Commenting on the performance and form of Pakistan's Boom Boom Afridi in an exclusive interview at cricinfo, one of England's most successful opening batsmen Geoffrey Boycott says that it is appalling to watch Afridi batting, who over the years have transformed from high scoring batsman to a mere tailender.
Afridi is a fantastic bowler - but it is appalling to see him bat, says Bycott
"Pakistan have lost out with his batting deteriorating so badly. And he's one of my favourite cricketers. I love meeting him, not just watching him play. He's full of fun, he's talented, but his batting is so bad now, it's embarrassing. He can't think, he can't judge the length, and he's just a swiper of the ball. It's appalling to watch him bat."
"He bats like a tailender, and a bad one at that. It must be frustrating as hell, exasperating, annoying, to all his supporters, his friends, his captain - his captain must do his head in, trying to look after him. Everybody must be asking like you: how can all that talent in one man disappear? How can he lose it so badly?"However, Boycott is impressed by his bowling, which he seems to be concentrating more these days to compensate for his bad batting and find a way out to remain in the Pakistan's squad:
"He is a fantastic bowler, let me tell you. He is hard to pick. I thought he was a sensational captain when he did the job. So, whatever his faults, he still has some talent as a bowler. And I still love him."Read more about Geoffry's assessment of Afridi and cricket in general at ESPN Cricinfo