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‘Afridi not an automatic selection choice’

Pakistan’s former pacer Sarfaraz Nawaz believes that Shahid Afridi should not be an automatic choice for selection. The former all-rounder has indicated he wants to join the national team. But Sarfaraz has challenged the wisdom of many by saying that the “boom boom” is not an automatic choice in the ODI eleven.
“Presently Afridi can only make it as a bowler but he has to compete with Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman who have been performing superbly. Moreover, two all-rounders in Muhammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik would also give Afridi a tough fight. Therefore, it will not be easy for him (Afridi) to make it to the side,” said Sarfaraz. “Shahid Afridi needs to improve his batting to become an automatic choice,” added Nawaz.
Sarfaraz also expressed his views on the credentials of the next coach of the Pakistan cricket team. He said a local individual would be more suited for the job. “Unlike a foreigner, the local coach will spend more time in the country. He will understand the system as well as the mental approach of the players,” stated Sarfaraz. “The local coach will also have a better idea of the domestic circuit which will help him find new blood for the team,” concluded Sarfaraz.



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