Afridi backs selectors’ decision to drop Shehzad and Akmal
Pakistan’s veteran allrounder, Shahid Afridi believes that Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal have been overestimated by the country’s think tank throughout the years.
Afridi claimed that it is unfair to expect that Ahmed Shehzad or Umar Akmal will be evolved into Virat Kohli or AB De Villiers, “It was wrong to expect them to be like Virat Kohli or AB de Villiers and perform like them,” he said.
Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal are kept out by selectors from the boot camp and from the shortlisted players to visit England on disciplinary grounds. The former T20 skipper has hailed the selectors’ decision.
“I agree there should be no compromise on discipline and I am sure they will get better with experience,” he said.
The 36-year old looked impressed by the newly appointed selector, Inzamam Ul Haq’s approach as he contacted Afridi to ask about his future, “Inzamam showed good and positive attitude towards me,” he said.
He went on to say, “And I told him that if he wants to try out youngsters then he should do that, but whenever he feels he needs me, I am there to play for Pakistan.”
Shahid Afridi revealed his plan that he will keep playing for the next two years, he will be available for Pakistan, no matter in where he is playing in the world,
“I have given myself another two years of cricket because I am still enjoying the sport,” he said.
“It does not matter whether I play in foreign or domestic leagues, or for the national side. However, I will always be available for my country,” he added.