Junaid Khan, the pacer of the Pakistan Cricket team, says that Shaheen Shah Afridi, the left-hand fast bowler, is not resting himself as he is insecure about his place in the team.
He believes that the cricketers are sacked from their positions despite performing for years. Further adding, Junaid added that 5-6 years-old performance is forgotten on behalf of 2-3 poor performances.
Notably, Shaheen has been the crucial part of Pakistan’s bowling line-up often being economical and picking some wickets. He has consistently been seen playing with no rest while the others are on the gap on and off.
Junaid believes it is a safety measure taken by Shaheen as he knows if he goes on rest, he will be replaced losing his place in the team.
Why Shaheen Shah Afridi doesn’t want to rest himself? reveals Junaid Khan
“Shaheen Afridi definitely needs rest. The management needs to make sure he doesn’t bowl a lot during the net sessions. Shaheen probably doesn’t want to rest himself because he might have fear of losing his place to a youngster, who might perform in his place. He must be thinking they might drop him from one format if he doesn’t perform in few matches,” said Junaid Khan in an interview with Cricket Pakistan.
“In our culture, even if a player performs for six years and then doesn’t do well in two games, he is replaced by a new player who has done well in only a few games. Everyone forgets that player’s performances for the last six years and instead prefers younger talent. So our players are insecure about losing their place,” added the 31-year-old
Junaid Khan further elaborated that the PCB should learn from ECB who rotate their bowlers to maintain an equilibrium and to distribute the load. He uttered using an example of England’s big bowlers that even they get rest despite brilliancy.
“We should learn about managing workload from England. During their recent Test series against India, they rotated James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Broad and Anderson would rest even after taking five or six wickets in the previous match. That is because they are secure of their place in the team. They know they will play in the future matches,” concluded Khan.