Pakistan have lost their last three matches of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. They have suffered huge criticism after their loss against Afghanistan. Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has faced backlash over his posts about Glenn Maxwell's century. Maxwell's blistering century has been praised by former players and experts.
Afridi compared the Australian batter with Iftikhar Ahmed. He believes the latter has been selected for the team for playing the kind of role that Maxwell played against the Netherlands. He scored the fastest hundred in the ODI World Cup history against the Men in Orange. Maxwell demolished the Dutch bowlers all around the park. He scored his ton in just 40 balls.
Following that century Afridi praised the batter for his sensational achievement in the mega event. The Pakistan middle-order is yet to perform in high-pressure situations. They will next face one of the most formidable sides in the marquee tournament South Africa at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
I expect Iftikhar Ahmad to play a similar role for our team: Shahid Afridi
He posted on Twitter saying, "What innings by @GlenMaxwell today, its a showcase of top class power hitting, well-deserved win for Australia!" "I expect Iftikhar Ahmad to play a similar role for our team, he can do so and the pitches are curated for power hitting, we all need you to fire up now #CWC2023."
Previously he stated about Babar Azam's captaincy skills, "When you are not in the game [not focused], then these things [fielding issues] will happen. When you are trying to hide somewhere, when you are not thinking positively, I think that at times we are waiting for miracles, miracles don't just happen. They happen with brave men who know how to fight."
"Look, a captain is everything. If a captain gives his best, dives during the field, backs other players between overs, the entire team will get [more] active, because when they see that the captain is giving his all and we are not, they feel ashamed that my captain is doing so much, why can't I be the same?"