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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

PCB to discuss Afridi issue after Waqar’s return from Ireland

  • PCB to discuss Afridi issue after Waqar’s return from Ireland
PCB to discuss Afridi issue after Waqar’s return from Ireland
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) intends to have a comprehensive debate on the dispute between former captain, Shahid Afridi, and current coach, Waqar Younis, after Waqar’s return from the Ireland tour. The row has led Afridi to quit international cricket.
Waqar is set to visit Australia after Ireland, but the board has ordered him to come back with the team so that they discuss the matter in detail.
Team Pakistan has just concluded a two-match ODI series against Ireland at Belfast and is ready to fly to home.
Subhan Ahmed, the Chief Operating Officer of PCB, told the media today “He had said he wanted to go home to Sydney as his wife was not keeping well. We have advised him that if possible he should first come to Pakistan on June 2 and then go to Australia.”
However, he later said, “But 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.”
Afridi and Waqar fell out during Pakistan’s tour to West Indies a few weeks back, as the captain expressed his concerns over the coach’s alleged interference in team matters.
As a result of the spat, Afridi flied back to home after winning the 5-match ODI series 3-2.
Afterward, the PCB sacked Afridi from the post of captaincy and asked him to play as a common player.
Afridi, who considered his termination as an insult, announced his conditional retirement from International Cricket.
He stated that he will be available for his country if the board is reconstituted. However, since prospects of such a development are bleak, so are Afridi’s chances of a comeback.
The former skipper is widely loved by his countrymen. He has done a lot for national cricket, both as a player and as a skipper. It was he who led the Men in Green to reach the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
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