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Will Shaheen Shah Afridi play New Zealand T20I series?

Will Shaheen Shah Afridi play New Zealand T20I series?

The five-match T20I series against New Zealand at home is looming over the heads yet, the drama in Pakistan Cricket is not finding its edges. Mohsin Naqvi, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) met the players at Kakul Camp including Shaheen Shah Afridi. The camp was organized for players to prepare for the New Zealand series, to be followed by a couple of T20I endeavours, and the T20 World Cup 2024.

With a hectic schedule ahead, Pakistan Cricket has been dealing with the captaincy saga. Without taking Shaheen under consideration, the PCB sacked him from T20I captaincy, bringing in Babar Azam as white-ball captain. Fans and experts believe this unjust action would cause a rift between Afridi and Babar, who are known to have good ties for years.

The whole melodrama leaves a question in the heads of the fans if the young pacer will continue to play. The board also released a statement attributed to Shaheen, however, the latter himself has not acknowledged those statements. Mohsin’s picture with him goes viral on the internet as he met him and other players at the camp. The PCB is looking to sort out internal matters after causing havoc. However, there are no ifs and buts about Shaheen’s availability for the upcoming series.

While many smelled a rift, they also speculated that the ex-T20I skipper will take an indefinite break to cope with this ‘disheartening’ matter. However, the player will be available fully for the New Zealand T20I series to be followed by Ireland and England tours, and the World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the USA.

In a similar development, PCB’s press release reads that Naqvi met players to boost their morale, and praise them for rigorous training, and national commitment. It remains to be seen how the Babar-Shaheen relationship will be affected after Shaheen’s unjust removal as a T20I skipper.

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What reason did selectors give to Shaheen for captaincy removal?

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