Sohail blames Afridi for embarrassing loss

Stunned by Pakistan’s dramatic defeat to South Africa in the first ODI in Sharjah, former captain Aamir Sohail launched a scathing attack on ‘experienced’ all-rounder Shahid Afridi, whose irresponsible shot, according to Sohail, gifted the match to the Proteas.

South Africa snatched a one-run victory in the opener of the one-day series following an embarrassing collapse by Pakistan on Wednesday.

“All our batsmen failed to deliver but it was Afridi who had an easy opportunity to win the game for Pakistan,” Sohail said in an interview with APP.

Sohail said he failed to see the logic behind Afridi’s shot selection considering he had played so much international cricket.

“We needed 7 to 8 runs on more than 40 balls when Afridi went for the big hit and gave it in the hands of David Miller. Afridi should have realised what his responsibility was.”

Former fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz also held Afridi, a veteran of 363 ODIs, responsible for Pakistan’s defeat, adding that the all-rounder needed to be ‘rested’ now.

“It seems that only Misbah-ul-Haq is in form and the rest of the batsmen are there for nothing,” Nawaz added.

Pakistan will play its next ODI against South Africa on November 1.