Afridi Urges Pakistan’s Focus On Entire T20 World Cup
In discussions with local media, former Pakistan cricket star, Shahid Afridi, emphasized the imperative for the national team to commence preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. Afridi cautioned against fixating solely on the India match, urging attention to other crucial encounters. Emphasizing continuity in team composition, he advocated for a single captain across all formats, dismissing the need for a vice-captain. Afridi suggested assigning captaincy responsibility to a suitable player in the captain’s absence.
Addressing concerns about Pakistan’s fielding, Afridi underscored the need for improvements in bowling and batting. Reflecting on missed opportunities in recent series against Australia and New Zealand, he highlighted the team’s failure to function cohesively. The seasoned player called attention to emerging talents like Azam Khan and Saim Ayub, emphasizing strategic planning for their development to ensure viable alternatives for key players like Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, or Shaheen Afridi during rest periods.
Despite a 4-1 defeat in a recent T20I series against New Zealand, led by newly appointed captain Shaheen Afridi, the team salvaged pride with a victory in the final game. Looking ahead, the national players are set to participate in the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 9, followed by T20I cricket commitments. Notably, they will tour England for a four-match T20I series in May, just preceding the T20I World Cup.