Afridi hailed Rahul Dravid for nurturing Indian youngsters at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The recent claims made by Mohammad Amir regarding being mentally harassed by the team management and the coaching staff have created a stir in Pakistan’s cricket fraternity. Various former cricketers, analysts and pundits opined on the same, backing either head coach Misbah-ul-Haq or the former left-arm pacer.

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has also jumped on the bandwagon, stating Mohammad Amir’s dispute with the coaching staff is a continuation of an age-old tradition in Pakistan cricket. He believes that it is time for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take things in control and directly converse with the players regarding their performance.

“This is not a good tradition. The board has a sort of parental relationship with its cricketers. Whether it is Mohammad Amir or any other player, the PCB should communicate its plans with them so that they mentally prepare themselves if they are dropped due to any issues,” said Afridi, during the launch ceremony of the Kashmir Premier League’s official anthem.

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“It would be better if the chairman or chief selector talks to the players rather than the coaching staff. Mohammad Amir was made an issue for no reason,” added Afridi, who played 27 Tests, 398 One Day Internationals and 99 T20 Internationals for Pakistan.

Afridi also seemed unimpressed with head coach Misbah-ul-Haq’s defensive approach. He took a dig at his former teammate and stated that one can’t survive and excel on the big stage with a ‘heart of a chicken’. He also hailed former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid for nurturing Indian youngsters at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

Dravid is currently the head of the NCA in Bengaluru and coaches the under-19 players. Afridi signed off by saying that if given the chance, Pakistani legends can also do wonders by grooming Pakistani youngsters.

“I don’t think former players should just eye a role as the coach of the national side. Star cricketers such as Mohammad Yousaf, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan can do wonders at the junior level similar to how Rahul Dravid has done in India,” he concluded.

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