A drawn Test series against the formidable England aspect shall be pretty much as good as victory believes former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi. Pakistan will begin their Test marketing campaign on Wednesday on the Old Trafford in Manchester.
“English conditions are difficult when it comes to Test matches. I have high hopes from our team and I think even if they can draw the series, it would be equal to winning,” Afridi instructed Cricket Pakistan.com.pk.
Afridi famous that head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq, batting coach, Younis Khan, bowling coach, Waqar Younis and spin coach, Mushtaq Ahmed had a great deal of expertise of taking part in in England.
“I think the presence of this management is a big plus for our team and I am confident that these former stalwarts will be able to guide the players well session to session in the Tests,” he added.
Afridi said he was trying ahead to some high performances from Babar Azam within the series and believes the batsman’s sport has improved and he loves challenges. “He is a wonderful talent and I don’t think he has taken the pressure of being made captain,” Afridi said. “He is going to be the backbone of the Pakistan batting and he is a very focussed player. In the coming days he should single-handedly win matches for Pakistan.”
The former skipper who took early retirement from Test cricket in 2010 whereas captaining the aspect in England and after taking part in simply 27 matches, nonetheless, represented the nation in 398 ODIs and 99 T20 Internationals earlier than he retired from worldwide cricket in 2016. Afridi expressed satisfaction on the tempo bowling sources obtainable in Pakistan cricket and said the nation had at all times produced some top-class tempo bowlers.
“I see a great future ahead of Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and we also have the experienced trio of Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Abbas, Muhammad Amir and Sohail Khan who can teach these youngsters a lot in England,” he concluded.
Afridi felt England batsmen is not going to discover it simple going against the Pakistani pacers like Naseem, Shaheen or Abbas and the touring aspect had the clear edge within the spin bowling division because of the skilled Yasir Shah. He additionally made it clear that after a participant graduates to the nationwide team it’s not a place for him to be taught and enhance.
“Once you are selected for Pakistan colours you are supposed to perform and not learn at this level,” Afridi said. I don’t agree with this idea. If you decide a participant for Test matches, he ought to have the ability to carry out.”
Afridi clarified that though his statements about Kashmir or different political points upset the Indian folks however as a god-fearing Muslim it was his obligation to talk out against injustices anyplace on the planet.
“Every religion teaches us about humanity and being good human beings,” the previous captain acknowledged. “It is not about any religion or country for me I have always spoken up when there has been injustice.”
He additionally said his skirmishes with Gautam Gambhir occurred on the sphere after they performed against one another however they need to stay there. “But such things shouldn’t influence your daily life and outside the field we should all be good friends.” Afridi said.