Tuesday, March 30

Said vs meant, featuring Shahid Afridi

The most ironic news of recent times has to be that of Afridi calling upon Mohammad Yousuf to reconsider his decision of retirement. Afridi should know - given that he announced retirement when his career went through a trough. And now he has bounced back from being banned to being named captain.

A quick translation of what he said.

What he said
I think Yousuf is taking an emotional decision, but I think he must reconsider his decision because he still has a lot to give to Pakistan cricket.

Yousuf I think has been affected by the recent happenings and is upset with the ban on him, but he is a senior player and he must handle the situation. He must not take an emotional decision.

We have a lot of Test matches coming up in next 10 to 12 months and we need his experience against the top teams like Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand.
What he meant
He'll look like an idiot if he takes it back. I did. Plus he bats really well. Nowhere near as inconsistent as me.

Ban schman. For all you know, he'll be captain tomorrow. Oh no, I have to put this more subtly.

By commenting on Test cricket, I am vying for the post of captain in that form of the sport also. Gimme a shot, selectors.

Anyway, rhetorical question - what's not emotional about Pakistani cricket?


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