Lawson not surprised over Afridi sidestepping Test captaincy

July 24th, 2010 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 24(ANI): Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has said that said that he was not surprised over all-rounder Shahid Afridi resigning Test captaincy after what was his first Test in four years.

Afridi had announced that he would quit captaincy after his side lost the first test against Australia by 150 runs at Lord’s.

He said that he no longer had the temperament for the five-day game, and also claimed that he was pressurized into the job.

“Shahid Afridi is a senior player and he has done outstandingly well in ODI and T20 cricket, but he hasn’t played test cricket for a while. Look, I always thought he had ambitions to captain the Test side, I don’t know how much he was “pressurized” into it,” quoted Lawson, as saying.

“If someone offers you the captaincy of your nation’s test side, it’s almost impossible to knock it back. So, I would give him the benefit of the doubt in regards to being put under a bit of pressure.”

“Plus, who else would want the captaincy given that they sack people right, left and center? Look at what they did to Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf - they banned them after they lost cricket games. Why would anyone want to be skipper? I am not surprised people want to sidestep the role,” he added.

Lawson further praised Afridi for acknowledging that he should not be captain because of his temperament.

“Afridi is not a good enough batsman or bowler to be in a Test side. We all saw what happened at Lord’s - his batting was borderline embarrassing and you just can’t get out like that,” Lawson said.

“However, it takes a very brave man to come and say that he should not be captain because of his own temperament. I feel he should be patted on the back for that. It kind of shows that he left for the benefit of the team, which is excellent,” he added. (ANI)

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