new Delhi: The newly appointed Chief Selector of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shahid Afridi is seen taking many decisions one after the other. Now Afridi has said that he wants to have two teams for men. Seeking to improve the bench strength, Pakistan’s newly appointed interim chief selector Shahid Afridi said that he is in favor of having two teams for the national side. Talking to media persons in Karachi, former captain Afridi said that he wants to implement the idea before his tenure ends.
there is no communication gap
During the press conference, Afridi also talked about the communication gap which is one of the major issues facing the Pakistan cricket team. It stresses that the chief selector must remain in direct contact with individual players to know their status properly. Afridi said that when he spoke to Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail personally, he got a clear picture of the players. Both have been added to Pakistan’s possible three-match ODI series against New Zealand.
not running a one man show
Afridi said- The major problem I have seen here is the lack of communication between the management, the doctors and the selection committee. Whether it is me or anyone else, it is important for a chief selector to be in direct contact with the players. When I spoke to Haris and Fakhar, I got a better picture and invited them for a fitness test. Afridi, however, said that he is not running a one-man show and instead believes in sharing authority. He said that people like Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftekhar Anjum along with experienced people like Haroon Rashid are helpful for them.
Discussion on the pitch of the second Test
The interim chief selector also spoke to the curators of the National Stadium and discussed possible wickets for the second Test starting on January 2. Afridi said that the wicket would be better for the second Test. Afridi said, “It will be something where the bowlers will get some help and the batsmen will also enjoy, there will be some bounce on the wicket.” He said, ‘We cannot become a top team by playing on these wickets. The wickets we are playing on are harmful to our bowlers, fast bowlers will start having fitness problems and spinners will get finger injuries.
Praise for Mohammad Huraira
Responding to a question, Afridi said that he would try to do justice to all the cricketers as long as he was working as the chief selector. He said that if the team was to have 25 players, he would have definitely included Mohammad Huraira in the list of probables. He praised the young player and said that he has a good future ahead.
academies not working
Shahid further said- One thing is that our academies are not working for the last 8 months, it is important that we keep them running for our domestic and under-19. I will try to start a camp there for all such youths. He said that Babar Azam is the backbone of the Pakistan team and the selection committee is there to back him so that he can be strong in the field.