ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat while praising the decision of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq to drop-out Shahid Afridi from the squad said it would have been better if he had retired himself.

Yasir said: “I respect Inzamam's decision as a selector to leave out Afridi however, I feel that it would have been better if Afridi had made the decision himself. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) could have had a discussion with Afridi and stated their intentions to leave him out so that in the meantime, he could announce his retirement.” Yasir said he believed that announcing retirement after the World Twenty20 would have been the right decision for Afridi to exit after a major tournament. "We all expected him to retire after the tournament and it was a surprise when he didn't. In the end the selectors were forced into making the decision to drop him which must be quite difficult for Afridi to take."

"As far as the PCB is concerned, they had to take this tough decision at some point, whether that was now or in the future is moot. One must accept that Inzamam is a big personality and he will feel that he has made the correct choice," he said.

Speaking about dropping Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal for disciplinary reasons, he said Inzamam had made this decision in order to set an example. "In the past, the players have been dropped for disciplinary reasons and then, were recalled shortly afterwards. Earlier selectors were probably weak and couldn't handle this pressure whereas Inzamam has a strong personality," he said.

Talking about Pakistan's tour to England, he said most of the teams had struggled recently when touring England, even Australia did during the last Ashes series. "Experience counts the most on such tours so the performances of Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq will be crucial. On previous tours, big names like Inzamam and M Yousuf have scored runs to ensure the team gets a fighting total and competes on a level-footing with England, so in this case Younis and Misbah will need to do something similar to give Pakistan a fighting chance," he concluded.