‘Crazy’ Afridi not the right guy for captaincy: Chappell

Updated: Mar 21, 2011, 20:45 PM IST

Melbourne: Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has said that Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is “a bit crazy” and should not be in charge of the Pakistan World Cup team.

“When you have a captain who is a bit crazy, crazy things happen. To me, he was never the right guy to be in charge and that’s only part of the reason, but it’s one of the reasons why with Pakistan you never know what’s going to turn up,” Fox Sports quoted Chappell, as saying.

“I just don’t think Afridi is the sort of guy you should put in charge of a cricket team because he is so frenetic, he does idiotic things like he did with holing out (against Australia).” “They are such a frenetic side, which they always will be while Afridi is captain,” he added.

Chappell also slammed Afridi for habitually raising his arms in triumph mid-pitch after taking a wicket. “Every time he gets a wicket, standing in the middle of the pitch with your arms raised ... that must be really irking to his teammates,” Chappell said. “It’s a team game, everybody is contributing, you don’t want to see the captain seemingly taking the glory every time he gets a wicket,” he added.

Bureau Report