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Shahid Afridi Issues Bold Standards for National Team Selection in Cricket

Shahid Afridi, Pakistan’s temporary Chief Selector, has been very busy since his appointment. The former cricketer has made an audacious claim about the selection criterion for hitters in the T20I squad. Afridi said that players with strike rates lower than 135 would not be considered for national team selection.

In recent seasons, the Men in Green have been chastised for their sluggish batting style, and Afridi has created a new strategy to address this. The former all-rounder, who was renowned for his powerful bat skills, said that batsmen with a strike rate of less than 135 would not be picked for the Pakistani T20 team.

“No batter would be picked for Pakistan in T20 who does not have a strike rate of higher than 135 in domestic cricket,” Afridi told Samaa TV.

Afridi’s new comment has fueled speculation over the strike rates of Pakistani captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in the game’s shortest format. Both hitters have been effective openers in T20Is, although their low strike rates have often been criticised. It would be intriguing to observe how Pakistan handles these two hitters in the aftermath of Afridi’s strong words.

Concerning the present Test series against New Zealand, the former cricketer believes the surface for the second Test against the Kiwis would be considerably better than prior Tests. However, he believes there is always space for growth, particularly in terms of the bounce available at the country’s stadiums.

“I’m not happy with the pitch I’ve developed for the second test. I would want more bounce on the pitch, but it is better than recent test cricket pitches in Pakistan “He went on to say.

It is worth mentioning that Pakistani pitches have recently been under scrutiny owing to their benign character, which has virtually nothing to offer fast bowlers.