Sadiq Muhammad too old to become Pakistan U19 team manager, says Shahid Afridi

Sadiq Muhammad too old to become Pakistan U19 team manager, says Shahid Afridi

Afridi on the occasion also said that Imran Khan, the former cricketer who recently became the prime minister of Pakistan, is the last hope for change in the country.

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. (Photo Source: Twitter)

He found himself to be trolled for the age factor a number of times in the past but ex-Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi now has spoken out his mind on the age issue though it doesn’t concern a player. According to the 38-year-old former cricketer, veteran Sadiq Muhammad is too old to hold the manager’s post for the Under-19 team of Pakistan.

Afridi, who played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is for Pakistan and scored over 11,000 runs and took over 500 wickets, plays in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) now. He currently represents Karachi Kings after playing for Peshawar Zalmi for a couple of seasons.

“I respect Sadiq Muhammad but he is too old for the post,” the former all-rounder was quoted while speaking to the media in Karachi. Sadiq, a member of Pakistan’s famous cricketing family of the Muhammads, is over 73 years of age.
It was one of Sadiq’s brother Hanif who had played a marathon inning of 337 against the West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58 to help his side draw the game. The innings survived over 16 hours.

It was recently announced that the Pakistan U19 team will have as its coach Azam Khan while other members of the coaching unit will include, besides Muhammad, assistant coach Muhtashim Rasheed and fielding coach Sadiq Faqir. The team has its physiotherapist in Usman Ghani, the trainer in Saboor Ahmad and analyst Usman Hasmi. They will assist the side for the upcoming U-19 Asia Cup.

Misbah or Younis Khan should get the job

Afridi said someone younger should have been given the manager’s job for the U-19 team but by saying that, he did not mean that the septuagenarian, who played 41 Tests and 19 ODIs between 1969 and 1981, should be ignored.

“Muhammad should be given some other responsibility in the Pakistan Cricket Board,” Afridi said, adding that the U-19 team’s manager’s job should go to either Misbah-ul-Haq or Younis Khan.

Afridi on the occasion also said that Imran Khan, the former cricketer who recently became the prime minister of Pakistan, is the last hope for change in the country.

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