Shaheen Afridi dismisses reports of rift in cricket team ahead of T20 World Cup

08:21 PM | 17 May, 2024
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Source: PCB

Pakistani pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi on Friday dismissed reports of a rift within the national cricket team ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup.

Speaking on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s podcast about his career and the team's dynamics, Afridi said there was no discord within the squad and every player was focusing on winning the big tournament next month.

Afridi was appointed the T20I captain after Babar Azam announced his decision to step down following the team’s dismal performance in last year’s Asia Cup hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as the ODI World Cup played in India. However, his tenure was brief and ended in March 2024, following Pakistan’s 4-1 defeat in the T20I series against New Zealand.

Azam was brought back to lead the national team, but the leadership change was surrounded by contentious statements that triggered a debate about the lack of solidarity within the team.

Afridi said, “If there are ever small misunderstandings, these happen in every family.”

“And when there are brothers, they also sometimes have disagreements over little things. But thankfully, there is nothing like that in this team,” he added.

“Our effort is always to play with unity,” he continued. “This is not the time where there can be argument or discord. This is a time when everyone has to be involved in one process, moving together with unity toward achieving the same goal.”

Afridi said he had fully recovered from his injury last year.

He maintained it was the team’s “job to play cricket and bring joy to our nation.”

“We are also tired of telling people that we will win the World Cup,” he said with a smile. “But God willing, this time we will make this happen.”

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 293.5 and selling rate is 297.2 while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 351.45 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.05 and Saudi Riyal at 72.95.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.65
Euro EUR 293.5 297.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 351.45
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.05 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.95 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.58 748.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 39.91 40.31
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.67 36.02
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.74 916.74
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.38 172.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.26 731.26
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.5 77.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 72.95 73.85
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 311.53 314.03
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73


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