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Afridi says no to BBL after getting PCB clearance

Umar Farooq

November 19, 2012

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Saeed Ajmal goes on a celebratory run, Pakistan v Australia, 1st T20I, Dubai, September 5, 2012
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Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has said he will not play for Sydney Thunder despite being given permission by the PCB to take part in Australia's Big Bash League. Afridi said he wanted to play in Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament instead and that clashes with Australia's Twenty20 competition.

"I have ended my contract in the Big Bash League, because I want to play in the national event to improve my form and justify my selection in the team," Afridi told AFP.

The Pakistan board had earlier granted Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal and Afridi permission to play a few games at this season's Big Bash, on the request of Cricket Australia. Ajmal and Akmal will miss the last round of Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament and will return in time for the conditioning camp in Lahore ahead of the India tour.

The PCB had earlier denied the players permission to play this BBL, to ensure their participation in the local tournament. Akmal is signed with Sydney Sixers and Ajmal with Adelaide Strikers for the season, while Afridi was set to play for Sydney Thunder, having transferred from Melbourne Renegades.

"We have reconsidered our decision, on the request of Cricket Australia, as the players had already signed their contract," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "They will now leave at the tail end of [Pakistan's] T20 tournament, which runs from December 2 to 10, and will return when our conditioning camp starts."

As per the arrangement, the players will leave for the BBL at the end of the group stages of Pakistan's T20 competition; these end on December 7, and the camp for which they must return begins on December 12. The BBL begins on December 7, and each of the three concerned franchises have one game scheduled between the 7th and 12th.

1200 GMT This story has been updated after Shahid Afridi said he would not play in the BBL

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

For Afridi, playing in Pakistani league probably is more important because he has to prove his credentials to the selectors, who for some reason don't recognise performances abroad, unless the player is really in favour. I don't think Afridi is in that category for the moment.

His decision makes no sense otherwise.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Good decision by PCB and also Afridi. Good luck Afridi

Posted by Javed_Munir_Dar on (November 20, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

waao, Sydney Sixers has cancelled contract with Pakistani middle-order batsman Umar Akmal's a day after he was allowed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play the series.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

very well afridi but i think play in big bash batter than national tournamaent because there are lot of international players in bbl but i think our BOOM BOOM will totaly flope that's why he decides to play here with domestic players to show his form, but my view he should go australia should afridi be brave .............

Posted by david44 on (November 20, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

That's exactly what i am saying only in longer version it is important to send young batsmen like jamshed,azher,shafiq and umer to aus and to england for county championship for at least 2 to 3 years so that they can gain experience and become good reliable player in any conditions batting is the weeckest link to pakistan and needs to be brought up

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

This is international cricket and the BBL is a good league to play in, welcome to the new age of cricket, it has been going on for about a decade

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (November 19, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

PCB initially handed the NO- go order but then realised "Oops if we dont send them to BBL , no ones coming to proposed PPL " . Not that that the Australians would send any players ot Pakistan but PCB now has a straw of hope.

Posted by PKNYcricFan on (November 19, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Excellent choice afridi. You have better chance of reaching double digits in batting here in pakidtan lol. BBL would have made you work for your runs and wickets. You can justify your place and then not give your 100% to let down misbah jus like t20 wc. Thank you afridi for all that.

Posted by K.A.K on (November 19, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

PCB and its dramas! They should never stop players from their international committments. Pakistani players should play all the international cricket they can, specially in the circumstances where there is no international cricket in Pakistan. Afridi should be regular at BBL while he can and let some other youngster play in the Pakistani side in his place.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Thats why we love Afridi.

Posted by SyedAbidHussain on (November 19, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

A good gesture by Afridi in giving his team more importance than Big-Bash league. Hope he regains his form and silence all his critics

Posted by JB34 on (November 19, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

If these players are so intent on playing Big Bash, PCB should let them go. However, it should also make playing the full domestic T20 tournament a pre-condition for selection in the national team. This will ensure that those who do not play in domestic matches will also lose out on playing for Pakistan.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (November 19, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Well PCB had to. If they didnt I donno about others but Afridi wouldve gone for another retirement lol. Tbh quality of Big Bash is way better than quality of T20 league in Pakistan so by playing there these player will improve more :D

Posted by sherishahmir on (November 19, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

BBL could be fruitful for UAkmal but not for SAjmal and Afridi as these players been mature enough, wont learn much from such exposure.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

This is great, Ajmal will go all the way to Aus to bowl 4 overs, Afridi for 4 overs to bowl and one ball to face, Umar ten overs max or one ball. nice work PCB.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

better play in australia rather than conditioning camp! that will be better and competetive practice!

Posted by masoodali150 on (November 19, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

In my view, that's not a good sign as per Pakistan concerned because long distance in Australia to play just one game that terrible to understand by these three players. They must stay in Pakistan and should rest and play their domestic cricket.

Posted by getsetgopk on (November 19, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Now that is really a bad decision. Have these guys ever heard of this thing called jet lag? Go to Auss for just one game and then return to Pak and then go back again to Ind and what is cricket Auss going to get from just one game? They should have atleast played in their domestic T20 tournament to the fullest, the local crowd would have enjoyed that, now its here nor there.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

Great gesture by Pakistan and it is good for players and for lovely Australia BBl. I hope Afridi should only try to hit boundaries ( not uppish ) for first 5 overs and even those when he get a chance, just like Micheal Hussy and Shane Watson and Cameron White then he should open up and bring the sky down . He has lots of fans in Australia also. And they want to see him to stay on wicket. He is surely a greatest entertainer in cricket history. He is the on who really changed the cricket and now T20 is so popular. Everyone loves sixes but each six is four time higher risky shot then four itself. So he should stay on wicket and hit only lose balls. This will make him the best entertaining batsman of the world

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

PCB was wrong in the 1st place to stop the players as they've signed the contracts after getting clearance from the Cricket Board. Breaching such contracts is bound to hurt PCB's relations with the other cricket boards, which should be avoided.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Shame for BCCI .....Look at the demand of Pak players in international League Best IPL was 2008....so many close games and real fight.......rest all are tasteless additions......

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