Former cricketer Salman Butt feels Pakistani pacer Shaheen Afridi might not be completely fit, considering he wasn’t putting in any extra effort during the important T20 World Cup 2022 game against India.
He added that players tend to give their all even if they are carrying a niggle in India-Pakistan matches. Butt also shared that there could still be some issues with Shaheen’s knee, given his underwhelming performance in the much-awaited fixture.
The veteran has added that Pakistan’s medical team and their management could come under the scanner if he gets injured once again. Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said:
“If there was any match in this whole T20 World Cup in which Shaheen would have wanted to put in all his efforts, it was the one against India. When you play a match of this magnitude, a player doesn’t care if he has a slight niggle and goes all out.
“There must be something that may have hampered Shaheen. It means that he is still not a hundred percent fit. If he slows down or has to sit out in the upcoming matches, the Pakistani think tank as well as the doctors will have to answer a lot of questions.”
However, Shaheen Afridi was sidelined with a knee injury for several months earlier this year as well. He returned in the T20 World Cup 2022 match against India. The youngster failed to leave a mark as well.
“You cannot create a leader” – Salman Butt on Babar Azam
Salman Butt also shared how many fans have been saying that Pakistan captain Babar Azam is still learning and he will get better with time as well. Throwing light on Babar’s tenure as a leader, Butt opined:
“You cannot create a leader and nor is there any training for that. Leaders are born. Making decisions and staying ahead of the opposition are natural traits which cannot be taught.”
“Also, I don’t buy the argument that Babar is still learning as the learning process isn’t ending even after so many years. This is not the place where you learn and become a better captain,” Salman Butt concluded.