#WT20: Javed Miandad blasts “time over” for Afridi after Pakistan’s Asia Cup exit

Javed Miandad says Shahid Afridi  ‘stopped being a reliable performer years ago’ and that he should have been dropped by Pakistan years ago.

ICC-World-Cup-T20-India-2016-hd-logo77612550_20151231145849Bangladesh’s five-wicket win over Pakistan in Dhaka on Wednesday night secured the home side’s passage into the Asia Cup final against India, meaning Pakistan will now play a dead rubber against Sri Lanka on Friday before heading to India to prepare for the World T20.

Since the start of their three-match series against England last November, Pakistan have won just two of nine T20 internationals and pressure is building ahead of a tricky World T20 group stage against India, Australia, New Zealand and a qualifying nation, most likely their Asia Cup conquerors Bangladesh.

Miandad, who scored more 16,000 runs in an international career that spanned 20 years, has blamed the entire structure of cricket in Pakistan for the malaise, and he had Pakistan’s current T20 captain Afridi firmly in his sights.

“How can you have a player when no one knows how he will perform?” Miandad told Aaj News. “Afridi’s time in the team was over a few years back.

“How can you expect to win or improve your cricket when a player who stopped being a reliable performer some years ago is still playing in the national team? He is captain.”

While Miandad singled out Afridi for criticism, he said the skipper wasn’t solely to blame.

“The fact is many of our players lack cricket sense and aptitude,” Miandad said. “They are over-protected. They are saying the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will produce talent. I didn’t see any player in the PSL who is so good that he can get a contract in the Big Bash or IPL.”

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