Afridi vouches for Akhtar in ODI, T20s
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar
Event:Asia Cup 2010

DateLine: 3rd June 2010


The recently appointed Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi said that he saw a definite role for Shoaib Akhtar in the shorter formats of the game. Afridi told reporters that Akhtar had assured him he only wanted to focus on his cricket after a long lay-off from international cricket.


"We definitely see a role for Shoaib in ODIs and T20 cricket and we want to give him a chance in these formats of the game," Afridi said.


Afridi, appointed captain for the Asia Cup and full tour to England, however, did not make any mention of whether Akhtar would be considered for the six Tests in England.


Akhtar, 34, has not played for Pakistan since May last year due to disciplinary and fitness problems. He also underwent a knee surgery in England last year. But he has made a good impact in domestic cricket in recent months.


He has been named in a shortlist of 35 players but his final selection will be subject to his clearing a fitness test.


Afridi said the players should now forget the recent controversies in Pakistan cricket and focus on the coming assignments.


"Whatever has been said in the recent past is now history and we now need to put everything behind us and play like a unit," he added.


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