Shahid Afridi (above) insisted that Alastair Cook-led side had been performing extremely well at home conditions © AFP
Shahid Afridi (above) insisted that Alastair Cook-led side had been performing extremely well at home conditions © AFP

Karachi: Former Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi believes the upcoming tour to England will pose a major challenge before the team’s youngsters, who will be accompanied by senior players Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. Describing England as ‘one of the best teams’ in the world, Afridi insisted that Alastair Cook-led side had been performing extremely well at home conditions, which would present a ‘big test’ for the Pakistan rookies touring the country, the Express Tribune reported. Reflecting on his omission from the England tour, the flamboyant all-rounder insisted that he didn’t mind being dropped from the national team, adding that he has in fact talked to the selectors to check the potential of the youngsters. Shahid Afridi eyeing Pakistan team comeback

Afridi, who is currently in England where he will represent county club Hampshire, had earlier stepped down from the post of skipper following Pakistan’s miserable performances in the Asia Cup and the World T20 in India. Pakistan will tour England for a four-match Test series and a five-match ODI series, starting from July 14 at Lord’s. Mishab-ul-Haq joins fitness camp, Hafeez and Afridi confirm unavailability

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said Thursday he hopes to force his way back into national contention and put the disastrous ICC World T20 2016 behind him with a strong return to English club Hampshire this season. The 36-year-old was not included in an ongoing boot camp ahead of Pakistan’s tour of England that begins in July, with many pundits suggesting it was time for the flamboyant all-rounder to call time on his two-decade long career. Afridi issued a video apology to the cricket-mad nation after Pakistan’s exit at the group stages of the WorldT20, and his leadership style was slammed in separate leaked reports by then coach Waqar Younis and team manager Intikhab Alam- both since sacked.