Monday, April 15, 2024

Shaheen Afridi might lose his Pakistan T20I captaincy


Shaheen Shah Afridi‘s hopes of extending his transient stint as Pakistan’s T20 captain are hanging by a thread after PCB chair Mohsin Naqvi pointedly declined to substantiate Afridi will proceed within the function. Talking on the launch of the choice committee, Naqvi stated the newly-appointed selectors would be the ones to find out who the Pakistan captain is.

“Even I do not know who the captain will probably be,” Naqvi stated. “Whether or not Shaheen continues or a brand new captain is available in will probably be decided after the health camp [starting on Monday]. There are a selection of technical elements we’ll think about, the main points of which I don’t need to go into. We would like a long-term resolution, whether or not it is Shaheen or a brand new man. After which we intend to stay by that man, as an alternative of simply altering a captain simply since you lose a match or captain.”

Afridi, who was solely appointed captain of the T20I facet in November, has been within the function for one sequence, of 5 matches in New Zealand, with Pakistan dropping 4-1. His tactical means as captain instantly got here below intense scrutiny, although he was coming off main his PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars to successive titles. Nevertheless, the outcome towards New Zealand was adopted by a disastrous PSL marketing campaign for Qalandars, who gained only one match out of 10 within the event and completed backside of the desk.

It had resulted in mounting hypothesis round Afridi’s future, which is inevitably set to accentuate following Naqvi’s feedback. The PCB will identify 27 gamers who will probably be despatched to coach with the Pakistani army in Kakul – the nation’s most well-known army academy – for 10 days. That the PCB has deferred a call till after that camp concludes does purchase the board additional time to make their minds up.

The emphatic refusal to again Afridi as captain means Pakistan might have a 3rd T20 skipper in 5 months. Babar Azam reluctantly stepped down as captain after the PCB made clear they wished to call a alternative in November, which led to Afridi’s appointment. On the time, Afridi was the new favorite to take over as ODI captain, too, although subsequent occasions have meant these prospects have receded.

Naqvi’s feedback round a long-term resolution, and a need to not change captains after one unhealthy sequence, are more likely to rankle Afridi, given he stands in peril of precisely that taking place to him. A part of the attraction of appointing Afridi, nonetheless 23, as captain was he might be taught on the job and proceed within the function for an prolonged time frame. Ought to he get replaced after an detached tour of New Zealand and a poor PSL on the cusp of the T20 World Cup, it’s inconceivable to view it as something aside from a whole lack of religion in his captaincy skills.

Naqvi additionally addressed the PCB’s resolution to ask Imad Wasim to reverse his worldwide retirement after a profitable PSL event. After his announcement on Saturday, the allrounder clarified to ESPNcricinfo the choice solely utilized till the top of the T20 World Cup, and that he didn’t anticipate to signal a central contract.

“At this level, our requirement is the World Cup,” Naqvi stated. “Everybody felt the crew wanted to be sturdy at this stage. We had a straight discuss with Imad, and a one-point agenda – come again and play for Pakistan.”

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