Afridi is the best man to steer in World Cup: Akram

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New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) Former Pakistan skipper WasimAkram has backed the PCB”s determination to nominate Shahid Afridias captain for the upcoming World Cup, saying the 30-year-oldall-rounder is the best man to steer the nation within the megaevent.

“The Pakistan board has made the best selection inselecting Afridi because the skipper. Regardless of having delayed thedecision for thus lengthy, I’m pleased that ultimately they chosethe most in a position man for the job,” Akram mentioned.

“Afridi has been main the facet for some time and hasgotten to grips with the nuances of captaincy. In cricket, youneed one or two years to good the artwork of captaincy and thisis why I feel Afridi was the best choice obtainable,” theformer participant added.

With speculations over who would lead Pakistan in theWorld Cup lastly laid to relaxation, Akram felt the facet will nowbe capable of look ahead to the match with renewedconfidence.

Opener Ahmed Shehzad, who scored a fluent century in thefifth ODI towards New Zealand, got here in for wealthy reward fromthe former legend who felt the 19-year-old won’t beoverawed by the event.

“Shehzad has been enjoying sensational cricket. I knowthis child. He’s an actual fearless character who doesn’t feelthat a lot stress. I feel he’s undoubtedly one to observe outfor. His concept of defence is to assault and he’ll beconsistent and deadly on sub-continent tracks,” Akram wasquoted as saying by espnstar.com.

Speaking about different gamers who could make a distinction,Akram reckoned veterans Abdur Razzaq and Shoaib Akhtar to playkey roles.

“I feel Razzaq”s goal for the World Cup needs to be to endas Man of the Event. He is likely one of the finest all-roundersout there and is certainly an actual match-winner.

“He has to focus a bit on his bowling and fielding buthis explosiveness with the bat, decrease down the order isunmatched in world cricket. He’s a kind of uncommon individuals whocan smash a load of runs off only a few balls, altering the gamein an prompt,” Akram mentioned.

“Umar Gul would be the most important bowler, but when Akhtar staysfit and wholesome, he can nonetheless make a distinction,” he mentioned. PTIAH