Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 December 26, 2013

Afridi returns home from the UAE


Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has returned home to be with his unwell daughter and will miss the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka in the UAE. He had also withdrawn from his contract with South African franchise Knights last week for the same reason.

Afridi was set to fly to Pakistan on Thursday, and has a two-month gap until his next international assignment - Pakistan have no limited-over cricket until the Asia Cup in February, followed by World Twenty20 in March. PCB confirmed in the early hours of Thursday that Afridi is "returning home due to his illness of his daughter".

Pakistan have already clinched the five-match ODI series 3-1, but Afridi has remained off-colour with the ball, averaging 30.80 in the four games. He has played a couple of cameos with the bat, though, with 34 off 12 balls and 30 off 15 in the first and second ODI respectively.

With Pakistan having unassailable series lead, his exclusion won't hurt Pakistan too much, and will allow the team management to test its bench strength. Anwar Ali is the strongest candidate to replace Afridi. The PCB hasn't announced any replacement for him, deciding to stick with the remaining squad.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • dummy4fb on December 30, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    May Allah SWT bless Afridi' s daughter with swift recovery. We should accept that Afridi is a match winning player, though the number game may not reflect. He always remains a key point to bring a good name to the country and a natural entertainer too

  • dummy4fb on December 28, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Hope your Daughter will recover soon,,,,, May the blessings of Triple Gem with her...

  • dummy4fb on December 28, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    may Allah bless your daughter and give her a fast recovery. Ameen!

  • maxblackhunt on December 28, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Clearly the writer's not a very big fan of Afridi. Shahid has proved his importance more than once in the ongoing series already with his amazing knocks.

  • Sinhaya on December 27, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Wishing your daughter a speedy recovery.

  • samuel1990 on December 27, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Reply to the person who made a comment on 1:06 gmt..... I agree with you that he may not be the best batsman in the world, although being an Indian, ii still admire and enjoy his batting. I have never missed to watch his batting since 1999. He has played some knocks no other batsmen had played like that...... But he is not the same Afridi of the 2000s.

  • dummy4fb on December 27, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Dear Shahid Afridi, Your daughter may get well as soon as you reached home, I think.

  • dummy4fb on December 27, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    height of favoritism in some comments. You need to understand what writer is saying. nothing negative in there. he is not a part timer. he is your front line bowler. So what you expect him to do if not getting few wickets or stopping runs flow? And he is there for his batting also. so that is why alone bowling not much talked about. Ajmal was more consistent for past 3 years but have you seen much talk about it? Gul has been good in last 2 odis, did you see any talk about him? Hafeez and afridi are there for batting as well and that is why whenever they bat well, they are praised more. and the writer has praised his batting effort in 2 games.

    This article is about what happened and why he went back home. Its not about an examination of performance. and should focus on some well wishes.

    may ALLAH bless his daughter with good health.

  • tashichem on December 27, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    During the series he remained active all times, getting wickets at crucial times as well. big contribution, when its over 300 or near 300 each game then this much of average of bowling is acceptable with reasonable wickets

  • dummy4fb on December 27, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @Jonathan Collins he is the only man to score over 7,500 runs and take over 350 wickets in ODIs. I think he would manage perfectly fine getting into other teams. He is also on track for 400-500 ODI wickets and 8,500 plus runs.

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