PAK vs NZ: Shahid Afridi Open To Adopting Two National Squads

Updated - 31 Dec 2022, 06:56 PM

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. Pic Credits: Twitter

Pakistan Cricket Team had a topsy-turvy 1st Test match against New Zealand. The decision of Babar Azam to declare when the lead was 137 was quite questionable. Shahid Afridi was appointed as the interim chief selector for the New Zealand leg where surprisingly Rizwan was dropped from the playing 11.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is going through a bit of revamp at the moment. There have been talks about replacing Saqlain Mushtaq with a foreign coach. The Men in Green are out of the World Test Championship (WTC 2021-23) final race and would be keen to finish the cycle on high.

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Shahid Afridi on Pakistan Cricket Team

Shahid Afridi was having an interaction with the media and was asked about the team. “The major problem that I’ve observed here is communication gap among management, doctors and selection committee. It is important for a chief selector – be it me or someone else – to stay in direct contact with players. When I spoke to Haris and Fakhar, I got to know the better picture and I invited them to fitness Test.” said Shahid Afridi.

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Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. Image Credits: Twitter

Shahid Afridi on 2nd Test Match Wicket

Shahid Afridi was asked about the 2nd Test match pitch. “It will be something where bowlers will get some support and batters will also enjoy their stay, there will be some bounce on wicket. We can not become a top team by playing on these wickets. The wickets on which we’ve been playing are injurious to our bowlers, pacers will start having fitness issues and spinners will get their fingers injure.” said Shahid Afridi.

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. Image Credits: Twitter

“Who says we can not produce better wickets in Pakistan. We certainly can if we are allowed to do so. One thing is that our academies are not working for last 8 months, it is important that we keep them running for our domestic and under 19 performers. I will try to start a camp there for all such youngsters.”  he added.

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