• Fri. Aug 5th, 2022

Azharuddin prefers more players than support staff

Posted: Date Posted – 12:01 AM, Sat – Oct 30, 21

Hyderabad: Under fire for choosing a giant squad of 25 players instead of the 20 planned for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, Hyderabad Cricket Association chairman Mohammed Azharuddin said he believes that there should be more players on the team than support staff.

“I want to promote cricketers. I don’t want additional support staff. I believe in preparing for a match before leaving for the tournament venue. These days players practice too much before every game. I don’t think that’s necessary. It’s about being mentally and physically fit for a match. You have to be fresh before each game.

“The other day I was having a chat with a former player, he also felt the same way. He too agreed that players should be in a relaxed state of mind before any game. So I told the boys to be fresh. I don’t want a player to get tired before a game. Simple shots and a few overs at the net would be enough,” the former India captain said on Friday.

Asked about a few controversial selections, Azharuddin said the ad hoc selection committee will learn from their mistakes. “But for the first time, I have ensured that useful players in shorter formats are selected for the T20 tournament. I only tell the selectors what is good and what is bad. I just visit the nets and try to rectify the mistakes of the player. Of course, if I see a good player, I recommend his name to the coaches.

Azharuddin said it was time to play. He gave a simple message to do or perish. “If you don’t perform well, you can’t continue to stay in the team.”

On the captaincy issue, Azharuddin said Tanmay Agarwal will learn from his mistakes. He welcomed G Hanuma Vihari to the Hyderabad squad. “I am happy that Vihari has returned to Hyderabad. First, why did he go to Andhra, I don’t know. It’s nice to see that he will play for Hyderabad.

Team: Tanmay Agarwal (captain), N Thakur Tilak Varma, Hanuma Vihari, K Rohit Rayudu, B Sandeep, Mohammed Siraj, Himalay Agarwal, CV Milind, Rahul Buddhi, T Ravi Teja, M Sai Pragnay Reddy (wk), Kolla Sumanth (wk) , Mohammed Afreedi, Rathan Teja, Tanay Thyagarajan, Syed Mehdi Hasan, Abdul Ela Al Quraishi, Rakshann Reddii, G Ajay Dev Goud, E Sankeet, Chandan Sahani, Trishank Gupta, Alankrit Agarwal, P Nitesh Reddy, HK Simha.

Support staff: Mr. Sailesh Kumar (Director); Milaap Mewada (coach); K Santosh (doctor), Kanneskk Naidu (coach); Md Sajid Hussian (massager).

Who is Afreedi?

mohamed afreedi

In the 25-member team, there is a new face in the person of Mohammed Afreedi. This 23-year-old player was a great success in a tournament held in Siddipet. He grabbed attention with his great striking abilities and was selected to play for Combined Districts in the Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Tiger Cup T20 tournament.

Playing in the Tiger Cup, he hit the most sixes with 16 followed by Sai Pragnay Reddy (14) and Chandan Sahani (10) in the top three.
“Afreedi played very well in the T20. He is a hard hitting batsman and a specialist in T20 cricket,” Azharuddin said.


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