Reshuffles are nothing new in Pakistan cricket. There is a change in the position of the head of the board after a few days, what is the matter of changing the coach or captain! After a poor performance in the last ODI World Cup, for example, Babar Azam had to step down from the captaincy.
Amidst so much shuffling, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi advised the board to settle on one spot. Saying, to go back to one captain in all three versions. Incidentally, the current captain of Pakistan T20 team Shaheen Shah Afridi is the son-in-law of Shahid Afridi.
Inzamam-ul-Haq, the Pakistan board’s chief selector, resigned amid conflict-of-interest concerns while the World Cup was still underway. After Babar stepped down, the name of the new captain was announced. A few days ago, PCB chief Zaka Ashraf stepped down.
Among these, Shan Masood has been made captain for Test and Shaheen Afridi for T20. Shaheen, who was given the captaincy of the T20 team, has won one of the 5 matches so far in his new role. There is also a discussion about whether the responsibility of the captain is becoming an additional pressure on Afridi.
Among these, Shahid Afridi suggested, ‘All versions of PCB should have a captain, no vice-captain is needed. This will send a clear message to all players who is in charge (captain).’ After son-in-law Shaheen Afridi became the captain in one edition, there is discussion and trolling on social media about whether there is any other reason behind Shahid Afridi’s claim.
Meanwhile, Babar Azam’s performance under Pakistan’s team director and coach Mohammad Hafeez is questionable. Standing next to Hafeez, Afridi said, ‘If you think Mohammad Hafeez is fit, then don’t judge him by just one series, give him more time. The same applies to captains. They should be kept in charge for three years.’
Recently, after the ODI World Cup, Pakistan played a total of 8 matches in Test in Australia and T20 series in New Zealand. Out of 3 Tests and 5 T20Is, only 1 T20I saw victory.