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‘I do not perceive PCB’s choice standards,’ says Shahid Afridi

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  • Shahid Afridi says he doesn’t perceive normal for collection of gamers employed by PCB 
  • Says if board invests in new gamers, they need to be pushed ahead.
  • Says PSL should not have been postponed; PCB needed to postpone PSL 6 because it didn’t have a plan B to deal with the state of affairs.

LAHORE: Former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi on Wednesday mentioned he was unable to grasp the “standard of selection which the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) adopts”.

Afridi additionally mentioned the PCB didn’t make a plan for the Pakistan Tremendous League’s (PSL) sixth version due to which it needed to be postponed. 

The previous skipper was chatting with the media in the course of the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between his and the Governor of Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar’s basis in Lahore.

Shahid Afridi mentioned that selectors, coaches, and captains type a crew collectively. “Now, I am hearing that there are differences between them but these matters should not be leaked. It’s wrong to leak internal matters of the board.”  

The previous skipper went on to say crucial function within the collection of the crew is performed by the captain as they need to make choices on area. 

“There is a lot of pressure on the skipper. He also has to answer questions to the media. If you want to take Babar Azam with you in the future, you have to give him power. We have to work with him,” he mentioned. “Most importantly, the internal matters of the team shouldn’t be leaked.”

Afridi mentioned he doesn’t perceive the strategy of collection of the crew and questioned the standards based mostly on which gamers are picked. 

“Players who have merely played two matches are being selected. For instance, Naseem Shah was selected and he was allowed to play with very experienced bowlers. But now, Naseem Shah is nowhere to be seen. If you invest in a player, you have to take them forward [with the team],” Afridi opined.

Shedding gentle on the PSL’s sixth version, which needed to be known as off after a number of gamers examined constructive for COVID-19 regardless of staying within the biosecure bubble, Afridi mentioned that the event mustn’t have been postponed. 

“I don’t think the PSL should have been postponed. The Pakistan Super League is a very big brand of Pakistan. It is our honour but the PCB  did not seem to have a Plan B in place,” he mentioned. 

He added that the PCB was conscious that dealing with the COVID-19 state of affairs was a problem, subsequently, it ought to have been ready accordingly. 

“Athletes can test positive for the coronavirus. Ideally, those who had tested positive should have been asked to quarantine instead of postponing the event altogether,” he mentioned.

 “The PCB should have given international players the option to either stay or leave the country, but the PSL shouldn’t have been delayed. But the PCB did not have a contingency plan in place [to make decisions].”

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