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"Not the right time for Afridi to retire"

Published Oct 12, 2012 02:00pm


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KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan believes that all-rounder Shahid Afridi still has potential to contribute to the Pakistan cricket team on the field despite a recent dip in his form.

Afridi's abysmal performance at the World Twenty20 during which he scored just 30 runs in five innings and took only four wickets in six matches attracted much criticism from former players and fans, however, Moin thinks Afridi can still play an important role for Pakistan.

“Afridi can still serve the country,” the former wicketkeeper said. “He shouldn’t retire but should take some rest that will help him regain his form.

“I also advise the same to Imran Nazir who struggled in the tournament as well.”

Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez also came to Afridi's defense after the World T20, saying the all-rounder was a match winner and an integral part of the team.

"He is always a hard-worker and I think he is trying to come out of it which is a positive sign for us as a team. So that’s the reason we have given him all the chancesm,” Hafeez said.

Moin also applauded Hafeez's captaincy, adding that Abdul Razzaq's outburst against the captain was natural.

The veteran all-rounder lashed out against Hafeez for dropping him for the semi-final of the World T20 against Sri Lanka. Razzaq said that he was very disappointed after being left out of the playing eleven in the crucial match on Thursday. He was replaced by left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir in the match that Pakistan lost by 16 runs, allowing Sri Lanka to enter the final of the ICC event.

“Razzaq’s comments were not appropriate,” said Moin.  “But he should have played in the World Twenty20. Razzaq’s reaction was natural as he knows he does have some time left in his career. Hafeez showed good signs of captaincy. He should be given more time but he will need to learn from his mistakes.”

Moin criticised coach Dav Whatmore's approach, pointing out that there had hardly been any improvements in the team since the former Australia player took over.

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Munir Butt Oct 12, 2012 10:54pm
why do we have to have a foreign coach always?. I am not a racist, but why not give a chance to one out of so many of pakistan legends, secondly players should not play cricket only but improve in other things such as education, organisation, confidence, mind management and body language.
Aamir Jaleel Oct 13, 2012 05:29pm
Guys, I am not sure what are you reading between the lines. Selection needs to be done based on performance and unfortunately the domestic system is so damaged and lack of playing with international team at home is not helping finding the right talent. When was the last time Afridi performed as a batsman? Shahid Afridi ODI batting average is 23 in 349 matches and T20 17 in 56 matches. Razzaq ODI batting average is 30 in 265 and T20 23 in 30. Imran Nazir ODI batting average is 25 in 79 matches and 22 in 25 matches in T20. Shoib Malik ODI batting average is 33 in 203 matches and 23 in 50 matches in T20. Do you still think they are the right talent to be playing for Pakistan. They all have been around for a long time and given many chances and it's time PCB give chance to new talents and build the team for future. Hafiz's performance is just OK as a batsman but he needs to learn from his mistakes as a captain. In the Bowling end, Pakistan needs to give chances to young bowlers as bowlers in late 20's and 30 's are not the future of Pakistan as they are too old to learn now and change. Gul is at his end of career and rest of the bowlers are either old or just mediocre. Mois, Rashid Latif and other old players only supporting the old talent as they were their when they played for the country. Instead Moin and team needs to find talent and present solution not criticize others....
Khan Usafzai Oct 12, 2012 10:54pm
Afridi has alot left in it ...Just couple of bad performances do not means that he is over ..just give him abit of time and he will make a comeback with a bang .....
Razzaq Oct 12, 2012 05:22pm
Moin himself refused to retire despite his non performance and aging for so long thus depriving the youngsters to replace him. Now he is preaching the same for Afridi.
Salman Oct 13, 2012 02:11pm
Whether he wants to retire or not is his decision. Based on his performance he should not be selected for the national team.
qayyum khan Oct 13, 2012 07:20am
yes, afridi is a great star of pakistan.but it is all time happen in pakistan that they have no respect of their stars who have great respect all around the world.The brutality of Pakistani crickert board is shown with Muhammed yousaf and now with our great star shahid khan afridi.Both stars of pakistan cricket are become prey by the brutality of the corrupton in the board.
Abdullah Hussain Oct 13, 2012 02:51pm
Moin Khan, it seems you always like to remain in focus. Who cares what you think. Pakistan cricket is going down the drain, embarrassment has become a part of our team's performance & you just care to extract few more drops of juice from the already well squeezed Ganna (sugar cane). There is no point to salvage few years of an individual
Rehan Oct 13, 2012 08:32am
The problem with this article is it talks about Moin Khan's views on Shahid Afridi. That's like asking a blind man, "Did you see that ?"
yawar hussain Oct 13, 2012 08:28am
absolutely, the time has not come yet for afridi to retire. Moin Khan is absolutely right on the money.Certainley Shahid Afridi is asset for Pakistani team. I think he'll stage a brilliant come back, the only thing he has to do is to build self confidence and boost practice.
m h Oct 13, 2012 08:41pm
I think Moin Khan needs to retire!! Afridi has retired that many times he can't remember if he's still retired when he's playing! He's just milking the cash cow for what he can get out of it.
Shahid Oct 13, 2012 11:42pm
Afridi should be forced to retire. Some one has to be totally out of his mind to have the mind.set he carrys. He has tried it a hundred times but failed 19 out of 20 times to hit a six as soon as he arrives, He never understood that now is the time for him to play some proper cricket rolling shots, at least until he has scored 25-30 runs. It is so strange that a mind can be so bloody fixed on doing what degrades him and pakistan too. He will never learn so let him retire.
WA Oct 12, 2012 06:32pm
I think its batter for afridi to do some rest and let some new talent to come forward
kamil Oct 12, 2012 07:09pm
Mr. Moin Khan, It baffles me and the fans all over the world!! How did Hafeez show "good signs of captaincy" when he left out match-winner and in-form-player like Razzaq from the playing-11 in the do-or-die semi-final!!!! Remember, Afridi in 2011 ODI World cup left out Shoaib Akhtar from the playing-11 due to his poor form -- and he was right to do so and no fan criticized Afridi for that. Why do you think, this time Hafeez couldn't do the same to Afridi?? Have you seen the response to that from the fans, senior players, as well, as Razzaq himself (that too after the T20 tournament, which I think is the perfect time to bring it up, since tournament is over and no match will be affected). By the way, it was not outburst it was a response to a question from media -- what else do you think Razaaq should have said when he didn't even play 99% of the T20 cup matches!! Please be fair and give credit where it is due and criticize fairly when injustice is done. We fans are not blind or have any political motives, so we see with justice what is happening in the team. Of all the people you should stand up for truth and justice ...please! Best wishes to all.
Ashraf Bugti Oct 12, 2012 10:21pm
Yes Afridi should rest and Allah SWT willing can come back with confidence. He is winner and still can play for Pak for another 3-4 yrs.
Nadeem Oct 12, 2012 10:19pm
Moin Sir, great analysis and advise to current players. Not sure why ex-players like you are not included in the coaching and administration of the game. Any advice for elder Akmal?
vishnu Oct 12, 2012 10:32pm
The problem with Afridi is that he is Bang Bang cricketer, which was a novality before ICL,IPL etc. Everybody these days are more Bang Bang than Afrididi, For this reason, there is no speciality about Afridi and his position is becoming reduntant
Capt C M Khan Oct 12, 2012 10:37pm
Moin...I had a lot of RESPECT for you but not now...Sorry to disagrree...HAFEEZ does not have leadershi qualities...playing Semi finals by Luck 9f Umar Gul etc. he was happy...No remorse...Imran would have never done that.Pakistanis always paly to WIN and not come four out of twelve. About Afridi...GOSH....even the young girls have started saying quote" If Afridi Plays we are not going to wtach Cricket"///...SAVE PAKISTAN CRICKET...listen to Sarfraz Nawaz....he knows more than you and me.. Get rid of old legs...get in young blood....PAKISTAN IS BLESSED WITH YOUNG TALENT
impala Oct 13, 2012 02:27am
Totally disagree. He should have retired a while ago.
Jamil Oct 13, 2012 02:28am
Afridi is out of form. It is time for him to take a long leave and give a chance to youngster to perform........I suggest him Caribbean Island.
Mike Shaikh Oct 13, 2012 03:11am
Is Moin on Drugs?
Ahmed Saeed Oct 13, 2012 03:15am
Call it a day Mr Afridi if you still think you want to be remembered.
syed baqar ahsan Oct 13, 2012 04:00am
those who are suggesting him to stay on they are damaging him and the cricket at large.The game he has played over the years have spoiled the basic fundamentals of this game. Keeping and lingering on with old and experienced players has already damaged hockey.These senior players lack self respect
Adnan Farid Oct 13, 2012 04:02am
I think Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat have had their chances , they should bring in shahzaib hassan .. hes a good hitter ive heard
Salman Oct 13, 2012 04:30am
Shahid Afridi already missed the opportunity to retire in grace, as he did that previously half heartedly before, after making mockery of PCB ... then settled the issues behind closed doors and retracted his decision. Since then he has hardly made any match winning performance and has been a consistent poor performer. If he has any sanity left in him, he shall better leave instead of deteriorating his image any further, as is a gone case.
Agha tassavar zulfikar(adv) high court Oct 13, 2012 05:05am
What type of goods have been observes by former captain , to comment generally do not carry any arguments rather he should have some specific good sing be elope rated.
Agha tassavar zulfikar(adv) high court Oct 13, 2012 05:07am
Observed Eloberted
Abdul Rehman Oct 13, 2012 05:24am
It is better for the player to retire himself rather than having pressure from the people as our people are very sensitive for the game.
SAK Oct 13, 2012 07:44am
Clearly Moin is taking side with his personal favourites and I hope that he would have added some expert analysis to back up his advice to continue with Afridi. No one should forget that this is Pakistan National team and the selection criteria should only be the performance. Afridi should be rested as suggested by Moin and after he proves his worth in first class cricket then he will be considered for National side. That is the merit and I hope it will prevail.
Shajia Ahmed Oct 14, 2012 04:03am
Please correct the spelling. "Afridi Oct 14, 2012 04:31pm
Thank You for pointing out the mistake Shajia.
Waqar Oct 13, 2012 11:58am
It is the right time for Afridi to say good bye to cricket and give chance to young and emerging players to form a better team for future
Abdul Karim Hanif (@Abdulkarimhanif) Oct 13, 2012 12:31pm
Classic example of laying the blame on a coach - Moin is basically trying to attract support and appreciation of Afridi and Hafeez fans. Apart from being diplomatic in Razzaq's case, he is trying to say 'please make me the coach, Whatmore (who in fact is doing a good job) is here for the long run and I need money rather than just run a cricket academy in Karachi! I must say Captain Professor's perfromance has been below par! team has not done well since he took over
observer Oct 13, 2012 10:06am
I wish he knew some technical aspects of boom, boom hitting. He is non-serious, non-sportsman like but extremely lucky (100 in 37 balls, his ordinary bolwing works, etc.). When to retire is his own decision. All teams of today have one or two hard hitters. Unfortunately, Afridi is at the bottom of the world list of hitters in terms of understanding what he is doing.
observer Oct 13, 2012 10:01am
.... and behave more like a sportsman, develop more on his discipline, pay more attention to physical fitness, learn to treat his fans better, improve his fielding ......... and so on
Hello1 Oct 13, 2012 09:11am
Nobody in this country leaves gracefully. They hang on till finally booted out. Another curse, everyone thinks himself to be indispensable.