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Afridi names key domestic stars to watch out for after Pakistan's T20 World Cup exit

Afridi addressed the rumors about potential changes in the national team lineup and emphasized the need for a more measured approach

Afridi names key domestic stars to watch out for after Pakistan's T20 World Cup exit PHOTO: AFP

In the wake of Pakistan's disappointing exit from the T20 World Cup 2024, former captain Shahid Afridi shared his candid thoughts on his YouTube channel. 

Afridi addressed the rumors about potential changes in the national team lineup and emphasized the need for a more measured approach.

“We have been hearing much these days that eight to nine players will be removed [from the team], it does not happen like that. You remove eight to nine players when you have that many boys waiting [for their chance]. If you are talking about removing Babar as a player, then do you have someone like him? Do we have a player capable of replacing [Mohammad] Rizwan? These types of talks are done when you have a strong bench,” Afridi said.

The former skipper urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to respect domestic cricket performers and suggested that players who underperformed in the T20 World Cup should return to domestic cricket to regain form.

“You need to give respect to your domestic players; they play all year and give great performances, like Salman Agha, Saud Shakeel, Sahibzada Farhan, pacer Mohammad Ali, and many others, these players play all year domestic cricket, and if we ignore their performances and bring a player on the performances of three matches, then we are doing injustice,” he said.

He also stressed the importance of consistent domestic play and fitness maintenance for national team hopefuls.

“The players from this team be it Azam Khan, or Saim Ayub, they should be told to play domestic cricket for two straight years and maintain their fitness. The selection committee should ensure that if you want to play for Pakistan, then you have to do such and such thing,” he concluded.

No cricket was played at a rain-soaked Lauderhill in Florida as USA and Ireland were awarded one point each, advancing USA to the Super Eight stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup from Group A.

This marks a historic achievement for the USA in their debut World Cup appearance, securing a spot alongside India in the top two of their group.

With this outcome, all qualification scenarios in Group A were settled: Ireland’s chances of progressing to the Super Eight ended, while Pakistan also exited the tournament at the group stage.