Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez Explains Decision to Rest Shaheen Shah Afridi for Third Test

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In the third Test against Australia, Pakistan’s decision to leave out fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has been defended by team director Mohammad Hafeez. Hafeez stated that he had a responsibility to prioritize Afridi’s long-term career and that the final call was made by the team management, not the player. Afridi had bowled extensively in the first two Tests, but Hafeez recognized that he needed to look after Afridi’s well-being. The decision to rest Afridi sparked debate, with some accusing the Pakistan Cricket Board of prioritizing T20 cricket over the longer format. However, former Pakistani fast bowlers, such as Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, expressed their surprise and disappointment at Afridi’s absence. Afridi has an upcoming busy schedule with captaincy responsibilities in T20 matches for Pakistan and Lahore Qalandars, as well as the T20 World Cup in June.

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