In the recent turnaround of events, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced the new captains of the Pakistan cricket team in Tests and T20Is after the star batter Babar Azam resigned from the team’s captaincy across all formats. PCB named Shaheen Afridi as the captain of Pakistan’s T20I team, alongside Shan Masood, who will lead the team in the longest format of the game.
Meanwhile, some of the Pakistan cricket fans dragged the former Pakistan skipper Shaheen Afridi and blamed him for having an impact on the appointment of Shaheen as Pakistan’s T20I skipper. However, Shahid Afridi slammed all these allegations and cleared his stance over the same during a conversation on a Pakistan TV news channel.
"I was scrolling through my Twitter, and I saw that now they're running something with my name that Shahid Afridi stated, in my opinion, Shaheen Afridi can lead the team better than Babar Azam, Lahore Qalandars won a PSL trophy under his captaincy," said Afridi to Samaa TV being sarcastic on misinformation over social media.
“I don't understand why they are saying such things, even though I express my views on Samaa. I share my perspective on Samaa, but they interpret it in their way. Although I am the only person who keeps Shaheen away from the captaincy,” he added later while clearing his stand over the ‘Shaheen Afridi captaincy’ debate.
Here's the video of Shahid Afridi speaking about Shaheen Afridi:
“Making Shaheen a captain is entirely Hafeez’s and the PCB chairman’s decision. I have nothing to do with that. I was against it even when he took over Lahore’s captaincy. I told the Chairman not to remove Babar yet. Even if you do, make Rizwan a captain then”, @SAfridiOfficial pic.twitter.com/efL4TqdVlw— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) November 16, 2023
Apart from this, Shaheen Afridi himself came up with a post from his official X handle (formerly Twitter) after being appointed as T20I skipper of the Pakistan cricket team.
“I am honoured and thrilled to lead our national T20 cricket team. Thank you to the Pakistan cricket board and fans for their trust and support. I'll give my best to uphold the team spirit and bring glory to our nation on the cricket field. Our success lies in unity, trust and relentless effort. We are not just a team; we are a brotherhood, a family. Together, we rise!” wrote Shaheen Afridi in his X-post after PCB appointed him as T20I captain.
I am honoured and thrilled to lead our national T20 cricket team. Thank you to the Pakistan cricket board and fans for their trust and support.— Shaheen Shah Afridi (@iShaheenAfridi) November 16, 2023
I'll give my best to uphold the team spirit and bring glory to our nation on the cricket field.
Our success lies in unity, trust and…
Here’s how fans reacted to Shahid Afridi’s statement Shaheen Afridi becoming Pakistan’s T20I captain:
Hahahahaha sussar ka kuch to hath hoga na pcb main— Abdullah majid 🇵🇰 (@abdullah_hmajid) November 16, 2023
Shahid Afridi should make formal entry into Pakistan Politics.— MUB|The Explicit Analyst| (@engrmub) November 16, 2023
Since 2003, he is doing politics in Cricket. Ask any player who played alongside him.
Shahid afridi was and is the most morally corrupt cricketer in Pakistan’s history.— Dr. Inayat Ali Khan (@IamDrInayat) November 16, 2023
Afridi is lying, I know for a fact that he has been lobbying for Shaheen to be a Captain for a while. This guy is a backstabber and a disgrace to our Pashtun culture and traditions— Citizen Of Occupied Pakistan (@Anubis_Pak) November 16, 2023
He is a liar. He has been main man behind conspiracy against #Babar!— Zulfiqar Ali Langah (@Xulfiie) November 16, 2023
Mohammad Rizwan is good choice for captaincy. But Chairman PCB choosed Shaheen & Shan Masood for lead the Pakistan team 👏🇵🇰.— A Class Cricket (@aclasscricket92) November 16, 2023
Why there's lot of hunger for captaincy in Pakistan?— CricWiz (@CricWizTalks) November 16, 2023
Dhang se Khelna to inse hota nahi aur Captaincy ke liye politics kar rahe hai🤦 pic.twitter.com/PrK1SUMrHW
Q hamain kuch pta nhi hai 🥲💔— Dr Bakra (@DrBakra) November 16, 2023
Bht bri chwlein uski fitness dekho jisko t20 ka captain bna dya ha utha k dosra shan Masood ki stats dekho ajeeb ha Pakistan ki cricket parchiyan chlti hn hr trf— CH NOMAN (@HafizNo52153222) November 16, 2023
This nation will not forgive shaheen if he chooses to become captain in any format. We will think he is part of lobby and conspiracy— Half Engineer™ (@Arslan_Darkstar) November 16, 2023