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Will Shahid Afridi coach Pakistan?

Crowd entertainer Afridi has recently been roped in for the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10 by Qalandars. 

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Will Shahid Afridi coach Pakistan?
Afridi played in his last international match in May 2018. Photo: Business Recorder

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has expressed his wishes to be a professional coach in the upcoming future although admitting he is not capable of coaching the national team.

While speaking to Gulf News, Afridi ushered confidence in helping youngsters to improve mental aspect of their game.

“I would be interested in coaching young boys under 18 and 19. It is that age they need coaching,” the 41-year old Afridi.

“I would be interested in coaching young boys under 18 and 19. It is that age they need coaching. If I tell my story to a young aspiring cricketer, especially on how I braved the pressure situations in tough games.

“This way I can pass on my experience to them. Not only will they be motivated but also they will be learning a lot of new things that will help them to become a good cricketer,” Afridi reckoned.

He then ruled out the possibility of coaching the Pakistan national team.

“I don’t have the temperament to coach the national team,” he said. “Moreover, I am fit as ever so my focus is on playing cricket right now and try and give my best for the team.”

Crowd entertainer Afridi has recently been roped in for the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10 by Qalandars.

He said, “I wouldn’t have been here if I cannot play in this format. I am fit and enjoying playing. I will give my best, sometimes I am successful, sometimes I am not. In T10 you need to think quick and act quick, ensure that no delivery is wasted. I will encourage everyone to give their best, sharing my experience.” he said.

Afridi who appeared in his last international match in May 2018, is still in wanted list by almost all the franchise based T20 leagues around the world.

Remarking on the newly appointed head coach cum selector Misbah-ul-Haq, Afridi opined he (Misbah) should continue for a longer run.

“Misbah has a huge responsibility now and he has to deliver. I sincerely feel that the changes that have been brought about in Pakistan cricket should run for two to three years. Misbah would need at least three years to get the team in order,” he further added.

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