LAHORE: Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi’s retirement decision from all formats of International Cricket is purely personal and PCB hasn’t banned him from playing, said PCB Chairman. Shahid Afridi, who was recently sacked as one-day captain, announced his retirement from international cricket.
Shahid Afridi, 31, told that he could no longer perform for a cricket board that did not respect its senior players. Afridi, who retired from tests last year but continued to lead the team in limited-over cricket, was removed as captain earlier this month by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Talking to the media, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt expressed that Shahid Afridi violated code of conduct that is why he was lowered from the captaincy spot.
Cricket Board didn’t ban him to play cricket and was part of the squad in the series against the Ireland but Afridi couldn’t join the team due to some personal reasons. PCB Chairman, Ejaz Butt, added that Shahid Afridi’s decision of retirement is personal and it has nothing to do with PCB. By praising Shahid Afridi, PCB Chairman added that he is a sound cricketer and he rendered great services to Pakistan Cricket. The hard-hitting batsman and leg-spin bowler played in 27 tests, 325 one-day games and 43 Twenty20s for his country.
Meanwhile Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has been asked to return to the country with the national team instead of going to Australia as the PCB wants to discuss his reported dispute with sacked one-day captain, Shahid Afridi, in the West Indies. The chief operating officer of the Pakistan board, Subhan Ahmed, said that Waqar was scheduled to fly straight to Sydney from Ireland, where the team is currently playing the one-day series.
“We have not forced him to just come to Pakistan. We have told him it is his choice if he has to urgently go home to Sydney, than he can come to Pakistan later,” the PCB official said. Waqar and Afridi were at loggerheads over selection issues, which blew up after the latter’s return from the West Indies. Though Afridi didn’t take names but he was clearly referring to Waqar.
Based on team manager Intikhab Alam’s reports, which blamed Afridi for the whole mess in the Caribbean, PCB chairman Ejaz Butt sacked Afridi as one-day captain for the series against Ireland while retaining him in the side as a player. But Afridi withdrew from the series, saying that he was with his ailing father in the United States.