Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

Former cricketers speak out on Shahid Afridi axe

Former cricketers speak out on Shahid Afridi axe

Shahid Afridi has endured a dreadful run of form, scoring just 85 runs in his last 10 ODI innings © AFP

Karachi: Dec 12, 2012
 
There was a time when Shahid Afridi‘s name would have been the first on Pakistan‘s one-day international team sheet, but the all-rounder’s future looks uncertain after he was dropped for this month’s series against arch-rivals India.
 
The 32-year-old has endured a dreadful run of form, scoring just 85 runs in his last 10 ODI innings, prompting selectors to axe him from the 15-man squad for the three-game series starting later this month.
 
While Afridi has retained his spot for the two Twenty20 matches, the warning bells are ringing for the man whose dismissal has often emptied the stands in the past.
 
In his 349 ODIs Afridi has taken 348 wickets and scored 7,075 runs — at an electric strike rate of nearly 114 runs per 100 balls — but he has not scored a half-century in his last 10 innings, a slump former England great Geoffrey Boycott has called embarrassing.
 
“Pakistan have lost out with his batting deteriorating so badly,” Boycott told the ESPN Cricinfo website recently.
 
“In the early days when he was playing and batting well, he tended to believe his own publicity. People wanted him to hit big sixes, everybody was raving for him, and he kept trying to oblige.”
 
But former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif insisted Afridi, Pakistan’s third most-capped one-day player of all time, could still make a comeback.
 
“Afridi is facing tough times. Even a player like Ricky Ponting had to quit after he failed to score big,” said Latif of the former Australian captain who retired earlier this month.
 
“But Pakistan is different in the way that a player can stage a comeback after a good performance and Afridi can still do so.”
 
Another former captain, Moin Khan, described Afridi’s axing as unjust.
 
“Afridi is an impact player,” said Khan. “He holds a psychological dominance over India so he should have been included.”
 
But on the street, ordinary fans are fast losing patience with their one-time hero.
 
“It’s time to move on,” said Athar Khan, a student in Karachi. “Afridi’s form has not been up to the mark and it is common that every rise has a fall, he rose to fame and now he is losing it.”
 
Afridi burst onto the international stage in 1996 when aged just 16 he smashed a 37-ball century — still an ODI record — against Sri Lanka in only his second match, and his explosive batting style earned him the nickname “Boom Boom”.
 
The shortest form of the game brought more fame for Afridi as he starred in Pakistan’s World Twenty20 triumph in England in 2009, helping the team with both bat and ball.
 
The performance elevated him to the captaincy the following year and he led Pakistan to the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup but differences with coach Waqar Younis and then Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt almost ended his career prematurely.
 
His form suffered and at this year’s T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September-October he was a shadow of the player he once was, scratching and groping for runs where once he smashed the ball to all corners.
 
Afridi admitted he was not up to expectations but vowed to fight on.
 
“I am disappointed at not being able to live up to the expectations but every cricketer goes through such a time. I am not one to run away from challenges as I am a fighter and I will come back,” Afridi said in October.
 
Despite all the disappointments and frustrations of the past few years, there are still some in Pakistan who believe — or at least hope — he can manage one last stand.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RR vs CSK 2014 Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad Suresh Raina

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Live Scorecard IPL 2014: Match 11 of IPL 7 at Sharjah

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Free Live Streaming Online IPL 2014

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians IPL 2014 Match 13 Preview: Confident Chennai clash with desperate Mumbai

Live Cricket Score IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) match 11 of IPL 7 at Sharjah

Ryan Harris may struggle to regain fitness before Pakistan tour

Sachin Tendulkar given out off a wrong replay on his birthday in IPL 2011

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Sachin Tendulkar – The century of centuries in tweets

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Truecaller ties up with Tata Docomo to offer free premium services

Tim Cook takes a dig at Samsung, says it means much more to Apple to get it right than to be first

‘India well-poised to play constructive role in global net governance’

Tablets and phones are passé: Onesie, the Wi-Fi jumpsuit is the newest invention!

After condoms, what is Ranveer Singh’s next endorsement deal all about?

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Live Scorecard IPL 2014: Match 11 of IPL 7 at Sharjah

IPL 2014: Allan Donald believes every game is crucial

Varun Dhawan voted before celebrating his birthday!

Also on cricketcountry.com