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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Afridi, Butt meet to resolve differences

Former ODI captain Shahid Afridi held a meeting with Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt here on Tuesday and reached an out-of-court solution, private news channels reported. The PCB in a statement also confirmed that a meeting was held between the PCB Chairman and the former skipper of One-Day International (ODI) team in the Federal Capital but declined to make any comments.
“At this stage PCB will not make any further comments on the discussions that have been taken place between the Chairman PCB and Mr. Shahid Afridi,” the statement said.
However, according to sources, the meeting was held with an aim to thaw out a quick solution to the crisis, engulfing Pakistan cricket at present. Afridi agreed to withdraw the case against the PCB in Sindh High Court and also to appear before its disciplinary committee. 

Some sections of the media stated that the former skipper was likely to be reissued clearance to play overseas after he withdraws his petition against the PCB. The PCB will issue the NOC for Afridi after he appears before the committee.
After getting the required permission Afridi will be able to play for Hampshire County in a T20 tournament in England and Sri Lanka Premier League.
Afridi went to court after the PCB punished him for allegedly breaching a code of conduct by announcing his retirement and levelling allegations against the board. The board suspended the central contract of the all-rounder and revoked all his NOCs, thus stopping him to play in England and Sri Lanka. 
The Sindh High Court in Karachi adjourned Afridi’s case until June 16, when PCB officials are expected to justify their sanctions against the player before a two-member bench makes a decision.
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