Shahid Afridi has blasted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi for not discussing with him or skipper Babar Azam before naming Shan Masood as vice-captain for the ODI series against New Zealand.
Masood was given the responsibility in place of Shadab Khan, who was ruled out of the series due to injury. However, the decision didn’t go down well with Afridi, who was recently appointed as the chairman of the interim selection committee by the new PCB boss.
Afridi reckoned that Sethi should’ve discussed this with the selectors and the skipper before announcing his decision.
The former Pakistan skipper also added that Masood shouldn’t have been a part of the ODI squad based on his County performances.
Masood was recalled to the ODI squad for the home series against the Kiwis after his superlative performances for Derbyshire. This was his first 50-over call-up after the five-match ODI series against Australia that took place in the UAE.
While there is no doubt about Babar Azam’s batting abilities, his leadership qualities have come under the scanner after Pakistan’s poor performance at home. Although he has guided the Men in Green to the finals of the Asia Cup 2022 and ICC T20 World Cup 2022, he has struggled badly in the red-ball format.
Shahid Afridi reckoned that Babar still has room for improvement and backed the idea of having two skippers for three formats going forward.
The Pakistani players will next be seen in action during the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which gets underway on February 13.
Also Read: “Boss, there’s a Test series coming up” – Rohit Sharma on managing fast bowlers’ workload ahead of Border-Gavaskar series
Get India vs New Zealand Live Score for 2nd ODI at Sportskeeda. Follow us for latest Updates & News.
Be the first one to comment on this story