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T20 World Cup 2024: Afridi to disclose Pakistan team's 'inside story' soon

Green shirts under scrutiny after loss against India in crucial match following opening loss to USA team at World Cup

By Sports Desk
June 10, 2024
Former Pakistan team captain Shahid Afridi gestures during a gathering. — X/@TheRealPCB/File
Former Pakistan team captain Shahid Afridi gestures during a gathering. — X/@TheRealPCB/File

Shahid Afridi, former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, is planning to soon disclose the inside story of the current squad playing in the T20 World Cup to the public, as the Men in Green face severe criticism for bad performance at the mega event. 

Afridi was asked about the lack of unity in the national team during an interview with a local TV channel, to which the former captain pointed towards the young pacer Mohammad Wasim, who was also present on the guest panel.

The ex-cricketer while referring to Wasim, who has been a part of the squad recently, said: "He knows many things and so do I, but we cannot talk openly."

He went on to say that team cohesion, unity and how the players are with each other was the responsibility of the captain. The captain either creates a positive atmosphere or spoils it, he added.

Afridi said that before team management and coaches, the captain is the one who unites the team and has the authority while he is supported by the selection committee.

"It is the captain's job to make the team fight on the field,” former Pakistan captain said.

Speaking about Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is also Shahid's son-in-law, the former all rounder said that his relationship with Shaheen was different.

"If I talk about something, people will say that I am supporting my son-in-law, although I am not. If my daughter, son or son-in-law are wrong, I will also call them wrong," he added.

Afridi further stated that the selection committee has "made big mistakes" in the last few years.

"I will speak openly after the World Cup, our people themselves have spoiled this unit," he added.

It may be noted that Pakistan faced a humiliating loss against archrivals India in Sunday's match at the T20 World Cup 2024, a clash which is considered the biggest encounter in the cricket world.

It was a crucial match for the national side to strengthen their position in the ongoing tournament as they suffered a shock defeat against inexperienced United States in the first match.

Pakistan are now in a complex situation as they are relying not just on victories in their next two matches but also on other teams’ performance to get through group stage into the Super Eight stage of the T20 World Cup 2024.