Afridi given `last chance` to prove doubters wrong after Pak ODI

Afridi given 'last chance' to prove doubters wrong after Pak ODI recall against Proteas

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 07:20 hrs

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given all-rounder Shahid Afridi a last chance to prove his credentials, as they recalled him to their one-day squad for the upcoming series in South Africa, starting next month.

Afridi, who was dropped out from the one-day series in India in 2012 after his disappointing performance, will return to the 16-man ODI squad, and has also retained his place in the 15-man squad announced for the Twenty20 internationals, according to cricket officials, Sport24 reports.

Chief selector Iqbal Qasim said that the board has given a last chance to Afridi to prove his credentials as they felt that the Pakistan squad needed a spinner to back Saeed Ajmal in the ODI series against South Africa.

Qasim further said that he hoped that Pakistan improved from their performance in the ongoing Tests against South Africa for the forthcoming ODIs, and added that the team has good one-day showings after beating India 2-1 in the 2012 series.

Misbah-ul Haq will lead the team in the one-day matches in Bloemfontein on March 10, Centurion on March 15, Johannesburg on March 17, Durban on March 21 and Benoni on March 24, while former captain Shoaib Malik was also recalled, the report added. (ANI)

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