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'Afridi may be retained for ODIs'


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The embattled Afridi will have an added incentive to perform well in the T20s after Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim also hinted that the player could make a comeback in the ODI squad. -Photo by AP

Pakistan’s star all-rounder Shahid Afridi received a glimmer of hope from captain Misbah-ul-Haq, days after being dropped from the ODI side for the series against India.

There was mixed reaction to Afridi’s exclusion from the 15-man ODI squad, with many fans welcoming the decision to do away with the ‘non-performing star’ while former players criticised the move.

Misbah, in an interview that also featured T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez, however, left the door open for Afridi’s return to the ODI squad, provided he performed in the two T20 matches against India that precede the ODIs.

“Dropping Afridi wasn't an easy decision. But if he performs in the T20s, he will be retained for the ODIs,” Misbah said.

The embattled Afridi will have an added incentive to perform well in the T20s after Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim also hinted that the player could make a comeback in the ODI squad.

“Shahid is a very experienced player and we felt the time now was to give him a chance to focus on the two T20 matches as his form has not been consistent in the ODI matches,” Qasim said.

Afridi has been in torrid form of late, highlighted at the recent World Twenty20. He made only 30 runs in six matches, and picked up four wickets at 42.75. In ODIs this year, he has scored 182 runs in 16 matches and taken 15 wickets at 43.13

While answering questions about team selection for the India tour, T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez also offered a lifeline to another veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, who did not make the cut for both the T20 and ODI squads.

Of their upcoming challenge in India, Hafeez said he wanted his players to play their natural, attacking game and pinpointed Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag and Ravichandran Ashwin as the biggest threat on the opposition side.

The series, the first between the neighbours in five years, features two T20s and three ODIs beginning at Bangalore on December 25.

Comments (6) Closed

Syed Mohammad Dec 15, 2012 12:23pm
Afridi's performance in the last T20 WC and current domestic season does not make him a candidate for selection at any level. He was lucky to have found a place in a domestic team. He has played his last inning and should honourably take retirement. For same reasons Shoaib Malik, Razzaq and Imran Farhat have no place either.
Habib Khan Dec 17, 2012 03:16pm
I agree with REhan's comment. hk
REHAN Dec 16, 2012 06:02pm
Afridi deserved to be in both squads with his selection not guaranteed as had been before. Razzaq should have been given a similar chance as well. Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik should not have been selected.
Habib Khan Dec 18, 2012 05:00pm
The problem with Afridi is he does not listen nor cares for the comments or advices and from the word GO he wants to start hitting which I don't think is a good thing in cricket. U have to establish yourself for sometime, let your eye sight get used to the bowling etc. then in certain balls u hit not all. Anyhow its for the selection committee to take care after all the comments. Wish Afridi well and success and to abide by others comments. hk
Wasim Ahmed Dec 18, 2012 04:16am
Please dont miss Afridi for one day international he is a very experienced all rounder give a chance to the india tour .he performs well against india he can have the experience of match winning capacity request to the board please send him as opener batsmen in t20 cricket.and also for one day.
Habib Khan Dec 16, 2012 12:49am
I am totally in favour of Afridi and Razzaq to be given chance in T20. Both r good all rounders, fielders. Coach should give some time on Afridi for his batting. He is an asset as a bowler and fielder. Similary Razzaq is also of the same calibre, the coach and captain should concentrate on them so that they don't fade away at this young age. hk