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‘You can’t discard players like Afridi easily’

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Team’s new head coach Mickey Arthur has stated that players like Shahid Afridi cannot be discarded easily and he will be considered in future plans of Pakistan team.

In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Arthur maintained that Shahid Afridi has been a phenomenal performer for Pakistan cricket and player of his class cannot be easily discounted.

“Shahid’s been a fantastic player for Pakistan for many years so you don’t discard phenomenal players like that very easily,” said Arthur while answering a question whether Afridi has international cricket left in him.

He seemed focused on his current job and challenges in form of England and Australia tours and refrained to speak of future plannings about Afridi. “If we think there is a role for him we will certainly bring him back but that’s a discussion for the future and another time. There’s a lot of cricket to be played before we get to that discussion.”

While answering to a question about how he sees having three different captains for each format and does it make his job a bit tough, the former Aussie coach said “Yes it does a little bit to be honest. We will assess that. I’ll go in and have a look and discuss it with Inzamam-ul-Haq and see what he thinks is the best way forward and we’ll go from there.”

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Arthur also hinted that his favour lies with having maximum two captain for three formats, however he said was ‘fine’  having even three.

“Ideally you want two captains as a maximum across the three formats. That’s something we will look at, even if it’s three different captains that can be fine. We will do whatever we think is best.”