Najam Sethi
Najam Sethi. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Shahid Afridi was recently named as the temporary chief selector for the national team, and PCB chairman Najam Sethi has shown his confidence in him and claimed that the former leader is capable of making “radical judgments.”

When Mohammad Wasim was fired by the new PCB management following Pakistan’s humbling first-ever 0-3 home series humiliation at the hands of England last month, Afridi was named as the selection committee’s temporary chair.

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Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi (Image Credits: Twitter)

Shahid Afridi Wants The Team To Play Bold And Exciting Cricket: Najam Sethi

“He’s very popular, he’s the sort of person we want in the selection committee who can take bold decisions,” Sethi told Arab News.

“(Someone) to experiment with new talent, to realise where old is still gold and I think that was missing in this team which is why we had four defeats in a row in Test matches.

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Najam Sethi PCB. Photo- Getty
Najam Sethi PCB. Photo- Getty

“Afridi was on board, he wanted to make some changes and he wanted the team to play bold and exciting cricket. We are not going to play to win or to lose, but we are now going to play the game in the true spirit,” he added.

Good Pitches Essential To Make Pakistan A Top Team: Shahid Afridi

To formally announce the Pakistan ODI team against New Zealand, the Afridi-led selection committee met on Sunday with captain Babar Azam and head coach Saqlain Mushtaq.

“Aggressive cricket, good pitches, and positive strategy were discussed. Together we will work for the improvement of Pakistan cricket. Good pitches are essential to make Pakistan a top team,” Afridi said in a video shared by the PCB.

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi (PC-Twitter)

“We want to remove fear from the hearts of players. In order to play good cricket in other countries, we have to prepare here,” he added.

A three-match ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played. The opening ODI is slated for January 9 at Karachi’s National Stadium.

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