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'Afridi has nothing left to offer'

Published May 17, 2013 02:49pm


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Afridi was overlooked for the ICC Champions Trophy. -File photo
Afridi was overlooked for the ICC Champions Trophy. -File photo

Shahid Afridi was handed a Rs 360,000 monthly contract by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) this week but the former captain should retire from international cricket as he is ‘finished’ and has ‘nothing left to offer anymore’, according to the Pakistan team management and players.

Afridi was dropped for the One-Day International (ODI) leg of the tour of India end of last year before making a comeback for the five-match series in South Africa where he failed to pick up a single wicket in 37 overs. His 88 in the third ODI was his first half-century in 13 months and his highest score since the124 against Bangladesh in June 2010.

Despite calls for experience in the squad for the ICC event and another ‘final chance’, the former captain was overlooked for the Champions Trophy that takes place in England and Wales next month. The surprise inclusion in category A for the central contracts list seemed to have handed the all-rounder some hope of extending his playing days but if the decision was left to the team management, Afridi’s career would be over.

“Afridi is finished, I don’t think he has anything left to offer anymore,” a member of the team management told ahead of Pakistan’s opening match against Scotland.

“He has played some amazing innings and bowled superbly in the past but it’s time to move on now. For the last year or so, he has been selected on the basis of his bowling only but has failed to pick up wickets or stop the flow of runs and that’s why he is of no use to the team anymore.”

Afridi has taken just four wickets in the last 12 ODIs – his tally stands at 348 from 354 ODIs – and just seven T20 wickets in the last 12 months. His much-questioned batting skills, too, have been put to the sword as only 161 of his 7,261 ODI runs have come in the last 12 months with just three double-figure scores.

“Experience and knowledge of the game is one thing but to be in the playing-XI, you need to be performing consistently and not just riding on history,” said a member of the national squad.

“Afridi has rescued the team on various occasions – with bat and ball – and is always at the front with advice but his recent dip in form has put extra pressure on others around him to make up for his lack of contribution.”

Despite no immediate replacement in sight – a bowler who can bat and the ability to clear the rope – the selectors and the team management is content with altering the playing-XI instead of ‘accommodating an underperforming Afridi’ just because of his numbers. His last snub lasted just three matches but he stance on show currently looks set to overtake that.

“We can never rule out his return but in the interest of Pakistan cricket and its future, we now need to look beyond Afridi and he needs to look beyond international cricket.”

Comments (65) Closed

Majid May 17, 2013 03:01pm

Boom Boom but now Bust..

Mohammed May 17, 2013 03:17pm

the member of the team management making these remarks is foolish.Every great player goes through a bad patch, Management should be there to support the players and not break their confidence. Unfortunately certain members of management have never held a bat or ball and want to be role models to the players.The current management should stop being bias and give Afridi a chance and show confidence in his abilities rather than making such comments. Afridi is the best all rounder ever produced by Pakistan. AFRIDI will bounce back and prove his critics wrong

Rashid Latif May 17, 2013 03:26pm

What do shoaib malik and kamran akmal have to offer?

Pak cricket fan May 17, 2013 05:06pm

I agree that Afridi needs to move on. Consistency is more important that once in a while cameos. Abdul Razzaq is way more consistent than Afridi, however, it is the young blood that needs to be in the team. Afridi, thanks for all your efforts for the Pakistani team. Wish you all the best for your future endeavors.

Rogers Evans May 17, 2013 05:30pm

Whatever team management member says is not ethical. Award of Category "A" contract by PCB has some logic behind it. I have the feelings that Afridi will join the team soon for CT . Please keep your fingers crossed and avoid unethical comments.

Ali May 17, 2013 05:38pm

He was finished years ago...

Javid Shirazi May 17, 2013 05:49pm

Even during his prime was never consistent. Like others before, age finally got to him. High time to retire.

Salim Khan May 17, 2013 06:03pm

It seems a fabricated article. Who has written this, no names.... Who is the team members quoted in the piece, no names. It is a fact that Afridi is not in the best of forms but he is not finished. Stop fabricating articles!!!

Ghalib May 17, 2013 06:23pm

Biased fabricated article

Ak May 17, 2013 06:53pm

@Rashid Latif: Deals

Bilal Saeed Ahmad May 17, 2013 07:13pm

Agree. Afridi never really performed consistently over the years to deserve a place in the 11. Surprisingly, however, his test record was much better and yet he retired early from that. The whole concept of "boom boom afridi", i am afraid to say was a gimmick which had nothing to do with cricket. We want players of test pedigree, not show boaters riding on one or two innings of significance.

Shoaib malik, the God-awful akmal brothers, sami, tanveer should have been discarded a long time ago. Gul never impressed me at any level except 20/20 (which i don't consider cricket at all by the way). If you must persist then please put all the rotten eggs in the t20 basket. No cares about that. We need new young blood. I want to see the likes of Asif and Amir more, who were suitable at any level but stood miles above the rest in the test arena.

Hey there May 17, 2013 07:13pm

Exactly.....How old is Afridi ?

Abbas May 17, 2013 07:22pm

@Salim Khan: Its because fo supporters like you he has managed to stay in the team for so many years with such mediocre stats. If he played for any other top cricketing nations, he would have been dropped after the first 6 months

Obaid May 17, 2013 07:27pm

This is a shame to label a great hero like this. He has contributed a lot to the game and hold many records. What about others who have yet to make a dent...

Imran Siddiqui May 17, 2013 07:49pm

@Rogers Evans: I agree that he will join the team soon. Why is Imran Farhat selected??

Karachi Wala May 17, 2013 08:41pm

@Salim Khan:

It is not a fabricated article. It is written by Faras Ghani. Please look at the right side of the back of Afridi's head on top of the article.

Karachi Wala May 17, 2013 08:43pm

@Rashid Latif:

Kamran Should be next followed by Malik.

Ussamah May 17, 2013 08:51pm

Seriously? Afridi? What about the captain of the team: Misbah? At 40, what does he have to offer? What about Shoaib Malik? Kamran Akmal? On merit none of the batsmen in Pakistan side can walk into Indian,Australian or South African sides. Afridi definitely showed some form on the SA tour. He needs to be given confidence.

Misbah should look twice on his performance before commenting on Afridi. Misbah has single handedly lost matches for Pakistan from winning positions. If someone is finished, its Misbah.

Mustafa May 17, 2013 09:11pm

Why should we believe the writer? All sources are unnamed. Dawn should look beyond such fictitious author.

Iqbal May 17, 2013 10:31pm

Afridi was a fluke. He was never an international material.

Malik May 17, 2013 10:46pm

@Rashid Latif: Kamran Does Wicket keeping, last time I checked.

Ali May 17, 2013 11:04pm

Article with no name and simply saying "team management" is as good as rubbish. Such articles creat confusion, mistrust and discord in team and future teams. Amongst the current bowling lot, there are quiet a few who have underperfomed in recent past. We still persist. What to say of batsmen who have been woefull in recent series. He needs to be given confidence, time in the middle and domestic time. I think this article is one sided and should not have been published.

Oz May 17, 2013 11:09pm

Who is that member of the team management ? Why cant they man up and come forward ?

Afridi is a crowd puller, he brings fans together. Politics has damned this country, including cricket.

Those who are against him, I am afraid dont know nothing about the real game of cricket. Ofcourse he throws bat, thats because he never was a batsman.

Anees May 17, 2013 11:27pm

@Javid Shirazi: Age? Is 33 too old for a cricketer? What about your 40-year-old skipper who has NOT scored a 100 in ODIs yet? And who else in your team has been consistent? I will waiting for your reply to tell me 2 - 3 consistent players in the last 5 - 8 years..

Anees May 17, 2013 11:29pm

@Ali: Years ago? Who was your highest wicket taker in WC 2011? Is 2011 YEARS ago?

Anees May 17, 2013 11:30pm

@Rashid Latif: Flattery is what they have to offer...

mac May 18, 2013 12:52am

What about Imran Farhat, or Shoaib Mailk, or Kamran Akmal? ALl of them, including Afridi need to bid much awaited farewel.

Iqbal May 18, 2013 02:03am

Dawn News is just biased and always has articles written against Afridi. We have to treat all players equally and appreciate their services for the country and if PCB management is concerned about performance and merit then I wonder who has performed professionally during recent matches and why Afridi is the only one blamed? What about Razaq, Yousaf (who has better average and strike rate than Misbah) who are overlooked?

Misbah-ul-Hafeez May 18, 2013 02:06am

@Ali: JUST FYI Faras Ghani, the writer of this article, is with the team in Scotland. He has previously worked for cricinfo as well! Don't get emotional

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad May 18, 2013 02:34am

While I respect the opinion of the author, I beg to differ with him on the following facts and figures: (i) If a 40-years old skipper can lead a team on the basis of his past and previous performance, why not a cricket legend like Shahid Afridi? (ii) Bad patch in cricket is a temporary phase and all players encounter it in their cricketing career in one way or the other. Shahid Afridi is no exception to this universal rule of cricket. (iii) Sometimes, only the inclusion of great cricketers like Shahid Afridi in the playing XI makes the opponent team and its players 'fearful' of their opposing team, to say the least. Look at the Indian team for example. For how long they have continued with Tendulkar in their playing squad irrespective of the fact whether he scores any runs or not?

Let me make it clear that I am in no way related to Shahid Afridi in any way directly or indirectly, implicitly or explicitly, knowingly or unknowingly. I have never met him in person or know him otherwise. Nevertheless, based on his tremendous God given cricketing talents and traits, I very strongly believe that he still has lot of cricket left in him and he is not finished as yet.

Sometimes, for outstanding cricketers like Afridi, it's just a matter of one match or one inning to bring them back to their original and famous form. Let's show some patience. trust and tolerance because these noble characteristics are necessary to be held not only for the cricket players in their personality profile but also for other stake holders like fans, peers, sponsors, pals, associates, umpires, promoters, writers, commentators, selection committee members, sports journalists, organizers and so on.

Last but not the least, kindly ponder into the fact for a moment that it's easier to dump a player of Afridi's class and caliber but it is very difficult or almost impossible to recall him after he has retired or called it a quits.

noMisbah May 18, 2013 03:30am

Team management has nothing to offer. Afridi is over?! How about you go back to the hole you came from mr. "team management source."

Anyone who follows cricket with any understanding of the game knows Afridi has a LOT still to offer

AJ May 18, 2013 04:17am

I hopped that the author would also mention that in how many of the above mentioned ODIs Afridi came to bat when only 1 to 2 overs were left in the innings and he was asked to throw bat at every thing coming his way.

Faraz Khan May 18, 2013 07:45am

@Obaid: stop living in the past man!! he scored and got the due appreciation and recognition now move on ppl !!

syed May 18, 2013 07:47am

The person in team management who said"Afridi is finished", is most likely Intekhab Alam!

Faraz Khan May 18, 2013 07:47am

@Mohammed: Excuse me... afridi a great player ??? :o you have to be kidding!

Tendulkar, Lara, Imran, Wasim, these are great players, Afridi is just a mediocre player

Muhammad Iqbal May 18, 2013 08:33am

You people are biased and always write against Afridi and his abilities to entertain cricket audience around globe. Name one player currently playing in the team who has the ability to do wonders. Everyone trying to cement his place in the team and talking about performance by team players is just a joke, wonder who's performing and if someone does perform then obviously the tour results will be different.

Riz - US May 18, 2013 09:30am

@ Iqbal - Totally agree with you bro, he is not at all international material. This is what we call "NASEEB".

Just like the politicians taking turns as witnessed in the recent elections, I can guarantee you he will be back in the team in few months time as Team Pakistan is a musical chair game. God bless :)

abid May 18, 2013 10:37am

Shahid Afridi is a good player of ODI and T20 in the world so Inshallah he will give good performance in champion trophy

Dr. S. H. Kazmi May 18, 2013 10:52am

@Rashid Latif: they represent the corrupt Pakistani society and constantly reminds us that nepotism and injustice is alive and thriving in Pakistan.

Que May 18, 2013 11:36am

Faras what is the point of this article? Are you trying to find a somewhat justification of Afridi's non selection in the team? Pathetic!!! Why don't you write about Iqbal Qasim and his ongoing failure role in selection! His continuous ignorance of not selecting Afridi, Umar Ak, Razzaq & Imran Nazir!!! The recent match against Scotland showed extreme disappointment in batting against a weak side; why don't you write about? Watch, Pakistan is going to lose all CT matches... The four players (mentioned above) have still a lot to offer in cricket; if not for Pakistan then for other teams (private T20 tournaments)...

Afridi rules & rocks!

Somnath May 18, 2013 11:55am

Afridi Boom Boom soon he will back with bang and all who hate Afridi will come to know whose time is over......

Que May 18, 2013 12:33pm

Faras what is the point of this article? Are you trying to find a somewhat justification of Afridi's non selection in the team? Pathetic!!! Why don't you write about Iqbal Qasim and his ongoing failure role in selection! His continuous ignorance of not selecting Afridi, Umar Ak, Razzaq & Imran Nazir!!! The recent match against Scotland showed extreme disappointment in batting against a weak side; why don't you write about? Watch our team is going to lose all CT matches... The four players (mentioned above) have still a lot to offer in cricket; if not for Pakistan then for other teams (private T20 tournaments)...

Afridi rules & rocks!

asad May 18, 2013 12:35pm

I dont like Misbah but he keeps on scoring runs.As far as Afridi is concerned most of us are tired of watching him and failing over and over again. I wish we can send him to bangladesh where he can play cricket as long as he wants.

smriti May 18, 2013 12:35pm

well afridi is like a one man army......he is d best all rounder after kallis..... may be he is not consistent but still on his day he can destroy any baller and he is not in champions trophy?? this is shocking?? i am indian but i loved this guy more than tendulkar or lara

zaheer May 18, 2013 12:41pm

There is only one Afridi, and his contribution to Pakistan cricket has a special place and will remain so for ever. However, the people comparing Afridi's stats with other players in the current team and trying to make a case for his inclusion in the team are missing a basic point. Cricket like any other support is a game of numbers and when we look at his record over the last one year plus - 4 Wickets in 12 ODI matches, 7 Wickets in T20 matches and only 161 ODI runs in 12 months-it is evident that his skills have diminished to the point that his inclusion in the team at the expense of up and coming players cannot be justified anymore. Let us then accept the fact that his "best before

punjabi May 18, 2013 12:47pm

well everyone has to go one day, but these days there are many cricket formats available in the world, he can play in 20-20 and i think he still has a place in the team, in the tour of south Africa it was even difficult for pakistan selectors to select an eleven member squad, Afridi is still very useful player.

Omer May 18, 2013 01:50pm

@Anees: Have you ever played cricket in Pakistan or do you know how the age thing works? Afridi is surely not 33 rather 36, and it's not about age than your fitness and performance, and Afridi was never a player to have played 300 ODI's. He should feel lucky to do that and should make his way out straight away now as he is a liability.

syed baqar ahsan May 18, 2013 01:53pm

Actually we Pakistanis have a serious self accounting/judging problem secondly few round also keeping filling false air,repeated bad performances are not taken seriously thirdly one must see the data of the players age of best,worst and retired age.Last but not the least The God Almighty also give you single to say good bye and keep ignoring but if you have to leave by kicking out that is separate issue but the biggest fault lies with authorities who select teams if they are also political appointees then everything remain disgraced that is what is there in every dept of Pakistan. Only honest,crazy and cracks like me can put system on back on tracks.

syed baqar ahsan May 18, 2013 01:56pm

@abid: people like you are dis honest and lack merit.Afiridi bhai eating away lot of young talent better then him now please have mercy for the new one rather filling false air in khan sahib.Be honest to yourself

Aisha May 18, 2013 01:57pm

@mac: They are from Punjab. And have good contacts in the board. Hence slightly different treatment.

sufy May 18, 2013 03:07pm

Have anyone seen recent match vs Nethlands Farhat played Test match and Misbha played fully defensive ...How pak will play with India God nos sure a Humilating defeat and will give to Pak..You can see the score board below very poor performance:- Imran Farhat b Haq 46 70 4 0 65.71
Nasir Jamshed c Mommsen b Taylor 20 35 2 0 57.14
Mohammad Hafeez c Davey b Haq 18 26 2 0 69.23
Asad Shafiq b Machan 9 19 0 0 47.36
Misbah-ul-Haq* not out 83 80 3 2 103.75
Umar Amin c Taylor b Haq 3 12 0 0 25.00
Kamran Akmal

samad May 18, 2013 03:14pm

Below score against scotland very poor...Without BOOM BOOM pak will strugle a lot....Hafeez 20runs in 35 balls and Imran farhat 46 of 70balls shows how bad pak will loose to India....

Imran Farhat b Haq 46 70 4 0 65.71
Nasir Jamshed c Mommsen b Taylor 20 35 2 0 57.14
Mohammad Hafeez c Davey b Haq 18 26 2 0 69.23
Asad Shafiq b Machan 9 19 0 0 47.36

Combaticus May 18, 2013 03:40pm

Rs 360,000 per month is a joke. It is a shame that we pay so little for our top professionals ! A guy in an oil company gets a better salary !

Torontonian Desi May 18, 2013 05:05pm

I've never doubted Afridi's abilities as a cricketer, and his track record does speak for itself (kinda). He's been a valuable asset for Pakistani cricket. Having said that though, he's also shown immense irresponsibility (particularly off the field - case in point, his comments about Aamir Sohail). Anyway, he really should step down now and hand the torch to the youngsters. He's attained all that he deserved to from the sport, and I think it's high time he realize that all good things must come to an end. He should retire with dignity now, rather than risk further failures and be dissed by the public even more in the future.

Sadiq From Maryland May 18, 2013 06:42pm

Hi Guys, the article is nice one, I did not understand the PCB policy, why you are giving this huge salary for some one he is not selected in the Playing Eleven.

The pakistan selector have to find some other than Afridi, he played more than 300 matches, that is a lot of cricket, now its time to give his place to the youth, who are capable to perform in bowling and batting. Dont look that the History that Afridi won us matches, you have to look in the present, is he 100% fit and can he perform with the bat and bowling. I am against those selector, who keep experience preference then the performance.

zahid May 18, 2013 07:15pm

pakistan will lose in champion trophy and selectors will RECALL afradi again. Mark my words. These selectors have no idea about the Cricket game.

Suleman_from_USA May 18, 2013 07:49pm

I agree 100% with this artricle. Afridi has been terrible with the bowl last couple years. His batting is not up to even domestic standards. I dont think he's upto IPL high competative standards either. He could be useful in smaller T20 leagues in Bangaldesh & SL.K Akmal & S Mallik should retire too.

PAKboy May 19, 2013 01:03am

@Anees: He is the only player having batting average of more than 42 runs in ODIs.....He has been the most successful captain in the history of world cricket beating other cricketing giants captains. See his record table...he is the most prolific batsman to score consecutive half centuries and have led his team to win most of the times....he has the class to stay and deliver against the world's deadliest opponent just like he delivered against aussies , and africa... Afridi , on the other hand is a POOR cricketer trust me....he averages 10 runs a match in all the 4 world cups he played and most of the time he got out for ZERO in final matches...even last deciding match against taking 348 wickets in 354 matches is a v average performance...he is averaging just over 20 in ODIs....

By the way you are probably one of the most ignorant and pathetic cricket fan who doesn't even know abt the two extremes Misbah and Afridi....c'mon grow up n ditch ur afridi lolly pop!

PAKboy May 19, 2013 01:06am

@noMisbah: The article has been written with full statistics and there is no point for you to criticize team management only bcz u r another pathetic fan of mr. over rated

PAKboy May 19, 2013 01:08am

@syed: yaaa wats the big deal....afridi shld hv never been included in the team....more importantly, he must hv thanked nation fore supporting him though he was never worth of it

PAKboy May 19, 2013 01:11am

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad: He didnt have any CLASS or CALIBER.....if he had been in australia or South africa, they wudnt have let him to play 15 odd matches even... he is just an over rated person who loves to please his ego when he takes a wicket after 37 overs

PAKboy May 19, 2013 01:13am

@Iqbal: Abdur Razzq has better average than misbah....i thnk u r trying to bluff us or so??? Sir, he is the only batsman to have scored runs with an average of +42.... He has been the most successful captain of Pakistan team ....u so liar

PAKboy May 19, 2013 01:15am

@Mustafa: you will have to believe the statistics which shows him as one of the pathetic and over rated cricketer from paksiatn

PAKboy May 19, 2013 01:20am

The article show it all.....very TRUE and very GENUINE... Most of the time, i wonder, why ppl in Pakistan crazily follow one very less capable person and finally over rate him to the top, where he starts thinking himself larger than the game... Look at that stupid performer.....always letting his nation down still being cheered up by goofs..... 10 runs of batting avg. in 4 world cups, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011...... havnt take a wicket in last 37 overs after playing 354 matches, took 348 wckts batting average of just above 20 runs a match

NOW who call him a gr8 or fabulous their dreams...!

FB May 19, 2013 08:43am

@PAKboy: I fully agree with you, the facts and figures are in front of us, he is a behaving like our Corrupt Politicians,it seems that he will keep getting chances to be in the team and make us loose more matches but still his central contract will continue, it is corruption in PCB that more deserving Players are not getting Central Contract and his performance is zero but being paid MAXIMUM, well done Afridi keep it up, continue as long as you can, we will tolerate you for another five or ten years.Congratulation to PCB for doing excellent job.