Shahid Afridi Unaware Of PCB’s Round Table Meeting In Lahore
According to the former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, he has not been informed about Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) round table meeting – to discuss about the current happenings and the team woes across all three formats.
“I am not aware of the conference; I have heard it from the media that PCB has invited current and former Test cricketers,” Afridi was quoted as saying by Express Tribune, who was attending the throwball award ceremony in Karachi.
The meeting is scheduled between March 6 and 7 in Lahore, in which senior and former veterans of Pakistan cricket will participate – to talk about the policies and performances of the national side, before discussing about the recent hammering in Australia and New Zealand.
“If it is happening, then it is a really good step by PCB to discuss cricket affairs with former players,” Afridi remarked.
The 36-year-old Afridi has expressed his availability for the national team to give his opinion during the meeting if approached by the PCB.
“I am always available for cricket and for my country. If PCB calls me I’ll give my maximum input, otherwise, if they don’t then I have my foundation running well,” Afridi added.
The all-rounder also praised the efforts of Pakistan Super League Chairman Najam Sethi to hold the second edition’s final in Lahore.
The PSL’s second edition will kick-start from February 9 in the United Arab Emirates.
“The PSL is giving chances to young players and I hope to see some talent emerging which can be accommodated in the national team,” Afridi further added.
Afridi was the skipper of Peshawar Zalmi in the first edition of PSL.
“The PSL is made for Pakistan so more and more matches should be held in Pakistan especially in big cities of the country to promote the game,” he said.
The Peshawar-born Afridi handed over the captaincy to the West Indies Twenty20 World Cup winning skipper Darren Sammy for the second edition.
“I hope that he will lead the team to victory. No team can be taken lightly after looking at the result of the previous edition where the team which was losing won the league. We will go with full confidence and will try to win in this edition,” Afridi concluded.
After making his debut in 1996, Afridi has played 398 ODIs, 98 T20Is and 27 Tests for Pakistan. He has scored 11,185 runs and bagged 540 wickets across all three formats in international cricket.
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