Former Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi gave a cocky response to questions regarding his fitness by the local media on Friday.
During an exhibition match, the legendary all-rounder was asked about his fitness by a journalist, and his reply reply was mischievous, “I can still handle 10 guys like you alone.”
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Afridi was further pressed to comment on his chances of returning to the national team, to which he said he will make a comeback soon after performing in domestic and county cricket.
Afridi with his famous celebration. PHOTO: AFP
“I am currently focusing on performing in domestic and county cricket,” he said. “However, when I feel I cannot play anymore, I will retire on my own terms rather than allowing anyone to throw me out.”
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After confirming his availability for the team at any given day, Afridi added that media should not pressurise ODI captain Azhar Ali even after poor performances by the 50-over side.
Afridi cuts during a 2015 World Cup match. PHOTO: AFP
“Azhar was not able to deliver in the series against England but media should also refrain from heaping further pressure on him,” said Afridi. “Sarfraz [Ahmed] did exceptionally well as a captain in the one-off T20I against England but he should be given time to prove himself an asset in the long run. He was aggressive in his captaincy and we need that.”
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The 36-year-old also criticised the media for labelling cricketers on the basis of just one good or bad performance.
“Our media makes a hero out of a player on the basis of just one performance and at times they pull down a senior player with 20+ years of experience after one match or one series,” he said.
Courtesy : Express Tribune