Shahid Afridi's place in Pakistan team was over few years back: Javed Miandad

hidden, Mar, 02 2016

Karachi: Pakistan's former captain Javed Miandad has blasted the national team and made it clear that
the current T20 captain Shahid Afridi didn't deserve a place in the side.

"How can you have a player who no one knows how he will perform. Afridi's place in the team was over few years back," Miandad told 'Aaj' channel.

Javed Miandad. Reuters

Javed Miandad. Reuters

The Pakistan great added, "How can you expect to win or improve your cricket when a player who stopped being a reliable performer some years ago is still playing in the national team. He is captain."

Miandad said that he can only see Pakistan cricket going downwards as the domestic circuit is not producing quality talent since it's full of nepotism and favouritism.

"You still have parchi (slip) system in domestic cricket even at district level. It only looks good on surface but in reality it is not producing quality players."

Miandad said the board was the one who was responsible for all appointments.

"Don't they know what is happening. Don't they see what is happening to our cricket. I say sack this selection committee and players who don't perform. Nowadays we have a trend where players play because of the media," he stated.

Miandad, a former coach of the national team, said someone like Virat Kohli was successful in at least 70 to 80 percent of his 100 innings while in contrast Pakistani players were consistent in only 20 to 30 percent of their 100 innings.

"The fact is many of our players lack cricket sense and aptitude. They are over-protected. They are saying Pakistan Super League will produce talent. I didn't see any player in the PSL who is so good that he can get a contract in the Big Bash or IPL," Miandad lamented.

The former great said the continuous defeats to India were disappointing as there was a time when Pakistan often used to beat their arch-rival.

PTI

Published Date: Mar 02, 2016 | Updated Date: Mar 02, 2016



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