The former captain of Pakistan cricket team Shahid Afridi has advised young players Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad who are out of England tour on disciplinary grounds to keep focus on cricket and improve their game.
It may be noted that Inzamam ul Haq who is the head of Pakistan cricket’s new selection committee has discarded the names of Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad from the squad due to disciplinary breaches and has also dropped Shahid Afridi providing him a break and allowing young players to come forward.
Shahid Afridi in his tweet has appreciated selection committee’s decision to provide chance to young players and has shown his ambition to be back in the team very soon.
While commenting on Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad’s drop out, the famous all-rounder said “I am unaware why these players have been dropped but if it’s concerning discipline then they must take it seriously and really work hard to improve their cricket.”
He said “I am a firm believer of a ‘no compromise on discipline’ and this is the time to give young players a chance.”
Shahid Afridi said Pakistan’s overall cricket is being hurt due to lack of attention at the lower level cricket and PCB needs to divert its focus at the grass root level.
Afridi showed his concern and said presently we have a dearth of talent as I cannot identify any young player with confidence. The Board needs to focus at the grass root level and promote school cricket.
In an interview to a private channel regarding his drop out from the 35 member squad he said “ I am looking towards T20 cricket and have already informed the Board about my plans of playing county cricket.”