An open letter to Shahid Afridi

Published Jul 19, 2010 12:03pm

Dear Shahid bhai,

You have got to be kidding me.

Let me see if I have this right and feel free to correct me: After years of pining to be Pakistan’s undisputed captain you are finally given the mantle amidst intense player and administration controversy only to abdicate its most important component due to a single Test loss and your angst-ridden self-confidence issues.

Shahid, I just glanced through the Pashtunwali and, while it was only a cursory inspection, I’m sorry but I couldn’t find the section in this code where your ancestors prescribed that cowardice and insecurity is the way to deal with adversity. I guess that’s only in your edition, huh?

It’s quite staggering how selfish your decision is Shahid, particularly for a guy who displayed all the right sentiments for returning to Test match cricket and assuming leadership of the squad. You acknowledged that the country needed you to restore order to a troubled and rudderless team and you considered it your duty to answer that call.

What’s changed since those last few months Shahid? Did you suddenly discover you weren’t suited for Test match cricket in the space of two innings? Shahid, you were never a good Test player but that was never the point. You were appointed solely for your leadership, which is why I am so incensed at your decision because I think you were actually the right man for the job across all formats of the game.

Shahid, if Younis Khan was still around we would never have troubled you to venture out of your little comfort zone and find it in your heart to help out a bit. But he isn’t, possibly thanks partly to you. So we chose the next best thing – someone who could at least garner the collective respect of a divided team and force them to work together as a cohesive unit. You were the perfect man for that assignment because, since Inzamam, you are the only personality in the dressing room who is capable of commanding unquestioned obedience.

Despite the loss in the first Test, I honestly believe you did a fairly decent job. You juggled your fast bowlers expertly, made the right bowling changes and maintained a positive field structure. In fact, as far as your individual contribution goes, I’d even go as far as to say that Mike Holmans was spot on in his glowing tribute to your first innings 30 odd. Sometimes attack is the best form of defense and a 30 of 15 is better than a 30 off 100. You’re actually very capable of taking the momentum of an innings away from the opposition in this format, as amply displayed by you in the second innings of one of our most famous wins against India.

However, your second innings in this Test was inexcusable and I refuse to condone it as an example of you only knowing one way to bat. No Shahid, that was an instance of you taking the coward’s way out and simply giving up in that innings as a precursor to jumping ship from this format. No one expected you to win the match for us, Shahid. But yaar, at least don’t come out there and wave the white flag, which is more yellow in your case.

You aren’t fooling me, Shahid, with your apparently candid submissions about how you don’t have the “temperament” to play Test cricket. I know your decision is rooted in the deep set insecurity which plagues your psyche. You are obsessed with your public image; by the subservience of your countless “boom boom” fans. You can’t handle the fact that they might consider you remotely mortal upon witnessing your failings in Test cricket. No, Shahid bhai is a brand now, and prolonged Test match exposure wouldn’t do the brand name any good now would it?

Shahid, don’t you understand that overcoming adversity is just as heroic as being viewed as indestructible? You’re so obsessed with propagating this Superman image whereas it would be the ultimate endorsement of yourself to actually surmount your weaknesses rather than dismissing them as fait accompli. If you’ll pardon the obscure reference, that’s why Batman is more popular a character than Superman. Batman is glaringly mortal but devotes his life to conquering his mortal frailties. Shahid, why don’t you face your demons rather than running away form them with your tail between your legs?

You claim you aren’t “capable” of playing Test cricket? What kind of a statement is that anyway? Is that the lesson you want to give to your kids and millions of other Pakistanis who look up to you? Shahid bhai says that when you fail at something just convince yourself that you aren’t good enough and walk away. Don’t work hard at it; don’t try to analyse what you’re doing wrong and attempt to redress those errors. No, simply give up and accept the inevitable.

Are you for real? Is that the message you’re trying to convey to my 10 year old nephew whose world begins and ends with “Boom Boom” Sher Afridi? Throw in the towel when things get tough. Imran Farhat is quite possibly the worst Test opener in the world but even I’ll give him credit for sticking to his guns and not conceding defeat. Say, shouldn’t this be the lowest point in your career if you’re being analogised against Imran Farhat rather than being compared to Imran Khan??

What’s worse is, you hotfooting it from the Test captaincy has placed that unenviable responsibility on Salman Butt’s shoulders. And poor Butt has just recently discovered himself as a player. Salman is the best batsman in our Test team right now – not as talented as Umar Akmal but certainly more reliable at this point. But now you risk corrupting his fragile form by putting him in a role he is not yet ready for. The team atmosphere is poisonous and there is every chance it will debilitate Salman’s batting.

You know Shahid, a very experienced and talented player once condemned his captain for letting his personal issues force him into abandoning his country on the eve of a Test series. This player rightfully commented on how the captain should have set his apprehensions aside due to the central role played by the captain in his team. You know which wise player said those words, Shahid? It was you, man! Karma is a…well, lets just say that Karma is you Shahid.

Regards, Farooq

Farooq80
Farooq Nomani is a Karachi-based lawyer who is willing to represent the PCB for free. He blogs at whatastupidity.blogspot.com.

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Amer
Aug 14, 2010 03:46pm
Afridi you dont deserve to be the captain ever... The could never think right. He is a selfish player who just like to play the way he likes to play that is just hit the ball cuz he cant stop the ball or play any differently.
Jafri
Jul 19, 2010 09:54am
Accepting you're not good at a format, and letting players with the relevant temperament take the helms of the test side isn't cowardice. Afridi has identified his unique niche in the cricketing world and intends to stick to it. It takes guts to admit one's weaknesses, and its certainly not a matter of insecurity !!
shafiq Khan
Jul 19, 2010 08:57am
Come on Farooq Nomani lad you got it all wrong and on top of that a bit insulting. Your informality of "Dhahid Bhai" is pathatic. You don't know him from Adam and addressing him as old chum. Come on get real. You have no right to accuse Afridi by implication of cowardice and insecurity. I am not sure which world you inhabit ,it certainly is not real. If the PCB is guilty of another stupidity it can not be Afridi's fault. It shows your mind set rather than anything to do with Afridi. I would characterise his decision as maturity and realism, which more to the point. Many of us thought Afridi "not good enough" for the role he has been performing for Pakistan cricket. However he has always provided great fun and pride for many on flat wickets against inapt oppositions. I have never have been his fan and always enjoyed his "could not careless" unbridled exuberance, when it worked to our advantage. It had something of, which Majid Khan had in abundance. It is good fun though not much of cricket. Come to that how many of us have any real sense of good cricket any way. It is more akin to a gladiatorial contest for us that attracts us to this sport in Pakistan, and an agricultural outlandish stroke is the only thing that exits us no end. Afridi provided that aplenty. He is a decent man with ability to harmonise unruly high testosterone charged individuals, but failed to overcome his own shortcomings. So what? He is not the only one around, is it? Thank you Afridi, for what you have done and good luck in your mature days. Shafiq
Shoaib
Jul 19, 2010 08:37am
Looks like you are a novice in field of watching and understanding cricket!
Hasan
Jul 19, 2010 08:37am
we were never looking for Shahid Afridi, the batsman. we just wanted Shahid Afridi, the Captain. someone who can lead in a true spirit and goes down fighting.
Shoaib
Jul 19, 2010 08:38am
This article is neither funny nor a serious one! Its just awful.
Shoaib
Jul 19, 2010 08:32am
Dear Farooq Nomani. First of all, this is not cowardice to resign from test cricket and its captaincy. Shahid must have thought that he is not the one for this form of cricket and may be some one else, competent to play this form of cricket, can contribute to the team in test. Shahid Afridi is one of the most audacious cricketer of Pakistan. Dont make a fuss out of small issues, contribute something fruitful. And dear Farooq, it would have been better if you would have written an article in the patronage of the captain who won us a world cup, and made a team out of nothing, yes i am talking about Younis Khan, he has once again been sidelined by the awful Chairman of PCB. Thank you. Hope you read this one!
Umar Khan
Jul 19, 2010 08:14am
Spot on! Very nice artice!
Shoaib
Jul 19, 2010 08:34am
Agree cent percent with you!
Shoaib
Jul 19, 2010 08:46am
To resolve all these outstanding issues, the current not so popular chairman should be fired as soon as possible, but the problem is who will do this. Why will the president do this, why will he make his accomplice unhappy!
Ali
Jul 19, 2010 07:59am
My impression is that Afridi wants to leave before the team loses the second test and he is thrown out by the clowns in the Board. But it is all merry go round. Now they have recalled Muhammad Yousuf. Instead of recalling those exhausted souls, trust the youngsters and build team for a longer term. Yousuf, Shoaib Malik and likes will only complicate the things with their shenanigans.
Ali Pirzada
Jul 19, 2010 08:02am
Excellent .. The writer has just expressed my feelings.
N Gul
Jul 19, 2010 07:53am
Are you kidding me? Do you actually believe Shahid Afridi was appointed solely for his leadership skills? Have you not been following Cricket lately? He was just another Cricketer appointed as an experiment since he had been playing for a very long time now. Just because he does a decent job in what, two overs, does not mean he was born for the Captaincy. And this Open Letter to Shahid Afridi was not even in the same zipcode as funny.
Saulat
Jul 19, 2010 08:26am
Ijaz butt should be fired ....
Khan
Jul 19, 2010 08:09am
he is more of a manipulator than a good team player!!! he just ran away to avoid karma (grouping against younis khan)... better for him to boom in T20 only!! and spare us from booming in the other two versions.
Yunus
Jul 19, 2010 08:12am
what a major dissapointment Afridi turned out to be. He should be barred from one-day and 20-20 captainship as well.
Ejaz
Jul 19, 2010 07:35am
What to say about our team. Whenever it leaves for abroad comes back with nothing but a shameful and embarrassing story. Whether it was Darel Hairs fiasta under Inzy or chewing the ball under Yousaf. Now he himself has become a goat. He said there were/are some more than three players together with him who should not play Test. But lately. He should have talked to the selectors before leaving for Austraila. No one knows what is behind of dropping of Malik and Younas. Without them Pakistan can hardly win test against even low profile team. At last we plead not to make mockery of our national asset 'cricket'.
Cricket Fan
Jul 19, 2010 07:37am
Somebody needs to make sure the letter reaches The Highness!
iqbal
Jul 19, 2010 07:34am
It is glaring how bad governance destroys everything like wild fire .....we have become a nation of mediocre and still do not realize this . It hurts so much to see these young guys wasted in their approach towards life as they have no role models and no respect for dignity.
Jafri
Jul 19, 2010 09:52am
Accepting you're not good at a format, and letting players with the relevant temperament take the helms of the test side isn't cowardice. Afridi has identified his unique niche in the cricketing world and intends to stick to it. It takes guts to admit one's weaknesses, and its certainly not a matter of insecurity !!
syed tanveer
Jul 19, 2010 09:57am
This is man never deserved to be in the team.
Hassan
Jul 19, 2010 10:53am
Impulsive, erratic, emotional, thoughtless.. frustrating for fans .. but also I think he is all heart which makes him endearing and no doubt a mega entertainer with fans all over the world. I know a lot of people willdisagree, but I think the game needs characters, which keep the game alive.. and he certainly is one. ......His mistake in my opinion was to accept the Captaincy for tests under pressure, he should just stick to the formats he can deal with, and even if he does not do well at times, his live wire, high energy personality adds to the game.
Sahar
Jul 19, 2010 10:54am
Agreed! While I wouldnt go as far as to ban him from all formats due to his undeniable talents (which this author admits to), I certainly think he is picked the worst moment to realise his weaknesses which I am sure were already apparent to him. It was a bad move on his part and too hasty and has left us in the lurch.
Abed
Jul 19, 2010 10:07am
Spot on! It is simply embarrassing. Shahid has let the whole nation down. He should be banned form all formats of cricket. We have learned to live in denial.... still his behaviour is being termed as 'candid' or something like 'self-realisation'... what a timing for 'self-actualization!
Sajjad
Jul 19, 2010 11:28am
Mr. Farooq Nomani!! Your letter reflects my thinking too but this is the letter with such a hard English for afridi that he barely has understood it.
Shahjahan Samad
Jul 19, 2010 10:25am
Completely agree with everything that's being said in this article. Afridi has disappointed everyone but we should move on because where one has fallen, someone better will rise to take his place. P.S.: Being a big fan of comics, loved the reference to superman and batman.
waqar
Jul 19, 2010 10:25am
Well Shahid is not event capable for 50 over format as batsman. I always consider Afridi as a leader and somehow part time spinner with shooting ability. You atleast can complete this series as captain. I never expect any test win from you, but I expect a commanding position of you in Pakistan team, that will be missed now.
Musstanser
Jul 19, 2010 10:26am
Its always easy to say difficult to do brother. Could you not look into the brighter side? Afridi in this instance has shown the utmost bravery and given up on the "Test captaincy". The logic would have suggested Younis Khan comes back for the Job but madness continues and we might see Yousaf back first... Anyhow I think Afridi has set a precedence by calling it his day, Do you think Shoaib Malik would have ever done that? This act must be followed in everything Pakistani's do. When you know that you do not belong somewhere the best way is to leave...
Tahir M
Jul 19, 2010 10:47am
I get the impression he has been irked by maybe some casual taunts from within the team and possibly from younger players after his irresponsible second inning batting farce. Its easy to understand what a smirk on a face means when you are walking back to the pavillion. Shahid has always been a cheap wicket for any opponent but he is out there this time for his captaincy which wasnt bad at all. And I supported him on that. I am sure he's just chickened out purely on emotional grounds. But what is most annoying is our bowlers working so hard and then being let down by some very ordinary and irresponsible batting. I am confident new boys Azhar Ali and Umar Amin will mature into good batsmen and Shahid should have been there to give them full support.
Sahar
Jul 19, 2010 11:00am
Excellent letter, Farooq! I can tell this came from the heart and we should all thank you for being so blunt in your assessment. Its easy to get lost in "boom boom" mania and I think you have hit all the right notes in breaking down Afridi's hasty decision. Hope to read more stuff like this from you in the future. Its funny how people are giving Afridi so much credit for being "candid". Very ironic that your genuinely candid letter showed him for what he is.
jssidhoo(Chandigarh)
Jul 19, 2010 11:55am
Come on Shahid u beat the Aussies in two T20 matches and lost one Test now they maybe different formats but in my books the score reads 2-1 that is a scorecard most teams would be proud of against the Aussies i dont know what got into you but your decision is hasty even by the standards of your T20 strike rate . Give it a second thought
ASIF MAJEED
Jul 19, 2010 11:58am
I personally think that the decision of Afridi came because, he was handed over the weakest ever team (two debutants on the most critical positions of number 3 and 4) and asked to fight with a team that is mentally very strong. He had been pleading for at least M. Younis but ego of Mr. Ijaz Butt was stopping that. The first inning batting clearly, show this desperation. That sort of inning he has stopped playing even in T20 matches. I think he still can play test cricket as he has made right choices and decision in the first inning on the field and bold out strong batting line of Australia on 250. It was batting worries that he was pointing out pushed him to the decision. All that is required is to weed out the two culprits (Ijaz butt and Yawar saeed) from PCB if we want to save Pakistan Cricket from further disaster.
Junaid Asfandyar
Jul 19, 2010 12:09pm
Hahahaha. Yes I think he will be very embarrassed to be compared to Mr. Imran Farhat. Im sure he would prefer comparisons to Imran Khan, a man who would never have shirked responsibility the way Afridi did. As always, a well written and at time hilarious post by Mr. Nomani. At parts, your anger made me angry at Afridi and, at other parts, you made me laugh. But all jokes aside, its no laughing matter when our captain just leaves us in the beginning of a tour. He could have at least tried to nurture Salman under him the way Younis was groomed under Inzy. And despite what others might think, I agree with you. Its more admirable to work on your weaknesses and try to remedy them than to accept your limitations and give up. I would only advocate the latter course of action if Shahid had at LEAST played a few more tests.
Talal
Jul 19, 2010 12:16pm
Shoaib i believe you are a fan if Afridi thats why u think he did not do anything. He has made mockery of Pakistan and for this he should be ban ..This is not Galli cricket team ITS PAKISTANs INTERNATIONAL TEAM so there is no excuse for this ..He knew he wasnt fit for it why was he dying to be a captain and its all a lie that he was forced.
Ubaid
Jul 19, 2010 01:07pm
Cricket in Pakistan should be reformed.
Afzal K.
Jul 19, 2010 01:42pm
It is not the cricket only, look at the affairs of Pakistan's Field Hockey. It finished at bottom of the heap, defeated by a novice team of South Africa in recent world cup.The whole team is in disarray, no one was held accountable, same people are at the whelm. Lack of integrity has become our national character. Mr. Afridi is just another player in this drama.
tariq
Jul 19, 2010 01:50pm
For Shahid, Afridi, you should never see failure as failure, it is only a step to success you should never see failure as failure, its only a way to learn and improve you should never see failure as failure, its only your chance to move closer to your goals.
Taimur Salam
Jul 19, 2010 01:57pm
I didn't like the choice of your words. secondly, please don't think that Pashtuns are some primitive people living by a code. you should also teach your nephew that worshipping a mortal is not a very healthy thing to do.
jkpakistani
Jul 19, 2010 02:18pm
Great decision from Shahid.I do not know why u want to force a person to the target he knows he can not achieve?I beleive he knows his strenght and weakneses, which is the key for any sucessful man! Great decision and earn a lot a respect
palash
Jul 19, 2010 02:20pm
Very nice Article!!
Tim
Jul 19, 2010 02:27pm
Afridi is a conceited player.He is only interested in personal success and once he realized the ship was sinking,he abandoned it.But i think the real villian is Ejaz butt who now wants to ruin Salman Butt.He messed up yousuf and younus and now he is preparing for the final rites of Pakistan cricket.In hindsight i think Afridi's retirement was a blessing in disguise as it will lead to search of future stars.
Sehrish Zia
Jul 19, 2010 03:03pm
i think itz right decision of Afridi at the right time.....!!
jamshed azmi
Jul 19, 2010 03:09pm
Bang on ! On a separate unrelated note (if there is such a thing in Paki Cricket) anyone have any info or care to comment on the commercial contractual obligations around the Boom Boom branding ? I wonder if Shahid Bhai has any beneficial ownership in the business venture. For whatever tenor we are bound by, we will be kitted up with Shahid Bhai's personalized logo bigger than Pakistan - this from a man who simply walked away !
Shahid Afraidi
Jul 19, 2010 03:12pm
Did anyone notice how Mr. Boom Boom tried to distract everyone from talking about his cowardice by talking about winning the World Cup? heheheheh lame attempt....anyone who watched Afridi in the field during the first test would've noticed how miserable he was! One almost felt like he wanted to say crying "kya hai yaar kab khatam ho ga yeh game"! I don't see how he can command the respect of team mates in ODIs and T20s after running away from battle. Hell, even the opposition must've lost some respect for him!
Vam, India
Jul 19, 2010 03:20pm
Afridi is a big JOKE, he thinks that people would appreciate being blunt. But his bluntness is nothing short of cowardliness. He was appointed captain of Pakisthan at this crucial time and being senior and charismatic icon, he should have taken up the responsibility and bring confidence in the team. I dont have mention about his batting in 1st and 2nd innings of the test match, thats the worst thing one could expect from the leader and Micheal Holding rightly said during the commentary when Afridi was out in the 2nd innings "If he was my leader, then I wouldn't let him into the dressing room"
shahzad khan
Jul 19, 2010 04:15pm
i dont get it guys, a guy four years out of the test cricket and never really was a test cricketer was asked to help the stupidest board on the planet and captain a totally inexperienced side . what do you expect , he is the ist man actually who is honest to his country and the people,
Zeeshan
Jul 19, 2010 04:22pm
I believe he is the best ideal available for our youngsters. Atleast he has the gutts to say that he is incapable and he stepped down. He did not glue himself to the seat. Try to avoid the blame game and try to respect other's say. It was in the news that he was forced into the test captaincy. He accepted it because he was forced into it. But he knows our public. He knew if he lost the 2nd match it will take him few weeks to land in Pakistan (thanks to the temperament of the public) when things cool down. He took the "right" step.
khawer
Jul 19, 2010 05:11pm
Well written, I agree that he should have grabbed it by the horns and not run away with his tail in between his legs. Butt recently found his form and even great players like Tendular felt the heat of captaincy in his batting and we definitely will see it in Butt's display. Next move, Butt is not only striped off of captaincy but you will find him sitting on the sidelines. Afridi should have waited until after the 2nd test match and their are better ways to make your announcement. Childish, immature and typical PCB style displayed by Afridi. We poor fans continue to show our love and passion for our team and seems like they either don't have it in them anymore or just play it for money.
Dr Nadim Akhtar
Jul 19, 2010 05:22pm
I completely disagree with the writer. Shahid has never been a test player and I think he has made the right decision. One can ask why did he accept the test captaincy in first place if he was going to resign after just one test?. It better to cut your losses than drag on for yeras. Shahid batting and bowling and temprament is not suited to test and i fully support his decision. This is not cowardice instead rational decision.I am sure he will continue to serve Pakistan in shorter format.
Hassan Jaffer
Jul 19, 2010 05:33pm
I think it was the right decision but cam bit too late. He is not a test player and we should encourage such decision and PCB & PHF chairman should learn something out of this. These old chaps must vacate these positions ASAP
N Gul
Jul 19, 2010 06:01pm
Exactly my point. But he tried cracking a joke or two with his analogies. Extremely lame ones though.
Khalid Ahmed
Jul 19, 2010 06:06pm
Afridis a quitter
PThind
Jul 19, 2010 06:21pm
Farooq, with no intentions on hurting your nephews feelings or those of other young and impressionable fans, please do not forget that although he is a winner, he may not be the best role model. There are numerous incidents recorded and not recorded of him cheating. I think Farooq is too soft on Afridi regarding his decision to quit. Plus the "Shahid this and Shahid that" is quite annoying to read, although I get the point.
warda fazal khan
Jul 19, 2010 06:25pm
I personally support Shahid in all case because the Afridi told several times that he is not opt for the test cricket then why he is blamed for the defeat. The chairman of Pakistan is responsible for it why Salman Butt was not made captain before Afridi? why now?
Bankova
Jul 20, 2010 09:22am
I agree with you, people are trying to grab high position regardless their capabalites and abilities. But few people accomodate others.
hammad
Jul 20, 2010 10:51am
I think he took a right decision.
Ibz
Jul 20, 2010 10:54am
As an educated, wise and civilized person you shouldnt have used such a language for a great cricketer. as a nation we never learned how to love and appreciate, all we know is to hate and criticize. if Afridi would have continued with his captaincy and have shown no progress am damn sure your letter would be revolve around, Afridi does not deserve a place in the TEST Team and Afridi should resign and retire from all formates of the game.
desihungama
Jul 19, 2010 06:32pm
Afridi why dont you face your demons instead of running away - I will answer for him. The answer is Inshallah, anything for country.
jssidhoo(Chandigarh)
Jul 20, 2010 09:31am
I know test and T20 are different formats but a win is win
Saira Arshad
Jul 20, 2010 11:43am
You are totally rite Mr writer....If Mr Afridi cant stay there then why he get his resignation back of test cricket after making Younus khan, Muhammad Yousuf go out. Afridi seriously shame on you. We can just pray for the sports future in Pakistan..
fire_breathing_dragon
Jul 19, 2010 06:49pm
Shafiq saab, your response is refreshing... and the maturest... i take my hat off to you, sir!
haqqani
Jul 20, 2010 09:18am
Afridi is not ideal cricketer for test cricket, Test cricket needs player like Hanif Mohd, Javed Miandad, Mohd Yousuf who can stay long on wicket and play according to situation of the match. Apart from Afridi, Akmal Brothers and Shoaib Malik don't deserve to be in test team as well. Specially Shoaib Malik, he is not team man. He went with 6 other cricketers to Inzamam ul Haq and took oath on Quran against Younus Khan before the tour of Newzeland and Australia. Shoaib Malik is leading a small group in Pakistan team. The elders of Mohd Yousuf, Inzamam ul Haq want him to play fro Pakistan because Yousuf is now close to beat all time records of Javed Miandad and Inzamam. To Make junior cricketer like Salman Butt Captain will back fire very soon like it happened in case of Javed Miandad in 80s. See the example of India Laxman, Dravid, and Tendulkar are playing only test cricket now.
Hassan
Jul 20, 2010 11:28am
A very good decision by Afridi. He swallowed his pride and took this important step. I am sure you would've written something totally opposite if Pakistan lost in the upcoming test match under Afridi.
Farah khan
Jul 19, 2010 07:53pm
Clap clap... I agree we need Afridi in Pakistan cricket team as a captain. great writting.
Sherry
Jul 19, 2010 07:57pm
Farooq: I personally think that you have written a brilliant piece to expose the true character of a charmer who feels more comfortable working in a hair shampoo ad than representing his national team in test cricket. However, your in-depth analysis and impressive writing style will be useless since our BOOM BOOM AFRIDI knows and understands merely a few words of English. This article should be translated in Phusto so he can feel disgusted about himself, if any shame is left in him. I feel bad for our people who occasionally fall for his so-called electrifying cricket. Instead, he should be treated like a coward when he returns and be presented with crciket balls that he prefers to chew on rather than play with.
Mushtaq
Jul 19, 2010 08:08pm
AOA, Its bad on the part of the writer to take it too far by discussing Pukhtoonwali even. Bravery doesn't mean indifference to relevance. Afridi is good but not good for everything. Again, analogy not only limits the meaning of any point one wants to make but if not properly used then it may hurt those used/referred to in the analogy. By referring to Imran Farhut as the the worst opener also hurts. One should avoid being judgmental. If the writer knows about cricket then he should be discussing cricketing defects and leave it to the reader to conclude from that instead of dictating decisions to readers. I believe its the management fault by failing to find a willing captain commanding the respect of all playing eleven. Again, its the lack of confidence of the management which they should bestowed on their past nominees to captain the side. I believe Younas is still the best candidate for captaincy but the management should support him to do the job. I believe many can do the job of managers( I mean running the PCB) but not many can be entrusted with playing eleven job. Its strange that instead of knowing the Board has been compromising players rather than to remove the managers, like coaches/managers etc. The last but not the least, fresh legs are always good to include in the team but it must not be taken to murder professionals like Younas, Yousaf, and Rana at their prime. The rest of analysis is good.
Tariq
Jul 19, 2010 08:53pm
We are so emotional and get to conclusion so quickly that hurt not only to ourselves but impacts all down the road!! Afridi was so quick to respond, whereas from an experienced Captain/player it wasn't expected. This was just his very first test match for a long break!
Abbas Khan
Jul 19, 2010 09:03pm
As a cricket fan, I won't watch any cricketer playing international matches, who is incapable to play test cricket. Afridi just stay home.
Umair
Jul 19, 2010 09:47pm
And let me add one more thing, if he had continued to perform poorly in the test matches, he would have lost respect among his teammates whom he was commanding, even in the other two formats of the game. I think its a wise decision to command with respect than to keep failing in front of the people you are commanding!
Rao Amjad Ali
Jul 19, 2010 10:43pm
In Matters of Pakistani cricket if short-run is one week then, yes, long-term is two weeks. Therefore, SA is out of the captaincy in the short-run but you mark my words that if, and no doubt its a fairly big one, we win the second test, he will be back as captain. The return will, of course, be routed through IB and perhaps followed by AZ and Waqar Yunous.
Saima Khan
Jul 19, 2010 10:47pm
Malik is a problem. I do not know what is in the mind of Ijaz Butt. Karachi is a Quaid-e-Azam trophy winner again but not a single karachi born player in the playing eleven. I can hockey downfall started in the similar way. We should have Quota System in the team.
shah
Jul 20, 2010 11:48am
I agree with Hassan. I think Shahid was gallant enough to accept the test captain-ship despite his misgivings & retirement, because his country required it. And thereafter, was honest enough to realize that it is not his cup of tea and his continuing will not help the cause of his team. It takes tremendous courage to accept one's own shortcomings in public. I salute to Shahid Afridi. He has been a great entertainer & will continue to entertain in shorter versions of the game. All the best to him.
ultimatekhan
Jul 19, 2010 11:41pm
Shahid Afridi made a right decision. Everyone speaks out when he perform awful that he should be kicked out from the national team. Now this is the decision he made himself after analysing that he is not capable of test cricket which is good, he tried again but failed to perform. He is using his brain this time instead unlike others who stick with the team just to make money and not providing an opportunity for young guns to come forward and perform who deserve more than him. I think people should use their brains too instead just making comments for the sake of it. Well I guess everyone will agree that Pakistan cricket is full of politics. Until and unless this is removed nothing much can be done. Your never know what is involved behind any decision.
Zarak
Jul 20, 2010 12:30am
Good riddance. However, I am worried - we now have 2 Butts running Pakistan cricket. 1 Butt on the field and 1 Butt in the Boardroom - never thought I would ever see that. Is there room for a 3rd?
Sheikh
Jul 20, 2010 01:45am
why is it that we ALWAYS have to so badly criticise EVERY decision that our cricketers make? I may not agree with Afridi on ending the career, but the man was NOT interested in playing test cricket from the start, even before he was given captaincy. Please read his previous interviews and all before saying such stuff. He only played the test because that would keep the team much more united, but since he again found out that he's not a test player, why are u so angry at him? why are u angry at EVERY cricketer's every decision?
mohd Aleem
Jul 20, 2010 02:26am
well said Mr iqbal, I am 100% agree with u.i think the root cause of all the problems of cricket team is ijaz butt.if he stays the longer im doubting we might lose even the test status.he is major culprit of all problems n those who appoint him.it really hurts a nation who produced,imran khan, wasim akram, jawed miandad,waqar younus,saeed anwar,inze n last but nt least aleem dar.they are lacking in professional management.its embarrassment for all of us.
Harris
Jul 20, 2010 02:33am
Gods Knows better when our team will learn lesson. Everytime Excuse for nothing.
Concerned Pakistani
Jul 20, 2010 02:37am
Has anybody thought this act by Afridi can be construed as treason. Shame on Afridi.
Naeem
Jul 20, 2010 03:05am
I have never felt as dissapointed as this. Afridis decission after one game has made it glaringly clear that he is a weak person who will give up anything that poses to be a challenge. Should such a person be the Captain of any format? I think not!!!! Yes, I was a Shahid Afridi fan and belonged to the boom boom club. This is not my hero any more!!!
Afridi fans from India
Jul 20, 2010 03:13am
Nice writing reflected all PAK team and Afridi loving people's feelings. Happened like a dream, some questions? 1. Why did PCB and Coaches immediately accepted his resignation though he would have counselled with them during the test? Why didn't they take any extra step to convince him? 2. Was that very hard to concede the defeat after the 2-0 win over Aussie? Does PAK has any phsychologist around? I think they need a mental advisor. 3. Didn't Afridi know the recent problems with Pak team and his decision will spoil further? Did he love his soul more than the country, I can't believe thats the case. He is still a real patriotric. 4. Did he get any forms of threats? I am definitely sure he can play Test crickets for many more years, I would definitely bet all my earnings in my life that Afridi can score better than Farhat and lets not forget even if he stays for 1 ball you can definitely expect 6 runs which other nonsense players even don't score in 30 balls. Missing Afridi for many reasons in Test cricket and am afraid where this going to lead and what he is going to do in ODIs and T20s.
Afridi fans from India
Jul 20, 2010 03:17am
Test Team Needed Now Salam, Yasir, Younis, Yousuf, Azhar/Umar Amin,, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Asif, Amer, Gul, Ajmal/Kaneria. Its all Asim Kamal's curse really letting PAK Test Team fail, why they hell no news about him? By this time he would have become Test Team Captain. Pls go and call him.
Ghazali Junaid
Jul 20, 2010 06:29am
Well i think Mr. Afridi has been extra smart ....... We all know every Pakistani player who has been made the captain his downfall starts soon after that..... You name it.... Younis, Yousuf. Shoaib Malik, And I think Afridi would have been thinking just that..... he ran away from captaincy just to be able to retain captaincy till World Cup... he knew if he would have been thrashed by Aussies and England..... his captaincy and his most important fame would all have been lost...... So a smart decision.....
dipac
Jul 20, 2010 03:54am
T20 is a totally different picture than the test match dude ......
dipac
Jul 20, 2010 03:56am
Can't agree more with u.....captaincy is the main culprit for all this that he is going through...but even though when he was given the license to go all out...he failed.
Zain
Jul 20, 2010 04:01am
Dear Shahid bhai, Pakistan gave you the opportunity and fame and when it came to decide between you and Pakistan you thought only of yourself. All your big talks on serving the country meant nothing but a self publicity. Shame on you.
Anoop
Jul 20, 2010 04:42am
What is it with the Pakistani team. Its so hard to find a Captain for it. And, everyone in the team keeps fighting,literally, for being the Captain.
Al
Jul 20, 2010 06:47am
What do people want? If Afridi had continued playing & very bad at test cricket, this same blogger would be writing articles that we Pakistani's don't know when to gracefully quit; we will never willingly give a chance to anyone else; we never let go of our seats blah blah blah blah blah I think it takes an equally brave man to admit to his weaknesses & give others a chance instead of never letting go of his position willingly.
Kashif
Jul 20, 2010 05:15am
The writer is spot on. Shame on you Shahid.
Abdul Mujeeb Khan
Jul 20, 2010 06:31am
Mr. Nomani you used Shahid Afridi
Sharif
Jul 20, 2010 05:43am
Dear Farooq, I got few questions if you could some how give space to. What kind of board PCB is? I won't go back to ban on Akhtar and Asif but how it banned Younis and Yousif for life? Why Shoaib Malik (First is he a bowler or a batsman?) is treated so differently as compared to Younis and Yousuf? Aren't they(PCB) kidding by first banning players and then requesting them to join back? How many captains Pakistan have changed since 2009? Don't you think the best would be to change the whole PCB? The problem is you write any comment against PCB and it gets moderated. Welcome to Pakistan
meela
Jul 20, 2010 07:35am
Afridi is role model for all of us he felt he was not fit for test cricket captaincy then quit the position and room for others which was forcefully imposed on him. There are million of people in our country they are not fit for the job but they are doing and destroying their organization, company, club, political party etc and they are not ready to leave the job for suitable person.This is our dilemma we don
fazal karim mahsud
Jul 20, 2010 12:30pm
If a man realizes his problem or shortcoming then indirectly he get over it and the problem does not remain problem further. If Afridi realize that i have no temperament for test cricket then he can get over it with little effort. He showed a bit abruptness in his decision.
Tafseer
Jul 20, 2010 07:56am
This article will not help both side of cricket, And i think Afridi took the right decsion to quiting from test Cricket because he knows his mindset is not for this game Also i think he is a good leader and will be good for ODi and T20. Fee AmanAllah Pakistan.
Syed Abdul Wahab Gilani
Jul 20, 2010 08:50am
@Dear Nomani: Kindly try to find few new titles for your post. Most of you posts even on your blog start with "An Open Letter to.." Otherwise you are good writer
ashraf
Jul 20, 2010 12:40pm
I think we should appreciate Afridi decision in a culture where no-one in Pakistan is willing to relinquish a position of authority and pride.. He I believe is the first Pakistani captain who voluntarily quit based on his self-assessment. If he knew he can improve, he would have done that in the second innings. And this gap might well prove a soul-searching phase for him and may return to test after getting the test-like mindset. He proved to be an effective captain, engaging players constantly on field. Good luck Afridi and hope to see you back in game.
Masroor Qasim
Jul 20, 2010 01:14pm
Mr.Shahid afridi's problem is not with temperament,it's with his technique.There are many agressive test batsmen like Sehwag,Tamim Iqbal and Kevin Peterson etc with better results. Honestly i don`t consider afridi a great ODI player either.Kids and teens usually get excited with him but he is miles away from an accomplished test/ODI player.Mr.Afridi play T20 only and boom yourself there!
Shariq
Jul 20, 2010 01:02pm
Farooq you got this wrong buddy. I think its amazing what Afridi has done, he in fact faced his demons and said "...a captain should lead by example, I did not do that...therefore I will retire". In a country like Pakistan with our culture I think its really admirable that Afridi has left at the right time instead of wasting the country's time like spent players like Inzamam-ul-Haq. I have always been a fan of Shahid, but after this he commands respect too.
Shahid
Jul 21, 2010 09:31am
Afridi was given a chance to lead the team in all format. Everyone knows he was not selected as a test team captian because of his performance. He was supposed to lead the team, I don't believe anyone cared about his individual performance.
Ali
Jul 21, 2010 08:12am
I think Mr. Farooq is very right on what he said. This in no way is a right thing to do on Shahid Afridi part to just come out of the ground and announce his retirment from Test Cricket. This is not what we call a sports man spirit and neither it is in the spirit of the game to just give up without a fight or atleast trying. In the earlier days the people who we called Cricketers were only Test players and i still believe any player a player who can not show or have the temprament of Test player is not a cricketer. Its Test Cricket were one can really see the strenght of a player weather its batting, bowling or fielding. Afridi should have more wise while making a decsion like this. Its not that Shahid did not know himself before singning in to be the captain of the team. He had made hudge claims to do God know what. In my opinon if Afridi had decided to retire from Test Cricket he should have also resigned from captancy. I have never seen any team playing International cricket having two captans one for Test and another for one days.
Saad Khan
Jul 20, 2010 02:30pm
All praise to the writer. Nicely said. I wonder how can one be so selfish as Mr.BOOM (DOOM) BOOM by simply saying - 'Am not made for Test Cricket'. Its about putting your country first rather than using your ghastly illness to not play maturely as a reason for retiring. How can he has the audacity to say such a thing even after playing around 400 international matches ? Am sorry if someone cannot even change his style of batting for the country - he does not deserve to be praised.
Rana
Jul 20, 2010 02:35pm
Absolutely useless article... based on absolutely biased judgement... Put aside your hate for Afridi and then think of what he did... and maybe then you'll see how honest, down to earth and RIGHT his decision was.
ZANTAR
Jul 20, 2010 02:55pm
He is no good any more, he is SHAHEED AFRIQI - doom doom Afriqi who has an ODI average beow 24...What a shame.....
IMTIAZ QURESHI
Jul 20, 2010 02:56pm
Dear Farooq, Assalm u elekum I appreciate your open letter and i agree with your judgment! Afridi is a clear looser, i was his biggest fan, but he did is a poor leadership, he is very selective about his own numbers, he did not care about the people of Pakistan, he is nothing but a selfish Man- When he is on TV ,he BS about his FANS " It is very easy to blame the others but he failed his own sense of responsibility. it is not about PASHTUN or KHWA - it is about cricket? i am sure PAKISTAN will do better without him. we have some young talent . GOD BLESS PAKISTAN.
Muneer
Jul 20, 2010 03:16pm
If we agree with Nomani, then all the players should keep trying till the end and no player should ever retire until thrown out of the team. Writers like Nomani will never be satisfied. Afridi would have been criticised for clinging to power if he had stayed and for lack of perseverence now that he has retired. As always Afridi made a boom boom decision and he does not need to bother what armchair critics might say.
Yasin Chinoy
Jul 20, 2010 04:28pm
I dont think Afridi was ready to take over captaincy for test cricket. We all know he is a dashing player in limited overs format of the game. He does not have the patience required in test arena, he can not be subdued when he comes out to bat. Test cricket is a different beast altogether, which requires strategic batting and moreover a very calculated captaincy over a longer period of time. Let's face it, PCB made a big mess (again) by putting Afridi in such a position where he knew, that he would not be successful. It is not Afridi's fault, he did the right thing. Acceptance in itself is a virtue. I don't think Salman has enough experience to lead the side. He is a good batsman though, and unfortunately the pressure of captaincy can wreck his own batting performance (which has started to flourish).
Raza
Jul 20, 2010 05:04pm
Totally agree with the writer. He has been the one (at least partially) that led to Younis Khan exclusion, now that he is the best man to lead the country (which under the circumstances is true and he has proven himself) he appear to be scared of test cricket. If he thinks he does not have the temperament to play test cricket then he should develop one. He is a world class player and he should accommodate himself for any sort of game. Come on get your act together.
nisar
Jul 20, 2010 06:38pm
i think Afridi should perform very well in the test cricket because he is the experienced one in the elevens. He must show his temperament in test format for the sake of pak cricket future because Pak cricket have given a great name to Afridi. on the contrary it is a good decision in that culture where no one wants to eliminate his power whether he is fit for that or not.
Peshawarite
Jul 21, 2010 03:21am
poor writing indeed.
Imran Pakistani
Jul 21, 2010 04:08am
I can't understand how people are supporting Shahid's decision. I guess it just shows that coward people will support each other because they have never been leaders and don't fully understand what leadership means.
Zakir
Jul 21, 2010 07:12am
Well everyone's having their say of what's right and what's not. We as fans do not really know the circumstances under which a player accepts such a big task and that coming out of self-retirement from the test cricket format. He might have had conditions signing as a captain that under situations where he fails to up lift the dressing room, he would step down. It may be self imposed condition you never know? but what he has done, needs guts to accept it publically. And Mr. well should i say well-mannered (not really) Writer, its indeed great to question someone's ability but certainly not based on very racist remarks.
Khurram
Jul 21, 2010 05:08am
I wish there were more like Afridi in this country who would call it quits as the situation called for it. People like him have become a rare breed indeed. Very wise decision, leaving with his head held high. Nice work!!
Muhammad umer
Jul 21, 2010 05:54am
you are right Farooq bhai....Shahid don,t think that you are not a good caption 4 test.....I think you are the only player who can gather whole team.....you are very fantastic player ...
Zaid81
Jul 21, 2010 06:23am
He made the right decision, he is not a test player and good thing he realised it sooner. I believe he will do great for Pakistan in the other two formats.
Shuja
Jul 21, 2010 06:44am
Shariq, Dont bring Inzi into this. He's a much bigger player than what u are trying to make him. Secondly, test captaincy is not a joke and it should never have been given to Afridi and if for some bizzare reason it was given to him, he should have never resigned the way he did. If you think what Afridi has done is right, no offence but you have no clue about what test cricket is. Stick to ODIs and T20s.
Rajesh
Jul 21, 2010 11:02am
Excellent decision by Afridi,if he did carry on loosing test matches then he would have been banned for life by PCB,at least he has saved himself for 20-20 and one day matches.
Rajesh
Jul 21, 2010 11:18am
Good decision by Shahid.If you didnt then you would have got life ban by PCB for loosing test matches.
Faisal
Jul 21, 2010 12:58pm
Excellent article and right on. Afridi gave up instead of taking it as a challenge. He has been playing cricket for the last 13 years and for him to say 'I cannot play test cricket is crazy'. He did not even try in Test macthes and his test average is better than 1 day and 20/20.
IQ
Jul 21, 2010 03:32pm
'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage with this so called Leadership? We should be screaming bloody looser! We've got a gang of selectors trying to steer our ship of cricket right over a cliff, we've got PCB corporate gangsters stealing us blind, But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the PCB say, 'trust me the Team is getting better..' Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with thumb up your butt and talk theory. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down. Better? You've got to be kidding. This is Pakistan Cricket, not the 'Titanic'.
jacknandan
Jul 21, 2010 04:08pm
Really Afridi should apologies to whole country. When the country needs him he left the country in middle of crisis. What a selfish player he is. May be he is world class batsman but what the result.
Tanweer Hussain
Jul 22, 2010 09:44am
Hi all Shahid Afridi didn't performed in well in the test and there was no place for him in the test team and that is why he left the captiancy and he did the right thing , don't underestimate Afirdi he did the right thing but we only see the dark side that is why we only blame only blame.
Mehboob Qureshi
Jul 21, 2010 06:19pm
Shahid Afridi is not fit for the test matches. Test match needs patience, he has no patience, scoring 30 odd runs are not enough against the strong team like Australia, one has to stay at the wicket so that one end should be blocked of falling wickets & by staying on the wicket the runs comes & any loose ball one can hit, but Mr.Afidi takes every ball loose.Being a leader what message he has given to his teammates by hiting every ball. To be a captain it needs planning, ressponsibility & consultation which S.Afridi lacked. So his decision is right to quit from Test matches. Allah bless us, Aameen
Anee Ahmed
Jul 21, 2010 08:26pm
Mr. Farooq writes that Shahid Afridi was appointed for this leadership. Now that's a laugh. Shahid Afridi as a leader. Leader of what ?. The last time a leader lead the Pakistani cricket team was Imran Khan. Now, that was a leader who commanded respect and inspired his team. Under Imran's grew Wasim and Waqar the duo that baffled the world of cricket with their swing bowling and with the terrifying speed and accuracy. They flourished and gave it all under their captain - a leader. To call the likes of Shahid Afridi a leader would be comparing Imran and Shahid and that would be a pity. But that said, Shahid Arfidi's utility to the team as a bowler and a fielder I would certainly acknowledge and he has my admiration. Shahid decided not to play test cricket - so be it. That is his decision and let us respect that. The end of it, we don't have a cricket team, we never had one since Inzamam became a captain. Since we don't have a TEAM, any one can be the captain.
Batada
Jul 21, 2010 08:37pm
I cannot belive that a person like Shahid Afridi ran cowardly instead of facing challenge. I believe he will repent his decision later.
Aqil Siddiqi
Jul 21, 2010 08:56pm
Why, because truth hurts???? I love Shahid Afridi, but the way he has left the sinking ship is just deplorable. Country needed him, his fans needed him, and most of all 'Shahid Afridi"needed him.
Aqil Siddiqi
Jul 21, 2010 09:06pm
Hahahaha, you have to be in Pakistan to find out. Our problems are very very deep. Days of Imran and Javed are long gone, and it will take another generation(Insha Allah), to fix these problems. We just like to have power and control, but don't want to take the resposibility for our failures.
Aqil Siddiqi
Jul 21, 2010 09:09pm
How True. One hell of a talent just got waisted away, only because of bias and racism.
jUNAID S
Jul 21, 2010 09:49pm
Maybe you need to write the letter in pashto
mansoor
Jul 22, 2010 07:10am
very true! Asim Kamal has, several times, played some important knocks against India and South Africa and has a "temparament" which unfortnately Mr Afridi or any of the younger players possess. Had he been considered to test matches he may as well become Test team captain too. But alas...............dirty politics !!!!!!!!!!!
RWren
Jul 21, 2010 10:15pm
Thank you! At last, someone else was able to look past the context of the article, into the content! It might've been wrong for Afridi to 'renounce' his Test captaincy, or maybe not. Be that as it may, the style of this article leaves a lot to be desired! Nothing against the author (whom I'm sure is a super nice guy!) but really, did he HAVE to keep using "Shahid," like, every third sentence?! Aughgh!
salman jafri
Jul 21, 2010 10:36pm
to shahid afridi you are wasting your talent.
kashif
Jul 21, 2010 11:39pm
I think Salman Butt should stay captain for all formats. Afridi should have to earn his place back. Never send a boy to do a man's job. Wouldn't it be ironic if Pakistan won at Headingley.
Vijay
Jul 22, 2010 03:43am
very accurate points i have stopped following cricket for past 2 years.. had enough of PCB and players scandals... now the latest afridi sage adds more fuel to my anger against pakistani team... i guess its good bye from my side to cricket.. other sports seems more fun to me now.
Saad Jabbar Shinwari
Jul 22, 2010 04:12am
Well said Umair..the point is not to just ask him to be a captain just because he can make the team work/play as 1 unit and play his ODI/T20 style of cricket in TESTS concurrently...if he under performs PCB will get rid of him without even thinking for a second that at least he kept the team together and united..people on this blog/forum should think both sides of the story and then comment...its easy to get emotional
Saad Jabbar Shinwari
Jul 22, 2010 04:16am
Well said Shah and Hassan..the point is not to just ask him to be a captain just because he can make the team work/play as 1 unit and play his ODI/T20 style of cricket in TESTS concurrently...if he under performs PCB will get rid of him without even thinking for a second that at least he kept the team together and united..people on this blog/forum should think both sides of the story and then comment...its easy to get emotional
Omer Adhia
Jul 22, 2010 04:39am
Nice article. You hit the nail on the head. Afridi indeed has been selfish in steeping down as a Test captain right in the middle of series. I guess there is no such thing as leadership in the Pakistan cricket team. Its all about personal gains , country comes last. Btw, does Ijaz Butt have complete immunity ? If he was the CEO of a company, he would have been fired by the shareholders and stoned to death by the employees. I am sure he is the most incompetent chairman PCB has ever had and that is an achievement in itself.
Waqar Fasihi
Jul 22, 2010 11:09am
Shahid should come back.. As this is not the matter of his individual performance as a test cricketer, instead it is the matter of having a leadership for the team, for which Shahid is the best choice.
Shoaib Saleem
Jul 23, 2010 11:33am
In my opinion Shahid did the right thing and infact management now should pin point players which do not have temperament to stay at wicket like Umer Akmal, though the timing might be wrong ! what the team management/ seniors (Imran, Javed, Waseem, Waqar & Aqib) need to educate Salman, as he is not a born leader or may be He should learn things like (Field setting, changing bowlers, when to use your surprise element or odd bowler) from other great captains like Steve Vaugh, Ponting, Smith and i beleive there is no harm in this infact it will definatly help him and the team
Vaseem
Jul 22, 2010 07:51pm
Hi All, I can't understand what he did by retiring from Test Cricket, Pakistan has lost 13 Test matches in row, and since 1995 when all greats like Wasim, Waqar, Inzmam, yousuf and Moin...Aamir and Saeed Anwar was there. I fail to understand why he did so....the team needed him and he left the sinking ship. There are a lot of rift in Pakistani camp and it can be smelled by the Salman Butt response...he back his decision because he wants to be captain. Every body wants to captain Pakistan team regard less of quality...and this is the primary reason of downfall of Pakistan Cricket did Younis performed after captaining...Did Yousuf possess the quality of captain he himself let his batting down to earth...likes of Kamran and Salman are having a single quality of Captain...and sorry to forgot Hero Shoaib Malik...they are not captain material. Only SHAHID AFRIDI and SHOAIB AKHTAR CAN BE CAPTAIN OF PAKISTAN. Shahid Please take your decision back and apologize to whole world and your fans....and from Cricket. You can score more than any one ok tell me who score more run than you in Lords test....PLEASE GO FOR OPENING THE TEST AND TAKE YOUR DECISION BACK...YOU CAN SCORE IN OPENING MORE THAN ANY OPENER IN PAKISTAN....
Abdul Rehman
Jul 23, 2010 09:25am
With all due respect to the writer accepting your short comings is no ordinary feat. He knows that his time to learn is gone. He is not getting younger any more and test cricket is about temperament. And with Afridi's temperament it gives a wrong signal to the dressing room. Already the lack of cricket has brought Pakistan to this point and if Afridi had stayed and played like the way he did and encouraged everyone else to play it like a one day then I am afraid Pakistan cricket would have gone back even further. Its not only about winning a test its to be in the right state of mind. I respect Afridi that he was honest in acknowledging that he cannot change his style and its better that a youngster gets a chance instead who can be the future of Pakistan.
Aikan
Jul 24, 2010 09:28am
Afridi carved a name for himself by scoring fastest innings in ODIs and with aggressive batting in T20s besides useful bowling for his team.His performances made him earn man of the match & player of tournament awards in international events & he is rightly adored by youth world over. However his attitude in the field from trying to damage pitch with his shoes or chewing ball is highly irresponsible. Such immature acts do not make him fit for selection as a player but we have strange ways of rewarding rule breakers and convicts who end up captain or president in our country. His replacement with Salman Butt is an ideal decision which would go a long way in bringing decency and maturity in sport of cricket. Board must observe on & off field attitude of Afridi and show him door on first opportunity before he could cause more damage to country & cricket.
Mushtaq
Jul 24, 2010 03:44am
We all need to learn how to work in a professional manner. Shahid is a good player and he has his own style. We all love that style but today's cricket needs a lot more than just "Boom boom, and boom". Cricket is change a lot from the past. We need play with the right cards in our hands to win the game. Look at the other international teams and learn from them. This is a time for us to bring change in. If a person is admitting his deficiencies it is his greatness. It is not only giving chances to others to prove they are capable but also encourage them to accept their weaknesses if any. For the management, it is a time to think how to produce leaders. We think some people are born leaders which is total wrong. Leaders are prepared through a tough series of lessons and training. They are tested with specific tasks before naming as "Leader". It is a wake up call for PCB on how to create this cycle and if PCB can't produce leaders, it should learn from Shahid Afridi how to step out and give a chance to those who can do these job in a rightly manner.
Zulfiqar Shaikh
Jul 26, 2010 07:39am
Afridi certainly showed a sluggish way of dealing with the issue by running away from the facts. He was clearly out of control but still he has a better ability to gain control before anyone can take control. He should have bore a little more severity on his own, get back a little, think a better strategy to organize the team, and once the team is in a better shape, he can opt to quit the leadership.
Suhail
Jul 28, 2010 07:47am
In my view, Arfidi is a kind of player whose technique suits the longer version of the game. He plays with straight bat and likes to drive the ball. He just needs to learn the art of avoiding the off cutters and that's it. With his off spin bowling and marvelous fielding, he can become an asset for Pakistan cricket especially in the longer version. More importantly people want to see him in action.
Rida Shariq
Jul 29, 2010 07:56pm
I've read your other articles and you're a super writer and i really liked the concept of this but I think it was a bit harsh. Granted, it did not show good leadership and did not do much for the spirits of the team or the Pakistanis around the world but had he not left when he did we might've not had the second test win under Butt's leadership. I do not think Afridi should give up test - he should've promised the nation that he would return when he was in form and ready; that would've softened the blow and still kept the nation's spirit high. I am an optimist when it comes to Pakistani cricket and things should, hopefully, only get better. And lol @ junaid's comment suggesting the letter be written in pushto.