Pakistan team’s performance last year was very bad
Young players have been given place in the Test team against New Zealand
Afridi wants to strengthen Pakistan’s bench strength
new Delhi. Shahid Afridi, the interim chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket Team, started making changes as soon as he sat on the chair. He included fast bowlers Mir Hamza, Shahnawaz Dahani and off-spinner Sajid Khan in the already announced Test team against New Zealand. After this, he gave place to three more young players in the team. Actually, Afridi wants to strengthen his bench strength like India by including more and more players in the team.
Due to IPL and domestic cricket, the bench strength of Team India is very strong. At one time, 2 teams of India can be fielded. Now Pakistan’s chief selector Shahid Afridi is also trying to follow the same path. Talking to the media, Afridi said that I want to make 2 teams for Pakistan before the end of my term. In such a situation, we have to strengthen our bench strength. For this, the youth will have to be associated with the team. Till now there was a lot of lack of communication in PCB. Now I am personally talking to every player of the national team. Along with this, I am also keeping an eye on the performance of young players.
3 PJL players added to Test team
Former captain Shahid Afridi included Arafat Minhas, Basit Ali and Mohammad Zeeshan in Pakistan’s Test team against New Zealand. All these three youngsters have done exceptionally well in the Pakistan Junior League (PJL). According to the PCB, these players have been associated with the team for proper grooming and international level experience. However, these three players will not be available for selection. Shahid Afridi said in this regard, we are not only looking at the present but also keeping an eye on the future. That’s why we selected 3 top young players so that they can spend time with their stars in the national team and learn. Being around experienced players will give them a better understanding of top-level cricket.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 01, 2023, 17:44 IST