Mian­dad snubs Afridi

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

KARACHI: Pak­istan's for­mer cap­tain Javed Mian­dad has turned down a request from the na­tional team's one­day cap­tain Shahid Afridi to ac­com­pany the team to New Zealand.

Mian­dad, who has been ap­pointed as bat­ting con­sul­tant of the team by the Pak­istan Cricket Board, is work­ing with the play­ers in the on­go­ing na­tional camp in La­hore but has de­clined to ac­com­pany the play­ers to New Zealand.

"Shahid Afridi had a talk with me and he asked me to re­con­sider my de­ci­sion not to go to New Zealand. He said that my pres­ence would be of great help to the play­ers in New Zealand," Mian­dad said.

"But I have told him it is not pos­si­ble for me to go to New Zealand be­cause of a num­ber of rea­sons," the for­mer great said. Mian­dad said he wanted to give the na­tional team head coach Waqar You­nis com­plete space to get things done his way. "I don't think it would be fair on Waqar if I am with the team be­cause if I am there then I ob­vi­ously I will have my say," he added.

He said it would be con­fus­ing for the play­ers to re­spond to for­mer cap­tains and coach. "I think per­son­ally it is good for the play­ers if Waqar has com­plete say in team mat­ters. You can't have too many peo­ple call­ing the shots that only cre­ate a con­fus­ing sit­u­a­tion in the team," he said.

Mian­dad also made it clear that he was do­ing a lot in the camp work­ing with the boys and didn't agree with as­ser­tions that a bat­ting con­sul­tant could not change the tech­niques of se­nior play­ers.

"It is not about chang­ing the tech­nique of any player it is about giv­ing those im­por­tant tips. Even a great bats­man like Sachin Ten­dulkar has never hes­i­tated to talk to me on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions in the past about bat­ting tech­niques. -Ap

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