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Afridi wants PCB to End Captaincy Debate, Give Hafeez More Time

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has put forward his views on the captaincy issue in Pakistan cricket, saying that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should appoint one captain for all three formats and scrap the vice-captaincy role altogether.

Afridi said that having a long-term captain would end the debate and confusion over the leadership of the team. He also said that there was no need to have a vice-captain, as the captaincy responsibility could be given to any suitable player in case of unavailability of the regular captain.

“The PCB must have one captain for all formats and there is no need to have a vice-captain. This will give a clear message to all players who are in charge,” Afridi told reporters in Karachi on Tuesday, where he was launching a Sports Academy project.

Afridi also expressed his support for his former teammate Mohammad Hafeez, who was appointed as the team director by the PCB last year. Afridi said that Hafeez had a lot of experience and deserved more time to perform his role. He also cautioned against expecting immediate results from Hafeez or the captain.

“If you think Muhammad Hafeez is good, then don’t just judge him on one series; give him proper time, and the same should apply to the captain as well. He should be there for three years,” Afridi remarked.

Afridi also commented on Pakistan’s recent performances in New Zealand and Australia, where they lost both the Test and the ODI series. He said that Pakistan missed some opportunities and failed to perform at their best level. He advised the PCB and the team management to avoid making too many changes to the squad before the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in the West Indies and the USA later this year.

“We just need to continue with the same group of players and give them confidence. There should not be many changes to the squad before the World Cup. However, it is important to know when to rest or play a certain player,” he stated.

Afridi’s suggestions come at a time when Pakistan cricket is going through a transition phase, with Babar Azam stepping down from captaincy in all three formats after the ODI World Cup last year. The PCB has appointed Shan Masood as the Test captain, Shaheen Afridi as the T20 captain. The PCB has also hired Hafeez as the team director.

The debate over captaincy and team structure continues in Pakistan cricket, and Afridi’s perspective adds to the ongoing discussions about the best approach to leadership and stability within the national team.

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