nearly 3 months. He would be better playing County Cricket to get some results.

  • on July 2, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Afridi cannot bat and now cannot bowl. He is too busy in managing his clothing line and his restaurant. He has become a businessman with a glorious cricketing past. In all honesty, his cricket days are over. I, being Pakistani, has learned from Sandeep Patel's action, the Indian chief selector whose ruthless selection resulted in the induction of several young Indian players who have boosted India's performance. By dropping Yuvraj, Gautam and Sehwag, India has managed to win the Champions Trophy and if there is a team that needs to drop its senior players and replace them with new blood, it is Pakistan. Afridi should be dropped permanently and it is time new players should be given chance to represent Pakistan. New players will have more hunger to win. I think of 2003 when the entire team was replaced with young blood after the world cup debacle and those youngsters did manage to win 4 nation tournament, defeating Lanka, the semifinalist in final. Hence Afridi should be ignored.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 2, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    I think you are better than many but for only modelling now. I might even prefer razzaq over him in t20 as well. My team for ODI would be :

    (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Misbah (4) Haris Sohail (5) Umar Akmal (6) Muhammad Rizwan (7) Hafeez (8) wahab riaz/ asad ali / anwar ali (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid khan (11) Irfan....... (12) Asad Shafeeq (13) Abdur Rehman (14) Azhar ali

    Hafeez is only allrounder worth keeping in side for ODI's

  • Sports4Youth on July 2, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Posted by on (July 2, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

    I fail to understand how 126 runs in 4 innings makes him eligible to be dropped! That is an average of 31.5. Remind me again how much did Farhat, Hafeez, Kamran & Malik scored in CT?

    TOTALLY AGREED.

    .

  • Baba_Sehgal on July 2, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    It would be nice if Pakistani fans stop comparing Afridi to Imran Farhat, Hafeez, and Shoaib Malik. That's like saying I don't need to take a shower because my neighbor smells bad too. Pointing to obvious failures to justify Afridi's constant failures won't do anything positive for the national team. What we need is to forget about the hotheads and have beens, and move on. Forget about Shahid Afridi (who might announce a few mini retirements before WC 2015 anyway). Forget about Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, and even Mohammed Amir. Blood new youngsters, and they will take charge sooner than you know it. Mohammed Amir may or may not come back, but that's a separate argument. We have other bowling talent. We have much better batting talent than what shows in team selection. If we keep going back to these failed players, Pakistan cricket will never get out of its current turmoil.

  • on July 2, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Afridi showing such arrogance? at the stage of his career where he has not taken a single wicket in the last 8 odis? or i guess 7 odis? he has been very very poor recently! Khair he is still outspoken and thinking too far! I guess WI tour is gonna be MAKE OR BREAK for him! We need consistent players in the team! Who win matches! Aridi im afraid has been the Man who has pplayed a BIG part in losing matches for Pakistan team recently!

  • Zahid-Bajwa on July 2, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    I think it's time to move on and should give chance to new player such as hamad Azam instead of keeping big name in team good for nothing.

  • Sports4Youth on July 2, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    I think everyone will agree that BOOM-BOOM is better than S.Malik.

    However, in my opinion he is also better than Hafeez. Also Farhat & Kamran should be shown the permanent door OUT.

    I think Afridi is definately ON till the next World Cup, 2015.

    .

  • on July 2, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    What has he done in the recent past to display such arrogance??

  • wrenx on July 2, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Yes Mr Afridi, legions of us agree with you, except you forgot to add "it's just that you'll have to take my word for it, I can't actually back up my claims with performances" Time floor him to play to potential: perform, or begone

  • on July 2, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    I fail to understand how 126 runs in 4 innings makes him eligible to be dropped! That is an average of 31.5. Remind me again how much did Farhat, Hafeez, Kamran & Malik scored in CT?

  • on July 2, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    People used to say that he isnt performing well with the bat but still he is an asset because of his bowling. Look at the recent stats now and you will see his bowling is going down also

  • on July 2, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    was fan of him during my child hood. But not anymore. We need players on whom we can count. Afridi is too unreliable. However keeping performance of RELIABLES in view he may deserve a place in the team

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on July 2, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Well like Adam Gilchrist said form is a rubbish word, form is temporary and class is permanent but dropping him will be fruitful for Pakistan as he will do his best on come back and I am with you Lala.

  • Dannymania on July 2, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    The fact of the matter is,in clear words,that afridi is NOT a good enough cricketers to keep playing for pakistan."Match winners"! Huh!? Afridi has lost pakistan way more matches than he has won them,undoubtedly.He was a good bowler a couple of years ago so he wasnt dropped.But then,he even lost his wicket taking ability. What i want,as a die-hard cricket fan,is to drop players like these from the international teams. I hope,no i wish and pray to God,that he doesnt ever get selected in the pakistani team again.I wish the same about Umar Gul,Misbah ul Haq,Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal.I just want these players to STOP playing for pakistan.Pakistan WILL do well if the players are selected on merit.Not if they're selected for being alleged "Match winners"!

  • t20cric on July 2, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    I think its safe to say that Afridi is just really ignorant. He hasn't won Pakistan a match in a while. He was a fairly consistent match-winner back in his 20s but now he is dragging the team. "Poor form doesn't really reflect that a player is at the wrong side of his game," when Afridi said that I think he is just trying to find reasons to stay in the team. Afridi's bowling has seriously gone downhill (still better then Malik's though) and his batting is still extremely inconsistent. If Afridi is selected in the team then i hope Pakistan lose the series against WI and decide to drop Afridi for a very, very long time. The only reason he is considered a match-winner is because he has played so many matches (354) while others the same age have played less like Abdul Razzaq (265). If he lets younger players play then they may develop into match-winners as well.

  • asiacricket1234 on July 2, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Yea he is good enough to be part of this Pakistan team however he will not make in to any decent team. He is not a reliable batsman and recently his bowling performance is really ordinary too.

  • on July 2, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Time for Afridi to prove his place in the team. He has been a match winner for Pakistan but its yet to be proved whether he has the same capability now. Otherwise, its high time Pakistan searched for a replacement.

  • on July 2, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Time for Afridi to prove his place in the team. He has been a match winner for Pakistan but its yet to be proved whether he has the same capability now. Otherwise, its high time Pakistan searched for a replacement.

  • asiacricket1234 on July 2, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Yea he is good enough to be part of this Pakistan team however he will not make in to any decent team. He is not a reliable batsman and recently his bowling performance is really ordinary too.

  • t20cric on July 2, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    I think its safe to say that Afridi is just really ignorant. He hasn't won Pakistan a match in a while. He was a fairly consistent match-winner back in his 20s but now he is dragging the team. "Poor form doesn't really reflect that a player is at the wrong side of his game," when Afridi said that I think he is just trying to find reasons to stay in the team. Afridi's bowling has seriously gone downhill (still better then Malik's though) and his batting is still extremely inconsistent. If Afridi is selected in the team then i hope Pakistan lose the series against WI and decide to drop Afridi for a very, very long time. The only reason he is considered a match-winner is because he has played so many matches (354) while others the same age have played less like Abdul Razzaq (265). If he lets younger players play then they may develop into match-winners as well.

  • Dannymania on July 2, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    The fact of the matter is,in clear words,that afridi is NOT a good enough cricketers to keep playing for pakistan."Match winners"! Huh!? Afridi has lost pakistan way more matches than he has won them,undoubtedly.He was a good bowler a couple of years ago so he wasnt dropped.But then,he even lost his wicket taking ability. What i want,as a die-hard cricket fan,is to drop players like these from the international teams. I hope,no i wish and pray to God,that he doesnt ever get selected in the pakistani team again.I wish the same about Umar Gul,Misbah ul Haq,Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal.I just want these players to STOP playing for pakistan.Pakistan WILL do well if the players are selected on merit.Not if they're selected for being alleged "Match winners"!

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on July 2, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Well like Adam Gilchrist said form is a rubbish word, form is temporary and class is permanent but dropping him will be fruitful for Pakistan as he will do his best on come back and I am with you Lala.

  • on July 2, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    was fan of him during my child hood. But not anymore. We need players on whom we can count. Afridi is too unreliable. However keeping performance of RELIABLES in view he may deserve a place in the team

  • on July 2, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    People used to say that he isnt performing well with the bat but still he is an asset because of his bowling. Look at the recent stats now and you will see his bowling is going down also

  • on July 2, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    I fail to understand how 126 runs in 4 innings makes him eligible to be dropped! That is an average of 31.5. Remind me again how much did Farhat, Hafeez, Kamran & Malik scored in CT?

  • wrenx on July 2, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Yes Mr Afridi, legions of us agree with you, except you forgot to add "it's just that you'll have to take my word for it, I can't actually back up my claims with performances" Time floor him to play to potential: perform, or begone

  • on July 2, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    What has he done in the recent past to display such arrogance??