Karachi: Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said that he believed that young players deserve the most opportunity against Zimbabwe in the upcoming series to help them gain international exposure.
According to The Nation, Afridi claimed that if he were asked, he would have given up his spot for a younger player in the squad for Zimbabwe tour.
Stating that tours like the Zimbabwe one are great opportunities for youngsters to get as much as chance to play as possible, Afridi said that he hoped that the young players get their chance during selection, although he added that if he is selected, then it is job to play.
Afridi also said that the tour is a good opportunity for him and other seniors, along with the youngsters, to get in form with both bat and ball
According to Afridi, every tour for Pakistan is important, regardless of the team they will be playing against, like Zimbabwe, adding that winning any series regardless of the opposition serves as a morale booster for the team.
Afridi further said that if they perform well in the series against Zimbabwe by scoring runs and bowling well, the confidence of their team will be increased, adding that the series against South Africa will be quite challenging and fun and they can use that as preparation for the series against Sri Lanka.
Afridi also said that the team should have atleast 10-15 young players that can be selected to play in the upcoming World Cup in 2015, adding that his selection in the World Cup will depend on his performance and fitness.
Praising the captaincy of Test and ODI captain Misbah-ul Haq , Afridi said that he is impressed with the positive manner in which Misbah is leading the team, adding that he would like to play under Misbah`s positive approach in his captaincy.