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Adieu Afridi?

Published Dec 10, 2012 04:40pm


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As was being rumoured, Shahid Afridi was given the axe from Pakistan’s one-day international (ODI) squad for the tour of India when selectors named the teams on Monday. The former captain’s lack of form in the format was said to be the reason for his exclusion and while he remains a part of the Twenty20 squad, Afridi will have to put in good performances in the shortest format to keep his place.

On the other hand, veteran batsman Younis Khan was recalled for the ODIs on back of his experience in India and as a reliable option in the middle order.

Several young players, three uncapped and several with limited outings were also included in the squads as the selectors indicated their will to experiment and show some faith in the youth.

Another mentionable exclusion was that of veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq but given his outburst against T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez, it wasn’t surprising that the Lahore Lions player was kept out of the touring side.

Pakistani cricket fans have been divided on the team selection and while some have backed the excitement of youth over experienced players, other have lamented the exclusion of star all-rounder Afridi.

Do you agree with the team selection for the T20 and ODI squads for the tour of India?

Does Shahid Afridi deserve a place in the ODI squad? If not, will this mark a turning-point in his ODI career?

Will inexperienced players be able to cope with the pressure of playing in a high-pressure series against India?

Who are your picks for star performers for the ODI and T20 matches? invites its readers to share their opinions and views...


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Adnan Awan Dec 13, 2012 05:30am
Hi, Pakistani's .. i have read all these comments only few are in favour and let me clear that he will participate in coming match<.... m dead sure.. keep smiling
CricIsFake Dec 12, 2012 09:16pm
I had been the biggest critic of Afridi's continued inclusion in the team as a batting allrounder. It is true that for a period of time (very short) he did perform consistently with the bat as an opening partner for saeed anwar and it was the period whn great Javed Bhai was the coach who was working hard with him. After that brief period, Afridi the batsman had gone forever and what we saw in last decade was a slogger trying to rediscover his touch of golden days. Having said that, people always forget that he came into International cricket as a legspinner and that unfortunate century he was labelled as a batsman who can bowl a bit. It was his own fault that for long he did not take his bowling seriously neither did our team management utilised him as a specialist bowler ( even moin khan never felt aggrieved whenever he missed stumping chances or dropped catches of him). It was Waqar Younis who finally had some sense to use him more as specialist bowler during his captaincy period but after that same process started again. I remember when Aamir Sohail dropped him when he was a selector and said that afridi can only make a comeback as a bowler and i think that was the stage that he finally started focusing on his bowling.. His bowling average in last few years (2008-2012) is in stark contrast with that during (1997-2007) so he actually wasted a decade in realising his true potential as a lethal legspinner . To me, Afridi is the most skillful legspinner after Shane Warne and Bdul Qadir and the reason he never reached the same heights was the mishandling by management, false public expectations of public for wanting to develop as batsman and his own careless attitude. People have short memories. Pakistan would have suffered another shock exit in WC 2011 through hands of a minnow like canada where he single handedly won the match for Pakistan. He was unlucky not to get wickets in crunch match against India when our fielders were dropping catches for fun. Then again against srilanka last year, he single handedly won couple of ODIs. It is a fact that Afridi as a bowler has a tough period recently and that is mainly due to his fitness levels which he himself does not admit. Another question is whether he still has that zip and energy to perform consistently which he did brilliantly in last few years by forming a lethal partnership with Saeed Ajmal. People pointing to his age being less than Misbah tend to forget that Afridi has been continuously playing since 1996 so it is not surprising if he is finally feeling the effect of such a long career and may be his body is not willing to support increased burden. Afridi as a batsman had long disappeared but the biggest problem which I and many people have is his atrocious shot selection in crucial matches at crunch matches where even tailenders tend to perform with more responsibility. He showed it in WC 2011 semifinal then again during recent T20 WC by going for big hits from the very first ball with a brain fade. Pakistan need afridi till next WC 2015, it does not mean we have to drag him even if he fails as a bowler too but in my view if he can improve his fitness, he can still play for couple more years easily, besides have we found an able replacement and by replacement i mean a specialist legspinner? Agree , his performance deserved an axe but what about some other people in team, why Kamran Akmal continues to be in team? Why Imran farhat keep on getitng chance after chance? Till when we would tolerate an increasingly inconsistent Gul or till when we would tolerate the mediocrity of Hafeez as an opening batsman or suggishness of Misbah?
cool Dec 11, 2012 09:42am
He Should have been Axed 25 games ago!
Waqar Dec 11, 2012 08:56am
Think outside the box.
Waqar Dec 11, 2012 08:53am
Shahid bhai is not performing well in batting, every one know he joins the team as a bowler but, in his presence of team squad automatically built the pressure on other team.
Adnan Dec 11, 2012 08:47am
"Shahid Khan Afridi is arguably the greatest ODI all-rounder in the History of the game" Now THAT is ridiculous
Beg Dec 11, 2012 05:42am
Mr lodhi Afridi is leading wicket taker in T20 and ODI and as a bowler he is not out of form so purely on merit as a bowler he deserves to be in the team. If you take him out then pure bowlers like ajmal,wahab should not be selected and pure batsman like misbah and younnus don't have any place in team and misbah and younus have been out of form for a long time and never won a match in India for pakistan, infact misbah was the main reason for semifinal defeat of Pakistan against India for his slow inning so why select these two again. Must be cronyism.
Umair Khalid (@umairkd2011) Dec 11, 2012 08:35am
It is a pathetic selection. we should have said goodbye to Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Shahid Afridi, Misbah, Sohail Tanvir & Kamran Akmal in all formats. they have been given enough chances and failed time and time again
Adnan Dec 11, 2012 08:44am
ridiculous ..
Capt C M Khan Dec 11, 2012 07:09am
He should have taken retirement like Imran and left on a high note. Sad he has to be asked to leave. He was good long time ago but in the past wo years have lost touch and is an EMBARASSMENT to Pakistan team. Bye Bye Afridi.
sana yasin Dec 11, 2012 07:09am
its gud time for him to rethink.Relax and correct its mistakes.he can play for 2 or more yaer of cricket.
saghir Ayub Dec 11, 2012 07:12am
Where has Mr. Younus Khan come into the team. Is it the back door? I wish Razzaq and some other well deserved plyers had the keys to that back door.
Khan Baba Dec 11, 2012 05:17am
Sir, Afridi is only 10% of Tendulkar. Please do not compare the two.
syed baqar ahsan Dec 11, 2012 09:38am
self respect is more important bhai shahid Afridi,you have played your innings
Gulzar Dec 11, 2012 06:23am
If you say Razaq and Tanvir should be given chances ahead of Afridi, you know very little aboutt cricket may be just names of the players
Reality Check Please? Dec 11, 2012 06:05am
He should have been included in the ODI squad as well and had it played really poor in the T20, than he could have been left on the bench! This guy is more than Cricket, he injects confidence in the fans and I am sure in the team members... This is no way to treat BOOM BOOM.....
Beg Dec 11, 2012 06:12am
Imran you should understand cricket, you cannot ignore afridi as spinner who is leading wickets taker, go and check records and he is one of the best fielder and real fighter who with a weaker team in odi world cup made to the semifinal and bold out strong Indian batting to a low score but misbah spoiled an easy match win by his slow unplanned batting
Beg Dec 11, 2012 06:03am
Are you relative of hammad, he was given many chances, he is not up to international Cricket standards, give one instance when he gave winning performance for pakistan
Beg Dec 11, 2012 05:59am
Zohaib be fair and don't forget afridi has been consistently taking wickets as spinner and turning matches around in pakistan favor. Don't erase afridi records as spinner in your unfounded bias against afridi, only on his bowling form and winning performances aussies would have selected him since Australian are fair people not biased like you
Beg Dec 11, 2012 05:51am
So chaigram if afridi is out of form as batsman what about misbah and younus. As a bowler afridi is not out of form and has been consistently taking wickets and winning matches for pakistan, more than any other player, only ajmal as bowler has slightly better record than afridi. As a lead wicket taker he deserves to be in odi
Talha Masood (@talhabmasood) Dec 11, 2012 04:51am
To be in the team should only be based on recent performances (i.e. Recent = last 6 months to 12 months).....Afridi has been a great bowler and a handy batsman at times....but we should accept the fact that he has not been able to perform it is perfectly fair to drop him!....he can always come back if he starts showing performances in the opportunities which are still available to him (i.e. 2 T20s and domestic tournaments etc.)...
pakone Dec 11, 2012 05:28am
Sorry, leaving Afridi out because he had a spate of bad performances in the last year is not right. He may not be the Boom Boom we love anymore, but he is an inspiration on the field to the younger players. He advises and inspires with each ball. For that alone he should be playing - he's only 32, not done yet. I don't believe he is done performing for his country and team yet.
Samar Dec 11, 2012 05:22am
I never saw him performing in a match - except in commercials. He is a white elephant for Pakistan team and should be out.
Que Dec 11, 2012 05:11am
What????? This is PATHETIC!!!!! PCB selectors (sour losers) have lost an ICON player "Afridi" from the Pakistan Cricket Team! Afridi will become a freelance cricketer (just like Gayle did) and play international cricket for fame & money; playing for PCB will be out of question! PCB selectors go urself!
Saad Ahmad Toor Dec 11, 2012 05:08am
Ridiculous it indeed is when a nation stands tall with its legends on the days on which they shine. A shame it is that when they fall they are treated as though they are nothing. This is nothing but ignorance in terms of opinion. Shahid Khan Afridi is arguably the greatest ODI all-rounder in the History of the game. Afridi has hit the most number of Sixes in cricket history (298). The man has the highest strike rate of all time (113.00 plus). A strike rate of that proportion can only be the way it is because of Afridi's destructive batting nature. His number of sixes also complements the prior statement. A man with both such records is today not one who can contribute any longer with the bat, however with the ball he can do so both effectively and economically. Afridi held the spot of holding the most T20 wickets in History and the First to reach 50 wickets in that format as well. He was the sole reason why Pakistan won the T20 World Cup in 2009 with back to back man of the match performances in England both against South Africa and Sri Lanka. If you remember, Afridi was also the man of the tournament in the prior T20 World Cup of 2007 too. Just because Afridi is failing in batting doesn't mean he cant contribute to the team with his charisma, his aggression, his passionate approach, his leadership, and his bowling as well as fielding. We should respect the man in the manner the Indian's have been respected Tendulkar and in the manner the Australians have respected Ponting. Afridi has stood tall and has worn Pakistan's green colors for over a decade and a half and he is not worth this ridicule from his countrymen or even the selectors of the team in Lahore. The man has over 7000 runs in ODI and has over 340 wickets. He has the most wickets in ODI history for a leg-spinner alone and he is only 32. He has plenty of cricket left in him. Afridi is arguably the greatest all-rounder in ODI's because he is the only cricketer to collect over 340 wickets and still have over 7000 runs. Both Kallis and Jaysuria are great all-rounders as well. Even-though they have far more runs than Afridi, both of them lack in terms of the wickets that they have collected over their careers. Also, do not fail to note that Afridi came into the team as a bowler (specialist). But because the man was destined for great things, he smashed three records when he came out to bat. He hit the fastest century of all time, did it on debut, and become the youngest centurion in the history of the game as well. Those records forever altered Afridi and caused him to become an aggressive batsman for life. Don't blame Afridi for Pakistan's batting collapses. Afridi is a man who walks in at 6 or 7 and not at 1-5. It shouldn't be Afridi's job to always anchor the game and rescue the team if Pakistani batsman fail. Give the man a break and recognize that the board is at fault. Pakistan Zindabad, Afridi Zindabad, Best of luck to the team in India.
junaid Dec 11, 2012 02:14pm
To select or drop a player is a decision of a professional selector and not of the public. If the team performance goes down due to that decision then the selector should be questioned. Therefore I feel puting this question to public is useless. You will get 1million different opinions, while neither anyone is willing to take those opinions nor players are selected through public voting.
umar Dec 11, 2012 04:41am
One thing that i want to dicuss why they always select this batsman imran farhat.. Its totally referanc based dicision.
Saad Ahmad Toor Dec 11, 2012 03:42am
Afridi is Legend. To Drop Him is a disgrace and a move of disgust. Last year the man was the sole reason behind Pakistan for even making the Semi-Finals of the World Cup in India. He had joint most wickets of the Tournament and was Pakistan's captain Post Pak Dark Days which resulted due to the Spot Fixing Scandal. Afridi made the team competitive under his captaincy and led Pakistan from the front in the absence of Pakistan's young talented Fast bowler, Amir, Pakistan's established medium pacer Asif, and Pakistan's solid opener, Butt, as well. All three players were a shame to Pakistan however, they were Key members of Pakistan's playing 11. To lost three key players and to move Pakistan in a positive direction was done so by Afridi's leadership. The man may not have the talents of being an all-rounder anymore, However he does possess fine leg-spin bowling and he can play as a sole bowler. The selectors failed to see that if Afridi the all-rounder can't be in the squad, then Afridi the bowler should surely have a place. Late in his career, Afridi can play as a specialist spinner for Pakistan. The man is 32 and has at least half a decade in him before he is done with his ODI Career. Shame on the selectors for failing to select Pakistan's iconic player.
Saad Ahmad Toor Dec 11, 2012 03:44am
*to lose three key players and to move Pakistan in a positive direction was done so by Afridi's leadership.
Asif Dec 13, 2012 06:30am
Selection is absolutely biased.Why was younis selected when he has failed consistently by scoring only 160 in in his last ten innings.Afridi scored 180 in his last ten innings @ a strike rate 0f 150 & above plus he bowled reasonably well & he is a brilliant fielder.Also against australia afridi played only two matches & in the first match he took 2/37 in 10 overs & there were couple of catches dropped on his bowling.The mere presence of afridi instills fear in the opposition & hence the selectors have committed a blunder by axing the only pak hero in cricket.
Raw Dec 11, 2012 02:23am
I wonder-----On what bases imran farhat is selected,,,lol,,, it is called corruption....razaq is 1 thousand times better than i.farhat & rani misba,,,,,,,,,,
Indusonian Dec 13, 2012 03:55am
I bet you if we had the set was there for Imran Farhat, he would have been selected. There is no question that Afridi is being dropped due to mere politics.
Muhammad Lodhi Dec 11, 2012 02:11am
Selection should be based on the recent performance and not based on the performance years ago. I do not remember Afridi did anything memorable with the bat in recent past. Even as a bowler he does not merit selection. I think it is time to find another Afridi, who can play like he did millions of years ago.
Syed Imran Ali Dec 11, 2012 03:24pm
Including Afridi two or three players should not be in playing 11....
Mohammad Dec 11, 2012 02:56am
Are the comments made here read by the selectors? Afridi. if does not score runs takes wickets and saves runs. He should be in the team. Experimenting with new players is not advisable in a series with India. The matches will always be a high voltage games. Look at the world"s great Sachin Tendulkar. He is having a bad patch these days. Bad patches do come in every cricketers' career. But Sachin is still selected. Abdul Razzak also must be selected. He is a stock bowler as well as middle order batsman.
Arif Dec 11, 2012 05:52am
I think Afridi's time is up. He should be wise and retire in respect. His performance in the T20 world cup was horrendous. Players like Razzaq should be given more chances.....but till the time PCB is plagued with politics, none of the deserving players will get their chance. Why was Afridi given a chance in each match in the T20 world cup to play despite poor performances???, just b/c he is Afridi?... Would somebody else be given such repeated chances??? never! If this is the mind set of our captain, then good luck buddy! No doubt he was a threat once upon a time, but he has not performed in the last so many matches. I still can't get over that they replaced Razzaq for Tanvir in the semis! gosh!
Adnan Majid Dec 13, 2012 04:21am
THe problem in Pakistan and India is that we consider past performances too much and people are taken as if they are running their family business. Afridi should have been shown the door long time ago and we were really flogging a dead horse. Look how professional is Australia that they take team on merit (With Symonds, Waugh brothers, Ponting) shown the door when they were not performing.
Syed Ghulam Rasool Shah Dec 11, 2012 01:00am
shahid afridi must not be allowed in t2o also. kamran akmal,umar gull and younas are not good choices.....they all failed in recent years.
Rao Dec 12, 2012 07:20pm
He has also shown un-mature attitude when country's name was at stake. He has broken many hearts as compared to saving hearts. He is just not a good fit on cost/benefit scale, he never was. I am against him because of his attitude to show-off as a big hitter no matter what the situation is. All he wants is claps, all I have for him is slaps.
Yasir Mansoor Dec 11, 2012 09:50am
There's a word called improvement, if sir you know about that! let see the list of great bowlers transforming into a great batsmen. 1) Ashwin Avg's 39 in Test 2) Azher Mehmood 3) Shane Watson 4) Mitchell Johnson 5) Harbhajjan Singh 6) Yousuf Pathan 7) Sammy 8) Majid khan and Asif iqbal shared the new ball on their test debut against Aus in 1964 in Karachi - and batted at nos 8 and 10 respectively. & The list goes on my friend, in 16 years he did not learn to bat, he's a selfish person who only bats to maintain his strike rate & the number of sixes, I prefer a batsmen who socres 100 runs in 120 balls then a person reaching 100 in 10 one-days!
zohaib Dec 10, 2012 08:58pm
finally the selectors show some courage to drop afridi... a non performer most of his cricketing career..if he was an aussie player...he probably wont even be a club player..on the other hand razzaq should be in the team..he brings balance to the side..dont know what that poor guys done..he must feel like crap considering hes been such a team player all his life..and he has to listen to a mediocre all rounder like hafeez call the respect given to players..pretty pathetic state of cricket in pakistan...
Ghani Dec 10, 2012 10:59pm
Although I am of the opinion that young players should be given chances, but dropping afridi and selecting Imran Farhat doesn't makes sense. Imran Farhat is in the team bcoz the selector is his father-in-law, better if Afridi would have been selected. No utility dropping afridi for players as unfutile and worthless as imran farhat.
ahmad butt Dec 12, 2012 04:29pm
Irrationality and emotions in politics and sports go hand in hand in Pakistan, Shahid Afridi's did burst into the scene as a one day pinch hitter and an instant darling of the crowd. I remember during the early years, Sir Geoffrey Boycott had given an interview in 2000 where he stated that Shahid Afridi should be nurtured to control his temperament, shot selection and not be introduced to test cricket for it not being his natural game. But over the years, bad management, changing captains and his own irresponsible attitude had to give in. I agree with all the earlier comments that he should have left ages ago gracefully until he proved otherwise. and the board should have taken a bold step as well. His performance is like a flip side of a coin and this so called psychological factor is overrated, give the new players a chance is the way to go.
Syed W. Ali Dec 12, 2012 04:24pm
Why are Shoaib Malik still part of the squad. His performance in the recent domestic tournament leaves a lot to be desired. In the same way, Imran Farhat's inclusion in the squad makes no sense. Afridi's contribution as a bowler and good fielder would outweigh Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat's inclusion in the squad.
EmMoosa Dec 10, 2012 09:16pm
If Afridi is dropped why Akmal brothers are there? What is the criteria of selection ? Are there is no new blood to replace Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik ? Can Iqbal Qasim explain this ? He is looking after his monthly salary which is very valuable of his this age.
Munir Dec 10, 2012 10:20pm
He should not even be allowed in one dayers until he displays some common sense in domestic cricket for a full year. A psychiatric evaluation may even help the chemical imbalance in the nervous system.
Yasir Mansoor Dec 11, 2012 09:52am
he couldn't realize his mistakes in past 16 years & you actually think he can do any better in his last two years?
kiterunner5 Dec 12, 2012 10:17pm
It is not the age but performance that one should be judged or included in the team - not even his CONNECTIONS should count. In fact that should be counted as negative.
Shah Dec 11, 2012 01:41pm
Thats the reason you are not a selector.
khan Dec 12, 2012 08:07am
Shahid has served the country well for many years. We are and should be thankful instead of being critical.
Muhammad Anwaar Dec 10, 2012 08:40pm
asad is unfit due to injury otherwise he is automatic choice
Imran Dec 10, 2012 10:14pm
Afridi definitely is a very good player. But, please he is certainly not above Pakistan. Please look at his last ten performances, he came to crease and left immediately. He has played 300+ intl ODI, he should be mature enough to understand that his country needs him in crisis, but he doesnt perform when his country needs him. Razaq should have been included. I wish to ask selectors why is RAZAQ not included when u have Imran Farhat in team.
Capt C M Khan Dec 13, 2012 06:22am
Junaid...The public is more educated in cricket than Zaka and Selectors. The public watch the game from outside and can see all angles. The Public opinion is HONEST as they have no chance of taking PARCHE or Gifts. DONOT COME AND SUPPPORT A DEAD HORSE HERE.
Chaigram Dec 10, 2012 09:23pm
Good decision to leave out Afridi, you have to perform to be included in the squad. It does not matter how good you were in the past, you fail 3-5 times in a row then you have to give chance to the next player in line who has been performing well in domestic cricket. That's how Test and first class cricket works Mr. Afridi!
khan Dec 12, 2012 08:10am
Excellent comments
Muhammad Anwaar Dec 10, 2012 08:48pm
yes it is perfect selection by selectors hats off two iqbal qasim and other selectors, coach and both the captains. it is bold and wise decision to leave afridi. he do not deserve the place in team not even in Karachi dolphins team. he should retire now. one thing more that selectors should give chance to hammad azam because he is a good all rounder
Muhammad Anwaar Dec 10, 2012 08:36pm
it is true that old is gold and experience counts a lot. but every body has his time and these players are dead horses now they are tired now. Afridi is more concerned with advertisements not for his game. what he always do is that go on bat just play a rubbish shot and left the whole time in lurch and that is reality. we don't need such a player why not hammad azam such brilliant player and future of Pakistan cricket
Muhammad Anwaar Dec 10, 2012 08:30pm
if i am the selector can u believe me that i will not even consider Afridi for domestic cricket. we are an emotional nation. players name is not important rather Pakistan's name is important. he plays for his personal pride not for nations pride.
Hello1 Dec 11, 2012 03:05am
Correct move. Personally I would not like to see him in the T20 squad either.
Razzaq Dec 11, 2012 02:21pm
Not boxing, preaching more likely and join his past team mates on the way to heaven.
sali Dec 11, 2012 06:27am
What makes Imran Farhat select every time? Mind boggling.
Alam Dec 12, 2012 08:09am
Totally agree with you Sir!
Riz Dec 11, 2012 05:28pm
I am surprised they he got selected in T20 format?
Riz Khan Dec 12, 2012 11:58am
just a correction not now a days his mouth is stronger than his game, its always have been.
Tausif Dec 10, 2012 06:57pm
I think our team without Afridi is incomplete! We need strong nerves against India and some fearsome players....Afridi is definitely the right selection. So, dropping Afridi against India is a bad decision the PCB is going to repent!
Abdul Moiz Dec 10, 2012 06:48pm
A very bold and wise decision by the selectors. That's the way it should be , if you are performing then you are in other wise it's adios amigos
Khalid Dec 10, 2012 06:44pm
Afridi is an outstanding performer in all forms of cricket... batsman, bowler and a brilliant fielder, despite Afridi current performance he is a match winning player, team builder and a real fighter....can someone bet on Misbah or Younas.... It's a shame we won't see Afridi and Razaq against India....a game without Afridi (thrill) is just like life without fun...
Sher Khan (@sherkhan77) Dec 10, 2012 04:44pm
He has been out of form with a bat for quite some time, it looks a right decision but it remain to be seen who is going to replace him & how much worth he gona bring but will miss Afridi
Taimur Dec 12, 2012 10:27am
He should have retired long ago.I have never seen him performing in teh last many years.
adnan Dec 11, 2012 01:10pm
I suggest Afridi should quit cricket and take up professional boxing like Flintoff. I am sure all his expliots like ball bitting, pitch digging, fan slapping, dressing room punching will come in handy in that career. TKO Afridi, it is about time.
Oscar Dec 10, 2012 05:41pm
Afridi was right to be dropped. Ehsan Adil also deserved to be selected ahead of Wahab Riaz and Anwer Ali
Malik Dec 11, 2012 06:58pm
It is a very good decision to keep Afridi out of the squad. His immature approach of shot selection has led the team down. He has failed to perfrom both in batting and bowling. Just having the name AFRIDI does not work. On the contrary Abdul Razzak is much more dependable and sensible. He is a match winner. He should have been included in both ODI and T20; but I think politics always wins over national interest.
habib Dec 10, 2012 05:12pm
Slection is Its all abt nepotism .... Why Razzaq is out ? Becz he is not on good books of Hafiz ? becz Razaq is more talanted than Afridi and Hafiz ... thts y Hafiz is afraid of him Selector are bosters like Rehman Malik Afridi shd announce retirement w/o having any more lust and shd give chance to youngsters ...
Adnan Dec 11, 2012 10:31am
Farhat scored a century in his team's opening T20 game a few weeks ago. The guy has scored alot of runs recently but they should have gone with shahzaib hassan, great talent but wont get selected till he moves to lahore. Khurram manzoor is also someone who deserves another chance the guy scored some runs in australia against a decent aussie attack. Sadly he too is from karachi and will end up like hasan raza.
skeptic Dec 10, 2012 05:06pm
and injured
Malay Deb Dec 10, 2012 05:02pm
As an Indian I am disappointed that Afridi is not selected for the Indian tour. More than his batting and bowling we will miss out on the biggest and largest HEART in the world, that he carries and represents.
Ehsan Dec 10, 2012 04:57pm
It was on the cards he was not performing but not including Asad Shafiq in any of the squads is quite a shock to me... he is talented...
skeptic Dec 10, 2012 04:43pm
correct decision. Afridi needs to say good bye to ODI's Nasir Jamshaid and Saeed Ajmal would be key performers.
Imran Siddiqui Dec 12, 2012 06:36pm
Shahid Afridi is a bowler and as a bowler he has done well. What about the performance of Misbah and Kamran Akmal? Afridi lead the team to WC semi finals and we lost that semi final because of Misbah.
Abdul Mannan Mulla Dec 11, 2012 02:52pm
Afridi Sahib, all great players have a "Peak Time Frame" & later gradually phase out. As an experienced player you are your best judge. Keeping in view your current performances and reflexes, you should now depart cricket with Grace. Try avoiding further embarrassment to yourself and particularly to the country. Even after your farewell to cricket your honorable name will still be ringing in our ears as a Super Start Cricketer. We all your Fans wish you Well.
Ali Dec 11, 2012 07:46am
Please stop being overly sensitive & be practical for once. If you like sports then so some spirit instead of crying on a player who is worthless.
nisar Dec 11, 2012 09:52pm
why all the hue and cry over dead and buried man. He should have been kicked out long ago. Now a days his mouth is stronger than his game
Adnan Dec 12, 2012 05:52pm
im just saying to me kalis , klusener , cairns , yusuf pathan and now samuels are way ahead of afridi .. he has a great strike rate but some bloke named rizwan cheema from canada has a higher strike rate .. everything mentioned above might be true but being someone who has played cricket at a decent level in pakistan ill tell you hes not thirty two ;)
Yasir Mansoor Dec 11, 2012 09:52am
@Waqar There's a word called improvement, if sir you know about that! let see the list of great bowlers transforming into a great batsmen. 1) Ashwin Avg's 39 in Test 2) Azher Mehmood 3) Shane Watson 4) Mitchell Johnson 5) Harbhajjan Singh 6) Yousuf Pathan 7) Sammy 8) Majid khan and Asif iqbal shared the new ball on their test debut against Aus in 1964 in Karachi - and batted at nos 8 and 10 respectively. & The list goes on my friend, in 16 years he did not learn to bat, he's a selfish person who only bats to maintain his strike rate & the number of sixes, I prefer a batsmen who socres 100 runs in 120 balls then a person reaching 100 in 10 one-days!
Maira Dec 12, 2012 10:33am
Never??? You gotta kidding me and yourself.
Karachi Wala Dec 12, 2012 01:18am
@ Saad Ahmad Toor, I read each word of your passionate speach in favor of Mr. Afridi. I just would like to ask you one thing. Were you even thinking at all while comparing Afridi with Tendulkar, Ponting, Kallis and Jayasuria ? Apparently NOT........
Beg Dec 12, 2012 01:39am
Ali why can't you look at afridi bowling record or you purposely ignoring afridi bowling performances even recently starting from series against england in dubai if you know cricket beyond bias
Beg Dec 12, 2012 01:47am
Adnan can you dispute any of the records Mr toor mentioned above if you know cricket
Beg Dec 12, 2012 01:52am
Do you know ponting, kallis and Tendulkar last 6 months performances, they are horrible but are these greats were dropped, no because cricket boards in Australia, India and south Africa are sensible unlike pcb and Iqbal qasim
Beg Dec 12, 2012 01:58am
Afridi is the allrounder which Tendulkar is not. Afridi is highest wicket taker in odi and t20, Tendulkar has hardly 10 wickets. So baba is Mr 10percent
WUM Dec 11, 2012 07:57am
Afridi khali wali...he has lost the ingredient long before...He should not even play in T20.
ZafR Dec 12, 2012 05:21am
Selection board finally came to their senses and made right decision.. He should not have introduced to international to begin with.
athar khan Dec 12, 2012 04:38am
Team selection is biased & not on merit & this is not something new in PCB. The whole PCB needs to be replaced with honest & knowledgable cricketers Pakistan should have said goodbye to Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Shahid Afridi, Misbah, Sohail Tanvir & Kamran Akma, Imran Farhat & Imran Nazirl in all formats. they have been given enough chances and failed time and time again
sana yasin Dec 12, 2012 04:57am
plz dnt forget gud times a player give to his team.if he want to play we should support him for gud sake of team Pakistan
shahzad Dec 12, 2012 07:47am
It looks like a good decision, But making him quit is not the right time. Misbah is more elder and should take the ride first.....Cheers
Shahzad Iqbal Dec 13, 2012 08:28am
correct decision to leave shahid out of the ODI squad. He MAY still be a useful T20 player but his ODI performance as an allrounder has been pathetic n his bowling has also slipped down a little. He doesnt seem to give his all recently n even his performance in the Faisal bank domestic T20 cup was below par. Regarding experience, he has never used his in any department of the game n his record as a bowler against india has been very ordinary over the last 4-5 years. Razzaq should have been in the T20 side but his attitude of being blunt n speaking without thinking always lets him down.. Will blame that on the lack of education n common sense of our payers... All the best Pakistan team... U have a tough nut to crack. India is still a very strong side, n i guess giving them a good fight would be a big achievement.
Capt C M Khan Dec 12, 2012 05:48am
Excellent idea Adnan....what about a boking match between him and Flintoff on new years night.
sana yasin Dec 12, 2012 11:09am
plz dnt forget gud times a Player give to his country.if he wants to play we should back him for gud sake of team
Talha Masood (@talhabmasood) Dec 12, 2012 01:57pm
Firslty .....don't compare Afridi with Tendulkar, Ponting and Kallis.....the level of greatness is not that equal to Afridi's.....Afridi is a hugely popular and a extremely skill-full cricketer, but not necessarily a "great" can compare him to Yuvraj Singh or Chris Gayle or Shoaib the category of "great" only Imran, Zaheer Abbas, Wasim Akram, Miandad, Inzimam, Yousuf, Waqar etc. comes in from Pakistan..... Secondly.....I still am in favor of dropping even "Great" cricketer based on the recent we all have to understand that the cricketing landscape has evolved now...and it is more competitive than before....we need to stay dynamics and principled....we should learn to use our "brain" more often then "hearts" while thinking.......
J. Yamla Dec 12, 2012 02:09pm
Completely agree with PCB's decision. People become better with age, he went the other way. He has been playing cricket for 16 + years and he still bat like he is just new... Pak cricket will be better without him. He can still play T20.
Karim Dec 12, 2012 10:09am
Pakistan cricket is in a pathetic state of affairs. In fact the politics and corruption of Pakistan cricket is an exact replica of the current Pakistan government. Afridi should have been axed decades ago he just doesn't deserve to play. Razzaq gets axed for being honest is a sad state of affairs.