Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi wants Green Shirts’ fans and critics to support these players as they are the best available talent in the country.
Pakistan lost to England by 3-0 in the ODI series and have travelled to Nottingham where they will take on the hosts in the T20I series opener tomorrow.
“At present, the players representing the Pakistan national team are the best we have in terms of talent and ability. These players have performed consistently in recent times, in fact, some of them have been performing for a considerable time period. These are our best players, they are the ones whose talent we have to utilise,” he said.
“We need to keep them motivated and hungry for success. We need to support the players in tough times, as a cricket fan and former player,” he added.
“I can accept the team losing as long as they fight it out on the field. I feel that cricket has changed a lot in recent years. Now, attack is the best defence and there is no way to succeed other than by playing with an attacking intent, especially in the white-ball formats.”
“Our players are good at either attacking or blocking. Maybe, we need to find a middle way, especially for the ODI format. All our players need to back their abilities and play on their actual strength.”
On the other hand, Shahid feels Pakistan has the potential to do well in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 as the competition will take place in UAE.
“In the UAE, we have a very good record and have done very well against some top-ranked teams and that augurs well for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Spinners and batters will have a prominent role to play in the UAE conditions. If the ball starts to reverse, then we have the potential of being the very best, if we play to our strength, we have a good chance of winning the tournament.”