Former captain Shahid Afridi has advocated for a more stable approach to captaincy in Pakistan cricket, urging the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint a long-term captain.
In a recent media interaction during a Sports Academy project, the former allrounder emphasized the need for the PCB to appoint a captain for an extended tenure, spanning two to three years.
“PCB should announce the captain for two to three years so that the captaincy debate can come to an end,” said Afridi.
Afridi believes that such a move would effectively quell the ongoing debate and conflicts in the team surrounding the captaincy, fostering stability and continuity within the team.
Afridi also proposed the elimination of the vice-captaincy role across all formats for the Men in Green. According to him, in the absence of the captain, the responsibility should naturally shift to a player deemed suitable for the task at hand, eliminating the need for a designated vice-captain.
“There is no need to appoint anyone as vice-captain. If the captain is not available for any reason, assign the captaincy responsibility to a player who seems suitable,” he added.
His comments came in the light of the fact that Shaheen Afridi was handed T20I captaincy only until the upcoming T20I World Cup, with Mohammad Rizwan as his deputy.
Shahid Afridi also asserted his weight behind Mohammad Hafeez, stating that he should be given more time in his role as Pakistan’s team director.
“[Mohammad] Hafeez has played a lot of cricket, he should be given more time [as team director],” said Afridi. “If someone thinks that everything will change in one series, it is wrong thinking.”
Notably, Mohammad Hafeez replaced Mickey Arthur as the director of the Pakistan cricket team in November last year.