Published On: Fri, May 27th, 2016

English conditions, a challenge for youngsters: Afridi

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Shahid Afridi, Ex-Pakistan T20 captain, thinks that English conditions will give an immense challenge for youngsters who will be conveyed by experienced players like Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan in July.

Afridi stated that “No doubt English team is one of the best,” he further added that “They are playing well in their own conditions; the way [James] Anderson and [Stuart] Broad are bowling. It will be a big test for youngsters who are coming with the Pakistan team; there are big challenges ahead of them. We have Misbah, he is leading the team very well with Younus Khan on his side.”

Afridi asserted that he didn’t mind being rejected from the England trip in its place he stated to the selectors to verify the latent of the youngsters.

Afridi stated that “I’ve told the selectors it’s fine to keep me away and to see where the youngsters are standing,”

The 36-year-old is at present in England where he will symbolize Hampshire in the county beginning from their primary match in opposition to Middlesex on Friday.

Afridi continued that “I’m happy to concentrate on my county summer at the moment and then we’ll see what happens later,” he said. “If they (Pakistan) want me later in the summer, then I’m available,”

The loud all-rounder reconciled from captaincy later than Pakistan’s miserable performance in 2016 World T20 where the team won just one match in opposition to Bangladesh. They were trodden at length by India, Australia, and New Zealand in the group stage.

Afridi will be joined by Peshawar Zalmi associate West Indies World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy all through the T20 Blast.

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Pakistan will begin their visit to England on 14 July with four Tests, five ODIs and one-off T20 to be performed over the course of two months.

Inzamamul Haq, who is the National chief selector, though proclaiming on Afridi’s selection in the national side for the England visit and he had stated, “He was and still is the star of Pakistan cricket and when the time comes we will assess his form and then decide whether to play him or not.”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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