Pakistan cricket April 3, 2014

Afridi blames negative approach for WT20 exit

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Shahid Afridi has said that a negative approach from the top-order batsmen resulted in Pakistan's exit from the World T20 after they lost a knock-out league match to West Indies on Tuesday. Pakistan failed to progress to the semi-finals for the first time in the World T20.

After having dominated with the ball for 15 overs of the West Indies innings, Pakistan conceded 82 runs in the last five overs and allowed their opponents to reach 166 for 6. They floundered early in the chase, stumbling to 13 for 4 in the sixth over before being dismissed for 82. This was their second defeat in the group stage, after a loss to India in the opening game.

"It wasn't a big total which couldn't be achieved but the game slipped out of our hands in the first six overs of our batting," Afridi told reporters after returning to Karachi. "It was due to our negative approach in the first six overs, and that's the reason we lost the match.

"If you look at our bowling, we did well in the first 15 overs. Obviously it is T20 and bowlers do get hammered, but it was not such a total which couldn't be achieved. Your attack is your defense; you have to play an attacking game to achieve a positive result."

The loss has put the roles of a few senior players in the spotlight and the Pakistan Cricket Board has also suggested that it would seek accountability. The board was due to offer players an increment of 15-20% in the year's contract, but that decision may be given a second thought.

Afridi, however, defended the squad composition saying the team had the top T20 players of Pakistan.

"The players of current team are top players in Pakistan and they are the best," Afridi said. "What you need is to instill the fighting spirit in them. They performed outstandingly against Australia. Why didn't they continue the same performance?"

Afridi was Pakistan's captain for ODIs and T20s until May 2011 but was removed from the position following differences with the PCB and a few awkward public statements. Misbah-ul-Haq replaced Afridi as captain for the limited-overs formats before stepping down from the T20 captaincy in May 2012.

The loss to Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final, followed by the exit from the World T20, has also made the side's captaincy a talking point and Afridi, who had earlier publicly backed Misbah and Mohammad Hafeez, said he is open to the idea of leading the team.

"I am ready to accept any challenge for the Pakistan team," he said. "As a player and as a captain I have no issues, but things should improve."

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

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  • mzm149 on April 10, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    @bouncer709: Talking of reliability, what did Afridi do in World Cup 2011 semi final? Not a single wicket and 19 runs and got out playing the most rash shot. It was a full toss on which he got out.

  • Gazatteer on April 8, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    People may not rate Chandimal as good player or captain but what a decision he made to drop himself from semi finals and finals. That's how you recognise your form and ability and place your nation and national team first. Great! Very unlike Hafeez.

  • bouncer709 on April 7, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    @Ehtisham Aly Ehsan: so Misbah is reliable? and we relied on him in 2007 T20 WC, and he did the same thing which people often blame Afridi for.... but on crunch movement in 2009 WC Afridi proved he is more reliable than Misbah. and see what Yuvraj did to india cricket yesterday... Misbah do the same thing to Pakistan cricket every other match...... and people who always want Afridi to blast from the first ball, mostly when 3-5 overs remaining and he comes to bat, should see the example of Dhoni yesterday, who scored 4 of 7 balls, you cant go from the first ball in every match, other teams also comes to play cricket with bowlers ..... the way hafeez resigned from T20 captaincy, Misbah will also do the same thing after 2015 WC, but it will be late. .. and I have never seen in the world people judging a bowler reliability by his batting...

  • on April 6, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Misbah will be a far better choice to lead Pakistan in 20 20 then Afridi. How someone who is not reliable and consistent can be a leader and manager inside the ground. It is also important to groom someone like Ahmad Shahzad for future captain....

  • Khans_word on April 6, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Captaincy for Afridi has been done. He left Shoaib Akther in the World Cup semi final that shattered Umar Guls nerves and led to predicatble defeat. Predictable because Afridi kept on saying we will get to semi-finals. Only.

    A good captain, no a great captain would aim higher, win it, play his best resources and go for the kill.

    Hafeez has been a slefish captain in many matches, always opening the inning, even after being made a repeated Styen bunny. As a professor, lessons learned should be applied, but never were.

    The T20 team had too many lazy unfit players. Sharjeel look explosive with the bat, but a belly flopping whale in his feilding. Babar, Tanvir, Talha and soem extent Ajmal are all poor feilders. Even Malik and Afridi have been below par.

    The bowling has also seriously diminished this year, very sub-par standards. Time to fill the youth at T20 level now.

    Probably the best captain based on form would be Fawad followed by Shezad. U Akmal is too immature.

  • on April 6, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    instead of Shoaib Malik we should have trusted Abdul Razzaq...

  • chachasindhi on April 6, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Afridi is hungry to be captain. He is not capable nor he is a talented player. He is the player of only 2 or 4 balls. He is the cause of most defeated of Pakistan cricket team. He makes groups in the team for his own interests. I think the better choice is Misbah-ul-Haq or Abdul Razzaq.

  • on April 6, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    Afridi as a captain is best choice for pakistan ri8 now.. there is no second thought left. Ahmed shehzad is a young talent he might not be able to handle the team soo thats it we saw the contribution of shahid afridi in all the matches thus pcb shld take quick action

  • Crick_Expert on April 5, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    PCB should wake up now and do operation clean up. PAK TEAM cant win until they get rid from following players. 1) Shoail Tanvir 2)Bhatti 3)K. akmal 4)Shoaib Malik 5)Rehman 6)Umar Gul 7)Talha

  • samiwahid439 on April 5, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    To be a captain, you don't need to be a star performer but a Leader. Today, with the available players, no one can lead the Team Pakistan better than Shahid Afridi. It was embarrassing to see the nervousness of Pakistan Captain Hafiz while he was batting against the WI team. We need a leader, who can lead with aggression and positive attitude, not players who fall for the situation.

  • mzm149 on April 10, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    @bouncer709: Talking of reliability, what did Afridi do in World Cup 2011 semi final? Not a single wicket and 19 runs and got out playing the most rash shot. It was a full toss on which he got out.

  • Gazatteer on April 8, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    People may not rate Chandimal as good player or captain but what a decision he made to drop himself from semi finals and finals. That's how you recognise your form and ability and place your nation and national team first. Great! Very unlike Hafeez.

  • bouncer709 on April 7, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    @Ehtisham Aly Ehsan: so Misbah is reliable? and we relied on him in 2007 T20 WC, and he did the same thing which people often blame Afridi for.... but on crunch movement in 2009 WC Afridi proved he is more reliable than Misbah. and see what Yuvraj did to india cricket yesterday... Misbah do the same thing to Pakistan cricket every other match...... and people who always want Afridi to blast from the first ball, mostly when 3-5 overs remaining and he comes to bat, should see the example of Dhoni yesterday, who scored 4 of 7 balls, you cant go from the first ball in every match, other teams also comes to play cricket with bowlers ..... the way hafeez resigned from T20 captaincy, Misbah will also do the same thing after 2015 WC, but it will be late. .. and I have never seen in the world people judging a bowler reliability by his batting...

  • on April 6, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Misbah will be a far better choice to lead Pakistan in 20 20 then Afridi. How someone who is not reliable and consistent can be a leader and manager inside the ground. It is also important to groom someone like Ahmad Shahzad for future captain....

  • Khans_word on April 6, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Captaincy for Afridi has been done. He left Shoaib Akther in the World Cup semi final that shattered Umar Guls nerves and led to predicatble defeat. Predictable because Afridi kept on saying we will get to semi-finals. Only.

    A good captain, no a great captain would aim higher, win it, play his best resources and go for the kill.

    Hafeez has been a slefish captain in many matches, always opening the inning, even after being made a repeated Styen bunny. As a professor, lessons learned should be applied, but never were.

    The T20 team had too many lazy unfit players. Sharjeel look explosive with the bat, but a belly flopping whale in his feilding. Babar, Tanvir, Talha and soem extent Ajmal are all poor feilders. Even Malik and Afridi have been below par.

    The bowling has also seriously diminished this year, very sub-par standards. Time to fill the youth at T20 level now.

    Probably the best captain based on form would be Fawad followed by Shezad. U Akmal is too immature.

  • on April 6, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    instead of Shoaib Malik we should have trusted Abdul Razzaq...

  • chachasindhi on April 6, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Afridi is hungry to be captain. He is not capable nor he is a talented player. He is the player of only 2 or 4 balls. He is the cause of most defeated of Pakistan cricket team. He makes groups in the team for his own interests. I think the better choice is Misbah-ul-Haq or Abdul Razzaq.

  • on April 6, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    Afridi as a captain is best choice for pakistan ri8 now.. there is no second thought left. Ahmed shehzad is a young talent he might not be able to handle the team soo thats it we saw the contribution of shahid afridi in all the matches thus pcb shld take quick action

  • Crick_Expert on April 5, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    PCB should wake up now and do operation clean up. PAK TEAM cant win until they get rid from following players. 1) Shoail Tanvir 2)Bhatti 3)K. akmal 4)Shoaib Malik 5)Rehman 6)Umar Gul 7)Talha

  • samiwahid439 on April 5, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    To be a captain, you don't need to be a star performer but a Leader. Today, with the available players, no one can lead the Team Pakistan better than Shahid Afridi. It was embarrassing to see the nervousness of Pakistan Captain Hafiz while he was batting against the WI team. We need a leader, who can lead with aggression and positive attitude, not players who fall for the situation.

  • on April 5, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    It was distraous selection by PCB and the outome is expected. How can u select Kmran Akmal and Shoib Malik in squad when they are not in touch with cricket. The poor captaincy by Hafeez when ur inform batsman Afridi and Maqsood is coming to strike when u r on the verge of loosing gmaes.

  • looloogun on April 4, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    all listen afridi is a legend !captain of pakistan he dont need team anybody. the story is afridi bats bowls and fields all by himself just got 10 ball boys the world cup 2015 came to pakisthan afridi the legend lived forever

  • Myrah on April 4, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    We have such raw talent in our team, mgmt needs to guide them... Hafeez should not be blamed for this down fall. Whoever picked the team and sent them in whatever sequence is to be blamed...!

  • Myrah on April 4, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    These are the reasons, I think, Paki team failed In T20 and in Asia cup. PK,no doubt, is one of the best cricket sides in the world, no question about it. We have some wonderful players, like Umar Akmal, Ahmad Shahzad, Afridi, Misbah... What I do not understand is why we keep changing the players and the sequence in which they are sent. I mean, why are we experimenting with good players until n unless they are injured or really played bad. Junaid Khan, for instance, can maintain score better than Umar Gul, why he didn't play? Why is Shoaib Malik in our team. There are many well deserving youngsters to play than him.Misbah is a senior n better player. Why was Afridi sent so late to bat in Asia cup final n even this match against WI? I believe the Management sitting out there has a huge hand in our performance. Umar Gul, I have always seen him conceding so many runs in just one over that changes the entire match for us.JK is a better option...

  • on April 4, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    As a Sri lankan Fan,i personally feel dropping Misbah was the biggest mistake by Pakistan.Misbah like Sangakkara is a solid and a consistent performer who can adjust to situations.Its quite sad to see him on the TEN SPORTS PRESS BOX instead of Playing.what a waste of Talent.

  • on April 4, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    i suggest please,leave sohail tanveer,shoaib malik and kamran akmal

  • Ahsanshaz on April 4, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Good points raised by Afridi no doubt, but not at the right time. He should have supported his team. Because if Afridi is appointed as captain in future, what would be the feelings of top order players for him. And coming back to the match pak lost from WI. Remember it's cricket, anything can happen. As example look at the NZ team, how outstanding cricket they played in group matches and what happened in the battle of semifinal?

  • Karthik78 on April 4, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    If Afridi becomes captain, no one can save Pakistan's slide. He is absolutely bad example for upcoming Pakistan talent. Out of his 300+ ODI games, his performance can be counted by numbers. Thats why the current Pakistan batsmen are not stroke players who are very important to maintain consistency of scoring. Current Pak batsmen are playing either hit or miss. If they can't bat in sub continent pitches, where else they can? Where are the likes of Yousuf/Inzamam and genuine all rounders like Razzaq? Afridi is setting bad example.

  • Aamir102030 on April 3, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    If you have a hitter like Afridi in your team who we can say is very inconsistent but very explosive on his day, and you are giving him 5 10 balls to play in the end. he is batting way down the order, just consider u r playing with 10 players and play him as an opener, it wil make the opposition team to think and if its Shahid Afridi's Day , the match will be in your pocket. Tactically Pakistan scores 0, team management need to give specific roles to players and they have to play aggresive cricket. Even the school cricket team of India will have the better batting skills then what is there in pakistan cricket team rite now. Except Shehzad i dont see a proper cricketing talent in the team.

  • ZahidQurban on April 3, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    well...you know what??? Today Pakistan cricket is facing such problems due to such experienced playerz(I wont mention names) who have enough experience to lead from the front like inzi, imran, miandad and some other players had done in the past but awfully such players have never performed well and today what they are trying (even they know they are done with cricket) to find spot in the team by blaming some of the new team members and their old mates but in reality after inzi they are all the same except misbah I dnt see any other player who have cricketing sense(especially old ones)

  • Alexk400 on April 3, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Aggressive approach is good , what about brainless play by afridi everytime he went out to bat ?. What you need is controlled aggression without nervousness. With afridi you get great play as well as bad play. He is not a leader. Leaders will find a way to win the game even odds are against them. It is just that there is not single player in pakistan team has leadership skills. All are selfish individual players. Because most of the bits and pieces average players

  • BowledYa on April 3, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    These are sorry comments from Afridi. He has always been a self promoter. Criticizing the strategy and then saying he is ready to assume the captaincy. Even if he wished it, it's not something you say in public. Besides, his own strategy is a failure 90% of the games, slash and burn. Not what Pakistan needs.

  • on April 3, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    i think afridi is a good choice for captain and the selectors have to stick to a proper team to boost their confidence for the world cup. If someone performs good 3 times and misses out twice doesn't mean you take him out. There is a lot of good players that need to play consistently. don't flip flop the team every series.

  • on April 3, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Fawad was an in-form batsman for pakistan in Asia Cup, I was surprised why he was dropped, they had to lose for their bating mind u, Pakistani bowling is still one of the best an it seems ok. Pakistan needed a consistent batsman in top order,whatever the strike rate is. Add Misbah and Fawad in the squad.

  • Aized.Syed on April 3, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    I think Pakistan should really forget about the past, if they dont forget the past, then that worry and panic, if you don't worry and panic then you can train hard... Pakistan need to have a lot of domestic cricket, PCB has to train youngsters, we need bowlers like Muhammad Aamir, we need more players like Younis Khan, and Muhammad Yousuf. Don't worry and train hard Green Shirts! Our hopes are with you!

  • spellbinder76 on April 3, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    The blame lies with the selection committee. They selected Imran Farhat in place of Shahid Afridi for the Champion Trophy in 2013 in England. It was Afridi who won the semi final and final match for Pakistan In England in t-20 WC. Bad selection lead to downfall in 2011 WC and also in 2012 t-20 WC. The selectors should consider how a player palys under a crisis situation.

  • on April 3, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Truth. Right points raised by Afridi. What happend in past day or days we have to look forward. Afridi at a time is best choice for captaincy as a resignation of Hafeez as Captaincy.

  • badbol on April 3, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    YET THEY BEAT INDIA IN THE ASIAN CUP GAME. Don't Forget that!!! Lol Response back to this guy who is calling PAK team "oridnary team"

  • bbmm on April 3, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    you seriously need too bring Imran Nazir and Abdul razzak in this side they are still quite fir far bigger strikers then hafeez n malik

  • on April 3, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    i thing this is a part of game but we should play for pakistan .shoab. kamran.hafiz .are out of this format . play for pakistan dont play with pakistan no one is true player

  • on April 3, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    I do not know if there is anyone who can drag this negative approach out... Its a mind set that prevails in our dressing room.. We get into shell ever so quickly. Time and again this approach come to surface. Afridi is the right kind of person with better approach. He must be given a chance with authority.

  • on April 3, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    I do not know if there is anyone who can drag this negative approach out... Its a mind set that prevails in our dressing room.. We get into shell ever so quickly. Time and again this approach come to surface. Afridi is the right kind of person with better approach. He must be given a chance with authority.

  • asiacricket1234 on April 3, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Making Afridi captain will be a bad decision. It wont be moving forward it will be going backward. This guy rarely perform and immature too. He is not going to bring much success. Bring back Misbah. He is the best batsman Pak has. I know Pak fan call him Tuk Tuk but he has better strike rate in T20 than some of the batsmen in the present team and Pak made it to final in first T20 WC because of him so why not just bring him back?

  • on April 3, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Well what the story behind his statements? if he would have been a captain what impact he has made on the Team, no doubt leadership is very Important. But thing is to bring young blood for this game whether its T20, Tests and ODDis'. There is no space for Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanveer, Muhammad Hafeez i all sort of games.

    Try to learn something from other players and Team, its not individual game its Team effort Game. Throughout the series what big impact these players have made on the series only individual performances....

  • Rahulthevirufan on April 3, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    wat I liked abt Pakistani team was dere BOWLING ATTACK, dey had fast bwlrs whu wuld not only swing bt wuld aslo come with pace, bounce n aggression. But rite now best dey can give is umar gul whu is very good when he gets reverse swinging Yorkers right but right now he is way too short on rhythm & fitness. Bt whre r bwlrs gon 4 whum u wuld switch on TV to simply watch dem bowl (Jhonson & Steyn types). Surely if dere r none in pak domestic den dere struggle will continue. But wait wats wid d team dey selected- I mean 2 say y give Kamran and Malik repeated chances coz only team dese 2 guys r gonna win a game is for opposition team. Hafeez might b a gud 5th bowler but clearly he is not fittin in top 5 bat on current form n he is been in dis form for vry long. Wid afridi dere u dnt want 2 bowling allrounders and 2 gud for nothing senior batman in top 7 if u have I say- U R DOOMED. select youngsters (giv em lng rop)- shazreel, shehzad, maqsood, alam, shafiz, umar akmal, azhar wid afridi cpt

  • on April 3, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Attacking captain Afridi played 19 T20 as captain, Won 8 ... Lost 11 !!! Same in ODI , He lost 65 percent matches as captain, It's time to get rid of Kamran Malik Hafeez Afridi Gul Ajmal Tanveer from T20, Introduce young talent such as Haris Sohail , Rizwan WK , Fawad captain Zafar Gohar , Kamran Ghulam , Zia Ul Haq , Amad Butt and Imam Ul Haq with experince of Umar Akmal Shehzad , M irfan Junaid khan Sohaib Maqsood . Make Fawad T20 captain or Haris Sohail. It's time to move on from oldies .

  • Rubic on April 3, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    It is just matter of time when Hafiz, Malik, Kamran and Sohail Tanveer will be back in Pak team..Sadly..I'm seeing them in team against Australia...

  • talkcricnotrubbish on April 3, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    @ Khurram Choudhary, most of the time your analysis is spot on and balanced irrespective of country that is playing. Keep it coming mate. Ind Fan

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    I don't understand why he is upset. This Pakistan team is not good enough to go to Semi. I have seen many Pakistanis claiming before the WC that they are going to win this WC. I don't think they were being realistic. Yes Pak has a great record in WC but your past success doesn't ensure your success in future. In recent time Pak team have all out under 100 several times. Their world class bowling gave away more than 300 against team like BD. How on earth an ordinary bunch of player dream to play semi? Before the WC I've said that Pak gonna win against BD and if they are lucky probably one more match against top team by fluke. That's all they have done and they should be happy with it because the current team cant do any better than this

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    some one could please tell me the logic behind Malik in the playing 11 having being setting out junaid as well sharjeel?

  • on April 3, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI is gonna be pakistans cricket team captain inshallah :)

  • on April 3, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    totally disagree with you Anas. first of all afridi is still a best player from pakistan side , whenever you are watching pakistani team while they were going to lose you cannot leave your seats untill afridi will also gone because deep in heart every one believe that yes he is the only guy who can change the situation and he did it most of the times but every one has their own point of view . hafeez is not even a limited over players because he scare to come in front of styne which proves that he is not the appropriate player for pakistani team. and please PCB the whole pakistan knows that in akmal brothers only umer akmal is the one you can rely upon please stop giving them chance again and again and most importantly please donot include the players in worldcup who are not playing series since 1 & 2 years . its a world cup its not a joke. and anwar ali is also far better then bhatti.

  • on April 3, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    I think we rate our bowlers high without considering their ability to perform against good side. We lack quality batsmen. Our team mostly consists of slogans. Our Fielding is not international standard. Our captain's has no control over his team. There is no team efforts in team. If we look at our victories in T20 World Cup we see individual performance. We have to get rid of tried,tested and failed players. Our spinner's performance is Medicare in this tournament. I feel there is grouping in our team. We need good coach, strong captain and technically sound batsmen.

  • Aroundthelegsgoogly on April 3, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    A lot of Pakistani supporters find consolation in accepting the loss but proclaiming "on their day they can beat anyone", this is said so often that the players and the officials managing the team have also started to play in the same way. Looking at each other to produce the spark to create the impetus to propel Pakistan to victory. Often the victories are off the backs of one batsmen and a collection of bowlers. The mentality of 'someone will do it' has to stop. Everyone must prize their wickets and each ball bowled. Until then, Pakistan can continue to win a high profile match occasionally and miss out on winning trophies overall.

    Pakistan provide an electricity unmatched by any other team in any international tournament. However, the more attractive cricket is played by other teams. All the India-bashing is wrong, what Virat is doing there should be acknowledged and applauded, Pakistan need their own Virat and that doesn't mean just shaping your beard like him!

  • SteveWhy on April 3, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    @vkias - I totally agree with you. I think Hafeez, Kamran, Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanvir have to be out...we need to get some new young and energetic players. So after hearing that Hafeez has resigned from being the captain of the T20 side I think this is a start..

  • SteveWhy on April 3, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, I am very disappointed with our teams exit. I am also a big support of India and of course will not support India in winning this WT20 which I feel they very much deserve it. They have been playing like champions from the start and I think Dhoni and his men had got what it takes to win this cup..So GO TEAM BLUE and I hope our boys can collect themselves and come back stronger.

  • on April 3, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Pakistan were over attacking and they got under immense pressure by the late onslaught by WI. The most stupid thing is to get out stumped when you are 9-2 , 13/3, 42/5, 75/7. Total insanity that can not be expected with any national side. The ultimate stupidity came from Afridi himself when he get out stumped knowing that 4 out of 7 wickets got out due to this STUMPED thing.

  • vkumar_086 on April 3, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @Syed Bokhari..thank you for your perspective towards Indian team, really very happy dear....these kind of sportsmanship is very much necessary....i wont support Afridi as a captain, he is playing as bowling allrounder in the team, making him captain may affects his performance, so my best choice will be cool and calm Misbah...first get rid of Hafeez, Malik and few other players....till now i did not understand the role of Malik in Pak team, what was his contribution in this T20 WC?...build young team just like India is doing now, it will take time and you should ready to face failures also, but in long term, it will benefit a lot...best of luck for future endeavours....hope Pak team will get big success in upcoming series against Australia...cheers

  • Stark62 on April 3, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    @ acnc "If everyone in the Pak team batted with Afridi's positive approach, the team would have been all-out for 32..." LOL

    He made 18 off 12 balls now if everyone did the same, then Pak would have made 198 off 132 balls. Since, it's a 120 ball affair, we will divide 198/22 overs (132 balls)= 9 runs per over.

    Pak would be going at 9 runs per over, so deduct 2 overs and 18 runs, hence we are left with a final total of 198-18= 180 in 20 overs!

    If only all our best batted like him, we would have won quite easily!

  • on April 3, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Pak XI has got a classic formula to loose the games.

    1. Have a mindset that you cannot chase. No matter how few runs or how big runs opposition has put on the board

    2. Loose at least one opener (or if possible loose both of them) when even 10 runs are not on board.

    3. Play as many dot balls as possible, so that you yourself put under enormous pressure and wish to come down the track for slogging and do a fatal accident.

    4. Don't capitalize when you earn opposition's wicket during bowling. (84-5 Windies and after Yuvi's wicket against India)

    5. Be impatient and change at least 1-2 players, who were part of the last match's playing eleven and thus create a sense of insecurity among the youngsters, who are any way under pressure to perform, thus make sure that they cannot find a rhythm/confidence to build their cricketing career in spite of having enormous talent.

    6. Last and not the least - Don't learn from the mistakes.

  • on April 3, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    He is criticising haffeaz as he was doing tuk tuk no rotation of strike and that put pressure on other batsmen who then had to hit out and got out. Haffeaz not good enough to bat at 3!! Afridi says these are the best t20 players i disagree why did not sharjerl khan play he is also left handed and wld been ideal against badree also IMRAN NAZIR has best record in Bangladesh so why we didnt select him??

  • Collegefastbowler on April 3, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Pakistan are a volatile team and they play mostly by instinct. There is not a lot of thinking, planning and strategy in their game plans or even if there is they are not able to execute it. The result is that they can be brilliant on one day and dismal on the next depending on the conditions and their opponent's game plan. There is no easy fix for this as they are a talented team but the game is largely won or lost in the mind. Patience is not a key attribute for them and when wickets fall they tend to panic. Their training needs to focus on psychological inputs and they also need to be trained how to think through a game plan and adapt to the situation.

  • fair_paly_1 on April 3, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Almost entire team got out playing attacking shots. So, I don't understand what Afridi is talking about. He was simply blabbing at the airport with the media whilst blaming batsmen and calling them best in the same breath. It didn't make sense. At the same time expressing willingness to be a captain is only undermining the unity. No other team does that.

    It was evident that all batsmen panicked (as they did against India) which Afridi doesn't mention. All that shows is his lack of understanding of the game and his immaturity even at his ripe old age and he still wishes to be a captain. He is a useful player but it goes to show not a captaincy material. For t20, they should induct a young captain like other teams have.

  • on April 3, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    gul has bowled badly/average in his last 9 matches after his comeback. Comeback is a excuse. Before his injury he was going to be dropped for poor performance as well so he did his operation at that time, now he's back he's still poor. He's a finished bowler especially if he don't bowl the yorker when he's getting clotted for 6 after 6.

  • xylofon on April 3, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    "The players of current team are top players in Pakistan and they are the best They performed outstandingly against Australia. Why didn't they continue the same performance?"

    Not true as malik & kamran failed all the tournament. And with Jamshed and Haris Sohail out this T20 team will never work.

    Someone said Fawad Alam, he is godsent for Pakistan but he is NOT T20 material. ODI & TEST, HELL YES : )

    I dont see Afridi as captain but its not impossible mission either, he has experience & is not greedy like hafeez with bowling (stealing other peoples thunder all the time to save his spot). Afridi is the natural captain of Pakistan but too immature, India are 110% right, some are only being jealous though. ; ) If he applies himself with batting and concentrates on cricket (not schampoo commercials or ego boosting movies) Afridi is the man for Pakistan!

    If PCB have to insist with Misbah, Hafeez and Afridi then why not Misbah for test captain, hafeez ODI and Afridi T20???

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    I think all cricket fans should now admit the reality that Afridi,Misbah and Shoaib Malik even Ajmal and Gul had crossed there age limits and now is perfect time for them to say Good Bye to cricket and let other young talents emerge.Al though some of them are performing well but after one match performance they began to suffer with injuries giving them a good reason of not performing well in further 4 to 5 matches.I think they should retire with honour and respect that they have recieved through out there career like Sachin and Mike Hussey even Inzimam who still are remembered as legends not like sorry to say but Yousuf and Shoaib Akhtar who were actually kicked out from the team and they had to work hard to save their prestige.And I request PCB not to take players in Pakistan Team on there high statuses you all know what i mean to say and I ask PCB a question that once a young talent named Raza Hasan was taken in team who would have been good replacement of Ajmal,Where is he now?

  • IftikarUK on April 3, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    All I have to say is its rich coming from Mr 'Boom Bust' to blame batsmen. The day you put your own hands up and take some of the blame is the day you may be able to do something about it. Blaming the others is comforting for you but very counter-productive for the team!

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Dear Afridi, Undoubtedly you are the hardest hitter in the world cricket. But what you are saying is just an excuse. You don't have patience at all. You will try to hit right from the ball one, but you are missing the trick of getting used to the pitch and then BOOM BOOM. You have the capability of covering up the balls you respected. My opinion is general not based on any particular match.

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    *Squad Composition" Pathetic it was, in a tournament, where the squads are either equipped with greater spin attack (like India, Lanka, Westindies) or were with a potent pace attack though not much penetrative in the conditions (australia, england, newzeland), team Pakistan took 9 bowlers, with 5 pace options (Bhatti, tanvir, gul, talha, junaid) and 4 spin options (afridi, hafeez, babar, ajmal) and left the already week batting line up with no options to rotate.

    Out of 5 pacers, we should have taken 3 only, which would had given for 2 batsmen to add, potentially Nasir jamshed and awais zia. Malik didn't bowl a ball so he was playing as a batsman so at his place, it should be HARIS sohail. This could also have given us an opporunity to keep kamran outside as he was out of form and umar is a good keeper now. Instead of bhatti, hammad should have been tried who would had conceded same runs with the bowl but is a complete batting allrounder.I bet with the above mentioned team, V R DA BEST

  • anver777 on April 3, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Pak badly need a big shuffle in T20 format.. they must give more regular chances to players like Imran Nazir & Abdul Razak who are specialist in this format ?????

  • zaam_mohamed on April 3, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    in the ground, before afridi comes, all the batsman got out and afridi was blaming all the batsman, after that when he comes to bat, he did the same. coz WI better than PAK, they cannot beat

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    I strongly agreed with Shahid Khan Afridi and I wish he should be the captain in both ODI and T20 formats

  • Z.Saleem on April 3, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Afridi should never had been removed from the Captaincy and as soon as that was done, the team has been on a decline. I agree that Misbah has played really well as a batsman since becoming a captain, but Hafeez has been really poor and inconsistent (apart from one ODI series against Sri Lanka where he score 40% of his runs in the whole year), he should never have been a T20 captain either. Hafeez looks lost when things are going against the side, and he has no clue of how to stop it, doesn't speak to his bowlers much either, no idea of how to guide it. We have no time left in the WC 2015, so lets just keep Misbah the ODI and T20 captain as well, bring him back in the T20s coz he is way better than Malik and Kamran anyway who should be kicked out now - enough of these two losers!

  • adam787 on April 3, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    I don't understand why Shoaib Malik is in the side, he is a good test match player but should never be the in the T20 side.

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be made captain,Hafeez should play as a player,Pakistan badly needs an attacking captain like AFRIDI

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Afirdi is a fighter so he should be the captain

  • IndiaGoats on April 3, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    It is funny - in general Pakistani fans seem to support Afridi, while Indian fans seem to think he is immature. Also, as someone pointed out, why would Pakistan have 4 stumpings if they were not trying to play positively? Afridi is just positioning himself such that if heads roll soon, he may have a chance to become captain again. To me, this would be a big mistake. Afridi is not consistent enough to be captain for any sustained period of time.

  • vswami on April 3, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    If I were Hafeez, I will promote Afridi to 3/4. He will waft at everything for 6-7 balls and get out miserably. Atleast he will keep quiet in pavilion and media and the rest can get on with the game.

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Credit must be given to WI. superb bowling attack, i suspect many other teams will struggle if they continue such bowling and batting form. Shahzad was out to a beauty and others got out while trying to score and not defending.They infact lost the match in last 5 overs of WI innings due failure of Gul and Ajmal which deflated Pak. hopes. As it turned out with their virtually unplayable bowling attack even 120 would have been enough for them to win.

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Did I miss something here? Thanks GOD I turned off the computer before the match. I knew its coming. I already predicted it before Pak Indian match that this team will not make it. How can you pick Kamran Akmal over Shareel and Shoaib Malik over Fawad Alam. Misbah and party includes professor and Akmal brothers should take rest. It is not fair with the next person who is standing in the line waiting for a chance. Get rid of this group and Pakistani cricket will be much better.

  • bouncer709 on April 3, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    I know Afridi bashers don't have much to write , but still they say he is inconsistent, these people have no understanding of cricket, Afridi has performed well in all the matches with the ball, and his performance was better than all the Pakistan bowlers, even better than Ajmal, I am not saying just this on base of PAk , WI match, he was better against Austrailia too. But I don't means that Afridi is better bowler than Ajmal. and Afridi have scored more runs than Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik with far better strike rate. Shehzad and Umer Akmal scored more but due to one big inning they played. So Afridi is 100% right to blame the batsmen, and their negative approach. See their body language, the kind of shots they played doesn't mean they were positive, they (Umer Akmal, Shoib malik) played these shots because they already blocked few balls and mounted pressure on themselves from the first ball... and see the fear on Kamran Akmal and Hafeez face when they were batting.

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    I guess we can always find an excuse...It is easy for Shahid or shall I say Shayad (maybe...he will score!) Afridi to say whatever comes from in his mouth. He has attacked and perished lot more times than he has succeeded. Just because he came off OK ( a little better) just in the recent past he has again started talking. Look at WI...like he said they too did not attack till the very end and yet were able to put a big total. Having said all that SA is an exciting player to watch and is a great entertainer, unfortunately that doesn't mean that he has to make sense. Pakistan needs a good leader. They have a Good One in Misbah. He will provide tremendous stability in the middle order for a very fragile yet talented Pakistani team. He should captain Pakistan in all forms of the game. He can keep in check the emotions of the players and motivate them to better performance. In short he will do what Dhoni does for the Indian Team

  • Informatics on April 3, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Misbah ul haq should be given chance in place of pathetic shoaib Malik. He would not only bring stability to the middle order in teasing times but also he is quite capable of smashing the ball out of ground. My choice for captain is Shahid Afridi in T2O's !

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    before blaming afridi...one should know he doesnt come to bat till 4-5 players are in the pavilion...but he is more of a bowling all rounder...who for me was the match winner against Australia taking Maxwell and Bailey's wickets and bowled superbly in almost every game...AGAIN Misbah is NOT a match winner...I have never seen him standing till the end finishing the match. he bats well under pressure but he doesn't know how to take the team to the finish line..that's why we hav lost so many games inspite of Misbah's 50s.

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    I think hafeez still strong but afridi should be played no. 3. He was fit in whole tournament guys we have to admitted we just played bad game no bug deal look at Australia we are better then them Guys

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Pak team is not mentally strong, they need an Aussie coach. Hafeez is still the best choice to be the leader in the current team.

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Hafeez slow batting is responsible for the lost.

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    If someone is blaming Afridi I would like to draw his attention to the fact that Afridi is the main player and he has been given the role of a finisher only. As a main player he played in 2009 T20 WC and scored fifties in the semi final and final on one down position because he was able to set up his inning. Now a days when he comes to bat either he has to chase 20 runs per over in chasing or he has to bat very aggressively to make up for the slow batting of the top order. He is not a God or an extra ordinary human who will always be able to perform out of his skin. Like other players he also need time at the crease and that too in a relaxed mindset.

  • Kashif__Saleem on April 3, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Instead of kicking some of the players, we should work on their techniques, there are flows in our batsmen's technique and we need to make them mentally strong by putting a physiatrist in the spot staff

  • ksquared on April 3, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Afridi may be matchwinner but he is a hot head and hit or miss more than often miss player so nobody in their right mind would give an important job (Specially in PAK cricket) like captaincy to him when you have fantastic players like Misbah Ul Haq who will win you 10 matches to every 1 that Afridi does.

  • Biso on April 3, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    What Afridi says only implies that Pak top 6 had the skills to sustain several overs of super aggressive batting and it was only their deliberate defensive approach which led to the eventual losses. Hilarious! This guy has played too many matches without contributing. In fact his quota of annual contribution to teams scores is already over.

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Typical Afridi! Blaming others and absolving himself of all responsibility. And the mandatory dig at captaincy. No wonder most Pakistan captains feel insecure while leading the side.

  • rockhadda on April 3, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    This is typical Asian mindset I've seen, except from Sri Lanka. That's why Lankans are true gentlemen in the game

  • Hira1 on April 3, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    At least we all come to know that neither Hafeez deserve a place in the side nor a captaincy material so PCB should look to some one else for long term and get rid of this Hafeez once and for ever

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Pakistan's problem is that they go one step forward and two steps backward.

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Only Hafeez might have been negative. Ahmed got a good ball 1st up. Kamran got out hitting, Umar charged the ball, malik charged the ball. attacking the ball was not negative by any means.

    The issue with Pak is that they are mentally not strong. they have lost almost everything when something was at stake in last 7 years. They played semis of all icc events (except ct2013) but won only 1event. that tells the story. 2-3 good games & followed by a loss. and not simple loss but very much one sided loss. they simply run out of energy after 2-3 good games. simple loss might be ok but falling to pressure so cheaply tells that they are not strong mentally. what was the last time pakistan won 5-6 games in 2-3 weeks time?

    Plus they depend far too much on bowling & Ajmal. When WI blown away their best man & strongest point, they were just shell shocked.

    What he is saying that these guys are ok? so just change make me captain & play these again. you cant get different result with same input.

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Afridi has the capability to play and led limited over.... he is attacking and team can win if you do attach especially in pressure matches like match with west indies...... I am confident that he will be the captain of Pakistan team for limited over especially T20...

  • vallavarayar on April 3, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Afridi, fearless as ever. He still has a few good years in him

  • J.Advani on April 3, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Afridi should be given captaincy in T20s and ODIs as he is a bit aggressive type player and A.Razzaq and Anwar Ali should be given a permanent chance to play in linited overs.However Bilawal and Hmmad Azam should be polished in tests and death matches of limited overs!

  • Herath-UK on April 3, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    It looks somewhat a lame excuse to abdicate himself from accountability. On one hand while I admire him as a maverick cricketer who can turn a match on its head through his batting or bowling on the other hand I would rather prefer Hazeef's & Misbah's calm & cool & respectable demeanour over his brusque approach. He reminds me of Jayasuriya as someone who can offer so much from batting or bowling but has not been consistent like Jayasuriya.

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    PCB should select players like Indian Team, Look at their openers, their middle order batsmen, if by chance their openers fail, their is someone who feel their responsibility like Virat Kohli, Raina etc, but with deep regrets their is no one in our team to shoulder the responsibility, from the captain. who should lead from the front, if our bowlers toil hsrd to restrict the opponents the batsmen foil all thrir efforts by playing irresponsible shots, it is so easy to apologize after a crushing defeat saying the Board can make anyone captain, he should be punished and hacked from the team for ever.Experienced players like Afridi, Malik don't know how to cope the inexperienced bowlers.The ball that comes on Afridi's bat goes for a six otherwise he doesn't know where the ball is going, he should see the bsll and plsy sensible by showing the way to junior players how to play. Shame for a team strong enough on paper only no matter who the coach is, as he hasn't to play on the field.

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Making him captain of t20 is not a good idea and will be short term solution for 10-15 games. Pak will play only 15 odd t20 internationals by next WC. Afridi (34), Ajmal(35) Hafeez(34) will be 36+ by 2016. and may not be playing by that time. Plus we all know that no one can say for sure how afridi will bat tomorrow. we couldnt say that when he was young and best of form. cant say now for sure.

    It will be best for pakistan to give a young captain these 15 odd t20 internationals. these are very few games. and new captain will just get little experience. Instead of wasting this time by selection afridi as captain they should move on in t20.

    Afridi & ajmal no doubt can still play in t20. but it is blocking way for back up. they should leave all these hafeez,afridi,malik,ajaml,kamran, gul, sohail and make young captain ( ahmed/fawad/ or any one) & play likes of haris,umar,maqsood,anwar,raza,junaid,hammad etc.

    2 years seems a lot but it will be very few T20Is so as soon as possible.

  • Machu.mac on April 3, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Afridi is not able to handle any Captaincy. Beacause he is tooo Old now....Time for Him to Retire from International Cricket and should give chance to Youngsters.

  • Machu.mac on April 3, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Pakistan Should Produce Class Player Like Kohli or ABD....

  • Fast_Track_Bully on April 3, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    first get rid of him from the team - thats the only thing to do.

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    at least pakistan will keep a consistent batsman like mizbah in the squad and bring some pinch hitter like razaq,imran nazir and hammad azam.

  • AltafPatel on April 3, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Pak need aggressive captain. Afridi deserves the place, he proved so in T20 WC 2009 as well. There is no sign of Pakistan in current team with lack of motivation, aggression. Pak should end politics in PCB and management and focus on success in the game.

  • acnc on April 3, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    "It was due to our negative approach in the first six overs, and that's the reason we lost the match." If everyone in the Pak team batted with Afridi's positive approach, the team would have been all-out for 32...

  • loonykiwirocker on April 3, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    By playing those 2 innings in the Asia cup against India and Bangladesh respectively, Afridi's quota for the year is finished. Do not expect any more from him for the rest of the year.

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 3, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    I like the comments said by Hafeez after defeat by WI. He said "All the best to all semifinalists and they deserve the place". He accepted the truth that they have not played well. That's the good thing to have for a person no matter how bad his form was. When a person accepts the fault, then he can think about what is right. That should shape Pakistan well for 2015 wc. All the best to Pakistan mates.

  • ullasjp on April 3, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    sorry abd was brilliant against eng not nz

  • IndieFan on April 3, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    This again proves Afridi's immaturity. Who is he to talk about top order when he has done nothing himself in the whole tournament. I guess just by hitting 2 sixes against Ashwin in the Asia Cup he became a hero again. No worthy performances before or after that neither with bat nor with ball.

  • ullasjp on April 3, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    The reason for pakistan exit is their captain... look at the other teams sammy 2 match winning performance to put his team in semi.. abd brilliant against nz.. msd even though dint bat but was brilliant in managing the team, rotating bowlers.. the only team that dont need captain is lanka (they play like a family). Aus pak eng all got exited coz their captains dint performed.

  • Wise_Cricket_Fan on April 3, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    The entire performance is very poor from Pakistan. Apart from winning against Australia , they only won against Bangladesh.Poor planning from the Coaching Staff & captain. They were ready to win only if plans go ryt. If anything goes wrong there is no plan B. Thats what Happened. Ajmal went for runs & they were all over the place. Very poor display from a nation with a rich cricket history

  • on April 3, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    very well said by shahid afridi the approach of top order was not good.i thin muhammad hafeez should step down and afridi should get a chance to lead pakistan team.we should learn from our mistakes.pakistan cricket team should focus on both batting and bowling because in this world cup bowling was also not up to the mark.pakistan cricket team has the ability to beat any cricket team in this world just a little guidance and good leadership is required.best of luck pakistan team we all love yo..

  • Crick_Expert on April 3, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    I don't understand why not PAK TEAM watch how Indian Team chase any score? How Indian players score single single until get score. PAK all batsmen plays for six or four only, ..at the end that not a cricket.

  • Crick_Expert on April 3, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    PCB should say bye to GUL, Bhatti, TALHA, Malik, HAFEEZ, K. AKMAL, U. AKMAL and hire new talented batsmen.

  • Crick_Expert on April 3, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Very shameful defeat at least I couldn't sleep that night. PCB should fire GUL, TALHA, K. AKMAL, MALIK now. HAFEEZ not deserve as CAPT. PCB should open eyes now and hire talented batsmen like PAK TEAM had in past. That truth there is no world class batsman like Miandad, Zaheer Abass, who can face pressure, who can chase any score.

  • on April 3, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    in my opinion, afridi is becoming much mature now. he is only 33, although playing for the last 20 years!! at least he is not pulling or hooking like a child since asia cup. i think he is on the peak of his batting, although bowling is getting a bit low. on the last dip of his career, he should be given a chance to lead Pk in t20!! we cannot risk annoying misbah in odi. so keep misbah as captain in odi but afridi in t20. forget hafeez. he is a burden like malik/kamran/tanvir.

  • Crick_Expert on April 3, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    PCB should open eyes now and hire talented batsmen like PAK TEAM had in past. That truth there is no world class batsman like Miandad, Zaheer Abass, who can face pressure, who can chase any score.

  • rohanblue on April 3, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Afridi is the most confused and unstable brain ive ever seen , he himslef doesnt know what he wants. After 2011 semifinal exit he said 'indians dont have big hearts' and two days after his statement he gave an interview in an indian news channel by saying "nothing like india's love'. He announced his retirement frm international cricket in 2011, now in 2014 he wants to lead?????? that is probably the only way he can survive in the team......

  • on April 3, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    If Afridi open the innings with Kamran the result would have been different. I can't understand the Shoib Malik in the team forgoing many good players there.

  • on April 3, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    though the comments of afridi are absolutely true but you cant just go all out against you own team .. failures happen and its upto management to rectify the mistakes.Moreover he should have backed hafeez for the captaincy for this may cause a rift in between the senior players..

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 3, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    How can you blame the loss to a negative approach? There were 4 stumpings in the match, which means they did try to go for their shots, but were bamboozled by the spinners. The West Indian spinners were simply too good for Pakistan. Playing slowly wasn't the reason, losing too many wickets was.

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    I do not know if there is anyone who can drag this negative approach out... Its a mind set that prevails in our dressing room.. We get into shell ever so quickly. Time and again this approach come to surface. Afridi is the right kind of person with better approach. He must be given a chance with authority.

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Afridi should be the captain of Pakistan cricket team for all format of cricket. He's the best player in current Pakistan cricket team. He's honest, sincere, good team player, responsible, and he has so many other good qualities that other players don't have. Pakistan team won most of their matches under Afridi's captaincy last time but unfortunately he was removed. I wish Afridi becomes the captain of Pakistan cricket team for all 3 formats of cricket because according to me he deserves this. For all those players who did not do well in last match should be fired right away.

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Open to idea of leading...haha. I thought he announced his retirement from international cricket some time back. He is just a street cricketer who mindlessly slogs all the time. Becauseof losrrs like him Pak is loosing all the time. they win only because of their world class bowling.

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I don't understand hat on one hand they say there is no issue and on the other hand they say things need to improve. First thing first our bowling is not that strong as it used to be. It is only strong in paper because of the previous numbers. Players like Malik, Kamran. Gul and Tanvir should be dropped forever. Ahmed Shehzad is not a T20 player. He is good but for ODIs or Tests wher there is a need for patience. One century dosen't put him up there. If anything then he should open with Sharjeel and please from 180+ million peopl can you not find one wicket-keeper batsman like Gilchrist or Dhoni. And please bring in Sami Aslam, Shakeel Ansar and others from under-19.

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  • on April 3, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I don't understand hat on one hand they say there is no issue and on the other hand they say things need to improve. First thing first our bowling is not that strong as it used to be. It is only strong in paper because of the previous numbers. Players like Malik, Kamran. Gul and Tanvir should be dropped forever. Ahmed Shehzad is not a T20 player. He is good but for ODIs or Tests wher there is a need for patience. One century dosen't put him up there. If anything then he should open with Sharjeel and please from 180+ million peopl can you not find one wicket-keeper batsman like Gilchrist or Dhoni. And please bring in Sami Aslam, Shakeel Ansar and others from under-19.

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Open to idea of leading...haha. I thought he announced his retirement from international cricket some time back. He is just a street cricketer who mindlessly slogs all the time. Becauseof losrrs like him Pak is loosing all the time. they win only because of their world class bowling.

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Afridi should be the captain of Pakistan cricket team for all format of cricket. He's the best player in current Pakistan cricket team. He's honest, sincere, good team player, responsible, and he has so many other good qualities that other players don't have. Pakistan team won most of their matches under Afridi's captaincy last time but unfortunately he was removed. I wish Afridi becomes the captain of Pakistan cricket team for all 3 formats of cricket because according to me he deserves this. For all those players who did not do well in last match should be fired right away.

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    I do not know if there is anyone who can drag this negative approach out... Its a mind set that prevails in our dressing room.. We get into shell ever so quickly. Time and again this approach come to surface. Afridi is the right kind of person with better approach. He must be given a chance with authority.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 3, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    How can you blame the loss to a negative approach? There were 4 stumpings in the match, which means they did try to go for their shots, but were bamboozled by the spinners. The West Indian spinners were simply too good for Pakistan. Playing slowly wasn't the reason, losing too many wickets was.

  • on April 3, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    though the comments of afridi are absolutely true but you cant just go all out against you own team .. failures happen and its upto management to rectify the mistakes.Moreover he should have backed hafeez for the captaincy for this may cause a rift in between the senior players..

  • on April 3, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    If Afridi open the innings with Kamran the result would have been different. I can't understand the Shoib Malik in the team forgoing many good players there.

  • rohanblue on April 3, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Afridi is the most confused and unstable brain ive ever seen , he himslef doesnt know what he wants. After 2011 semifinal exit he said 'indians dont have big hearts' and two days after his statement he gave an interview in an indian news channel by saying "nothing like india's love'. He announced his retirement frm international cricket in 2011, now in 2014 he wants to lead?????? that is probably the only way he can survive in the team......

  • Crick_Expert on April 3, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    PCB should open eyes now and hire talented batsmen like PAK TEAM had in past. That truth there is no world class batsman like Miandad, Zaheer Abass, who can face pressure, who can chase any score.

  • on April 3, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    in my opinion, afridi is becoming much mature now. he is only 33, although playing for the last 20 years!! at least he is not pulling or hooking like a child since asia cup. i think he is on the peak of his batting, although bowling is getting a bit low. on the last dip of his career, he should be given a chance to lead Pk in t20!! we cannot risk annoying misbah in odi. so keep misbah as captain in odi but afridi in t20. forget hafeez. he is a burden like malik/kamran/tanvir.