Pakistan news May 9, 2011

PCB seeks explanation from Afridi

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shahid Afridi, Pakistan's limited overs captain, has landed himself in administrative hot water once again, as the PCB has hauled him up for comments he made on Sunday after returning to Pakistan from the Caribbean.

Afridi all but confirmed to reporters that there had been differences between him and the team management over selection issues during the five-match ODI series that Pakistan won 3-2. Though he didn't take anyone's name specifically, it was coach Waqar Younis he was referring to, growing differences between the pair now a fact which PCB officials confirmed to ESPNcricinfo on Sunday.

The board has now taken exception to the statement Afridi made and has served him a notice to explain to the board what he has said. In a statement issued Monday, the PCB said they had "taken notice of the statements made by Mr Shahid Afridi in the media about the differences within the tour management in West Indies.

"It is a violation of Code of Conduct on part of Mr Afridi and an explanation has been sought from him for the reasons to make such statements publicly. PCB will take appropriate action after submission of the tour-report at the conclusion of the tour."

The issue of Afridi's often straight-talking public statements has been an ongoing one since he first took over the captaincy of the Twenty20 side in 2009. Matters came to a head late last year when his ODI captaincy was on the line because a number of players in the side were unhappy with his public criticisms of their performances. Misbah-ul-Haq was a contender to take over until finally, just two weeks before the World Cup, the PCB decided to stick with Afridi, having told him to be careful over what he says in public.

In any case, Afridi is due to meet with the board chairman Ijaz Butt at some point in the coming week, about the developments on tour and in particular the problems he had with the coach.

Although captain and coach worked well together during the World Cup, tensions between the two have been apparent for some time, in particular over the issue of team selection. Afridi feels, as captain and ultimate responsibility for on-field performances, he should have the final say. Waqar, however, feels a coach should also have an input and it is the degrees of control on each side that has become problematic.

It led Afridi to say on Sunday, "Although the differences in team management are not such which could not be solved, I feel everyone should do his job and need not interfere in other's work."

The slow-developing controversy has also drawn in Mohsin Khan, the chief selector, who last week was on the verge of resigning, because he was unhappy with selections for Pakistan's Test squad for the West Indies. Khan alluded to differences - though he never specified with whom - in selection. That matter, after a meeting with Butt, was eventually resolved.

Pakistan are to play two Tests against West Indies, the first of which begins on May 12.

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  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Afridi does a hardwork in world cup. But he shuld know that its not a afridi eleven its a Pakistan cricket team. and should be use proper word at proper time. Other wise afridi u r best people love just think its not your team its a Pakistani team.

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    Afridi is the best captain and if u guys want to team to improve he need sto stay captain

  • Faridoon on May 10, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Since Afridi became captain there has been a lot focus on dressing room atmosphere, which was very refreshing to see. Even when it wasnt clear who would b the world cup captain both Afridi and Misbah conducted themselves very tactfully. But every now and then Afridi does something that just boggles the mind. I wouldnt be surprised if he got booted out for this. Our cricketers, like our politicians never seem to leave with dignity.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Afridi is the ever best captain for pak, come on bhi keep it up.

  • Philip on May 10, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Geez. If the coach cannot have any input in team selection, what is the point in him being the coach. Afridi needs to get his priorities right. He needs to be able work as part of the team - Team Pakistan. Not just the playing team.

  • vikram on May 10, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Problem is he cannot understand langauage..last time he said about Indians are not trustable, bla bla bla... & afterwords he appologise before media...First get proper knowledge how to talk....then only comment...

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    well all i can say about it, that Pakistan need his performance in the ground.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi has done it again not with onfield performance but for offield performance..................

  • Singh on May 10, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    I think PCB should send its players to school for atleast an year ...before allowing them to play for the country.

  • Mahesh on May 9, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Comedy from so called Big-hearted person and country on

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