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Afridi should never play for Pakistan

February 28, 2003

My ideal eleven would be Saeed Anwar, Taufiq Umar, Saleem Elahi, Inzamam Ul Haq, Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan/Abdur Razzaq, Rashid Latif, Saqlain Mushtaq, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis/Mohammad Sami and Shoaib Akthar.

The trouble with Waqar Younis is that he has not bowled his 10 overs yet in the tournament, and if a specialist bowler can't bowl out his quota, then there is a question mark against his name.

The skipper hasn't led from the front, thus far.

Typically, Shoaib bowls four overs at the start, then Waqar comes on in the ninth over, he bowls six overs and then brings Shoaib back after he has bowled six overs. Waqar never bowls after that, mainly because he is scared of bowling at the death. So he tends to use Shahid Afridi a lot.

I think Shahid Afridi should never be allowed to play for Pakistan.

You give a bat to a kid and bowl to him -- the natural instinct is for him to hit the ball very hard. That is okay for children, but when you are playing for your country, then what you need is a good defence, and to work the ball around, take singles.

Afridi plays like a kid, trying to hit every ball out of te park. That might work once in a while, but not often enough to be worthwhile.

If you really want to have a kid in your team, then why not pick up any kid from the streets of Pakistan and play him? Afridi, for me, is a waste of time.

Everytime Afridi is picked, a batsman has to be sacrificed. He must understand that when you play in a team, you actually play for each other. When he knows that Inzamam is struggling, how can he continue to play such rash strokes at the top of the order?

Azhar Mahmood would have been a better choice -- he bowls well and is a top class batsman who can even open if necessary. I wonder why Pakistan doesn't do that.

(Aamir Sohail, former captain of Pakistan, was speaking to Faisal Shariff)

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Sub: Aamir Sohail on Shahid Afridi

Spot on as always, Aamir Sohail (though my response is three weeks late!) But though his commitment to the cause is suspect, I think Afridi ...

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Sub: Afridi - A true allrounder.........

Afridi has been going through a lean patch but that does not mean that he is playing like a kid. He has matured a lot ...

Posted by Kris

Sub: Agreed with Sohail.

I also agreed with aamir. Afridi is not a best batsman or a baller. I can say, he is just one pinch hitter. He can ...

Posted by Raju Kulkarni

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Paki team may seem to have the firepower at times to defeat the best of teams occasionally .Hats off ! First their junior players should ...

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In my opinion the whole problem stems from the "pakistani thought process", meaning players not bowing to difficult situations for the cause i.e. the success ...

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