Is Shahid Afridi the Best Choice to Lead Pakistan in the World Cup?

Posted on January 29, 2011
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After Shahid Afridi’s amazing whirlwind beauty of an innings against New Zealand today, I am feeling more upbeat on Shahid Afridi than ever. Rumour has it that others are too and he may be finally named as Pakistan’s team captain for the 2011 ICC World Cup Cricket.

With 22 days left to the tournament, every other team except Pakistan has announced their captain. Not a distinction that one would want. So, the sooner we name a captain, the better. More than anyone else, the team needs to know so that they can wrap their mind around the idea of whoever it is.

The two leading contenders are Misbah-ul-Haq (who leads the Pakistan Test team) and Shahid Afridi (who is leading the Pakistan one-day team). I am rooting for Shahid Afridi despite some real bad behavior from him in the past. Not just because he is the more exciting player, but also because he is more experienced, because he is temperamentally more attuned to the one-day format, but most importantly because he leads aggressively, plays to win, and put all he has in trying to win.

Till a few hours ago I was rather agnostic between the two and could have voted for either of them (Misbah did have a good Test series as captain). But right now I see Shahid Afridi’s innings and attitude today and compare it with Misbah’s batting and strategy in the second Test match against New Zealand (which he let slide), and comparing the two I know exactly who I will go with – Shahid Afridi.

Who would you go with?

29 Comments on “Is Shahid Afridi the Best Choice to Lead Pakistan in the World Cup?”

  1. sid says:
    January 29th, 2011 10:18 am

    Offcourse Shahid, though Misbah has shown very mature leadership in the test series but i guess its too early to make him captain especially for a series like World Cup – anyhow lets see what PCB is up to

  2. HarOON says:
    January 29th, 2011 10:27 am

    Afridi today was one of the very best I have ever seen.

  3. ASAD says:
    January 29th, 2011 10:39 am

    Afridi can be exciting but I still think Misbah is more dependable and mature. We need a leader not just a star!

  4. Asad says:
    January 29th, 2011 10:49 am

    Changing captains at this stage will only hurt Pakistan’s chances at the world cup. And Misbah has not been a regular fixture in the ODI side, which makes Afridi a better candidate.

  5. Eidee Man says:
    January 29th, 2011 11:23 am

    Afridi has not been able to demonstrate leadership qualities. In crunch games, he often seems to be much more fidgety and reckless than the inexperienced lot. That being sad, I think it was yet another nonsensical move by PCB not to assign the captain. Misbah has done well as test captain recently, but that doesn’t mean he should be made captain across formats…obviously they did not take team dynamics seriously, which is a particularly important issue for a team like Pakistan.

  6. anticorruption says:
    January 29th, 2011 4:08 pm

    The question is not whether Afridi is a better choice for the captaincy, but whether it makes sense to change the captain at such a late stage. If the PCB was not convinced Afridi was the best choice, then they should have replaced him earlier. Now they should stick to him for the world cup and make it clear to all the players that he is the captain till the world cup, and no intrigues or politicking against him will be tolerated period.

  7. hashim says:
    January 29th, 2011 4:37 pm

    i dont see why it is a difficult decision to make. afridi has been handed the helm for some time now and to change at the end is riddiculous. he has been reckless but he has been for all his career. he was given the captaincy because he was the best choice. we saw the maturity in him in the t20 which we won and also in the asia cup when he was captain. since then he has been given captaincy series by series. tht is unfair to me. and i think he has matured considerably. results hav not been in his favour but he has gathered the team in the most difficult times. the way he handles the players has been seen on the pitch by most of us. if there is one guy who can unite us it is him. misbah has done well in the test arena. a huge come back from being out of the game. but he his demeanour is laid back. and it has worked for him to save us from humiliating defeats in tests but what we need is the self believe and motivation we saw today. to go out there and fight and win. something i think afridi can give us.

  8. Ahmed Bashir says:
    January 29th, 2011 9:31 pm

    Misbah. Shahid will be wasted if made a captain. He gets carried away easily. His performance will decline and also after one loss everyone will start pointing fingers and our khan saheb will leave the place. And the quest will go on, which is not desirable

  9. shaikhul islam says:
    January 29th, 2011 10:37 pm

    AFRIDI IS THE FIRST AND LAST CHOICE FOR THE PAKISTAN , IF THEY WANT TO WIN THE WORLD CUP.

  10. ATP Administrator says:
    January 29th, 2011 11:46 pm

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “lol what are other choices?? :P”
    - “ya is gud but younas better dan him . . . . nd mishba no way.”
    - “GOOD”
    - “yes after todays performance ( 61 in 19 balls )….he is the right choice.”
    - “yes he is the best choice. n good to know that few players r in good touch”
    - “Now need to declare the name of the leader afridi is the best choice bcz if change the leader before the world cup its not good for whole team spirit”

  11. HAMZA says:
    January 29th, 2011 11:47 pm

    I do not care who they name. But we really need to name a captain now. Its a big embarrassment!

  12. Ahmad says:
    January 30th, 2011 12:51 am

    Afridi..all the way!!!

  13. Kasim Mahmood says:
    January 30th, 2011 1:47 am

    Common sense dictates that whoever is the captain in this last Pakistan ODI series before World Cup should also be the captain during the WC campaign. Unfortunately, PCB chairperson lacks common sense and rest of the PCB officials lack “guts” to tell him that he is nuts.

  14. joseph says:
    January 30th, 2011 4:18 am

    Media (Fox,CNN) and ATP is so quite about the Lahore incidents…one wonders why?

  15. Maqsood says:
    January 30th, 2011 10:06 am

    My instinct says it should be Shahid Afridi. But my intellect says that anyone except him. if we are to win, he is going to be the most important asset for us. I worry that if the pressure of captaincy is also put on him, his performance will suffer. I want him to concentrate most of his own performance rather than on everyone else’s

  16. Owais Mughal says:
    January 31st, 2011 9:32 am

    I have two comments. One shouldn’t change horses in the middle of the race :) PCB should stick with Afridi.

    Second comment is off topic from the post but in the last ODI, Afridi has now become 3rd highest wicket taker for Pak in ODIs. He surpassed Saqlain Mushtaq. Top 10 Pak wicket takers in ODIs now are:

    1. Wasim Akram 502 w at 23.52
    2. Waqar Younis 416 w at 23.84
    3. Shahid Afridi 289 w at 35.27
    4. Saqlain Mushtaq 288 w at 21.78
    5. Abdul Razzaq 259 w at 31.98
    6. Shoaib Akhtar 242 w at 24.69
    7. Imran Khan 182 w at 26.61
    8. Aaqib Javed 182 w at 31.43
    9. Mushtaq Ahmed 161 w at 33.29
    10. Shoaib Malik 134 w at 36.29

  17. Dervish says:
    January 31st, 2011 2:13 pm

    Of course Afridi should be the only choice but the problem with this Pathan is he doesnot care for chicken hearted Inikhab and Waqar and is a loud mouth not liked by burly Ijaz Butt.Thats the reason they are delaying name of skipper to make Afridi realize their importance in the set up

  18. name says:
    January 31st, 2011 4:27 pm

    misbah should be the captain my six scence say that only under misbah captiancy pakistan will win otherwise not.why you people are going only on facts just use your scence.you people should change your mind pleeeeeeeeeeeeees convince yourselvem.MISBAH SHOULD BE CAPTAIN.

  19. Nihari says:
    January 31st, 2011 5:32 pm

    The best way to solve the Pakistan captaincy crisis is to appoint captains on a rotating basis. So after every two overs, captains should change…In fact during lunch and drinks breaks, the 12th man should be the captain….ONce and for all this issue will be resolved

  20. Tanveer says:
    February 2nd, 2011 11:19 am

    Misbah had a very good performance yesterday. But I am still all for Afridi as captain

  21. February 2nd, 2011 4:32 pm

    Not the ‘best’ choice – he’s the ‘only’ choice we have.

  22. Ali Dada says:
    February 2nd, 2011 8:51 pm

    Misbah is too defensive, Afridi is too agressive… we need somebody in between, I propose we appoint Ted Williams as the captain.

  23. waseem says:
    February 2nd, 2011 9:04 pm

    afridi is our captan done……….
    we want to seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee afridi as captan

  24. Jamshed says:
    February 2nd, 2011 9:46 pm

    I think we need Misbah, precisely because we need someone who is mature and not rash and is there long term.

  25. February 2nd, 2011 10:02 pm

    More comments from ATP Facebook Page:

    - “it does not matters who will lead pakistan team bcz they r going to loos every match”
    - “butha cha na hu bat tu band aachi ker ley”
    - “both”
    - “It should be like who will led Pakistan to loose? anyway Afridi should be the ultimate choice, changing a year old captain just before WC would be a biggest joke, chances for Pakistan in this WC are none”
    - “it superb choice,,,,Afridi is the best”
    - “Afridi!”
    - “‎1st WC ma Imran “Khan”….2nd WC ma Younus “Khan” ne jeet di…..or ab Shahid “Khan” Afridi de ga Inshallah.”
    - “Afridi is doing a good job…he should be our captain for the WC”
    - “Afridi is the best captain for WC.”
    - “Boom boom for captain…”
    - “We should trust on afridi”

  26. Nilofer says:
    February 2nd, 2011 10:03 pm

    They will choose Afridi because all teh ads that have started coming have him already. That is big money. the sponsors will choose our captain not the PCB!

  27. Ismail says:
    February 3rd, 2011 1:48 am

    I think it should be neither Misbah nor Afridi. They are too important as players. Can we find a third who can ‘lead’ but with coach as the main leader.

  28. Owais Mughal says:
    February 4th, 2011 6:14 am

    Jang is reporting that Afridi has now been named as the captain for World Cup team

  29. February 4th, 2011 11:18 am

    Comments from the ATP Facebook Page (After Shahid Afidi being named captain):

    - “Good for Pakistan”
    - “Afridi will deliver the Best!”
    - “yea!”
    - “Good pick for the Captain of the team.”
    - “He has been named Captain”

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