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Shan Masood should not have been named as vice-captain: Shahid Afridi backs Babar Azam

CricketShan Masood should not have been named as vice-captain: Shahid Afridi backs Babar Azam

Srinagar: Pakistan interim Chief Selector Shahid Afridi has said that he didn’t agree with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decision making left hamd batter Shan Masood as vice captain of the ODI side.

Before the New Zealand ODI series, PCB announced Shan Masood as vice captain of Pakistan ODI side. Masood was making comeback into the team after a long time and his place in Playing XI was under question while as PCB named him as Babar Azam’s deputy.

Now Shahid Afridi who has expressed his unwillingness to continue as interim chief selector, has come out and questioned the logic behind picking Masood for the role, revealing that he was not even in consideration for a position in the team for the New Zealand series.

“Shan Masood should not have been named as vice-captain of the ODI squad. Chairman of the PCB should have taken captain or chief selector under confidence; he was neither under consideration by me nor by Babar Azam for the first two ODI’s against New Zealand,” Afridi said.

“Shan Masood cannot be named as captain or vice-captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team based on his performances for Derbyshire,” he added.

The former Pakistan captain also gave his verdict on the ongoing criticism raged at Babar over his leadership and also on split captaincy in Pakistan cricket team.

“I believe that Babar Azam has a lot of room for improvement in his captaincy. I am not in favour of having three different captains for the different game formats, and instead suggest naming one captain for ODI and Test cricket and a separate captain for T20s.”

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