KARACHI: Former Test paceman Sarfraz Nawaz has expressed his surprise over Shahid Afridi’s decision to stay in Twenty20 Internationals after ICC World T20 in India.
“Afridi has passed his prime and hardly performed upto the mark in Pakistan Super League,” he said in an interview on Wednesday.
Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi has said he is facing “huge pressure” from family and friends not to retire from international cricket in April.
Inventer of swing bowling, Sarfraz Nawaz said Shahid Afridi should stick to his decision of leaving the international arena after World T20.
36-year-old Afridi has repeatedly said he will quit international cricket after World T20 in India. But now reconsidering his decision to quit the format.
“Aridi took just ten wickets in PSL and scored 87 runs which showed his decline,” he said.
Sarfraz said Pakistan got a number of good players and bowlers than Afridi and he gave the example of leg-spinner Yasir Shah for replacement.
“Yasir will be returning to international cricket in next couple of months to full the gap,” Sarfraz Nawaz said.
He also negated the impressions of Shahid Afridi that there was no real talent coming up.
“Pakistan got a lot of talent and there was a need for there exposure in international cricket,” he remarked.
In the meantime former captain Ramiz Raja said Shahid Afridi should not be confused about retirement decision after World T20.
He said retiring from international cricket is not an easy decision for any player and Afridi should show sportsman spirit about it.
It may be recal that after 2015 World Cup, Afridi had announced his intention to retire from international cricket following the World T20, but now it appears he has not made up his mind.
“I’m not saying that,” Afridi told reporters in Dubai, when asked if he was going to continue playing. “I am saying there is a lot of pressure on me that I shouldn’t retire from T20. That I can play on, and as such there is no real talent coming through in Pakistan whose place I am taking.
“For a while now there is a lot of pressure from my family, a lot of pressure from my friends, including my elders, who say there is no need for me to retire from Twenty20. That is a huge pressure. For now, in truth, I am focusing only on the World Cup. That is a huge challenge for me.