WATCH: Pakistan star pacer Shaheen Afridi blames speed guns for showing slow pace

Pakistan star pacer and current T20I skipper made a controversial statement during the press conference before T20I series in New Zealand. Pakistan back to playing the blame game.

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Shaheen Afridi ( Source- Twitter)

The Pakistan team will be in New Zealand to play a 5-match T20I series after their disappointing tour of Australia, where they were beaten 3-0. The side will be led by a new skipper, Shaheen Afridi, who will lead the side for the first time in this series. All eyes will be on the new skipper, who has to take responsibility on the field and with the ball in hand. He will also be one of the youngest captains to lead a Pakistan side. This will be a big test and challenge for Afridi, leading his side against a great New Zealand side full of talented and promising players.

Afridi is already one of the best Pakistan pacers in the World, known not only for his ability to bowl over 140 but also his ability to swing the new ball as well. He is the complete package as a pacer with over 250 international wickets in 134 games already. However, the leadership role will still be difficult for the left-arm pacer since he does not have a lot of experience and has not had the best series against Australia, where he could only manage eight wickets in 2 matches and averaged over 40. Afridi did not look at his best in this series as even his pace was also on the slower side, bowling under 135 KPH.

Shaheen’s controversial statement

The press conference before the game also caused a lot of people to hide their faces in shame once again. Afridi was asked about the pace he was bowling in the Australia series where the current skipper gave a weird statement saying “Jo body suru se bowling kar rahi hai aur wo itna jor laga ke 132-33 pe aati hai to hum khud hi hairan hai ki yaar kya pehle se hi kuch decide hua hai ki is pace se zyada nahi hoga?” This statement translates to saying that the bowlers were putting a lot of effort in their deliveries and were still not getting the required pace. He also added that it looked like the speed was already pre-decided in the game.

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This statement suggests another day when Pakistan was blaming the circumstances rather than accepting their mistakes. It looked like Afridi was blaming the speed guns who were pre-deciding the pace of the bowlers. This felt like another ugly controversial statement by the star pacer, which has created negative reactions on social media. We hope that Pakistan and Afridi can back this up in their performances against the Kiwis in the series and come back with better statements.


Shaheen Afridi Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I