Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi hit back at those questioning his absence from the Sydney Test, clarifying that the decision was made strategically with the T20I series against New Zealand in mind.
Shaheen Afridi is set to assume his role as Pakistan’s new T20I captain on the upcoming New Zealand tour, starting January 12.
During the third Test, Shaheen Afridi, while speaking to the host broadcasters during Lunch on Day 1, cleared the air and confirmed that it was the call of the team management.
“I played two games, and a lot of overs to be honest. They’re just managing my workload, the medical team and team management decided to take a rest for this (Test).”
Afridi rolled his arm for 45.1 overs in the first Perth Test, picking up a couple of wickets. Stepping up in the Boxing Day Test, he bagged two in the first and a fantastic four in the second, but it came at the cost of bowling 54 overs.