AUS vs PAK: Shaheen Afridi did not get a place in the playing XI, then Pakistani legend's head

Waqar Younis on Pakistan opted to rest Shaheen Shah Afridi: The third and final match of the three-Test series between Australia and Pakistan is being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Pakistan trail 0-2 in the Test series. Pakistan is in danger of a clean sweep and the team management has decided to give rest to fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, surprising everyone in the last and important match of the series. Not including Shaheen Afridi in the playing eleven for the third Test is not going down the throats of Pakistani veterans.

The Pakistan team management has decided to rest Shaheen Afridi for the five-match T12 International series against New Zealand from January 20. Apart from this, the team gave opener Saim Ayub a chance instead of Imam. With Shaheen Afridi out, Pakistan's fast bowling attack has definitely weakened. Sajid Khan is debuting in place of Afridi. He will play the role of a specialist spinner.


Former Pakistan bowler Waqar Younis expressed surprise at the decision and said that he laughed at resting Afridi. Former fast bowler Waqar Younis told Channel 7, "To be honest, (resting Afridi) I am laughing. Because that's what we play for, we play Test matches for cricket. We don't play T20 or ODIs. If you are missing Test match cricket just because you are being rested, then I don't understand," said Younis. He started feeling like the old Shaheen Afridi and started swinging the ball and the pace was getting better.

"We play for Test match cricket, we don't play for T20s or one-day cricket. If you're missing Test match cricket purely because you're being rested, I do not understand. That's a real shocker for me."

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Former bowler Wasim Akram told Channel 7, "(Resting) is entirely his decision, it has nothing to do with the management. Right after that there are five T20s in New Zealand, he is the captain. But T20 cricket, who cares? I understand, it is for entertainment and it is for financial gain for cricket boards, players, but cricketers should know that Test cricket is paramount. If we talk about what happened in that Test in Sydney 20 years ago, no one knows what happened in the T20 last night. That's the difference."

Such is the playing XI of both teams:

Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (captain), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Pakistan: Abdullah Shafiq, Saim Ayub, Shan Masood (c), Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Aamer Jamal, Sajid Khan, Hasan Ali, Mir Hamza

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