Pakistan news May 31, 2011

PCB suspends Afridi contract

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The PCB has responded to Shahid Afridi's retirement by suspending his central contract and putting together a showcause notice detailing several breaches of the code of conduct, which he will be expected to respond to within a week.

Announcing his retirement to a TV channel, the board said in a press release, was in itself a breach of Clause 2.1.4 of the Central Contract dealing with Covenants of the Cricketer.

Afridi's criticism of the board officials in the same interview to Geo TV also constituted a breach. "In passing disparaging remarks about the board and its officials, Shahid Afridi is in breach of Clause 4.4 dealing with Media obligations.

"A showcause notice has been issued to him seeking his explanation on these comments. Afridi has been asked to respond to the letter within seven days. His Central Contract has been suspended with immediate effect. Consequently, all NOCs granted to him have been revoked. All payments on account of Central Contract have been suspended."

A day after Afridi's outburst against the administration on TV, and his decision to not play international cricket under this board, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said he was "disappointed" by the remarks and that the "retirement" was not an issue at all.

"It was disappointing to hear what he said," Butt told ESPNcricinfo, "and it wasn't correct or true. It was wrong of him to do that. If he doesn't want to play under this administration, then he's welcome. We've detailed several instances where he has breached the code of conduct and will issue a showcause notice to him, which he has seven days to respond to."

Senior board officials spent much of the day in a budget meeting, but the issue of Afridi was a live one throughout. The board took legal advice before acting on the suspension of the contract, as well as the withdrawal of the NOCs given to him for a T20 stint with Hampshire, and one for his participation in the upcoming Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL).

Afridi was sent a separate showcause notice earlier this month for comments he made on his return to Pakistan from the Caribbean about the team management, remarks which landed him in trouble in the first place. Disciplinary action, if any, is pending on that notice as well.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 3, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is the most harmful administrator for PCB what no one did last 2/3 years. I can say that he is the destroyer of Pakistan's performane what they gain earlier. I don't support his way of administration to the Pakistani players. He has intention always to sack or pull out the players from the squad which is causing huge loss for Pakistan cricket team in abroad. It's not only the solution to terminate, sack or pull out the players who has some sorts of problems through his eye. If he is a good administrator then he will not do anything whenever and whatever he likes. Shaheed Afridi is a real good leader/captain in the all ODI's for the Pakistani team right now who led the team very successfully in the last WC. Some of the leaders from different sectors of the pakistan is destroying everything day by day. Some one has to take the ownership/leadership to stop so called things if they want to see that Pakistan has gained again name and fame in all sectors.

  • majid_khan84 on June 2, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    what are you doing butt.you destroying pakistan cricket please quit the post of pcb

  • on June 2, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Remove Ijaz Butt and everything in the PCB would be fine.

  • cricket_ftw on June 2, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Not a surprise at all ...

  • rohanblue on June 1, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    proof that pakistan cricket is nt moving, afridi and abdur razzaq still 31 ?????

  • Blueangle on June 1, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Well this is the time for Mr. BUTT to go for the good of Pakistan Cricket. God know how many top performers have been humiliated by this PCB administration in last three year. AND here is a lesson for Mr. AFRIDI and many others who will come after him. "IF you come from the back door, you will leave in disgrace". Dont forget that he was instrumental in forcing YK to relinquish captaincy when he with a group of players(six i guess) met with Butt and complained that players are not happy with YK. I am sure Afridi will be sorry for what he did to YK at that time BUT its too late now.

  • bigdhonifan on June 1, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    I am a fan of Afridi... Afridi can go to Afganisthan and play for them... He can provide them international status.... He will get respect there!

  • on June 1, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Time has come for Mr.Ijaz Butt to leave PCB he already done more damaged than anybody else.He not even feel guilt inside what he is doing for pakistan cricket.For Allah Sake just go home enjoy family life play with your grand children you already touching 80's.Take blessing not hatred from people of pakistan and around the world.We are already feel shame can't face other nations to tell them what happening to Pakistan and Pakistan cricket.Why one man rule and destroy everything we all want to best for Pakistan.Why all our legends cricketers left paksitan and live in other countries because we don't treat them right afyer there retirement this is major fault in our nation.They only praise when they are doing well.After there cricket over they treat like you were nothing.Why i left my country because of same reason.I still want pakistan to be a great country to remember.We have did a great contribution towards cricket and its administration for world cricket.So every cricket nation help.

  • bennybar on June 1, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    CAN SOMEONE SEND THESE COMMENTS TO THE SPORTS MINISTER OR SOMEONE WITH SIMILAR CAPACITY TO PUT SOME SENSE AND REMOVE IJAZ BUTT? I'M AN INDIAN BUT WAS VERY SAD FOR THE YOUNG AMIR AND PAKISTAN CRICKET AND PAKISTAN CRICKET FANS. IJAZ MADE THAT SITUATION AS WORSE AS IT COULD GET. NOW THIS AFRIDI ISSUE. AFRIDI IS HOT TEMPERED BUT THAT IS NOT A MAJOR ISSUE. THE REAL ISSUE IS IJAZ BUTT. REMOVE HIM AND THE WORLD WILL SEE A BETTER PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    like KP Afridi should leave pakistan and play for another country where he can get the respect he deserves, Australia is in need for a quality spinner..

  • on June 3, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is the most harmful administrator for PCB what no one did last 2/3 years. I can say that he is the destroyer of Pakistan's performane what they gain earlier. I don't support his way of administration to the Pakistani players. He has intention always to sack or pull out the players from the squad which is causing huge loss for Pakistan cricket team in abroad. It's not only the solution to terminate, sack or pull out the players who has some sorts of problems through his eye. If he is a good administrator then he will not do anything whenever and whatever he likes. Shaheed Afridi is a real good leader/captain in the all ODI's for the Pakistani team right now who led the team very successfully in the last WC. Some of the leaders from different sectors of the pakistan is destroying everything day by day. Some one has to take the ownership/leadership to stop so called things if they want to see that Pakistan has gained again name and fame in all sectors.

  • majid_khan84 on June 2, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    what are you doing butt.you destroying pakistan cricket please quit the post of pcb

  • on June 2, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Remove Ijaz Butt and everything in the PCB would be fine.

  • cricket_ftw on June 2, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Not a surprise at all ...

  • rohanblue on June 1, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    proof that pakistan cricket is nt moving, afridi and abdur razzaq still 31 ?????

  • Blueangle on June 1, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Well this is the time for Mr. BUTT to go for the good of Pakistan Cricket. God know how many top performers have been humiliated by this PCB administration in last three year. AND here is a lesson for Mr. AFRIDI and many others who will come after him. "IF you come from the back door, you will leave in disgrace". Dont forget that he was instrumental in forcing YK to relinquish captaincy when he with a group of players(six i guess) met with Butt and complained that players are not happy with YK. I am sure Afridi will be sorry for what he did to YK at that time BUT its too late now.

  • bigdhonifan on June 1, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    I am a fan of Afridi... Afridi can go to Afganisthan and play for them... He can provide them international status.... He will get respect there!

  • on June 1, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Time has come for Mr.Ijaz Butt to leave PCB he already done more damaged than anybody else.He not even feel guilt inside what he is doing for pakistan cricket.For Allah Sake just go home enjoy family life play with your grand children you already touching 80's.Take blessing not hatred from people of pakistan and around the world.We are already feel shame can't face other nations to tell them what happening to Pakistan and Pakistan cricket.Why one man rule and destroy everything we all want to best for Pakistan.Why all our legends cricketers left paksitan and live in other countries because we don't treat them right afyer there retirement this is major fault in our nation.They only praise when they are doing well.After there cricket over they treat like you were nothing.Why i left my country because of same reason.I still want pakistan to be a great country to remember.We have did a great contribution towards cricket and its administration for world cricket.So every cricket nation help.

  • bennybar on June 1, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    CAN SOMEONE SEND THESE COMMENTS TO THE SPORTS MINISTER OR SOMEONE WITH SIMILAR CAPACITY TO PUT SOME SENSE AND REMOVE IJAZ BUTT? I'M AN INDIAN BUT WAS VERY SAD FOR THE YOUNG AMIR AND PAKISTAN CRICKET AND PAKISTAN CRICKET FANS. IJAZ MADE THAT SITUATION AS WORSE AS IT COULD GET. NOW THIS AFRIDI ISSUE. AFRIDI IS HOT TEMPERED BUT THAT IS NOT A MAJOR ISSUE. THE REAL ISSUE IS IJAZ BUTT. REMOVE HIM AND THE WORLD WILL SEE A BETTER PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    like KP Afridi should leave pakistan and play for another country where he can get the respect he deserves, Australia is in need for a quality spinner..

  • Maxculine on June 1, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Afridi did the right thing..Although I am not very convinced with his place in the team as he usually throws his bat for nothing but he compensates in bowling somehow. But this is a different matter. Afridi should wait till the govt changes and our defense ministers changes and subsequently Butt sahab is kicked out. It is very clear now that how politics and favoritism has spoiled Pak Cricket.Afridi mentioned correctly for Mr. Ilyas, so its a lobby and there is not point of hitting the head with these beghairats. He should not change his stand. Go Afridi Go the whole nation is with you inshallah. Imran Khan's statement is required in this , it would be a wonderful addition.

  • on June 1, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    do any thing 2 call afridi back plz...me too upset

  • on June 1, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    If the revoking of Afridi's NOC's are an example of the way Pakistan disrespects it's players' rights, then Afridi was correct in his statements. It would seem that the PCB has just managed to supply the proof to Afridi's case.

  • lightsun on June 1, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    And the drama goes on .....and on.....and on......!!!

  • r1m2 on June 1, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    I am just surprised to see so much support for Afridi, like really? What has he done? He is considered a senior player, but he can't bat or bowl (consistently enough). He provides some value as a utility player in limited overs, but he will always remain the young brat, the same as he was when he started out playing his first match...

    How can you support this man??? I think PCB has learned a good lesson after the spot fixing scandal and has grown an all important backbone. The result can be seen in the performance of the team. Afridi's captaincy had nothing to do with it. PCB has provided a no nonsense, fair team environment where the genuine talent is shining through and that's what is in the best interest of Pakistan cricket.

    I am an outsider, and that's my view. But what I am seeing are positive signs for Pakistan Cricket ever since PCB under Butt has hardened their stance on players and the player power (since the spot fixing drama). Wish longer tenure for Butt and this PCB setup

  • IC_M on June 1, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Here we go again, different day, same story, heard it too many times, boring, pak cricketers and board, pls spice up some more, it's getting too predictable

  • Prats6 on June 1, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    I am an Indian and I am absolutely disgusted to see this happening. I simply cannot fathom how on earth Butt can continue being such a joke. The ICC needs to intervene and put their house in order for sure but as usual they will sit back and watch the drama of PCB destroying Pak Cricket.

  • reality_check on June 1, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    If there is a referendum of Pakistan cricket fans held today with one question i.e. should Ijaz Butt be fired immediately and Afridi re-instated back as ODI captain (Yes/No)? You will get 95% Yes votes.

  • harshalb on June 1, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Usual practice by cricket board to isolate the player. All boards are affiliates of ICC and before registering any foreign player, they are required to ask for a NOC from the parent board. So if Afridi wants to play in counties or SLPL, he still needs an NOC from PCB. Afridi is in breach of his PCB contract by announcing his retirement on TV and criticizing PCB so PCB is hitting back at him by withdrawing all the NOCs given to him. They will ensure that he cannot play anywhere unless he comes back begging and crawling before them. The only options for him are to either apologize and beg for mercy or go to court and sue PCB for obstructing his lively hood by withdrawing the NOCs.

  • K.A.K on June 1, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Pakistan cricket keep on getting in the news for the wrong reasons. It is going through severe management crisis for last so many years. This is not good for Pakistan cricket and cricket overall. I wish ICC has some receipe to help the troubled boards.

  • Billy_the_kid on June 1, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Now this is getting ridiculous. ECB should be able to see that this is a blatant attempt to stop Afridi from earning a living

  • K.A.K on June 1, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Time has come. Butt should go now. Enough of mismanagement for Pakistan Cricket.

  • on June 1, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    its very right said the problem is Butt not the Afridi, Afridi is the only real Asset of Pakistan team. There is no game without Afridi And as far as Afridi's voice , i think he did the right thing , protest for the rights there is nothing wrong. Those who say he should have gone to PCB if he had issues instead of announcing in media, I object! he did because there were no one to listen him, no one to treat him the way he deserve to be treated.Dont forget he has played such innings no Pakistani can forget..no offence to misguiders

    Afrid the whole Pakistan is with you, Keep going ( Pakistan ZindaAbad)

  • Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on June 1, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    @yeh_cheezzz, they have revoked the NOC given to him. In effect he cannot play in any league. He is doomed now as far as financial is concerned.

  • Deelo on June 1, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Can anybody here in Pakistan do something to get rid of this PCB board. These bunch of jokers do not understand that we people want to see cricket not their funny faces. Their attitude is clearly visible by keeping constant threat on Afridi's Captaincy. I think Afridi has done a right decision because somebody has to do something against these ........... What worst can be done by Afridi he has done.

  • on June 1, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    pak team nothing with out shahid afridi.......................

  • on June 1, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    What a joke! Suspending contract of a player who retired. Only the morons in PCB could do this.

  • on June 1, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    very bad PCB..................

  • AmmarWaheed on June 1, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    PCB and Afridi both are trying to blackmail each other and the only suffering entity is Pakistan...all the things happening from both sides are ridiculous.

  • on June 1, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    @yeh_cheezzz: Whether Central contract is there or not; it is not related for anyone to play in any other league. Recent examples are Chris Gayle and Pollard from W.Indies which denied to sign Central Contracts to be able to play for other leagues. Also it is not needed to play for your country.

    But the permission of the Native Cricket Board (NOC) is required to play in any ICC authorized league. Revoking of the NOC is not good for Afridi at all. Either Afridi has to compromise or take the longer Legal route for the issuance of NOC.

    My 2 cents...

  • xampl2001 on June 1, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    yeh_cheezzz Since Afridi's NOC has been revoked,as such neither he can play league matches nor he can play counties.Besides that he cannot play SLPL in Sril Lanka also but unworry.Since 1987,when Imran Khan lost WC semis against Aussies,he also resigned but was later called back,Since then it is a regular process in Pakistan,Cricket players resign & then they are back in team,Yousuf also had resigned but he is in team now

  • on June 1, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    I am relly disappointed that whats going on.This butt is really destroying Pak cricket.After 9 years we got such captain who lead us to atleast to 2nd round of worldcup whereas previous captains of worldcup failed to do so.Afridi is a valuable asset for pak cricket.Not every person is an example of perfection if Afridi did mistake then this is not a good approach to sack his contract.We lost Shoaib Akhtar,Mohammed Yousuf.Younis Khan,now Afridi in same manners.

    Do we had good example where players are retiring in honour.

    All best players treated v badly.Saeed Anwar,Inzamam,Waqar what happened to u PCB wat u think who people you are.Dont force us to protest infront of your 3rd class offices.

  • reality_check on June 1, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    @Muzammil_Baig: "Guyz calm down and think did Afradi not breached the code of conduct?" Did Butt not breach the code of conduct when he accused the ECB of match fixing without any proof whatsoever and then had to climb down from his tall claim in an humiliating manner? Look at PCB and Pak cricket in last three years and all the disasters. Which constant face do you see in PCB thru disaster after disaster? Butt is supposed to manage the board not make it his own dictatorship. Seems like Butt has a provblem with the whole world and Afridi and other cricketers are all in it. He needs to be kicked out now. Next chairman should not be hand picked by Zardari or we will be in the same boat again.

  • AniMathews on June 1, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    World is watching what is happening in Pakistan cricket for the past few years ,it's high time they should react needed a big change in the PCB administration.Ijaz butt is failure in managing Pakistan cricket ..i want to see people like Imran,Wasim coming into the board and that will make significant changes to the Pakistan cricket and Afridi after playing this much of international cricket he hasn't achieved any thing were others who played that much volume of International cricket has achieved there goals...bye bye Afridi dont change your decision.

  • on June 1, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    @yeh_cheezzz According to ICC rule. Players who have recently retired from International Cricket, e.g. in the previous two years needs NOC from their respective board to represent in domestic tournament.

    This rule is made to prevent players retiring from International Cricket simply in order to participate in a Domestic Cricket Event.

  • denwarlo70 on June 1, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is yet again in troubled waters. I am a Sri Lankan and I do not know what took place where, why and how but I feel so sorry for the Cricket crazy Brothers and Sisters of my neighbouring Country Pakistan. They've been denied the right to host visiting teams (Of course the last tour was by the Lankans but what took place is not their fault but better security arrangements could have been put in place like we Lankans do) and now, they've been denied the heroics of Shahid Afridi. I still remember him taking our bowlers to the cleaners in Kenya when I first saw him and that was the birth of this great character who I hated when he played against Sri Lanka. I wish him and his fellow Pakistanis all the best.

  • on June 1, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Ijazz Butt is "Joker" and now Afridi is "Batman". Previously Younis Khan has played the role of "Batman"

    "Why so serious?" Afridi

  • kam_uk on June 1, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Afridi needs to do exactly what Andrew Symonds did - sever all ties with the board and play as a free agent , England, Sri Lanka, Austrailia , South Africa and in time the IPL. PCB should allow him to carry on, in reality how can they stop a player who has resigned from the board?

  • Andy500265 on June 1, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    For those of you wondering, I have found a copy of the PCB selection Policy. It reads as follows:

    <end of PCB selection policy>

  • on June 1, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Anyone can give the showcase notice to Mr butt ??

  • Haleos on June 1, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    The problem with Afridi is he will never grow up on the cricket field and off it as well.

  • on June 1, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    God Knows whoiz wrong but we want Afridi Back in any how

  • Meeshakaran on June 1, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    IS THIS A JOKE??

    RETIREMENT MEANS A CAREER IS ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE WITH A MATCH FOR THE PLAYER WERE ALL OTHERS WILL GIVE THE BEST TO MAKE IT MEMORABLE, TEARY EYES,SALUTATIONS FROM FROMER & CURRENT PLAYERS, AN ACCLOADED EXIT WITH ALL PLAYERS FORMING A PASSAGE WITH BATS & BALLS.

    BUT LOOK HERE RETIREMENT HAS BECOME A JOKE FOR PAKISTANI PLAYERS, RETIRING & COMING BACK AT THE SLIGHTEST HINT OR EXCUSE GIVEN BY ALL & SUNDRY. HOW MANY MORE RETIREMENTS DOES AFRIDI HAS IN HIS POCKETS.

  • indianzen on June 1, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    After indian team, I like the Pakistani team, its our brother team.. but very very sad to see it fade away... Afridi is a man of conscience and he will stand by his decision... but they should give him NOCs to play atleast the county and T20s...

  • cricjoy on June 1, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Hey PCB learn to respect the players. ijaz butt u have your lavish life because of them. Afridi is a great player that Pakistan have produced to the cricket world. So please give what he need to improve the team which is already in a mess.

  • bipulkumar on June 1, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Yet another controversy ... give us a break ... some cricketing news from Pakistan please.

  • adilfarhan on June 1, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    For people who are supporting PCB and Ijaz Butt( ex. Mr_Anonymous). You guys are complaining that Butt has every right to suspend etc with Shahid, you guys are missing the point! The problem here is that Butt and co have made a series of decisions over the past few years and how bad have they turned out? if no one's above the game and everyone should be held to same standards than why is Butt not accountable for his mistakes(hint eng-spot fixing fiasco). When YK blew whistle he was sacked? why? do you know? Does anyone know? NO? See my point different standards for BUTT! why is he allowed to waste a players 7-8 months of playing time? Why is Shahid not given a tenure? why was it always temp? Do you have an answer? What is it that is so bad about him that they will make him captain but a temp? WHY? remember the captain ship delayed declaration before WC? WHY? do you know? does anyone know? See my Point? It is called cause and effect. Players should thanks Shahid and Join him!!!

  • zaheer-abbas on June 1, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    the series between pakistan and west indies is over but the competition between the boards havent finished yet because i think the 2 boards are having a game by seeing who will sack the most number of players

  • on June 1, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    I am hoping that Afridi will take back the decision of retirement and will continue to play for Pukisthan.

  • on June 1, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    I am an indian...and i want indian team to defeat pakistan 7 days a week.....but not like this......first aamir,asif...den yususf nd younis, nd now best of them all afridi.....players like afridi are cricket's prized possession....pakistan cricket is in terrible turmoil......i feel sorry for them.....who next on hit list....Umar Akmal??

  • sssazad on June 1, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Pakistan takee step against Mr Afridi at very crucial time, may be in future Afganstan dominate Pakistan team if Pakistan not cooperate with their promising player like Afridi or who knows next target?

  • on June 1, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    I don't want to watch any Pakistan's match without our last star... very cheap action by PCB....

  • on June 1, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair - The definition of awesomeness that your first post was, hit the exact, right mark. Love your posts x)

  • on June 1, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Central contracts, conduct, appeasement, conformity, all of the aforementioned are corporate virtues. We are talking about cricketers, let them play cricket, let them be, let them thrive, don't bound them with hassles of legality. The shackles of boards, power plays and administrators is all dead weight that's sinking the Pakistani ship. Its like working in an office with a worthless boss, it torpedoes morale and suffocates talent. For that sake of competition Pakistani cricket needs to be saved and the only possible resort might be absolute payer rebellion against Mr. Butt. For cricket fans, I hope they have the guts to follow through.

  • goliwala on June 1, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    You know how Don King is always saying "only in America," with some of this crap going on, we can say "only in Pakistan." What a shame to humiliate your country for your own benefit.

  • Aabid.Rizvi on June 1, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    pakistan widout Afridi is zero.appoint Afridi as captain again.

  • gohar1131 on June 1, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Butt should quit Pakistan Cricket. he is responsible for the deteriorating situation of Pakistan cricket team.

  • on June 1, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Afridi has bought enough glory to the country, he has made the right decision. Cricket in Pakistan is going to the dogs so even if just steps down from captaincy still he has to play under a crappy management. He can now enjoy life, play some enjoyable T20 cricket around the world and earn some money.

    He might not be consistent or even not performing at all, but he still gives the bowlers a scare when he walks into the crease and his bowling is top class as of recent. I have that feeling and one of these days he going to deliver some good batting knocks where ever he plays.

  • on June 1, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    @ Mr_Anonymous for your kind information i think you are some sought of relative to to one them planing against afridi.and it's not first time the PCB under ijaz butt management is being taking wrong decisions without using brain in in their head every thing has limit and you are the first person saying that ijaz butt is doing right thing.he should listen to afridi as well since ijaz butt took over the management our cricket is being in big disaster and what will happen if ijaz butt is removed from chairperson position and keep him as a watchman he will do the same thing,afridi does not deserve this...hope we will see him again inshallah and every cricketer fans who loves cricket around the globe loves his game..

  • yamin101 on June 1, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    @Muzammil_Baig: agreed he is still immature person......

    Plz kick him out ov all formates n leagues as well.

  • gothetaniwha on June 1, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    11 changes in captains in all formats , 3 coaches , 5 changes in selectors in under 3 years . How does Mr Butt keep his job - wouldn,t want to be walking in Misbah shoes , Mr Butt is due to sacked him in 3 months time .

  • on June 1, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Tired hearing all retirements and rejoin again PCB, like school children going school after they got chocolate, very soon he will be back like others FUNNY PCB, now a days cricinfo not posting lifetime carrier for pakistan players once the Announce retirement

  • forbidden11 on June 1, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    NICE TO SEE A BOLD CAPTAIN FROM PAKISTAN,WHETHER PCB WANTS TO DEVELOP CRICKET IN PAKISTAN OR THEY JUST WANT TO ERASE CRICKET FROM PAKISTAN. THE WAY MISBAH PLAYED IN THE SEMIFINALS IN WORLD CUP HE DOESNT DESERVE A PLACE IN THE PAKISTAN TEAM NOE HE IS THE CAPTAIN WHERE IS PAKISTAN CRICKET GOING. GOOD JOB IJAZ BUTT AND PCB DO YOUR BEST TO ERASE CRICKET IN PAKISTAN

  • revolution72 on June 1, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Afridi should sign a contract with any of the English Clubs and settle there just like Saqlain Mushtaq.. PCB does not recognise talents.. Better leave and live a good life.. Afridi is irreplaceable.. BOOM BOOM

  • nasir159 on June 1, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    it is time for the people of Pakistan to start protest,not against just Ijaz Butt but all the leaders of Pakistan government.the government is also responsible for the decline of cricket in Pakistan

  • simonviller on June 1, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    I don't get it !He retired from cricket ,they then suspended his contract ;he should be free to go where ever now .The question then would his return to the team ,but not to hinder his movement in the first placce ...This sounds like something that happen in the West Indies ....O ne player signed no contract ,but is free to play ,while the other has a cotract and is not free to play .

  • vidyasagar06071993 on June 1, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    what is pcb doing??? pakistan cricket cannot afford to lose an asset like afridi.

  • Mr_Anonymous on June 1, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    I understand that Afridi has issues with team selection (between him/Waqar Younis and potentially the board/selection committee) but they are all trying to do their best and you can't always say your answer is the only right answer and if they disagree you vent your frustration by going to the press (and break a code of conduct that you agreed to). In fact, I would argue that if Afridi could not work within the system, he himself should have stepped down from the captaincy.

    There was no reason for him to protest by skipping the Ireland ODIs or "quitting" international cricket for this reason.

    For once, I think the board has taken a correct stance for injecting discipline. I think when people comment against Ijaz Butt they look at his past but to be objective just evaluate the current situation. Personally, I wish Ijaz Butt would have given a reason when the decision to Afridi was announced (rather than later) but still the board was well within their rights to take that decision.

  • yeh_cheezzz on June 1, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    can anyone tell me if they have suspend the central contract can it prevent him from playing for the other leagues?

  • Muzammil_Baig on June 1, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Guyz calm down and think did Afradi not breached the code of conduct? It's big YES. Do you see any player of ENG or AUS or SA which describes the disputes with management openly media. Don't forget why the Peterson was forced to quit captaincy. If Afradi had any issues the best thing was to go to PCB and discuss. Lastly, please Afradi don't take your decision back. After playing 300 matches you are still immature for international cricket. By the way I am from Pakistan :)

  • on June 1, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Anyone can give the showcase notice to Mr butt ??

  • vswami on June 1, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    This is a jungle in which wild animals are preying for each others blood. The hunter and the hunted keep interchanging and the action is terrific to watch. By suspending Afridi's contract, an all out war has been declared by PCB. Afridi's motor mouth is just starting to wind up.

  • on June 1, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Why does it make a difference he quit hes done with cricket.. why make a big deal about the contract! very sad though! theres only one shahid afridi will always be remembered!!!!!!!! pakistan zindabad!!!

  • on June 1, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    Afridi is the last star of Pakistani team.. Cricket will end in Pakistan after Afridi's retirement..

  • mso797 on June 1, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair that'd be a cool movie with afrid as Zoro

  • mso797 on June 1, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    who knows this might actually lead to Ijaz butts removal 2morrow people would be protesting in the streets

  • sabirshah on June 1, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    PUBLIC DEMAND: why stupid ICC and PCB can't understand that Afridi is a public syimbol and if you get him out like this you'd definitely lose cricket interests...just see how many matches of IPL were watched? Afridi is a symbol of cricket althouth he doesn't PERFORM at all but BOOM BOOM is recognized in the grounds of cricket. and E-Jaz is just another old stupid arse who has ended SHOAIB AKHTAr (another symbol of Pakistani team) future, What if he'd have played Semi Finals against India? Pakistan eventually lost, so what would have been the difference? bhenchod satay baaz,,,,Afridi Long Lives and Shoiab Akhatar too...

  • on June 1, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is big time moron. He doesn't understand that politically Afridi has a very strong background too. I do believe that Afridi's stance has added strong spices to the PCB puppet show under Ijaz Butt.

    Hopefully this all would result as the last nail in Ijaz Butt's coffin... Lets wait for couple of days, because PCB itself isn't an independent organization. There are leveled charges against PCB that would be challenged soon...lets hope for the best BOOM BOOM :)

  • on June 1, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Technically, if i'm not wrong, resignation isn't just on verbal terms. There is some formal application for resignation or there must be some formal procedure. I've clearly no idea, how pcb says that he has revoked article blah and blah. I do know they must have considered this technically, before sending show-clause notice, but its quite absurd to confiscate NOC's.

    6 captains shuffled till now...Butt needs some good spanking :|

  • on June 1, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    @Reggaecricket SPOT ON mate

  • skkh on June 1, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Obviously the fault lies with Ijaz Butt. Since his taking charge umpteen players have been handed out show cause notices and suspensions. Surely all of them cannot be wrong and Mr Ijaz Butt be right. This man seem typical a typical martial law administrator. Give him the boot and Pakistan cricket might be on the road to recovery.

  • India2world on June 1, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    It time for Izaz butt to retire....to save the Pakistan cricket...

  • fazald on June 1, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    Afridi is an overated cricketer and is lucky to have played for Pakistan for so long. Except for a handful of performances with bat and ball he has hardly impressed. When everytime he goes into bat the Pakistan cricket fans cheer him like a war hero chanting "boom boom" but you hardly see any "boom boom" from him and he walks back to the dressing room like a wounded soldier. After all what's all this fuss about?

  • TRAM on May 31, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Afridi, you should quit PCB, become citizen of any other country of your choice and thus be able to play IPL or Eng county or similar games. Thus you bring income to your family and country at the same time not for your board. In other words, serve your country not the board.

  • on May 31, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    I understand that Afridi has broken certain rules, and as such had his contract revoked, but come on guys , Afridi is not the issue, it's the pcb , specifically Butt, when this arbinger of ridicule is removed I am sure pak cricket under the PCB will regain respect not only from it's own players but of the whole cricketing community-at presentbit is a farce!

  • on May 31, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Live for the country n play for the country as we r reconized by playing for our country wether pakistan or india serve our nations n then u find urself a true human being n a true person in this world.......god bless

  • nonsouravcaddy on May 31, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    The characters are different each time but the story is the same with Pak cricket each time - a bunch of difficult people who just can't get along. It used to be funny but it's just pathetic now. Its so sad to see this country filled with such outrageous talent go to the dogs because of the egos of a few misguided individuals...

  • on May 31, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    No really....... I feel so sad for PCB cricket. But you know there is a lot of people all around the world,who really love cricketer like Afridi. I lost all of my interest over cricket. Why people become so cruel and unkind. @ PCB you guys dont have right to break people's heart and also @ Afridi you must think about your fan all over the world before taking such a cruel decission.We all hope that you will change your decission very soon and come back and will give us more exciting momment in cricket field..... please please please come back.We all miss you a lot.

  • meimo12 on May 31, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    The truth is Pakistan cricket board has always taken rash actions. They tell the players a few minutes before that they are captain or they aren't anymore. A captain knows more about his squad, what type of players he wants for the match and what strategy to use but Butt and others interfere in this too. They interfere in everything even when they aren't needed. They treat players badly some are quiet because they know they'll be degraded and kicked out like a few and well thats sort of what Ijaz is trying to do to Afridi now when he has said the truth afraid the PCB reputation wil be spoiled. He did this with other great players including Inzamam, Yousuf, etc now Afridi!!

    The PCB keeps on changing teams the whole time, using stupid rules and then end up blaming the players and it's not the first time issue is raised against them. Soon we will know who is wrong and i hope PCB gets someone better. Ijaz Butt is the one who should retire and get some intelligent person in his place.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on May 31, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    @another_cricket_lover: Read the Sun Tzu's 2.500 year old manual of war"Art of War". "Having once received His Majesty's commission to be the general of his forces, there are certain commands of His Majesty which, acting in that capacity, I am unable to accept." The bottom line is, the general can not be micro-managed. He defies the order or he quits. Imran Khan was given a free hand by Zia, and an army of stars. He lead his team to victory. Afridi was micro-managed with rookies, yet he went to places. He first defied the micro-management, and when that did not work, he quit.

  • arctictern on May 31, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Ijaz Butt has his record to brood over with a list of endless captaincy changeovers, selector replacements, coaches moving in and out. Just basically a revolving door. Suggests a lack of vision and hiring and firing the only remedy avialable in his cupboard. No thought about improvement of domestic structure, as a net to catch young talent before it goes away. A fact seen in the scarcity of budding batsmen and wicketkeepers, since the elders retired. Only the bowling pool remains but if The Butt remians supreme, then possibly that pool too would vanish by the next WC in 2015.Afridi, despite the emotional support of his fans is slowly becoming a shadow of his self. His batting talent has gone away though his bowling and his passion stays high, however his impetuosity is not a trait worthy to inculcate in upcoming players, and a cricketer with a better cricketing brain be groomed for captaincy across formats like Graeme Smith was at age 21. That would also bear fruits in 2015.

  • Reggaecricket on May 31, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Afridi obviously felt he was larger than life. He was good in patches that were few and far in between. His test and ODI averages are pretty mediocre at best. A Cricketer needs to be more consistent to be indispensable.

  • bigwonder on May 31, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    The "Musical Chair Saga" continues.

  • on May 31, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    I don't get it. They cancelled his contract, making him freelance. That means he should not need a NOC to play the SLPL or any other domestic league except Pakistan's which is under the PCB.

    Are the rules written by boards colluding with one another to keep the players in chains? Or does the PCB's withdrawal of NOCs not have an impact?

  • on May 31, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    If Shahid Afridi has violated the code of conduct then this punishment is right. What a nation we are....If somebody is not punished we are unhappy and when somebody is punished we are again unhappy.

  • on May 31, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    We love you Afridi, but you are at fault (not saying that board is any good either). There's no doubt that Shahid is a national hero in Pakistan and rightly so, but I always suspecting him of leaking dressing rooms clashes etc to the media. And that kept him out of trouble in people's eyes so far, so to speak. He's playing with people and media again to get his captaincy back. It's a shameful act and unfortunately, knowing my Pakistani people, he may even get it back. This is his third retirement. I think cricket can survive without him! Let the team management manage the team Afridi, and you just play your cricket. Try not to get out in single digits anymore and take a few wickets for a change! The truth is, there's no room for Afridi in the team except if he is a captain. And you cannot be a captain in Pakistan team if you're not in the light (media).

  • on May 31, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    Heyy guyss... Its just a temporary retirment ,cant play under this board,Afridi himself has said this thing.. And he is doing right.Current cricket board has ruined Pakistan cricket,and there should be someone who could stand against them.A man ,who build you up a broken team ,they won series against NZ,then In world cup,then WI .. Removing from captancy was the reward given to him?? Thats so insulting.

  • hamz501 on May 31, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    i feel its a bit ridiculous to compare this situation to a soldier putting down his weapons when he doesnt agree with the commander and at the same time its not fair to compare this Pakistan setup to Australian or for that matter any other cricket setup in the world. First of all the whole army analogy fails becuase they are under different cirumstances, this is cricket not war. A better comparison would be to a Coorporation or a mere bussiness company. If your boss interferes in your job which leads you to not achieve your potential of success then yes, one would quit. Secondly, in the Australian, Indian, South African cricket setups, their boards back their players. How many times have you even heard the name of the Board Chairman from Australia, south Africa or India? Ijaz Butt has caused one blunder after the other. Misbah is the captain now, who himself is an avg player with limited Shots(hence his struggles with decent attacks) and hes on the other side of 30.

  • on May 31, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    the one-man show in PCB must end now... WE MUST RESPECT, AND THEREBY DEFEND OUR HEROES.

  • Angad11 on May 31, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    No individual is bigger than the board or a governing council and the same rule applies to Mr Afridi as well. You just cant go throwing ur mouth anywhere like that.

  • Hardy_1984 on May 31, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Actually Iazj Butt did the right move to suspend the contract of Afridi. He doesn't know where to speak what to speak how to speak .. He can't be cricketer and sportsmanship.. Till now his career he never develop as a batsman.. he don't know how to play he cant even learn from others he always use to talk silly things.. he worse cricketer .. guy's do not compare him with Inzamm, saeed,, yousuf....Poor Afridi..Now better to keep quiet you have got a very good answer from PCB..

  • on May 31, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    an immature decision made just because his self respect doesnot allow him to play under misbah...

  • on May 31, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    It is important to always hear both sides before coming to a conclusion.Though Afridi has played many match-winning innings he has also time and again played and got out due to rash shots....Considering the ego of a star player like Afridi, i wont be suprised if Ijaz Butt is correct this time around.

  • Stark62 on May 31, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    @ another cricket lover

    What if the commander said put down your weapons when, an invading army comes but you can avert it? Will you still stay and listen or will you go off and fight the invading personnel?

    This is the same situation with Afridi and butt!

    Do you think this is first time a player has had issues with butt and co.?

    Look at Kaneria, Malik, Younis, Yousuf etc and you'll soon realise who is wrong and who isn't.

    Keep going Afridi, we are right behind you!

  • on May 31, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    as i heard this news i lost interest in the cricket but if it does happened i will never watch cricket , cuz shahid afridi is the best best best he is the heart of Pakistan cricket team thats all i can say

  • psu19976 on May 31, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    PCB SHOULD SCHEDULE MORE PAK MATCHE BEFORE MISBAH IS OUT OF FORM AGAIN LIKE HAPPENED LAST TIME. HE WAS IN TERRIFIC FORM IN 2007 BUT PAK DIDN'T PLAY ANY TEST THE FOLLOWING YEAR AND HE LOST HIS FORM.

  • mso797 on May 31, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Ijaz butt + cricket= failure Imran Khan+president of pakistan=success I'm waiting for 2012 most likely Imran Khan will be voted president and the whole country will move forward not just in cricket

  • Saim93 on May 31, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    This happens annually with the PCB, they are always fighting with their players. The same thing happened with Inzamam, Yousuf, Younis Shoaib Akhter and now afridi.

  • --.-- on May 31, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    News: "PCB has taken a decision". Response of Public: "LOL". Poor Afridi !

  • likeintcricket on May 31, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Why peoples are accusing Butt? Why the Pak players fight like carnivorous animals? Whenever they under perform they start accusing each other and giving interviews to their medias. Adridi is a great player and an asset for pak team but right now he is playing with his fans. Rules are same for everyone. WI and Pak are struggling to come up with talented youngsters and the star players often try to take advantage of this. That is why Pak cricket has become a Gram Masala news for everyone.

  • on May 31, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    The suspention is all drama in pakistan cricket,after some day they"ll revoke their suspention & afridi back in int criket

  • another_cricket_lover on May 31, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    so a soldier should stop fighting for the country if he's not happy with the command? Afridi could have refused to accept captaincy until PCB give him a term of his choice as captain but did he? some of the observations made in the previous article about his resignation and in the comments points towards him being one man Army. i totally disagree. this is the mindset sub-continent teams need to get out of if they really wish to conquer world like Australians did in the last decade. its very immaturish on Afridi's part. if its really bothering you, just quit but please don't go crying out in public because that's what not men do, especially men who fight for their country.

  • on May 31, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    there is an international cricketer who spent his whole life for just donning the national cap,retires because of some off-field controversies,and there are more than billions who dream of wearing it some day,but always remain a dream.one must take care and be proud about what we have.

  • axc72 on May 31, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    He will be in next year's IPL... That is the reason for his retirement... no money from Pakistan Cricket... IPL will make him real rich... and he has the talent...

  • on May 31, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Another captain bites the dust

  • bharath74 on May 31, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Retire-Unretire, Resign-Unresign, Ban-Unban,Sack-Unsack,Threaten-Unthreaten,.. the saga of Nonstop entertainment continues from PCB.

  • on May 31, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Mr. Butt! No-one will remember u. Afridi, Yousaf, Younas are all Pride and Heroes of the nation. They will be remembered for ever! Please do not try to humiliate them. Players who have pride and respect for them are assets. Mr. Butt I am sure even your family won't like to talk to you. Please walk in the street anywher in Pakistan with Afridi and you will know your worth.

  • on May 31, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    SACK BUTT N BRING IMRAN KHAN IN PCB

  • Javad01 on May 31, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Ijaz Butt, pls leave PCB for the sake of cricket. You have done enough damage to Pakistani Cricket.. Cricketrs are our heroes..and you are wasting our talented players. Afridi is a brave man and i think this is the only fault of him... Afridi we love you...

  • Vibrant_Patel on May 31, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    I always think Pak has very good raw talent... but, due to lack of better administrations... these talents are wasted & go down unnoticed..!!! while in India... even players like Valthaty , Rahul Sharma , S Arvind , Tiwary, etc.. get lot of attantions frm the BCCI...as well as others..!!!

    U need team of proffesionals to give better shape of a raw diamond.. but in PCB, everyone wants to be dictator of a game..!! If they were in India; Inzi, Shoaib, Yusuf & even Anwar would be playing as of today... Not a single player listed here were retired due to their age or inability to play more cricket, but only bcoz they got such a treatment from PCB that they wanted 2 go !!!

  • on May 31, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Ok, so not only does the country have a rudderless leadership, the country also has to deal with a cricket board run by a bunch of fat cats who want yes men. In the past it was the players that were behind any divisions in the team, now its the board. Isn't this against their mandate. No wonder we have become the laughing stock of the world both politically and in Cricket.

    This tells all us cricket fans that any captain or player that helps to elevate the team performances and rankings will be fired by the board. Belive me the board will doi an embarrassing u-turn just like in Younis Khan's case. We already have lost players like MoYo due to Butt's actions. Pardon the punn but Mr BUTT get your BUTT out of the PCB and let us pak fans enjoy decent cricket.

  • arabian_boy on May 31, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    unless they change this good for nothing fellow IJAZ BUTT pakistan cricket team going to loose cricketers like mohammed yousuf and now shahid afridi please act against this dictator

  • on May 31, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Mr. Butt, you have hit the self destruct mode by treating one of the best cricketers of your nation in this way. It won't be long before more cricketers follow suite. The way PCB has treated Afridi is completely unacceptable. It's funny why ICC doesn't demand an explanation from the PCB. The ICC has just become a puppet organisation without any true power. If things continue to be like this then cricket will surely die a slow and painful death in the near future.

  • on May 31, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Afridi plzz come back U retire from Pakistan Cricket we r retire from watch the Pakistan Cricket

  • svlnmurthy on May 31, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Afridi is great cricketer,good entertainer and he lift pak cricket..I think this is a disspoint end for his carrer and pakistan too..we r with u...God bless pakistan

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    we r with afridi lala plz dont leave cricket just join any team even kenya no problem but i want to see u in cricket dress in every match

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Ohhh please !!! I am sure someone will NIP the EVIL in the BUTT!!!!! @ cranaweera The problem is mr butt is friend of our president.

  • Horn.OK.Please on May 31, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Pakistani cricket is one big reality show - never falls short on masala..

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    O shut up MR BUTT because of you i am not going to watch cricket ever again.

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Why is it Butt's fault when Afridi is the one who breached the contract. The problem, in part, with Pak cricket has been the 'can get with anything' attitude displayed by their star players. Is one to believe that Afridi who mindlessly flays the bat around irrespective of the situation, is capable of devising a strategy and making suitable amends to that strategy in real time on the field?

  • Copernicus on May 31, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Ha! After the West Indies vs. Pakistan matches on the cricket field have finished, the respective administrations continue the series off it by competing to be the most misguided and pig-headedly self-destructive. I think Pakistan are ahead, but it's not by much.

  • Goneforasix on May 31, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    The PCB is like a merry circus. They seem petty, reactive and immature to handle the needs of a good cricketing nation. At some point of time, they'll "ban" him and then revoke the ban when all the furore dies down and Pakistan cricket really needs Afridi.

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    What the hec is happening man ...... he really has to quit as chairman for the betterment of cricket ....... not sure he will do that though...... so have we already seen afridi.......will he play county and SLPL ????? totally confused

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 31, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    To add to my previous post, look at all the support Afridi is already getting, not just in Pakistan but from cricket fans around the world. Almost everyone is with Afridi. Like I said the PCB will be the losers in this confrontation and Afridi will have been the man who will have brought them down. Long Live LALA Afridi!!

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    I love Pakistan cricket, I always follow it, but this is the last straw. Without Afridi there is NO Pakistan cricket! Something needs to be done to oust Butt and restore Pakistan cricket.

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    whats wrong with PCB they are totally stupid what they want from him now i hate this man

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    All i can say is one word, mismanagement. In ''afridiland'' , butt will resign tomorrow, the masses after a huge outpour of emotion will bring the proverbial pathan back as captain and all will be well. But this is Pakistan,theres more to it than meets the eye, goes my colleague to me today, some revelations are due. I, on the other-hand believe its a matter of 3 ol gloated ego's. Stop barracking the game mates, play it instead.

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Afridi should show sensible remarks , either board is not responding him well. He is hero of Pakistan and he has no right to break their heart.

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    With all due Respect for Mr.Butt I just have one question for him Aap Marte Kyon nahi?

  • Vibrant_Patel on May 31, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Here we hv 2 cricket boards (PCB & BCCI) which were like same till last decade...!! look at them now... where they hv been now..?? On one hand PCB treats their current as well as retired players as its slaves (who would live like superstars elsewhere) & on other side BCCI is doing everything to protect its current as well as retired players like priceless jewels...!!!

  • cooljack_143 on May 31, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Afridi should seek help from ICC in this case.What a dictator country and what a dictator board we have in PCB.Are they living in 20th century I doubt.They act like they want.They have nothing to do with the people of the country.No democracy no nothing.No one has the right to speak their word in Pak.They will change govts by their own self and the boards by their own self.Feel sad for the people of nation.Good luck Afridi, what a waste of talent.

  • jk.jeetukakwani on May 31, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    look at indian team...no 1 in test...world champions in odi....super successful IPL...all the players and teams of the world are dying to play in india...SUPER POWER of world cricket....and look at pakistan team...absolute opposite...always fighting to each other....real shame...n now this boom boom afridi,whose game is not boom boom but his deeds are.... always blackmails board for something....very bad example for country...and our captain...world coolest person..D H O N I.....every indian loves him....learn pakistanies learn...

  • Gupta.Ankur on May 31, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    i think it will be a relief for many young upcoming pak players, who for years had to see Afridi throwing away his wicket in every match he played, sitting on sidelines.....

    I hope that some 'deserving' player in future will given a chance....

  • zkaleem on May 31, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    It is time to put Afridi on a leash. Our cricket has suffered more through player revolts, misconducts, indiscipline, etc. Afridi has caused more than his share of embarassments, attacking a spectator with a bat, scratching the pitch with his shoe spikes, biting the ball like a crazy creature and so on. The team is better off now without all these big heads like Yusaf, Shoaibs malik and akhtar, Razzak and now Afridi. Youngsters are showing more commitment and discipilne. Waqar is getting the best out of them. I don't like Butt but we must look at the principles involved, not allow one man's incompetence to let players who consider themselves above law get away. It is a matter of timebefore Afridi will say sorry yet again and come back for the money.

  • Stark62 on May 31, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Yes, butt as usual is right!

    I mean come on, I'm sure that changing the captaincy nine times was the right decision and having had 3 chief selectors step down were all in the wrong is well.

    His such a genius because he only operates on one brain cell, quite remarkable wouldn't you agree?

  • Sidath346 on May 31, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Afridi certainly was a great player and great captain. He really inspired the Pakistani team and led from the front. Mr. Butt seems to ruin Pakistan cricket. It's about time that this old guy leaves the board and let someone else with sense take over.

  • bigdhonifan on May 31, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Humiliating and suspending the player who was the talisman for a World Twenty20 win and best World Cup since 1999!!!!. Good job, PCB...

  • shanazpk on May 31, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    very sorry on part of pak cricket administration and players both of whom are hurting we fans since long now which is making pretty disturbing life for a passionate fan of pakcric like me.i have suffered a lot because of it throughout life,o.GOD pse help pakcric====AAMEEN

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Totally confused????????????????????????????

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    PCB and IJAZ BUTT NEED A LIFE!

  • wiseshah on May 31, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Izaz butt needs to go for the good of pak cricket

  • on May 31, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    make ijaz butt the new captain,i am sure he wil accept it too.wat a mess of talent in this country.

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Afridi should sue this board About time some one fires this joker

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Another sad day in Pakistan Cricket...!!! nothing new

  • Engle on May 31, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Does the PCB realize how much they're embarrassing themselves ? Issuing show-case notices one after the other. Afridi is the gladiator rock star who put together a winning team with performance stunning all and sundry. And what thanks does he get ? Showcase notices. Look into the mirror, Butt and you'll see the problem.

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    WHY THE HELL IS IJAAZ BUTT TRYING TO DESTROY PAK CRICKET !!! WE ARE WITH YOU AFRIDI AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE TRUE !! GO TO THE COURT AND SUE BUTT !! GET UR CONTRACT BACK AND THE NOCS ASWELL ! love yew AFRIDI AND HATE YOU PCB AND MR.BUTT!

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Well Done Afridi.... LALA We Are With You!

  • zubair2704 on May 31, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Whatever board is doing ie cancelling central contract, cancelling of noc, withholding payments, legal notices, is within its legal boundaries. However, this is wrong. A valied legal justification can convert a wrongdoing into right and that's what board's chairman is doing. Not fair .... irrespective of all Afridi's performance, when he is made team's captain, then he has the right to select the final 11 players for the match. Coach and selectors can give him a panel of 15 players to select from and that it. After that, its the captain's role. I can understand Afridi's frustration and it is not only Afridi. Its a long list of good cricketers/captains/etc. COME ON PCB. DICTATORSHIP IS OVER IN PAKISTAN .. WHY IT IS STILL CONTINUING IN PCB?

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Thats it treat the best pakistani players with contempt !!!! Poor management indeed

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Oh my God, now Pakistani team is completely boring.

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    PCB making every single effort to save them selves....... lol

  • Umms on May 31, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Afridi is a good player or bad player, Afridi is bad captain or good captain.....But what about Butt....Because he is a Butt, so he can do any butt-thing....Baba jee go home....Before coming to PCB no one knew him, since he is in charge of PCB, probably the highest he has acheived far and everyone knows what he has achieved.....Ijaz Butt...let Pakistani team live.....go home....

  • reality_check on May 31, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Afridi take this fight all the way to Ijaz Butt until he is kicked out. Majority of Pak cricket fans are with you.

  • BoonBoom on May 31, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is an idiot of the highest order. He is bringing more and more disrepute to Pakistan with every passing day. This is sad Ijaz is blocking all the contracts of Afridi thereby depriving him to earn. Afridi is a professional cricketer and Ijaz has no right to stop that. This is extremely deplorable. We need to do something with Ijaz to remove him. Now it's too much...

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    PCB and Ijaz Butt are totally insane. They think that the management of PCB is the real on field performers and players are just the puppets. People come to or glue on TV to watch thE players, who cares for the buffoonery of Butt. He is the Pakistan Cricket Wrecking Machine, answerable to no one and just paying bribes to corrupt President Zardari and keeping his position. Butt has no self-respect and he believes that it is because of him Cricket is popular in Pakistan. What a shameless person!

  • inswing on May 31, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Until they get rid of Ijaz Butt, nothing will improve in Pak cricket. The guy is a cancer. Getting rid of him will not automatically solve all their problems, but it will at least prevent the continuous creation of new problems.

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    According to clause 101, Ijaz Butt is an idiot and destroying Pak cricket. He should be scaked immediately.

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    haha.... the classical cat and mouse game...... I think pakistan should stop playing cricket......

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    sad just sad wish ijaz will give resignation too oh sorry i forgot he is brother of zardari

  • sobi112 on May 31, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    u don't deserve to b chairman of pak cricket !!

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 31, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    This is an old school wild west shootout taking place folks. And Afridi knows exactly what he's doing. Afridi (The Good), Ijaz Butt (The Bad) and the PCB (The Ugly). Afridi knows he now has enough national support, especially after the WC, and backing to bring the board and Ijaz Butt to its knees, he's effectively staring them down. His timing is perfect, Pakistan have no international commitments for 3 months, so he can allow the feud to build without hurting himself directly for a while, and make Ijaz Butt's position as chairman even more tenuous. Afridi is an old school gunslinger and he's chanced his arm, as is his want. Don't be surprised if he wins this one and Ijaz Butt steps down. Afridi then rides back into the Pakistan team as the ultimate national hero, the man who took down the outlaws. Fantastic. Wish you all the best Afridi, somebody had to stand up to the goons at the PCB.

  • ArsalanMujahidGhouri on May 31, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Big Mouth of Afridi Cost him Now =))

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    PCB, ICC and UN are very good examples of organizations which are simply good for nothing.. :@

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    its not a matter of shahid afridi, just ask mr.butt since he is the lord of cricket,he is harmful for not only pakistan cricket also for the nation.he should be kick out not only from the board also from the pakistan, I am watching cricket since 40 years, keep anyone captain but after removing ijaj buttt the dam

  • Hemraj on May 31, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    How can u take away a persons right to speak to the media????

  • Lions11 on May 31, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    And the circus continues .....

  • Rage468 on May 31, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    pcb comedy starts again.............

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    pcb shud be dissolved now they will try n torture him by cutting off his livelihood by nt letting him play domestic.... i dnt care wht type of a player he is those who play the game knw tht without respect their is nothing! WE R WITH U AFRIDI!

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    It's a bad for pak team n pak team supporter.It occoure due to PCB politics.this is a not 1st time in pak team this type conflict .

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Its like jaise ko taisa, but i think problem is with board and they should look the person who they are dealing with. He is charisnatic leader who leads from the front. Board has no right to deal like that.

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    It seems Ijaz Butt always want to be in news. I am amazed that in Pakistan we don't have anyone younger more refresh and energetic to lead PCB.

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Fast forward a few days/weeks/months and both parties will be backtracking, paving the way fro Afridi's return. I'm so tired of the circus that is the PCB.

  • rumcork69 on May 31, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Julian Hunte (WICB) and Ijaz Butt(PCB) should leave the cricketing world with immediate effect. These guys know they can do any thing and get away with it ICC will lose two test playing nation if the boards continue in the same path. Pakistan has longer to go than the West Indies. Both board and public must look at the fan first and not their egos, because in the West Indies the younger generation of fan are turning away from cricket.

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    I think every Pakistani player should quit being a racehorse and they should stop playing cricket like Afridi did under this swine management!!!

  • Arthaurian on May 31, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    At least he is taking a stand. But he needs more players to join him.

  • UmairTariq on May 31, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Until Ijaz Butt is in-charge, Pakistan will keep on losing its good players to his incompetencies. I don't know what he has been doing his whole life, but now he has come to haunt Pakistan cricket

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    PCB is so pathetic. Pakistan cricket will remain in the ditch until the PCB is cleared up.

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    WELL I THINK AFRIDI NEED TO SIT AT HOME....HE TRYING TO BE IMRAN KHAN

  • Sulaimaan91 on May 31, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    The PCB really does know how to create problems for itself.Just when it seems Pakistan cricket is settling down the PCB itself finds something to put it into a mess.I think thats how it is supposed to be and will be.Good luck Pakistani fans, with love from Sri Lanka.

  • zamith on May 31, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    so what else is new? oh yes the withdrawal of the NOC's. Perhaps the SL board should also have followed suit and withdrawn Malinga's NOC when he retired from test cricket...Maybe then his knee would have been ok to play tests

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    PAK is losing a very talented leader even though he plays like a mad man.. the main person to retire is Ijaz Butt.. He is the mastermind behind emerging players of PAK.. Hats of to Shahid as he has taken a very good decision..

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    This is utter disgrace to a dedicated player like Afridi.... I hope some better sense returns to Mr. Butt

  • anant15 on May 31, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Who will police the board...The PCB drops its players like bad habits if they utter a single criticism towards anything...yet arguably the worst cricket administration ever goes scot free and does whatever they want including dropping all the best players in the team...Its time for pakistanis to stand up and seek ICC support for the removal of Ijaz Butt

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    HE IS RIGHT HE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT HE IS COMPLETELY RIGHT

  • greenandwhite on May 31, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Typical move by the PCB. They can never admit fault or try and be a bit progressive about the issue. They will literally say or do anything to not look like the bad guy here, no matter how bad it is for the country or the team. Shame on you Ijaz Butt, we need a new board.

  • Crikiter on May 31, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    I am the best, i am Ijaz Butt the best comedian ever...

  • mrgupta on May 31, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Why is this guy Butt hellbent on destroying the Pakistani Cricket? Afridi is one of the most exciting Cricketers Pakistan has produced. How can they forget his match winning efforts in T20 WC Win for Pakistan, how can they forget that he carried an almost new team to the Semi-Finals in the recent WC? I think its apathy towards a good player and is not going to help Pakistan Cricket. I am from India and i liked watching Afridi play, one of the good guys in Pakistan Cricket.

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Although, Shahid Afridi has failed as a batsman but his attribute as a leading bowler and his leadership skills are needed. He is right about Ijaz Butt, Mr Butt must go because he has inflicted damage, playing semi final in the world cup shows Afridi's leadership skills and bowling, no credit to Mr Butt.

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    PCB is only asking for more trouble if they with hold the NOCs, at least if they give him the NOC he is off their face, and its a win-win for both, here they are trying to threaten him into submission by with holding his right to earn a living.. does not augur well for any administration, its like asking a disgruntled employee to stay on but with lil or no pay.. he's gonna poison who ever is left against whatever administration it is and the woes of PCB are gonna be never ending..

  • Munkeymomo on May 31, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Words cannot describe the PCB, I'm getting worried they may all be mentally ill...

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    just remove Ijaz Butt, everything would be on track. He doesnt hav any knowledge about cricket. He has destroyed cricket in Pakistan.

  • KingOwl on May 31, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and I would like to see Pakistan do well in cricket. But this Butt is clearly a joker and an imbecile. For godsake why don't you find another Board Chairman? Surely, there are smart, capable people in Pakistan?

  • rmpraveen on May 31, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    It's Afridi's prerogative to decide on Retirement and speak out the causes for the retirement. There is no need for the board to avenge on all means it can. It deteriorates the reputation of the board due to personal vengeance between Afridi, Ijaz and Waqar.

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    is there anyway we can have a showcase notice against stupid Mr Butt on charges of running the cricket board like a Military Academy, ruining the careers of so many talented players, killing the instinctive desire to excel in many born-leaders and harboring a false and unrealistic terminology like "Player-power" among the Pakistani cricket players.

    The problem is that he is a self-centered egoistic personality with no vision all he want is to rule and all he has done so far is "kill the player power" in his own words

    the star players, pride of the nations need to be respected not banished and punished and he has done that to so many of them.

    Please Mr Butt if you have any common sense which is highly unlikely - just step down Believe me we are better off without you, Pakistan is better off without you.

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Now he has retired and after announcing his retirement he questions PCB. How can PCB issues him Show Cause notice now he is not employee of PCB. And NOC is not needed as he has retired from International cricket.

  • KYZA on May 31, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Why on earth are these stupid suit wearing clowns of the PCB change the ODI captain anyway are they blind, boom boom got us to the semi Final of the world cup, he has lead this team so so well, a derailed team, and made them champions, he has the heart of a lion and true inspiration to the team who all respect him, the PCB Ijaz Butt seem to always come down on thier own players handing out bans, do they not understand that it hurts our own team loosing our best players with spats and differnces with the board, come on, why did you ban Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Mohd Yousuf, why do all this, it's a circus, I live in England I was born here, people read this stuff and laugh at us and our beloved Pakistan team, why all our best players play in one 11 at the same time, I will never know, CHANGE THE LEADER OF THE PCB, WE NEED SOMEONE YOUNG AND EDUCATED

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    poor afridi, he does not know wat to say where?

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Oh dear Pakistan. When will it all end.......?

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Now its time fer Afridi to face the music..Afridi was one of ten men who conspired n went against younus khan wid the former manager Yawar Saeed..I dun care whether he plays or not!!wat goes around comes around!!

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  • on May 31, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Now its time fer Afridi to face the music..Afridi was one of ten men who conspired n went against younus khan wid the former manager Yawar Saeed..I dun care whether he plays or not!!wat goes around comes around!!

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Oh dear Pakistan. When will it all end.......?

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    poor afridi, he does not know wat to say where?

  • KYZA on May 31, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Why on earth are these stupid suit wearing clowns of the PCB change the ODI captain anyway are they blind, boom boom got us to the semi Final of the world cup, he has lead this team so so well, a derailed team, and made them champions, he has the heart of a lion and true inspiration to the team who all respect him, the PCB Ijaz Butt seem to always come down on thier own players handing out bans, do they not understand that it hurts our own team loosing our best players with spats and differnces with the board, come on, why did you ban Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Mohd Yousuf, why do all this, it's a circus, I live in England I was born here, people read this stuff and laugh at us and our beloved Pakistan team, why all our best players play in one 11 at the same time, I will never know, CHANGE THE LEADER OF THE PCB, WE NEED SOMEONE YOUNG AND EDUCATED

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Now he has retired and after announcing his retirement he questions PCB. How can PCB issues him Show Cause notice now he is not employee of PCB. And NOC is not needed as he has retired from International cricket.

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    is there anyway we can have a showcase notice against stupid Mr Butt on charges of running the cricket board like a Military Academy, ruining the careers of so many talented players, killing the instinctive desire to excel in many born-leaders and harboring a false and unrealistic terminology like "Player-power" among the Pakistani cricket players.

    The problem is that he is a self-centered egoistic personality with no vision all he want is to rule and all he has done so far is "kill the player power" in his own words

    the star players, pride of the nations need to be respected not banished and punished and he has done that to so many of them.

    Please Mr Butt if you have any common sense which is highly unlikely - just step down Believe me we are better off without you, Pakistan is better off without you.

  • rmpraveen on May 31, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    It's Afridi's prerogative to decide on Retirement and speak out the causes for the retirement. There is no need for the board to avenge on all means it can. It deteriorates the reputation of the board due to personal vengeance between Afridi, Ijaz and Waqar.

  • KingOwl on May 31, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and I would like to see Pakistan do well in cricket. But this Butt is clearly a joker and an imbecile. For godsake why don't you find another Board Chairman? Surely, there are smart, capable people in Pakistan?

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    just remove Ijaz Butt, everything would be on track. He doesnt hav any knowledge about cricket. He has destroyed cricket in Pakistan.

  • Munkeymomo on May 31, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Words cannot describe the PCB, I'm getting worried they may all be mentally ill...