Afridi may be retained for ODIs
Islamabad - Dropped
all-rounder Shahid Afridi might be reconsidered for Pakistan's one-day
international series against India, limited-overs captain Misbah-ul-Haq
said on Wednesday.
picked only for the two Twenty20s against India this month, but left out
of the three one-dayers because he's scored only 182 runs in his last
16 ODIs with only one half century.
Afridi has scored two half centuries in 50-over practice matches in the
last three days, including 90 off 64 balls on Wednesday to catch the
eyes of his captain.
form remains like this and we needed him, we will definitely consider
him," Misbah said in Lahore at Pakistan's training camp for the tour.
"The form of senior players, who are experienced enough, is very important."
Afridi has played 349 one-dayers, the third most for a Pakistani, but has struggled for runs in ODIs this year.
captain Wasim Akram reportedly criticized Afridi's exclusion from the
ODIs and said the enigmatic allrounder could have been picked in any
team as a bowler.
players are afraid of Afridi and I fail to understand why he was
dropped," Daily Jang quoted Akram as saying. "If the selectors were
thinking that Afridi was out of form then they should have also dropped
him from the Twenty20 team."
Pakistan leaves for India on December 22, and the series begins with a Twenty20 at Bangalore on December 25.
Pakistan Cricket Board appointed another former captain,
Inzamam-ul-Haq, as the batting consultant for the short tour of India
which ends on Jan. 6 after the third ODI at New Delhi.
said Inzamam has helped the batsmen how to be mentally strong while
playing against India, and be aggressive against their archrivals.
is teaching us what types of hurdles we are going to face and how to
get over them," Misbah said. "No doubt in India vs. Pakistan cricket you
have to play aggressive cricket and we will try to apply it over
Pakistan coach Dav
Whatmore believes offspinner Saeed Ajmal will be their trump card
against India, but Misbah said the rest of the bowlers also have to take
depth in their batting lineup and you can't catch them with one bowler,"
Misbah said. "As always, Saeed Ajmal is our trump card, but as a team
if we bowl well then we do have a chance and I think it's not a right
thing to depend only on Saeed Ajmal."
said the first tour between the neighbours in five years will ramp up
the pressure and expectations more than usual, but he insists they must
try to treat the series as a regular event.
is always pressure in India-Pakistan matches and it will stay like this
whether we are playing against each other regularly or not," Misbah
said. "Everyone follows it and has lots of expectations, but the key for
us will be to play normal cricket like we do play against other teams."