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PCB seeks explanation from Afridi

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 9, 2011

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Shahid Afridi speaks to the press ahead of the semi-final, Mohali, March 29, 2011
The PCB has held Shahid Afridi in violation of its code of conduct © AFP

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.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2011, 11:10 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.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2011, 3:46 GMT)

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

Posted by Faridoon on (May 10, 2011, 11:00 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.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

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

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (May 10, 2011, 10:24 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.

Posted by Vicky_22 on (May 10, 2011, 9:07 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...

Posted by   on (May 10, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 10, 2011, 3:20 GMT)

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

Posted by Stumpbreaker on (May 10, 2011, 2:09 GMT)

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

Posted by mahicric on (May 9, 2011, 19:41 GMT)

Comedy from so called Big-hearted person and country on

Posted by siddiqi on (May 9, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

I never understand that why a Pakistani Captain or any other player have to make such statements on the airports. I think Afridi gets excited when he see people around him and these selfish reporters knows very well how to exploit him. Even if Afridi has somevalid arguements he should have waited for a meeting with PCB rather then spitting it out on the airport...

Posted by cric_fanatics on (May 9, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

Afridi is such a joker...

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (May 9, 2011, 16:39 GMT)

Just about the time. I wondered why Pakistan cricket is quite of lately, but they didn't disappoint me atall with another spicy headline on new drama brewing. Without Pakistan, Cricket world is very boring.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

While Afridi does seem to lead the team well on the field, he is compromising the teams batting strength with his faliures. If he is in the team as a bowler only, he is performing but he really needs to settle down as a batsman.

It is not enough to just lead need to display a sense of maturity of the field as well and unfortunately he has failed at this repeatedly.....

running out of time Shahid bhai

Posted by   on (May 9, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

What's wrong if he speaks in public? The PCB should stop behaving like a bunch of morons, and focus on what he has said, rather than where.

Posted by maddy20 on (May 9, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

DOes any one feel like this is Deja VU? Its happening again with another captain. Next captain of Pakistan cricket team please come forward LOL :D PCB rocks \m/

Posted by dmqi on (May 9, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

@afridi supporters. trying to hit 6 does not win matches, hitting in the media does not improve image, lame excuse does not bring sympathy. A captain should lead from the front and Afridi measurably failed that in last few months. It was the stupidity of PCB to appoint him captain and they are paying for that. Get rid of that ball biting captain-the only example in cricket history. Now who should feel the shame, the supporters of Afridi or the fact tellers? Misbah, a century scorer in the ongoing match, a gift for Afridi supporters.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2011, 13:47 GMT)

its time for new team management........... hellow GARRY KIRSTEN!!!

Posted by   on (May 9, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

I think whatever the differences he has on how the selection should be done, the point here is that he should not be talking to the media about it. what is he trying to do? hold a media trial of the issue? Get people to take rallies out on streets? I mean its just an administrative issue and it should be handled quietly. Now hes given more to the media to talk about and showing Pakistan Cricket as uncoordinated. He needs to start acting like a Captain instead of a group leader.

But then Afridi has a history of having a big mouth.. remember he did try to fit a ball into it :D

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (May 9, 2011, 13:33 GMT)

I am afraid, it is Afridi who needs to respect others space & authority and bring about maturity in his speech and actions.

Speaking in public about possible rift and disagreement is not within his domain while he is representing a country! To me this is highly unprofessional.

Does he think that other international captains and coaches don't disagree. They most certainly do;'however they refrain from publish commentary and adhere to the rules and regulations.

Afridi needs to start respecting the due process and others space and authority also!

Posted by a.syed81 on (May 9, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

@ sk_pe and all other so what is the problem with his (Afridi's) Statement about Indian media. He said what he felt with their behavior. You want ppl to stay quite even if they see some wrong goings around them? Why it's so hard for all of you to digest what he said? Again you and other don't required here. Why taking so much keen interest in pak cricket matters anyways? Can you explain please?

Posted by AmjadZork on (May 9, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

@ TrickyCricket: There's nothing Afridi said against Indian people, it was the Indian Media he was referring to. The way Indian media was showing him on the Indian channels was as if he & his team has come to India for a war... & that his side is a villain.... But ofcourse Indian media once again amending/adjusting his comments saying Afridi says Indians have small hearts... Trust me if you see the complete interview, he said Indian Media was not doing right & that they should have sticked to cricket not politics & selling their news for their own very personnal selfish gains.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Why should Afridi have to explain himself? A captain finally doesn't give some vague statement about the team and it's management and speaks his mind. Give him a break. Everyone knows when a player is playing poorly, why should the captain be held accountable for saying what we're all thinking?

Posted by   on (May 9, 2011, 12:27 GMT)

Afridi needs to learn how to respect a legendary player such as Waqar Younis.

Posted by Yousafzay on (May 9, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

Afridi will never ever afraid of anything. He is straight Farward grear hero of Pakistan cricket.Shame on those who ignore his great leadership and cricket records.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

afridi did nothing wrong..... PCB is mad...... it always happen like this

Posted by TrickyCricket on (May 9, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

Oh Afridi again.. the man is not suitable for the job... he had perfect opertunity to build some thing with indian fans and he messed it up by his small brain ego. its time for him to say bye bye.. i dont think he should be picked in odi either...

Posted by streetblader on (May 9, 2011, 11:33 GMT)

ha ha ha... its always so much fun reading about PCB and the cricket team... A bunch of jokers right from the management to the 16th man in the team...

Posted by nzcricket174 on (May 9, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

This test series will be the clash of the miserably failing cricket boards.

Posted by East_West on (May 9, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

when is this CIRCUS going to end???? oh! well, let us enjoy while it lasts!!

Posted by sk_pe on (May 9, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

Dokho jee humara dil bahut bara hai....hum bare dil wale hain (Gentlemen!! I am big hearted...we have got mammoth sized heart...) So with this Mammoth sized heart we just cant restrict ourself in cricket only. I got to concentrate on co-curricular activities to justify the size of my heart..

Posted by Murad748 on (May 9, 2011, 10:05 GMT)

I think Captain is the only person, who is responsible to answer what they have done in the field. So he should have complete rights to select the team. If he haven't? Then why is he responsible? But to pass comments about the controversies in the team on media is a bad job. He should be careful and just talk to the management.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

Waqasp you are right.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (May 9, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Afridi is been doing this for a long time now. He never weighs his words or his game before executing it. He didn't learn from opening his big mouth to media after the worldcup when he was being hailed as a gentleman in indian media and then suddenly his words destroyed the friendly atmosphare that was being obtained between the two nations through cricket diplomacy. His doesn't play like a captain and doesn't speak like a captain. He must be punished once for all to stop him from bringing every disagreement to the international media and make Pakistan cricket a joke. Even his statement is a joke that he didn't perform because he was tired. Misbah at 36 who plays 5 day matches too, wasn't tired and did perform BUT mr. afridi was?? Plz let him know his batting average in all matches post Asia Cup which is even not better than Harbajan. And let him know that 5 out of 6 times he gets out trying to hit a six in the first 10 balls he faces.

Posted by mastermind_quad on (May 9, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

Ooops!!! Afridi did it again .....:)

Posted by timtom on (May 9, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

Nothing new in PCB.... Players make comment to media all the time...Administrators give warning all the time..... both think they are bigger than game......nothing happens....Life just goes on in PCB....

Posted by Waqasp on (May 9, 2011, 8:36 GMT)

I don't understand that why does not afraid talk OR act sensibly. He is given an opportunity to become the captain, he should act maturely, with such kind of comments he would loses his respect. He is a straight forward person, but when it comes to media he should act and think maturely before passing such comments.

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