Former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi, believes that Pakistan needs to reconsider its selection policy as it is too easy for a player to debut for the national team. Afridi said that any player should spend at least two to three years in the domestic circuit before being called up to the national squad.
The flamboyant all-rounder said that majority of the players in the current setup have been called up after performing in a couple of matches at the domestic level. He added that it should not be easy for a player to wear the green jersey.
“You should give batsmen at least two to three years so that you know about their temperament. The same applies to fast bowlers. If you give chance to a player and he doesn’t perform, he should be brought back into domestic cricket. Let them play for one or two years. Don’t make playing for Pakistan that easy. I am totally against players coming into the side on just one or two performances,” Afridi said.
The 44-year old also gave some advice to the young and upcoming cricketers. He said that self-belief is the most important characteristic for any athlete, and if a person himself cannot believe that he can perform in any condition, then they will not succeed at the highest level.
Afridi will be seen in action in the upcoming Kashmir Premier League (KPL), scheduled to begin from 6 August. He will be leading the Rawalakot Panthers in the inaugural edition of the tournament.