Posted On Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 08:14:01 AM
Islamabad: Dropped allrounder Shahid Afridi might be reconsidered for Pakistan's one-day international series against India, limited-overs captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Wednesday.
Afridi was picked only for the two Twenty20s against India this month, but left out of the three onedayers because he's scored only 182 runs in his last 16 ODIs with only one half century.
But Afridi has scored two half centuries in 50-over practice matches in the last three days, including 90 off 64 balls on Wednesday to catch the eyes of his captain. “If his form remains like this and we needed him, we will definitely consider him,” Misbah said in Lahore at Pakistan's training camp for the tour.
“The form of senior players, who are experienced enough, is very important.” Afridi has played 349 one-dayers, the third most for a Pakistani, but has struggled for runs in ODIs this year.
Former captain Wasim Akram reportedly criticized Afridi's exclusion from the ODIs and said the enigmatic allrounder could have been picked in any team as a bowler. “Indian players are afraid of Afridi and I fail to understand why he was dropped,” Daily Jang quoted Akram as saying.
“If the selectors were thinking that Afridi was out of form then they should have also dropped him from the Twenty20 team.” Pakistan leaves for India on Dec. 22, and the series begins with a Twenty20 at Bangalore on Dec. 25.
The Pakistan Cricket Board appointed another former captain, Inzamam- ul-Haq, as the batting consultant for the short tour of India which ends on Jan. 6 after the third ODI at New Delhi.
Misbah said Inzamam has helped the batsmen how to be mentally strong while playing against India, and be aggressive against their archrivals. “He is teaching us what types of hurdles we are going to face and how to get over them,” Misbah said. “No doubt in India vs. Pakistan cricket you have to play aggressive cricket and we will try to apply it over there.”