Shahid Afridi an absolutely clueless captain: Intikhab Alam

first_imgThere seems to be end to Shahid Afridi’s ordeal after Pakistan’s early exit from the ICC World Twenty20 following defeats in the hands of hosts India, New Zealand and Australia.Afridi’s leadership had been questioned by coach Waqar Younis in a scathing report submitted to the Pakistan Cricket Board. Now, team manager Intikhab Alam has come up with an equally damning document, which has branded Afridi an “absolutely clueless captain,” in the wake of poor performances in the ICC World Twenty20 and the Asia Cup T20.In eight matches across these two tournaments, Pakistan managed to win only three – against UAE, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. They lost to arch-rivals India twice in the span of one month and that obviously has not gone down well with fans back home.According to ESPNcricinfo , the five-page report condemns Afridi for his poor on-field tactics and off-field leadership. However, Alam gave a glowing review of the coaching staff and added that they did their job diligently. Alam also pointed out the lack of skills in all departments of the game besides criticising the “needless controversies.”Afridi had stirred up a storm when he said that the Pakistan team was more loved in India than people back home. He was also in the firing line after mentioning Kashmir during an interview moments before Pakistan’s match against New Zealand. The BCCI reacted sharply but Afridi was at it again, using the ‘K’ word after the team’s final match against Australia. (Afridi begs for forgiveness)advertisementWaqar, in his report, had said Afridi had failed to perform as batsman, bowler and captain.”Shahid Afridi didn’t attend few meetings, practice – and this is not how a captain leads from the front. It was unfair how he played Mohammad Nawaz during the game which destroyed the youngster’s confidence. He was so fixated on his own performance that he did not execute any game plan or use the right player at the right time. His sudden decision on changing the batting order or field placement did not help the team. He appeared to be under so much pressure and playing poorly as well, it really reflected poorly on the team.”The whole team morale was down because they all felt the pressure from the captain. No matter how many times I talk to the players, it is the captain who has to lead the boys on the field and execute the plan,” Waqar had said in his report, which was accessed by ESPNcricinfo.Alam said Pakistan, with the exception of Mohammad Amir, did not have any other bowler, who could win matches for the team before slamming the batsmen for their lack of power-hitting capabilities.”To cap it all, the tournament (World T20) was being held in India, where the team was under multiple scanners at the same time, pushing the stress and anxiety levels very high,” Intikhab said. “Much to our chagrin added to the above reasons, was a captain in his farewell event after a career spanning nearly 20 years, yet absolutely clueless in terms of on-field tactics and off-field leadership.”Alam’s report is certain further weaken Afridi’s position in the Pakistan cricket set-up.last_img read more