Pakistan news September 4, 2014

Afridi backs under-fire Misbah


Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi, who is being tipped to replace Misbah-ul-Haq as captain of the ODI team for next year's World Cup, has come out in support of his current captain.

"Misbah has been leading the side well since the last few years and he has also been our most prolific batsman. I think we all need to support him even if he has had one bad series," Afridi said. "It is unfair to criticize him so much after just one bad series as captain and batsman. He has been a stable influence on the team and he needs support at this stage for the World Cup."

Misbah has been Test captain since 2010 but he replaced Afridi as the captain of the one-day and T20 squads in only in May 2011 after Afridi had a spat with the PCB.

"I have no issues playing under Misbah's captaincy because he has been there for a while now and has been performing consistently since 2010. We depend on Misbah and few other seniors," he said. "But it is time the junior players also put up their hands and took responsibility to perform. If we play as a unit, I am sure we will start doing well again and I just want to see the team winning again before the World Cup."

Afridi also praised the role of head coach Waqar Younis who he called a "changed person". Afridi was stripped of the captaincy after differences with Waqar in 2011, but he said that the incident was a thing of the past.

"Waqar worked very hard with the team in Sri Lanka and the players got a lot of support from the team management even under pressure. There is lot of team spirit in this side and I am confident we can start winning again soon it is a matter of time.

"I enjoyed working with Waqar. He is a different person now and you can see the team management just wants the team to click and do well."

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  • farooq.ahmed.khan on September 9, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    my team for the world cup..1.ahmed shyzad 2.abdul razzaq.3 shoib malik/fawad alam 4.misbah/younus khan 5 umer akmal/shoib masood 6.kamran akmal 7.hafiz 8 afridi 9 w.riaz 10 irfan /umar gul11 junaid khan if you want to win the world cup you have to bring these players back ...this is our team . hafiz as a offspineru can replace him with ajmal...razzaq should be on the top to face the fast bowlers or new ball..who is the captain? doesnt matter....malik razzak or afridi

  • dummy4fb on September 9, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    My choice for next world cup 1. Shehzad 2. Sami ASLAM 3. M.Hafeez 4. U.Akmal(wc) 5. F.Alam 6. S.Maqsood 7. Shahid KHAN AFRIDI(Captain) 8. U.Gul 9. W. Riaz 10. S.Ajmal 11. M.Irfan/Junaid KHAN

  • dummy4fb on September 8, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    why play misbah one day and t20 match he not able play one day and t20 matches

  • dummy4fb on September 7, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    It is a false impression that Pakistan team has only problems I batting. Yes Pakistan plays with 10 players with Shahid Afridi neither effective in bowling nor in batting. With Ajmals mystery gone, Wahab lacking tech, Irfan not knowing which length to bowl and Junaid bowling just medium pacers; bowling is lacking teeth. With 40 yrs old inside circle and almost all players looking unfit and overweight, how can you field well. Above all captaincy is a problem - Misbah lacks imagination and his unwillingness to act boldly in both batting as well as bowling/fielding means that Pakistan will not be able handle fluid situations. My team for world cup includes Fast Bowlers - Irfan, Talaha, Junaid, Res - Shinwari Spinners - Raza Hassan, Ajmal, karamat ali All rounders- Bhatti, Anwar ali Keeper-Sarfaraz Ahmed Batsmen- Younas, Shahzad, Harris sohail, Nasir Jamshed, Fawad Alam, As far as captain is concerned there are two options if Pakistan wants to do well (1)Younas Khan (2) Shahzad Please

  • android_user on September 7, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    we need experienced players like Nasir jamshaid/Kamran Akmal in top oreder here is my squad 1-Ahmad Shehzad 2-Kamran Akmal/Nasir Jamshaid 3-Mohammad Hafeez 4-Sohaib Maqsood 5-Misbah ul Haq(cap) 6-Fawad Alam 7-Umar Akmal 8-Shahid Afridi (V.Cap) 9-Umar Gul 10-Wahab RiaZ 11-Saeed Ajmal

    try to make come backs of jamshaid or kamran in top otherwise got the talend but he will take some time to understand ODI SHarjeel continue playinv T20

  • BoomBoomBhaiAfridi on September 7, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Aslkm.. Bhai Faryad Hussain & Bhai Hassaan Ul Rabi , you both are correct but I think any playing 11 would be better If we get a strong opening.. so I prefer the team as 1 . Imran nazir 2. Shehzad 3. Bhai Afridi(C) 4. Younus khan 5. Umar(WC) akmal 6. shoaib maqsood 7.Fawad alam 8. Saeed ajmal 9. Junai khan 10. Irfan 11 .Umar gul...... What u say Everybody do you agree with my playing XI... for upcoming world cup...!!!

  • dummy4fb on September 6, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Dear Mr. Afridi very good gesture about Misbah but when you start performing again. Your past performance well regarded but you have to perform each & every match now because you have played approximately 381 matches! Three hundred eighty one matches! i

  • wapuser on September 6, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    few things i will say here 1: waqar younis is the right man and so is misbha ul haq 2: drop afridi, hafeez, sharjeel, akmal, yonis, 3: ask misbah to play at 3 and play your natural game 4: bring asad, harris, nasir, sarfraz, bhatti, hammad so the best xi would be 1: ahmed 2: nasir 3: misbha 4: fawad 5: sarfraz 6: sohaib 7: hammad 8: anwar 9: junaid 10: saeed 11: irfan reserves should be: asad, harris, bhatti, babar

  • wapuser on September 6, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Misbah did not click in SL tour and Pakistan lost miserably .... just imagine if he is out of the team.... May God Help Us..... having gone through all the comments, it seems we are looking for a team to participate in Video Game or Fantasy League rather than real world cup.... look at most of the picks....U Akmal, Hafeez, Afridi, Sharjeel, Shehzad who all are Jack of All and Master of None..... At least Misbah sweats and scores out there...

  • dummy4fb on September 6, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Why cant people see that for any team to do well you need a solid opening pair if you can get a start of say 80 to 100 runs their is a lot less burden on the middle order and without a shadow of doubt the best one day opener pakistan has is Imran Nazir why is he not given the same opportunity as some others like hafeez or jamshaid for example why cant the management see this its fairly obvious. My 11 would be 1 Ahmed Shazad 2 Imran Nazir 3 Umar Akmal 4 Younis Khan 5 Shan Maqsood 6 Shaid Afridi 7 Fawad Alam 8 Junaid Khan 9 Umar Gul 10 Saeed Ajmal 11 Anwar Ali or Irfan

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