Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria trolled Shahid Afridi on being appointed as the ‘interim chief selector’ of the men’s Pakistan cricket team by sharing an old picture of Afridi “biting a ball”.
Danish Kaneria Trolled Shahid Afridi
Pakistan cricket team has undergone a massive change, with a new chairman and selection committee coming in. Babar Azam faces tons of criticism regarding his Test captaincy right after the team loses their 2 home Test series against Australia and England this year.
Though Pakistan lost the WTC23 final race, they need to win the series against New Zealand to avoid the third consecutive Test series defeat at home. Soon after the appointment, Shahid Afridi added three bowlers to the national team for the two-match home Test series against New Zealand.
Afridi’s appointment as the head of the selection committee comes after the earlier Pakistan chief selector Wasim’s contract was terminated by the new PCB management committee, which is led by Najam Sethi.
Shahid Afridi’s former teammates Abdul Razzaq and Rao Ifthikar Anjum have also joined him and they will have the onus upon themselves to revive Pakistan Cricket and dig them out of this hole.
Shahid Afridi received a two-T20 international match ban for ball tampering in a match against Australia in January 2010. Recalling the incident Kaneria posted a picture of Afridi “biting a ball” with the caption: “Chief Selector” and two laughing emoticons. Here’s the tweet:
Chief selector 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/cdKokzJCyR
— Danish Kaneria (@DanishKaneria61) December 25, 2022
On his appointment, Afridi had said: “I feel honoured to have been assigned this responsibility by the PCB Management Committee and will no stone unturned in fulfilling this responsibility to the best of my abilities.”
“We need to get back to our winning ways and I have no doubts that through meritocratic and strategic selection decisions, we will help the national side to perform strongly in the series against New Zealand and reclaim the confidence of our fans. I will soon convene a meeting of the selectors and will share my plans with reference to the upcoming matches,” he had further added.
Pakistan team is currently playing their 1st Test match against New Zealand at National Stadium, Karachi. As far as the first Test match of the series is concerned, Pakistan elected to bat first after winning the toss. After registering a “worst record” in Test history, Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam made a 196 runs stand with Sarfaraz Ahmed for the 5th wicket.
At the end of day 1, Pakistan scored 317 runs for 5 wickets loss where Babar Azam stands tall with his impressive 161 runs.