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Afridi has vowed to return to the national team
Despite being snubbed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the Champions Trophy in England next month, all-rounder Shahid Afridi believes he is “still better than most” and vows to prove it to his critics.
Afridi was dropped, along with batsman Umar Akmal and pace bowler Sohail Tanvir, for his dismal performances with the bat over the past couple of series.
“The decision to drop me from the side is taken by the captain (Misbah-ul-Haq),” Afridi told the Daily Jang. “It isn’t a big thing if the captain does not want a player but in cricket, being in and out is a one-off thing. It happens and I will soon come back.
“I am still better than most. I know I have ample cricket left in me and I can represent Pakistan for the next few years. Players usually get dropped but I appeal to my fans to pray for me.”
Since the beginning of 2012, Afridi, who has developed quite a reputation with the ball in his hands, has only managed to take 15 wickets in 21 ODIs, with five of those wickets coming in a match against Afghanistan.
During the same period, Afridi’s batting average has plummeted to just 19 and he has not done any better at the domestic level either, scoring just 70 runs and snapping up three wickets in four matches for Habib Bank.
“I have been training for the England tour,” Afridi said. “I want to insist once again that I will walk away before being a burden on the side but for a while I understand I have to work hard to come back.”