Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. Image-Twitter

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has opined that Pakistan needs the experienced campaigners Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik for the upcoming T20 World Cup. He believes the team has already tried out too many combinations but it’s time to go back to the old warhorses.

In the build-up to the 2021 T20 World Cup, Pakistan’s middle-order has misfired. Apart from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, there hasn’t been a major contributor. Several youngsters have been given opportunities but they’ve failed to deliver, and Afridi wants Pakistan to consider Hafeez and Malik instead.

Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi
Shoaib Malik [Photo:  Twitter]

We tried a lot of things when it comes to team selection, where we tried out and gave chances to young players from whom we had a lot of expectations but they couldn’t perform. So, this is the last time Shoaib Malik will play in an ICC World Cup, so let’s give him chance.

Both Hafeez and Malik have served this nation well in the past and it’s not as if we don’t have a need for them as I feel Pakistan needs them so let’s see what decision is taken about them for the upcoming T20 World Cup,” Afridi stated.

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez (Credits: Getty)

“PCB Chairman should be a capable person as Ramiz Raja is” – Shahid Afridi

There have been multiple speculations of late on who will take up the prestigious job of chairman in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). They were put to rest when Ramiz himself revealed that he had received the offer and he accepted the job. Speaking about the former player, Shahid Afridi said:

Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja. (Photo: Twitter)

PCB Chairman should be a capable person as Ramiz Raja is but the main decision for him will be to take on people who have sincere intentions for this country and PCB, and are good quality professionals – Only such people can run an institution like PCB where capable people are appointed based on merit. With such people in place, the PCB will rise to greater heights. We have a lot of talent but it needs to be groomed,” Afridi added.

Ramiz will take over from Ehsan Mani, whose tenure ended on August 25.

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