BIRMINGHAM: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and team management for their lack of preparation for the New Zealand tour. The Men in Green had a tough time Down Under, where they lost six consecutive matches before finishing the tour on a high with back-to-back victories to claim the T20I series after being whitewashed in the ODIs.
Afridi, who retired from international cricket last year after representing the Green Shirts for 18 years, expressed his views about the team’s performance in New Zealand, and revealed his belief that things could’ve turned out differently had there been better planning.
“When the Pakistan team went to New Zealand, they just trained at the camp for a day, which was by no means enough,” said Afridi, while talking at the MOU signing ceremony of his foundation with Microsoft Pakistan to empower youth from underprivileged communities in Pakistan at a local hotel on Monday. “When you know you are going to play with a difficult opponent in tough conditions, you should have practiced more. All these things matter but in the end practice, fitness and skills are required to win matches.”