Shahid Afridi Defends Shaheen Shah Afridi Amidst Captaincy Rumors

Shahid Afridi Defends Shaheen Shah Afridi Amidst Captaincy Rumors

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has vehemently defended his son-in-law, Shaheen Shah Afridi, amidst rumors of his potential removal as the national T20 captain. Afridi emphasized the importance of providing Shaheen with ample time to prove his worth.

“If you appoint someone as captain and entrust them with responsibility, you must also grant them time,” Afridi asserted. He criticized the tendency in Pakistani cricket to overhaul the system with every change in leadership. “Whoever takes charge believes their approach is the best for Pakistan cricket,” he lamented.

Afridi believes Shaheen deserves a fair chance to demonstrate his capabilities. “If you change the captain, it implies either the initial decision to appoint him was flawed or the current decision to replace him is misguided,” he reasoned.

Afridi played a pivotal role in Shaheen’s appointment as T20 captain after Pakistan’s disappointing performance at the 2023 ODI World Cup. Babar Azam was subsequently removed as white-ball captain, and he later resigned from the red-ball captaincy.

Afridi also advocated for the appointment of a high-profile foreign coach, such as Andy Flower, who possesses a proven track record. However, he stressed the importance of having a Pakistani support staff to foster the development of local talent.

Regarding the inclusion of Imad Wasim and Muhammad Amir in the national training camp, Afridi expressed reservations about their fitness. “It would have been prudent to assess their fitness first,” he said. However, he acknowledged that if they can endure the rigorous two-week camp in Kakul, they will emerge as exceptional players.

Amir, who recently returned from retirement, has also voiced his support for Shaheen as T20 captain. “Shaheen is not lacking in ability, and I believe he should be given time to prove himself,” he tweeted.

Wasim Akram Slams Abdullah Shafique for 'Silent' Celebration, PCB Considers Foreign Coach

Wasim Akram Slams Abdullah Shafique for ‘Silent’ Celebration, PCB Considers Foreign Coach

Legendary Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram has criticized Abdullah Shafique for his muted celebration after taking a catch to dismiss Imad Wasim in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) match between Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United. Shafique’s celebration, which involved putting his finger over his mouth, was interpreted by Akram as a gesture of silencing his critics.

Akram expressed his displeasure with Shafique’s celebration, stating that he should “work in the drama industry rather than cricket.” He questioned Shafique’s responsibility for dropping 36 catches in Australia’s Test series and suggested that he should focus on his fielding rather than making unnecessary gestures.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering appointing a foreign coach for the national team, with Shane Watson, Mike Hesson, and Phil Simmons being potential candidates. The PCB has held initial talks with these coaches to gauge their interest in coaching Pakistan until next year’s ICC Champions Trophy.

PCB chief Mohsin Naqvi has expressed his preference for a foreign coaching staff, but the board’s reputation for dealing with foreign coaches has raised concerns. High-profile coaches are wary of taking up contracts with Pakistan due to previous instances of abrupt dismissals and contract disputes.

The PCB’s poor track record in handling coaching staff has made it difficult to attract top coaches, who now prefer contracts with franchises in various leagues around the world. The board’s decision to appoint a foreign coach will depend on the availability and interest of potential candidates, as well as the PCB’s ability to address concerns regarding contract stability and respect for coaching staff.

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