Captain Shahid Afridi of Pakistan’s Twenty 20 found himself in the middle of a storm during a press conference after his captaincy credentials were questioned by admonishing a television reporter.
When a question by a reporter ticked the outspoken all rounder Afridi, who is currently training with the Pakistan side at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, was talking to reporters about the team’s plans for the 2016 World T20 in March for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.
The reporter asked that his record has not been as impressive as previous Pakistan T20 captains and does he think there is a need to change the way he is leading the side.
He responded by saying that he was expecting more pathetic question from him.
Recently, Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi has endorsed the return of Mohammad Amir to the national side, adding that the left-arm pacer deserved to make a comeback because of his ‘truthfulness’.
Amir will feature in the Pakistan team for the first time since the infamous spot-fixing scandal in 2010 that led to his suspension from the game for five years and Afridi said he was looking forward to the pacer’s international comeback in a series of tweets on Friday.
The 23-year-old fast bowler was included in the Pakistan ODI and T20 squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour on Friday in a development widely expected despite strong opposition by teammates and former players.
But Amir’s ‘honesty’ during his five-year ban had earned him a spot in the team again, according to Afridi. Amir spoke the truth both to courts and the Pakistani public. Unlike the rest who kept lying for two-three years, he added.
They now need to move on and he will back Amir and expect him to serve Pakistan cricket with total dedication and commitment, he said.
Pakistan is scheduled to play three T20 and three one-day internationals against New Zealand, starting from January 15, 2016. They have selected the best possible team for NZ tour, said Afridi.
This squad is the best available talent in Pakistan, he added.
The 35 year old veteran persuaded cricketers, critics and fans to move on from the Amir Saga and back the fast bowler when he plays for the national side.
Mohammad Amir, who served a prison term for spot fixing, said he was ready to respond to his critics with wickets after being selected on Friday for Pakistan’s limited over’s tour of New Zealand.
After pleading guilty to conspiracy to cheat at gambling and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments, Amir was handed a six-month jail sentence at the Feltham Young Offenders Institution but was released after three months.