Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been dropped from the Pakistan squad for this summer’s Champions Trophy in England.
Shahid Afridi is having an indifferent time lately as he has not been performing well with his bowling and has been inconsistent with the bat. The former skipper's only good performance with the bat came against South Africa earlier this year as he made 88-runs in a losing cause. He has been poor with the bowl taking only 15 wickets in 21 one-day internationals since the start of 2012.
Chief selector Iqbal Qasim justified the decision telling reporters: "Afridi had been selected as a bowling all-rounder but he was not up to the mark and couldn't score at crucial occasions so we had to leave him out.
“His career is not finished, if he performs at domestic level, he can stage a comeback. He is an asset to Pakistan, and as long as a player is performing he keeps on playing, if he doesn't perform he goes out of the team."
Afridi has widely been regarded as one of the most talented and entertaining cricketers, but his inconsistencies with the bat seem to have got the better of him.
The selectors have been forced to give him chances, largely due to public pressure but the 33-year old has failed to make a mark lately and he has finally been dropped.
Qasim further said: "We have picked the squad from the best available resources after consulting the captain and the input from the coach, there obviously were arguments but when the team is made, it's made with consensus."
Pakistan who are placed in a tough group including, South Africa, India and West Indies will also be deprived of the services of fast bowler Umar Gul who is injured. It seems likely that Pakistan will have to work hard in the unfamiliar conditions of England to win.
The Pakistan squad is as follows:
Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Misbah ul Haq (capt), Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Asad Ali, Wahab Riaz, Umar Amin, Abdur Rehman, Ehsan Adil.
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