Shahid Afridi Clears Najam Sethi’s Tweet on Removing Babar Azam
Former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi clears his position on Nazam Sethi’s recent comments on removing Babar Azam from captaincy. In an interview on Sunday, the PCB management committee chairman revealed that the interim selection committee led by Afridi initially wanted to remove Babar as Pakistan captain.
Shahid Afridi took to Twitter to clarify his position. He said that he did not talk about removing Babar from the captaincy.
“I spoke to Mr. Najam Shetty who was kind enough to confirm that he did not mention me while commenting on Babar Azam’s captaincy. He further clarified this in his social media posts. That is the end of the matter. All the best to Babar and his team for the New Zealand series” wrote Afridi.
I spoke with Mr Najam Sethi who was kind enough to confirm he was not referring to me while commenting about Babar Azam’s captaincy. He has further clarified this in his social media posts. This has put the matter to bed.
All the best to Babar and his side for the series vs NZ
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 10, 2023
On Monday, Shetty also clarified his comments with a public statement on social media, which further clarified the issue.
“For months the media and cricket circles have been debating the pros and cons of retaining Babar Azam as captain across all formats of the game. As this decision is ultimately the chairman’s, I have sought the opinion of the selection committee headed by Shahid Afridi and now Harud Rashid,” Shetty wrote.
“Both the committees thought that the matter was worthy of discussion, but later both came to the conclusion that the status quo should be maintained. I later took this position publicly. In the final analysis, my decision will be a matter of success or failure of the status quo,” he added.
Afridi’s statement showed support for Babar and his team ahead of the upcoming series against New Zealand. By addressing the issue and putting an end to it, Afridi played a role in maintaining unity within the team and avoiding any distractions that could potentially affect their performance on the field.