Perform or perish, selectors warns Afridi

Published: Sunday, October 12, 2008, 17:56 [IST]
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AfridiKarachi: Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi will have to start firing as a batsman quickly to save his place in the national side.

Sources in the team have confirmed that captain Shoaib Malik and coach Geoff Lawson are not interested of having Afridi in their One-day or Twenty20 teams but have met with stiff resistance from chief selector, Salahuddin Ahmed who is a strong supporter of the Afiridi.

But the situation has changed now as Salahuddin sent his resignation to the Board in protest over the replacement of Saeed Ajmal by rookie batsman Shoaib Khan in the team which is playing in the four-nation event in Toronto, without the knowledge of the selectors.

"With Salahuddin gone, Afridi now has to start getting runs quickly to save his place in the side or he is gone," one source said.

"Malik has always felt that Afridi is not performing as a batsman for a long time and with allrounder Fawad Alam maturing and other youngsters knocking on the doors of the national team, they must be given a chance," the source said.

Afridi has been performing well with the ball and even in Toronto in both matches he delivered the goods.

But even he admits that he wants to be known as a batting allrounder rather than a bowling allrounder.

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