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Shahid Afridi sets bold criteria for national selection

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Shahid Afridi, newly-appointed interim chief selector, revealed that players in the domestic circuit with a strike rate of less than 130 or 135 will not be selected to represent Pakistan in the T20 format. 

Speaking to a private channel, the former Pakistan captain described his job as the chief selector “difficult”, saying that it is hard to please everyone while holding this post. 

The flamboyant all-rounder of his era also said that he is holding one on one meetings with the players and the management. 

“There is a good understanding between the team and the selection committee,” he said. Talking about the pitches prepared for the test series against New Zealand, Afridi said that he was not satisfied with them. He said that he had asked the groundsmen for a bouncy track and he agreed to do it. 

The interim chief selector further said that the pitches are not helpful as the bowlers have to work hard to control runs. “If we don’t practise in the home ground, how will we play the pitches in South Africa and England,” he questioned.  Afridi said that they will have to look for the future and the new players, hence, a lot of things were under discussion. 

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