ISLAMABAD: Shahid Afridi has blamed Pakistan's one-day cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq for his exclusion from the Champions Trophy squad, and has vowed to return to the national team.

“It's the captain's decision to drop me,” Afridi told the Urdu language Daily Jang on Wednesday.

“It's no big deal for me if a captain doesn't want a certain player in the team.”

In announcing the squad earlier this week, selectors said Afridi, who has scored 7,201 and taken 348 wickets in ODIs, was left out due to recent poor form in one-day internationals. He has scored only 161 runs at an average of 17.88 and taken just four wickets at an astonishing cost of 113.75 runs each in the last 12 ODIs. But Afridi refused to go into his recent statistics.

“I am much better than lot of other (Pakistan) players and I know I could play for Pakistan for few more years.”

Afridi now plans to prepare for a Twenty20 tournament in England in July where he will represent English county Hampshire.

“I have received lots of text messages from my fans and I am thankful to all of them,” he said.

The flamboyant allrounder refused to accept that his exclusion from the Champions Trophy squad spelt the end of his career.

“I know I have to work very hard to return to Pakistan team,” he said.

“I want to make it clear I don't want to be burden on the team. I want to represent Pakistan on performance and fitness.

“The day I believed I am burden on the team I will quit myself.”

More From This Section

IOC accepts Pakistan’s proposal to continue dialogue for resolving crisis

"We hope concrete actions will be taken on the government side as per the agreed roadmap of October 2013."

It's getting increasingly tough for bowlers: Ajmal

"Times have changed and there is hardly any respect for bowlers these days."

Moores gets second stint as England coach

The 51-year-old Moores was forced out in 2009 following a rift with Pietersen that cost the batsman his captaincy.

Ajmal given clearance for Worcestershire stint

“We have given NOC to Ajmal but want him to return in mid-July so that he can be part of team's tour to Sri Lanka.”


Comments are closed.

Comments (116)

Shahid Khan
May 3, 2013 12:47 pm

Afridi, dont blame the captain, its your continuous poor performance. You should seriously consider retiring in a respectable manner.

Nadeem Mian
May 4, 2013 7:15 am

Afridi- Don't blame anybody but yourself!!

Muhammad Iqbal
May 4, 2013 7:52 am

@Shahid Khan: who the heck is performing, all did poor but he's blamed cause everyone expects more from him and others are there to have fun as visiting tourists

Zaheer
May 1, 2013 9:22 pm
He is (was) a great player, with more brawn than brain and certainly no class as shown by his many misstatements over the years i.e. the senior players do not need any coaching, abrupt walking away from a responsibility (test Captainship-2010) ball biting,pitch digging etc. All he has to do is to look at his performances over the last two years or so -take responsibility like a man and stop blaming Misbah (The one guy with brains and class-and probably the best captain after the great Khan) Grow up Mr. Afridi, accept that you are going through a lean patch-learn from your mistakes and improve your game, if you have any serious intention of coming back into the team-otherwise your "Best Before Date" may have passed you by-thanks for the wonderful memories though.
Talha
May 3, 2013 9:08 am
you need to perform shahid afridi although you serve dthe country very well in the past but right nwo it seems you are mor ebusy managing you private business than playing cricket . Not playing domestic cricket when all others are shows your commitment. I fear youw ont mak eit back this time as your performance is very poor , should have taken retirement a long time ago rather than now workign you way back tot eh team to get a respectable retirement plan.
Talha
May 3, 2013 9:10 am
plus one more thing i would like to add for afridi and umer akmal if a player can not be consistent after playing 100 or more matches that means he sneve rgoing to learn so he should not be given another chance as there is a long list of talenete dplayers waiting in domestic cricket for a chance.
ANEES
May 3, 2013 8:55 am
Why are you asking a 33-years-old to leave cricket for your youngsters? What about 39-years-old in the same team?
Arif
May 1, 2013 11:16 pm
Rogers, i agree that Afridi has made some dashing records, but that comes once in a blue moon. Its not very regular. He is a "fluke player". His inclusion in the team no doubt did put the other team at nerves once he was at the pitch, but even that has gradually changed. He is not a 'scare' anymore. He should retire with respect so that he can be remembered with respect....not one who scored 10 runs in 10 matches (just arbitrary). Having said that, others should be axed from the team too. Misbah plays too slowly, Sohail Tanveer doesnt know how to bowl. There are better wicket keepers than Akmal.
Kashir
May 3, 2013 10:03 am
I guess, Shahid should sit down and think all over on his performances, he is a wonderful play but not committed enough to get team through on critical times. We need players with stable attitude and committed to the end. If you think that you are a match winner, that you have to perform like a match winner, responsible and taking your part on. I am much wondering why selector are not picking Raazaq for a long time, and no body saying anything on it. I seriously suggest that Raazaq should have given same chances as Shahid been given. And why we are still sticking with Shohib anymore? Shouldn't a chance been given to some youngster?
ABL
May 2, 2013 6:32 am
No, his form is not good and cannot secure him a place in national side. He just need to do something simple. Perform at the domestic level and come back, if you think that you still have few years of active cricket in you. Just a simple advise from your fan!!
faiz
May 2, 2013 7:21 am
Afridi performed well with bat in last series and yet others who didn't are still in team ?
noaman
May 1, 2013 6:53 pm
This is where Education makes a difference, such statements are just childish. I have nothing against the guy but he really has to bring his game up to the par, Stats speak for themselves and he needs to check them and improve accordingly.
Syed
May 1, 2013 6:53 pm
Denial is the first step. Afridi should relaize that his time is GONE
ram
May 1, 2013 10:25 pm
He did not blame Misbah...said it was option. He has many offers from British counties like Musharraf has for lecture. They consider the useful....Thankless Pakis.... Why Jinnah is left out...is a question
marc
May 1, 2013 9:51 pm
afridi, please retire, we lost world cup semi final and last t20 semi final because of you, you should have given your place to razzak in last t20 semi final..
MM
May 1, 2013 4:44 pm
“It’s the captain’s decision to drop me,” : so eventually captain has started to make some decisions. Good start Misbah.
hassan
May 2, 2013 8:54 am
There is way difference between heading and what he said, Dawn news if you want sell your news paper , try some other tactics ,
Zee
May 2, 2013 3:03 pm
So called Boom Boom was never really a great player. His attitute has always been immature. Quitting the team several times and once in the middle of a tour as a captain - what else can you say? Quoting 7,000 runs and 300 wickets is misleading as he has played for a long time. His stats are dismal, he always lived by hype, not by consistent performance which is the hallmark of any great player. He has done a lot of damage to the team by his irresponsible play, he should have been dropped a long time ago. Bye bye Bust Bust.
Anwar Khushab
May 1, 2013 12:36 pm
Stop being provincial. Afridi should be dropped because he is out of form. He should be recalled if he regains his form. No doubt Shoaib Malik and some others could also be dropped, but please examine your logic. You are arguing that if you cannot catch all thieves you should not catch any.
mehboobmalik
May 3, 2013 4:45 am
Afridi is at present much much much much much better player than Misbah and some other gamblers. Every body knows what game they played in removing him from the captaincy and on what cost. :(
Naseer
May 2, 2013 11:37 am
Afridi Sahib, when a famous player like you does not perform, the whole team gets demoralized. It happened for Indian team, whenever Sachin did not perform. There is a long list of irresponsible shots, which got you out and you did not stand up, when the team needed you. Your bowling is mediocre too. Time for you to bow out from all formats of International cricket gracefully now. No use making political statements, like the one against Misbah, as such statements will only tarnish your image in the eyes of your fans . All nation salutes you for your outstanding performances in the past.
Kamran
May 2, 2013 8:56 am
Mr Afridi... Only one thing goota say.... "Actions speak louder than words..."
Kamran
May 2, 2013 9:03 am
If Misbah is burden on team.. then winning rate, which is outstanding with respect to previous captaincy, mind it... its time for afridi to groom himself and try his best efforts for come back.
Julie C
May 1, 2013 8:33 pm
One can only make the team so many times on celebrity status alone.
Yasir
May 1, 2013 9:33 am
Mr burden have a look on your career, u have never played well. u never come to the expectation of the people of Pakistan and all over Muslim world. i don't know how have you been absorbed in Pakistani team since long,,,,you have really judged your self that ur burden, but still ur conscious didn't wake up.
M A Mujeeb
May 2, 2013 7:48 am
I agree. Clearly Afridi is out of form for quite some time and to my way of thinking has reached his potential. There is no point blaming Misbah.
Shafiq Khan
May 2, 2013 8:53 am
I am no supporter of Mr. Afridi although it must be accepted that his presence in the team in his best period was an advantage. There is no shame in accepting the inevitable the advancing years. I used to be glued to the crackling radio and listening to the Fazal Mahmood bowling , but those days are gone. I remember Hanif and Raies, Mushtaq was nearly as high as his bat, practising in front of their flat (Municipal servants quarters near the Karachi Zoo gates). Those days have gone. They accepted their lot with grace. We all have to accept it ,it is best with grace than otherwise. The great advantage is to live in the present and enjoy what you have , your children and their well being. Not many Pakistanis can live in the luxury you live in. Isn't that enough? Shafiq
Fakhir Khalil
May 3, 2013 12:56 am
Oh ! come on Afridi. Where is the sportsmanship. Look at your performance. I am a horrible batsman but honestly am batting better than you in my gully cricket. Get yourself straightened up and come back for another record century. By the way take this off time to make some money on TV commercials.
Waheed
May 2, 2013 8:29 am
How many runs Hafeez, Malik and Kamran Akmal has scored? How many wickets Wahab Riaz has taken? What was his economy? Please dont be pathetic about commenting about someone. He admits he is going through rough phase and he is still better than many.
cricketlover
May 2, 2013 7:34 am
Corr(ection: He was an excellent allrounder (now history) but the current requirement is for a player (coming in at his position) to focus on the situation as well as the need of the hour. If only Afridi realises this and displays this responsible attitude, otherwise he should consider himself a spent force.
Malveros
May 3, 2013 8:35 am
Akmal brothers are from Karachi.
shabbzz
May 2, 2013 10:42 am
Well you cannot take that spot in the team for granted. If one is not performing well, selection committee has all the right to opt for a replacement. Afridi can improve his form in domestic and can make a strong come back instead of not accepting the figures and statistics.
Maroof Haroon
May 2, 2013 6:19 am
Exclusion of Afridi from Champions Trophy squad is a great decision taken by PCB because he is struggling with his performance since 2 years and we all know what he did in tour of South Africa especially in last match when, we need his performance but also in that match he played without any responsibility and through his wicket like every time.
Anwar Qureshi
May 2, 2013 8:01 am
Enough is enough now Mr. Afridi. Do not cry and do not clamor and do not blame the Captain. You just go home and retire ALLAH ALLAH KARO or join politics if u still want to make more and more money. Leave the cricket for our youngster who are doing very well.
athar_jeelani@yahoo.com
May 2, 2013 11:52 am
We don't need world records! we need results...
ada
May 3, 2013 10:41 am
that day has come and gone lala. you have been a burden on the team for a while. Just like Younis Khan and a few others......
SHAMS
May 3, 2013 6:15 am
Excluding Afridi there is not a single match winner in PAK there was a Abdul Razaak and Inzi once upon a time but all thanks to PCB they wasted their careers....
Shiraz
May 2, 2013 11:43 am
Afridi, no doubt is amongst best player of pakistani team, to drop him is a blow for the nation
Wasim
May 1, 2013 4:38 pm
Afridi World...I gues...:-)
arif khan
May 2, 2013 6:31 am
I do,t understand why people not talking about Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal. They are much poor than Afridi. The selectors should do justice. They should drop these two players along with afridi and should introduce new players.
Pakistani
May 2, 2013 6:28 am
In reality all of the senior players are pass their sell-by date. This blame game and politics in team selection etc. will continue to exist unless PCB itself decides to conduct its own affairs professionally. There should be one simple rule 'No one is bigger than the team'; if this followed in letter and spirit, we will be able to compose a team of true professionals.
irfan
May 1, 2013 3:34 pm
Down inside he knows its over; just dragging his toes. T20 might be his last hope even though his bowling and batting is also a burden to carry him in T20 circket. It is very shamefull to know that player like him has ever played test cricket for Pakistan. He never improved his batting and his bowling improved just a bit in last 3 years of his carrier.
Mark
May 2, 2013 6:13 am
Someone please tell me why is Shoaib Malik,Kamran Akmal,Imran Farhat,Wahab Riaz,Hafeez still in the Team?Like the saying goes,You want to play for Pakistan National Team? move to Punjab,you will play even if you are old and BLIND.
Brandsynario
May 2, 2013 6:09 am
He has done great achievements for Pakistan but his bad performance in past few years has also been a main factor for dropping him for champions trophy..!
Danyal Manzar
May 2, 2013 6:06 am
Rogers he is washed up that's what he is. He doesnt run on the field and drops alot more catches then he used to. He only plays for himself and personal records like chris gayle does thats why i dislike him... and the above comments prove that...
Danyal Manzar
May 2, 2013 6:04 am
haha typical afridi blame your failures on others.... way to go what a team player..
M Rafique
May 2, 2013 5:48 am
Why to forget Umer Akmal
Omair
May 2, 2013 5:45 am
He is not in form as you stated so he is out of the team. Why he is giving statements against the captain then?
arif khan
May 3, 2013 5:02 am
Hafeez performance is very very poor as an opening in one day as well as test player. He should drop from one day and test cricket. Ahmad Shahzad is very good batsman and much better than Hafeez and Imran farhat. But selectors are stone age people. Australian, Indian and other parts of the world do equal justice with all players. But Pakistani selectors have old brain.
Kazi Saab
May 1, 2013 1:25 pm
Sir, With all due respect, the "psychological win" over opponents mantra died a long time ago. No one is afraid of Afridi. Afridi is as scary to the other teams as cold mango juice to a Pakistani kid. Other teams actually look forward to his batting since it's an easy wicket. Lob a slow bouncer to Afridi and watch him hit it towards a man at the boundry. If the psychological effect was as significant as we would like to believe, we would have lost to India and won against South Africa. Afridi was a great player with tons of potential.. but his place in team should be on merit. Not because we think the other teams are afraid of him.
Oz
May 1, 2013 3:57 pm
Has DAWN got a policy to publish comments of Misbah's fans ? Afridi is 100 times better than Hafeez and Misbah - Dislike this haters.. Write the number of World Records they hold and compare them against Afridi - Open Challenge !
Khan
May 2, 2013 4:51 am
Afridi make Punjab domicile and you will be in the team forever even if you involved in match fixing like akmal brothers and other players from Punjab
Mushtaq Ahmed
May 2, 2013 4:39 am
Afridi is stirring up controversy for nothing. He can't hide his poor performance. Selectors and media should ignore his rhetorical outbursts.
Imi
May 2, 2013 4:01 am
I agree he is so naive.....can't take wickets and his batting is mess...but blame Captain....Wow
Tajamal Hassan
May 2, 2013 2:53 am
Afridi knows his bad performance has cost Pakistan badly,he should learn from Ponting,Sangakara and Gilchrist who dropped themselves in IPL games because they were not performing.That is spirit of games.Wake up Afridi
kirther
May 1, 2013 8:11 pm
Overall Misbah is a below par player and his stats supports this, he is of no match to players like Hafeez, even younger players have far better average then him, Why is he in the team?
ubaid khan
May 1, 2013 4:17 pm
he is right , he is better player than some player in the team. he is not in form at present but will recover soon inshallah. he is the most spectacular player after imran khan. we will miss you in Ireland
Karachi Wala
May 1, 2013 4:14 pm
I have long believed among few others one of the worst things that have happened to Pakistan cricket is Afridi's fastest ODI century. For years, I have argued with friends and online forum like this one. The reason being, it changed the mindset of over enthusiastic but far from reality Pakistani cricket fans. Here I have to be honest and clear, one can not put all the blame on Afridi alone for the world he lives in. Most of the youngsters who get fame and fortune this quickly would act the same way. The blame goes to the whole nation in general, especially so called reporters, I emphasize reporters not journalists and quite a few ex-cricketers turned TV experts are responsible for the state he and most of his die hard followers are in. We are a nation who instead believing in long term strategy, which requires lots of hard work and sweat with steadfastness, always think that with Dua (pray) and Mojza (miracle) and lately with the presence of Afridi we are going to conquer each and everything from cricket to America and anything in between. It is time that we wake up and do what needs to be done in a realistic way so we can achieve goals that are real and last long.
Dr. Zaidi, MBBS, MD, Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia
May 1, 2013 8:15 pm
Afridi, let's stop pointing fingers at any one and remember everyone has it's time. Your time is up and it is better relax, work as cricket mentor and teach youngsters your used tricks, experience, short cuts and much more. Enjoy life, become a good citizen and clean your heart, work for country, listen to God and follow Holy Quranic guidance, Sunnah Rasool and have distance with corrupts.
cobra
May 1, 2013 11:54 pm
It is all over for you pathan, your form in last couple of years tells it all. This is the main problem of Indian sub continent, great players won't retire until they kicked out, perhaps we should learn from Australians, and Brits
pakistani
May 1, 2013 10:16 pm
misbah is not winning captain or batsmen he should retire from the game for example world cup semi final against india t20 world cup final against india resent tour of india 2012 game 3 when he need to show his captainesy he fail thanks god for junaid khan irfan & ajmal without these guys we would loss big time just dont blame afridi you have to be fair get rid of misbah for good
zeeshansyed
May 1, 2013 9:36 am
“The day I believed I am burden on the team I will quit myself.” Well then Mr. Afridi, you should have quit like 2 years ago! Your time is up. You can't bat, you can't bowl and soon you won't be able to field with that ever increasing weight of yours. Time to move on and unearth new gems.
asad
May 1, 2013 9:54 pm
Boom Boom back to living room.
Haroon
May 1, 2013 6:32 pm
what he meant was... when the team will have to physically carry him to the team, he will quite
Haroon
May 1, 2013 6:30 pm
The only thing scared of Afridi is Dandruff and his Shampoo
Haroon
May 1, 2013 6:28 pm
He is inviting criticism by making statements about other players in public once he was dropped on merit
Azmat Shah
May 1, 2013 9:40 am
Any player left out of the team would feel disappointed. I dont agree with the headline of this news item. It makes him sound as if he has a grudge against Misbah which is not the case. He is saying that if the captain does not want him in the team then its fine and he will work hard to make his way back in the national side. Whats wrong with this statement? Every one agrees that his form has plummeted recently and he too is aware of that. I agree with his exclusion from the team but how would any one justify Imran Farhat's inclusion in the side. He has been given umpteenth number of chances but has failed to impress and still persisted with. I think that is what has made him to say that he is better then some of the players. Same wit h Wahab Riaz
rashid
May 1, 2013 9:42 am
You are right!! but what about captain himself??????
Abdullah Hussain
May 1, 2013 6:13 pm
Afridi Sahib, don't blame anyone except your poor performance. If you see the comments of the readers then you will understand that the decision to drop you was correct. Even cricked great like Sachin was dropped. Concentrate on your game for a comeback, blaming others will do no good.
Ebrahim
May 1, 2013 9:23 am
Well blame game is Pakistan History , we should avoid it in future and perform in Domestic Cricket and prove your selection right if you can do that, IN my opinion all National players should be forced to play domestic cricket and should only be selected if they perform star or no star
Indusonian
May 2, 2013 5:04 pm
Understand why Misabah is there, stay tuned for a repeat defeat of Pakistan when they play India in the very last CT.
Imran S
May 1, 2013 12:43 pm
Captain did performed and seemed to be picking up his forms. There is no comparison between Afridi and Misbah by any standard
appkhi
May 1, 2013 5:31 pm
What about three other political figuires....Malik, Kamran, and Farhat....how tehse three got slected. Are they better than Afridi? .....no talent...not a good performance for the past few years ... only thing they have common is they have influential in laws... some of them have influence from corrupt political leaders...
khan
May 1, 2013 5:09 pm
Afridi has the right to play as long as his fans want him to. He is as great as Sachin and should be allowed to choose his retirement. I hope the army takes over PCB and knocks some sense in to the selector's heads.
Javed
May 1, 2013 1:21 pm
Too many shampoo commercials and other nonsense that he forgot and lost focus on his real skill. From boom boom to doom doom. What a shame. Bye bye Afridi.
Hassan
May 1, 2013 10:55 am
Shame.. Afridi should learn from his mistakes and try to improve
Hasnain Raza
May 1, 2013 10:55 am
if this is this spirit of a player with 350+ ODIs and a 17 years long career, I am ashamed of being a human. Mr. Afridi, you are the one who is appointed as captain for test series in England, you lead your team in first of the six tests, then suddenly give shock to whole nation by retiring after first test itself. You eat a cricket ball when appointed a substitute captain in the 10th game of the Australian tour (being lost all nine before that) despite that there were strong chances of you to become regular captain for next assignment after that tour), you retire fighting with your board chairman, you hit your fan publically at the airport, you are out ZERO in the 5th ODI at Benoni (the decider) of Pak-SA series, you go wicketless for 200+ balls bowled, yet you blaim your captain for your exclusion from the squad. You yourself are a big shame. My advise to you is to go to a net session when u hear that u r not in the squad instead of going to the media anchors.
Shakir
May 1, 2013 8:54 am
Don't put the blame on the same captain who always included you in the playing eleven irrespective of your form and performance. You are a better player than most but only 20% of the time. Hope you make it into the squad again purely on merit.
Safdar
May 1, 2013 12:34 pm
Well said
farrukh
May 1, 2013 2:11 pm
Afridi is so naive........he has been a burden on Pakistan for quiet some time now....he thinks he can play with muscles and no brains shows how NAIVE he is....wake up you old warrior and retire and enjoy cricket from the outside.
Sufy
May 1, 2013 9:28 am
Pakistan kooo 1st T20 world cup kaun jitayaa thats Afridi one man show is there any tournament thats international Mizbha made team won or any other player...All dhakaans in pak except Afridi...
Asif Kashmiri
May 1, 2013 1:31 pm
Irfan , which world are u living in my dear?
Shafiq
May 1, 2013 11:07 am
All good things come to an end. He has passed his best and all those who know about cricket know that. He was good but never reliable . When he declared his retirement he should have stuck to his guns, but a Pakistani disease of feeling indispensable is bothersome. Just look at the many other top jobs in Pakistan, most of them well passed their best and others never any good anyway.
Muba Khan
May 1, 2013 1:11 pm
Let me guess, you're another fan living in the past who thinks just because Afridi hit the fastest ODI century he should play til he got dentures on..way to go buddy..
k2k
May 1, 2013 3:20 pm
Afridi...I am a big fan of yours..but its time for you to go
Kamran Ali
May 1, 2013 3:01 pm
He should be taken to task by PCB for violating the code of conduct by implicating the captian in his dropping from the team
faaziz
May 1, 2013 10:22 am
He needs to learn how to speak in public first. He has a pretty bad record of saying pretty impolite things in the past. Blame yourself Shahid, despite overwhelming love and support from the public you have been a consistent disappointment in the last two years or more.
shahid
May 1, 2013 8:59 am
You will never believe that you are a burden and so you will wish to go. Mr. Afridi, learn to play rolling shots and forget about sixes. Only one out of 20 air-born shots you play, ends up on the other side of the boundry. Learn to bat long before even thinking of hitting it high. All said, but I know, no one could ever make you understand and then who am I? Bowling comes with confidence and the confidence will come when you deliver in batting.
Mushtaq Ahmad
May 1, 2013 9:04 am
Afridi sahib, its about time to throw white towel in the ground
Iqbal
May 1, 2013 9:09 am
he should blame his performance.... he is clearly a spent force...
Iqbal Ghumra
May 1, 2013 9:17 am
Mr. Afridi,as a supporter of Pakistan cricket overseas,I have seen your match performance dip from bad to worst. The Selectors have finally shown guts to get rid of dead wood. I hope Hammad Azam is given an opportunity to play for national team in future.
Mehran
May 1, 2013 8:46 am
Afridi you've been given enough chances but you were good for nothing. Now admit it and don't blame Misbah. He supported you in the past but enough is enough, let him do his job honestly.
Haroon
May 1, 2013 8:49 am
What an Arrogant Idiot. You have consistently failed to score runs or take wickets in almost two years straight, but when you are dropped it is "someone's fault"? News Flash man, at this form, you ARE a burden to the team. You couldn't even score or take wickets in domestic tournaments. The only person to blame for Afridi's exclusion is Afridi himself. Cheers!
Rehan
May 1, 2013 11:17 am
If you could perform like how well you can talk.
Mohsin Raza
May 1, 2013 10:05 am
I am amazed at the so called fans who still send him messages for encouragement. I think he lives in a fantasy world. Afridi and his wonderland :)
Aamir
May 1, 2013 11:12 am
Shame on PCB, Selectors and Captain. Yes Afridi is not performing and should not be in the team but neither is Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Hafeez but they are still in the team because they are Punjabi. We need new talent from all over Pakistan and get the old horses kicked out including TukTuk Misbah.
Tahir Amjad
May 1, 2013 10:05 am
Enough is enough Mr Afridi,,,take rest and let younger lot groom well for the future of cricket in Pakistan..Your senseless hitting ,and that too for years have caused a great damage to PAKISTAN CRICKET..because despite your failiures you remained in the team and youngsters thought your way of batting is good to make it in the national team..result ??? we could not see an quality batsman after INZI and YOUSUF..we have no batsman with good technic ,,all are TULLAS hitting flukes without brain.
sahil
May 1, 2013 2:40 pm
I support you... you are the true leader and Hero, you are in the hearts of pak people(for my point of View Misbah is not deserved in National Team) as per his performance. not a single match He won for Pakistan. (He is not having a single Century) he is playing last 7 years, what kind of player is He..??
imtiaz
May 1, 2013 2:48 pm
Ami, wo mujhay nhe khila rahay!!!
Ahmad
May 1, 2013 2:48 pm
Misbah is old and should be shown the door for young talent to groom. Besides, his performance is mediocre in International matches, other than some last domestic tournaments. Through his reputation as slow scorer, he has caused Pakistan to loose lots of games. But looking at his performance during last domestic tournaments, he clearly can play at brisk pace if he WANTS to.
abomination
May 1, 2013 2:49 pm
sorry, i meant leg spin!
IFTIKHAR KHAN
May 1, 2013 1:52 pm
Please stop the blame game and start real game ,show performance,fans will drown you.
Ali
May 2, 2013 7:30 pm
He is not blaming anyone guys....all he said was that the Captain dropped me and I have to work hard to come back in the team. He did however mention that he is better than some other players in the team..probably referring to Shoaib and Kami.
Paki
May 1, 2013 11:33 am
Shoaib Malik should NOT be in the team as well....
Ash
May 1, 2013 1:40 pm
dont forget pitch tampering against england. Watch youtube video
adeel
May 1, 2013 12:07 pm
well said
irfan khan
May 1, 2013 12:06 pm
Ye what about Misbah performance & fitness?? Misbah is burden on team and Afridi is the true leader of the team
Arif A.Khan
May 1, 2013 11:53 am
All decisions should be made in wider interest of the Country & game..........no doubt Afridi should find his form but his inclusion in the Team would have been a plus point because he enjoys reputation of killing "required run" statistics and also of a good spinner......his inclusion in Team means 25% psychological win over opponents, no matter he performs or not because they select their Team before match keeping Afridi in mind and that is the blunder Pakistani Team can always cash in.
Rogers Evans
May 1, 2013 1:53 pm
Afridi is a good player. Since he is not in form, he accepts it. He has set records in bowling and batting. We should appreciate and encourage him to improve his game, instead of criticising with sarcastic comments. I am sure, he will be back in a thunderous way and I wish Afridi good luck. The critics must look themselves into a mirror and decide " Are their comments fair ?
Imran A.
May 1, 2013 1:38 pm
Afridi is sore. If you look at his past matches, if he got a wicket. He would stand with his X-posture waiting for team mates to come and please his ego. That arrogance has caught up with him and now he needs to humble himself and ask for forgiveness.
adeel
May 1, 2013 12:05 pm
Thats right Mr Afridi and please show up your good work and
smskhan
May 1, 2013 1:55 pm
Is he running for election?? “The day I believed I am burden on the team I will quit myself.” Usually politician come up with this sort of slogans.
ZQ23
May 1, 2013 1:55 pm
Shame on Afridi for giving such iresponsible statements. Some people never learn. Dropping him was a no-brainer and I hope he remains dropped!
KHAN
May 1, 2013 10:47 am
Afridi,you are still young and physically fit.I think you need to change and learn new tactics.you have talent.This my sincere advise
skeptic
May 1, 2013 10:43 am
too much talk and not much action
Waseem
May 1, 2013 10:32 am
Its time to move on for Afridi and Pakistan. He's been a great servant but his time's up. Thanks Afridi and please accept the inevitable instead of blaming anyone.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Poll
From The Newspaper
Tweets