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“I want to create… prior to the end of my tenure”: Shahid Afridi makes a big statement about Babar Azam of Pakistan

Pakistan’s recent home losing streak demonstrated their lack of pace bench strength in Tests.

Pakistan’s interim selection committee chairman, Shahid Afridi, has stated that he wants to provide the team with enough options to be able to field two teams simultaneously if necessary. After Ramiz Raja was ousted as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Afridi was given the position of convener and interim chairman of a committee that also included Abdul Razzaq, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, and Haroon Rashid.

Afridi stated to the media, “I really want to make two gatherings for Pakistan before my residency closes to additionally foster seat strength.” After Pakistan’s pacers failed to perform well in recent Test matches due to the absence of Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah, Afridi made the statement. Haris Rauf was only able to participate in the first of Pakistan’s three Test matches against England, which Pakistan lost all three times.

On the final day of the first Test against New Zealand at Tea, Afridi expressed his support for Babar Azam’s decision to declare Pakistan’s innings with a lead of just over 135 runs. With 61 runs scored in just 7.3 overs, New Zealand’s extraordinary chase appeared to be over before the umpires called a timeout due to poor lighting.

We will support Babar Azam because he is the foundation of the Pakistani group. He was right when he said that yesterday,” he said. In a similar vein, Afridi stated that he aspires to open a constructive line of communication between selectors and players.

I believe that communication was poor in the past. I learned about players’ concerns from individual conversations. I spoke candidly with Haris (Sohail) and Fakhar (Zaman) as I completed their exams. The players and the selection committee ought to communicate directly, in my opinion.

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