Former Pakistan captain, Shahid Khan Afridi, has termed the continuing spat between fast-bowler, Mohammad Amir, and bowling coach, Waqar Younis, a continuation of a convention in Pakistan cricket.
He made these remarks whereas addressing the media on the launching ceremony of the Kashmir Premier League official anthem in Lahore.
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The all-rounder recalled his variations with the legendary quick bowler who on the time was teaching the nationwide aspect when Afridi was the captain. He mentioned that the cricket board ought to take Amir into confidence and put an finish to the matter.
The variations between the teaching workers and Mohammad Amir are a continuation of custom. My variations with Waqar Younis are properly documented. This isn’t custom. The board has a kind of parental relationship with its cricketers. Whether or not it’s Mohammad Amir or another participant, the PCB ought to talk its plans with them in order that they mentally put together themselves if they’re dropped on account of any points.
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He urged that both the Chairman or the Chief Selector ought to speak to the gamers slightly than the teaching workers. He mentioned that Amir’s difficulty was blown out of proportion, which might have been dealt with solely by efficient communication.
The board ought to speak to Amir and put an finish to the matter. A coach ought to assist his gamers throughout lean patches. Everybody has to work collectively for the nation and crew.
The famend all-rounder lamented that gamers are picked into the Check aspect primarily based on a couple of T20 performances, noting that such a expertise fades away with time.
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He underscored the necessity for the seasoned all-rounder, Shoaib Malik, within the nationwide crew.
“It’s essential to first put together a participant like Mohammad Hafeez or Shoaib Malik after which convey them to the nationwide aspect. Malik is the backbone of the aspect. With a World Cup arising, he ought to have been within the aspect,” he mentioned.
The 43-year-old additionally pressured that the nationwide aspect should present some bravery within the worldwide enviornment as solely those that can deal with the stress will shine.
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Afridi believes that star cricketers ought to practice the junior expertise as an alternative of eyeing a task within the cricket board for profitable packages.
“Star cricketers similar to Mohammad Yousaf, Inzamam-ul-Haq, and Younis Khan can do wonders on the junior stage much like how Rahul Dravid has executed in India,” he concluded.