Shahid Afridi Clears Air over ‘lack of talent’ Comment
Former Pakistan skipper and all-rounder Shahid Afridi clarified his statement about the ‘lack of talent’ in the domestic fold of Pakistan when it comes to the youngsters, as aggressive right-handed batsman believes the local media misunderstood his remarks.
While clarifying his statement, Afridi admitted the fact that it was difficult to cement one’s spot during his career days, as many talented youngsters were waiting in the wings which subsequently mounted pressure on the players.
“What I meant to say was that if you were to go back in time a few years ago, it was extremely difficult to keep your place in the side due to the pressure of fresh talent wanting to take your place,” Afridi was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
According to the professional player who served the national side for little over 20 years since making his debut in 1996, had played a significant for Pakistan both with the bat and a ball.
Afridi, who has been a prominent face in Pakistan cricket, stated his comment in July.
In March this year, during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League Afridi revealed the Twenty20 professional league hadn’t witnessed quality domestic players while expressed his disappointment over the sad state of cricket particularly with the bat in Pakistan.
With facilities seemed to be available now in the domestic circuit, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has further worked hard to oversee the domestic competition and allow youngsters to showcase their talent.
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Genuinely, the young crop of cricketers rose among the ranks to impress the national selectors from time-to-time, but Afridi has recorded some different thoughts about the procedure.
“Nowadays, this pressure has been reduced since we can barely see two to three players coming through the ranks to challenge the players in the national team,” Afridi explained.
Afridi explained he meant that the lack of facilities in the domestic cricket in the past has further failed to polish the talented players while citing the story could have had been altogether different this time around in the contemporary.
By concurrent demand, Afridi stated the domestic cricketers are facing the massive challenge, in a bid to train in the atmosphere where everything would make things easier for such youngsters under the observation of quality coaches.
“The reason is that we simply do not have facilities to train and develop younger players in special academies and under the supervision of specialised coaches,” Afridi explained.
Afridi also came under fire for his comments in the recent past which further saw his age became the hot debate across the cricketing world in the recent past before he hung his boots from international cricket earlier this year.
Afridi reiterated it’s a different game altogether now while comparing to his former days in the international cricket, as of now, the players are more driven towards the technology while admitting the fact about the players who were giving their best even when resources were limited.
“We are no longer in the old days where young players could be developed without needing such facilities. The demands of the modern-day game have changed dramatically.” Afridi concluded.
Pertinently, Afridi played 398 One-day Internationals and 98 Twenty20 Internationals which further saw the 37-year-old Afridi played 27 Test in which he claimed 48 wickets.
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In limited-overs format, Afridi bagged 492 wickets which further saw his impressive average of 24.35 with his leg-spin bowling.
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