At a public gathering, Afridi scolded the selectors for their policy of selecting players in Test and white ball cricket.
The former Pakistan captain reckoned that players should only be selected for the national team after playing at least two seasons of local cricket.
“It has become so easy to play for the national team, whereas in the past it was the best for the Pakistani team for any professional cricketer,” said Shahid Afridi. “That’s why our performances do not match the amount of cricket we play in Pakistan,” he said.
Afridi reckons that the road to the Pakistan national team has become so easy that any player who has one good season in domestic cricket or PSL gets an international call before being dropped after 1-2 poor performances.
‘Why did we make it so easy for players to represent their country? I am sad to see that a player is delivering one or two good performances in domestic cricket or PSL and that he is in the national team. Says Afridi.
“What is this? You have to make your cricketers play domestic cricket,” said Afridi.
‘We must now judge the difference between mere talent and mental strength of a player’ – Shahid Afridi
According to Shahid Afridi, international cricket tests a player’s temperament to the core, and selectors must judge and select players based on their ability to withstand pressure situations rather than raw talent, and this can only happen as a player. Play 2-3 years. domestic cricket.
‘The real difference in international cricket is how strong a player is mentally to handle all the pressure that appears in international matches, and that includes the criticism and brilliance of the media and fans. We now have to judge the difference between just talent and mental strength of a player, ”Afridi added.
Shahid Afridi also asked that the selectors should not drop players due to few failures.
‘You give a player a chance and he does not act, he has to be sent back in domestic cricket. Do not play so easily for Pakistan. Players need to know the value of international cricket. I am completely against players only getting sidelined on one or two performances, ”he added.