Afridi hails board’s efforts to bring international cricket back in Pakistan

Afridi hails board’s efforts for bringing international cricket in Pakistan
Shahid Afridi. (FILE PHOTO: AFP)

KARACHI: Pakistan’s star allrounder, Shahid Afridi has hailed the efforts of the Pakistan Cricket (PCB) for bringing international cricket back in the country.

Najam Sethi recently announced that West Indies have agreed to come and play in Pakistan if the board convince them with the security arrangements.

“If an international cricket team comes to Pakistan, the credit should be given to our cricket board,” said Shahid Afridi while talking to ARY Sports.

“It will be a big achievement for the board if West Indies tour Pakistan,” he added.

He highlighted that Pakistan have always supported countries in such situations and now others countries should support them.

“The law and order situation has improved in Pakistan a lot,” he stated. “Teams should visit Pakistan now because Pakistan have always helped other cricket boards whether it was Sri Lanka or India, they have always gone there and played in such conditions.”

The 36-year also said that players like him and other legends of the country are responsible to convince other international players to come and play in Pakistan.

“Players like Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja and myself should talk to foreign cricketers to come and play in Pakistan. I will also talk to foreign cricketers whether it is Chiris Gayle or Marlon Samuels, I will put forward this point,” he said.

Playing domestic

Shahid Afridi played for Habib Bank Limited (HBL) the final of domestic one tournament against Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) at National Stadium Karachi.

Afrdi feels that the tournament was not given the deserved hype and it was strange to see that no one televised the tournament.

“I think domestic tournaments should be organized in a much better fashion,” said the veteran allounder. “Two big departments are playing this match and it is not televised, there is not enough crowd in the stadium,” he added.

“The match has not been marketed in a proper manner and it needs improvement,” he further said.

Biggest regret

The man who has won a number of matches for his team revealed his only regret of his 20 year long career.

“I believe as a captain, we should have won the World Cup 2011 semi final against India, keeping our performance in that World Cup in view. We probably have never played that well in a World Cup,” he said.

“There was a hope that we could beat India (in a World Cup game) and went on to play Sri Lanka in the final, I have a regret of that. Otherwise, I have achieved so much in cricket that I could have not even imagine,” he added.

On Misbah and Younis

Afridi made it clear that the decision of retirement should be left solely on Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan. They have done so much for Pakistan cricket and they understand their position better.

“Misbah and Younis know their position, no one need to tell them about it,” he told. “They have served Pakistan for so long, they have been the backbone of Pakistan cricket. I think they can decide their future themselves.”

HBL won tournament

HBL won the one day tournament under the captaincy of Ahmed Shehzad. SSGC gave them a target of 233 runs in the final that they chased down at a cost of 5 wickets.

Shahid Afridi took 1 wicket for 42 runs in his 10 overs. Whereas he scored 8 runs off 6 balls before getting stumped on a delivery of Zafar Gohar.

Here is Shahid AFridi’s complete interview.