A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: The only way Shahid Afridi will regain his touch with the bat is to start playing domestic cricket once again, says Rashid Latif

There has been growing speculation that Afridi’s international career may be all but over

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has advised veteran batsman Shahid Afridi to start playing domestic cricket once again, as he believes it is the only way the big-hitter will regain his touch with the bat.

Afridi had an absolutely dismal 2012, scoring  182 runs in 13 ODI innings, during which he only faced 179 deliveries, according to Dawn.com.

Many cricket pundits and former players have pinpointed several areas Afridi needs to improve on, but the most common ones are usually centred around his fitness, concentration and strokeplay.

While Latif believes there is nothing wrong with Afridi’s fitness, he did point out that the veteran needed more batting time since he usually comes in at the end of innings, where the main idea is to hit out or get out.

Latif also noted that Afridi’s problems were unlike any of the other batsmen in international cricket since he quit playing Test cricket nearly three years ago.

Afridi, who retired from Test cricket in July 2010, scored 1716 runs, which included five centuries, at an average of 36.51.

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