Shahid Afridi is the most dangerous player in one day internationals and the t20’s by his leg break googly bowling and also thrashing batting.
Most of the time he played brilliant innings by bat and ball, Shahid Afridi is one of the greatest entertainer with bat and unpredictable cricketer with ball throughout his career. Once he starts hitting sixes to pacers or the spinners, no one can stop his shots. In many of his career innings, he hat massive sixes with powerful arms and switched the mode of dead condition of match to the nail biting drama.
In the 2015 Cricket World Cup, he is the most experienced player in the side and has loads of fan following but unfortunately, he has not delivered the expectations of his fans and that’s why, people of Pakistan and the former cricketers criticized him on media.
If we talk about his cricket career, in 395 ODI’s, he has scored 8019 runs with the average of 23.52, strike rate of 116.67 with help of 6 hundreds and 39 fifties.
The question is that if he opens the inning again as he did before, can he deliver with the bat? If he is not performing at number 7 position so why can’t PCB management or captain put him up in the batting order until one of the Pakistani openers has not been performing after the injury of Hafeez?
In a press conference, Misbah said about Sarfaraz that “the conditions of Australian and New Zealand’s pitches are not suitable for Sarafaraz to open the innings.”Regarding this statement, many of former Pakistani cricketers have criticized on media that, if the Captain or the management has not confidence over his performance, so why they took him to the 15 men squad for the Mega Event?
If the PCB management or captain is not in a position to take risk with Sarfaraz then the best option is available and that option is ‘Afridi’. Nasir Jamshed should be replaced with Afridi because Afridi has opened the innings many time for Pakistan side and has lots of experience on these pitches.
It is very non-serious behavior by the PCB management or Captain that, Nasir Jamshed who has not been performing since he started the campaign then why the selectors keep going with Nasir? Why aren’t they going with Sarfaraz? Why do they not choose an experience player ‘Shahid Afridi’ as an opener?
It is big question for PCB that the players are available for the weak position of the side so why couldn’t PCB picking the players like Sarafaraz or Afridi for betterment of Pakistan? Is there any “purchi” behind that? What is the actual controversy behind the team selection?
These questions required answers from the management of PCB. Indeed, the management should think over these issues.
By Faizan Ahmed @FAYZiiii