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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Afridi due from London to sort out cricketing problems

Pakistan's captain Shahid Afridi calls out to a player while adjusting his fielding positions during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final against India in Mohali March 30, 2011
Deposed Pakistan One-day Captain Shahid Afridi is due to return here on Sunday to sort out his cricketing problems after stern action of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) against him.Flamboyant all-rounder Afridi is passing through most taxing phase in his career after opening a fierce war against PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt.Shahid Afridi, who led Pakistan in the semifinals of Cricket World Cup earlier this year, may appear before a PCB disciplinary committee with his legal firm Mandiwala & Zafar Associates officials.

Under the breach of code of conduct, PCB came hard on Shahid Afridi by terminating his Central Contract and revoked all his Non Objection Certificates (NOCs) for playing overseas.
While announcing his retirement from international cricket, in protest for PCB mistreating him, Shahid Afridi has said that he will not play cricket for Pakistan under the present management.
In the meantime supporting and welcoming banners for Shahid Afridi were seen in the different parts of the city which asked the cricket lovers to receive the embattled all-rounder at Jinnah International airport on Sunday evening.
Because of his popularity across the country Shahid Afridi  is getting the sympathy of supporters which may rise with arrival back home.
Meanwhile former test cricketers blamed PCB for mishandling Shahid Afridi issue which led to his retirement from international cricket and opening a war against board chairman.
“I think Afridi shouldn’t have crossed the line at first. But if he had made the mistake being the captain, PCB should have handled out in proper professional manner,” former test left arm spinner Iqbal Qasim  said.
“Pakistan cricket is already suffering from various problems and PCB-Afridi issue made us laughing stock in the world,” he said.
He said Shahid Afridi definitely led Pakistan from the front during the Cricket World Cup and 21 wickets were key to take his team into the semifinals.
Shahid Afridi went through lean patch during the caribbean trip where he could manage to score 28 runs and just two wickets in five matches one-day international series.
“Incompetency within PCB is the main problem which has taken Pakistan cricket beyond repair,” he commented.  He said board is lacking in consistency which they clearly reflected in the past three years.          
Salim Yousuf said PCB decision in the past has been very inconsistent and they reverted many decision which created doubts in public.
He said if PCB was not happy with his captaincy during the West Indies then why he was selected for the series against Ireland.
“PCB failed to learn from their previous mistakes which is causing more problems in Pakistan cricket,” he concluded.
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