Even though Pakistan is behind 0-2 in the series, valuable World Test Championship (WTC) points are at stake and surprisingly, the 23-year-old was rested for the Sydney Test.
Wasim Akram made a comparison between Test and T20 cricket, noting Shaheen Afridi’s rest before the T20I series against New Zealand. He emphasized that players need to grasp that test cricket is where the true challenge lies.
Here’s what Wasim Akram told Fox Cricket:
“Sraight after this there are five T20s in New Zealand, and Shaheen’s the captain. But T20 cricket, who cares? I understand, it’s there for entertainment and it’s there for financial gain for cricket boards, for players, but cricketers should know that Test cricket is the ultimate.”
“If we talk about what happened 20 years ago in this Test in Sydney, nobody knows what happened last night in T20. That’s the difference. These guys have to understand and learn, if you want to be a great of the game or do you want to be a millionaire. You can become both but with a little more sense.”
Following a tough first Test with a combined 2/172, Afridi bounced back at the MCG, showcasing his best form. The fast bowling sensation delivered outstanding figures of 6/161, securing a four-fer in the second innings.