Afridi does not de­serve a place in the team: Javed Mian­dad

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De­feat against In­dia has frus­trated ev­ery Pak­istan cricket fan. And on Tues­day the great Javed Mian­dad also joined the cho­rus with some very blunt views on cap­tain Shahid Afridi. In­dia over­came a fiery spell from Pak­istan pacer Mo­ham­mad Amir to pum­mel their op­po­nents by five wick­ets in a key Asia Cup T20 match in Mir­pur, Bangladesh, on Feb 27.

Bat­ting first, Pak­istan were wrapped up for a hu­mil­i­at­ing 83 runs as they avoided their low­est T20 score by just 9 runs.

Mian­dad crit­i­cised the na­tional side for its meek sur­ren­der but it was none other than the Pak­istan skip­per who came un­der his radar.

"How can you have a player who is not re­li­able. Afridi lost his place in the side a long time ago," Mian­dad said while talk­ing to a pri­vate news chan­nel. "How you can ex­pect to win or make your cricket bet­ter when a player who has stopped be­ing a re­li­able per­former is your cap­tain," he added.

Mian­dad said that due to nepo­tism and favouritism, Pak­istan's do­mes­tic cir­cuit was not pro­duc­ing qual­ity crick­eters. Blam­ing the Pak­istan Cricket Board for poor state of affairs, Mian­dad said: "Do they not know what is go­ing on? Do they not no­tice what is hap­pen­ing to our cricket?" Mian­dad said the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee and the play­ers who do not per­form should be sacked. "Many Pak­istani play­ers lacked cricket sense and did not have an ap­ti­tude for the game."

He was of the view that the re­cently con­cluded Pak­istan Su­per League (PSL) had not pro­duced any tal­ent for the na­tional team. "I don't see any player in the PSL who is so good that he can get a con­tract in the Big Bash or IPL," he said. Mian­dad, a for­mer coach of the na­tional team, said some­one like Vi­rat Kohli was suc­cess­ful in at least 70 to 80 per cent of the in­nings that he played, while in con­trast Pak­istani play­ers were rarely con­sis­tent.

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