LONDON: Former Pakistan fast bowler Sikander Bakht has said that all-rounder Shahid Afridi failed to handle the captaincy of the national team with diplomacy because he was aggressive by nature and outspoken as a person.
In interview with PakPassion.net, Bakht, who is now a popular cricket commentator, said that while the team performed well under Afridi, his aggressiveness and outspokenness contributed to him being sacked as skipper and eventually to his decision to quit playing international cricket.
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Being a keen follower and a seasoned observer of the game, Bakht said that he is concerned about the Afridi matter going to court.
"Now, that the case has been taken to court, a lot of hidden facts will be revealed, and this is certainly not a good scenario! It is going to be bad for Pakistan's reputation and will be a cause for embarrassment to all of us," Bakht said.
"Afridi should have opted for a compromise [with the PCB] instead of taking the matter to the Court," he added.
Sikander said indiscipline should be nipped in the bud.
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"The PCB should take immediate action the moment a youngster is found guilty of a breach of discipline. Take action before they become stars," Bakht said.
However, he said that Afridi should not be treated in this manner as he is a big star.