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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ijaz Butt says Afiridi needs to stop politicising the captaincy issue

Ijazz Butt Slams Wasim Akram

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Ijaz Butt, started another War of Words with former Pakistan skipper, Wasim Akram.

The PCB’s boss has criticised Akram for giving statements against the cricket board.

While speaking on telephone in a TV show on Express News, the Chairman of the PCB has slammed former left-arm fast bowler and highlighted the controversies Akram had been facing during his career. 

"He should look at his past and record and then give such statements. I don’t want to say anything here but Wasim would be better off doing commentary in India", Butt remarked.

He has also claimed that PCB has offered Akram to coach Pakistan but he refused to take the responsibilities and in the meantime he has been busy in India. 

Butt has advised 45-year old, Akram to stop interfering in the matters related to Pakistan cricket.

Earlier, the PCB started a clash with the star all-rounder, Shahid Afridi that has irked many former cricketers, including Wasim Akram.

Akram, who represented Pakistan in 104 Tests and 356 One Day Internationals (ODIs), has asked Butt to provide reasons for sacking the hard-hitting batsman, Afridi.

"Shahid was doing well as captain and had motivated the team well. He led the team to the World Cup semifinals and also won the One Day series in the West Indies. So when a successful captain is removed, the Board should be sensible enough to give the reasons for the decision. They can't just take such a big decision and say they will give details later on", Akram added.

The Lahore born former captain took 502 ODI wickets and grabbed 414 Test wickets. He was had the highest tally of wickets in the 1992 World Cup, and helped his country win the event.

However, he also criticised Afridi for using harsh words against the PCB and making public statements. Akram thinks that the former skipper should have communicated his grievances to PCB in private.


Waqar Younis and Intikhab Alam criticise Shahid Afridi’s captaincy during Caribbean tour
The West Indies tour reports, leaked to the media on Tuesday, have shown that both the head coach, Waqar Younis and the team manager, Intikhab Alam criticised Shahid Afiridi’s captaincy during the five-match One Day International series in the Caribbean.
The reports revealed that the coach pointed out the drawbacks of Afridi’s captaincy and also blamed him for the defeats in the last two ODIs. Intikhab Alam backed Waqar’s point of view, saying that the all-rounder has a short temperament and does not consider other views.
“As a captain I feel he (Afridi) is still very immature, has poor discipline, lacks game plan and is unwilling to listen to others’ opinions or advice,” said Waqar.
Waqar also added that he and others have been working hard on Afridi to help him become a successful skipper in the long run, but often his aggressive and immature nature proved harmful and even resulted in defeats.
Afridi was appointed as a skipper just two weeks before the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2011, but he brilliantly led his side to the semi-final stage of the tournament. He not only proved himself as a responsible skipper but also as a useful player, becoming the top wicket-taker of the event with 21 dismissals.
Following the mega event’s conclusion, Afridi continued with his responsibility for the Caribbean tour, where he failed to give any notable performance.
Under his captaincy, Pakistan team lost the only Twenty20 to and won the five-match ODI series by 3-2.
During the West Indian tour, there were reports of a row between Afridi and the team management. On his return after the ODI series, Afridi passed some offensive statements regarding the team’s management. The skipper was then sacked from Captaincy for the two-match One Day series against Ireland.
According to Afridi, the Pakistan Cricket Board did not give him any prior notice and announced his removal directly to media.
In response to PCB’s action, the flamboyant batsman announced his retirement from International cricket without informing any of the board’s officials.
Afridi added that he did not want to continue playing under the current Board management, which was disrespectful to players.
The PCB issued Afridi a show cause notice, seeking an explanation for the way he announced his retirement and also suspended his central contract, citing that the player has breached the code of conduct. In addition, the board has also revoked all the non-objection-certificates granted to him.
Recently, Afridi has filed a petition in the Sindh High Court, against the charges imposed on him by the PCB.

Waqar says Afridi is immature

Islamabad : Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis has slammed former one-day captain Shahid Afridi's behavior during the tour of the West Indies as being immature and destabilizing.

In a tour report published in the Daily Dawn newspaper, Waqar said Afridi's "volatile and immature nature" was the reason behind Pakistan's two defeats in the series.

Waqar said Afridi "behaved very inappropriately and walked out of the (team) meetings" held before the fourth and fifth ODIs, causing defeats in both even as Pakistan won the series 3-2.

The PCB removed Afridi as captain after the series, suspended his central contract and revoked No Objection Certificates that would have allowed him to play for other teams.

Afridi won't attend Pakistan June 8 summons

Afridi won't attend Pakistan June 8 summons

Karachi: Retired cricket star Shahid Afridi will not appear before the Pakistan Cricket Board disciplinary committee on charges of violating the code of conduct, his lawyer said on Monday, claiming the process was unlawful.

"The process followed by the PCB does not conform with the law as even under Pakistan's constitution there is a right given to everyone to be heard before a case is decided," Afridi's lawyer Syed Ali Zafar told a press conference.

The PCB summoned Afridi to appear before a three-man disciplinary committee, after the former one-day captain abruptly decided to retire from international cricket last week.

The PCB said Afridi violated the players' code of conduct in announcing his retirement and in punishment suspended his central contract and revoked all no-objection certificates to play abroad.

Afridi developed differences with coach Waqar Younis over selection matters during last month's tour of the West Indies and his public criticism saw the PCB replace him as captain.
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