Pakistan news May 11, 2011

Afridi downplays PCB notice

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shahid Afridi has downplayed the PCB's decision to seek an "explanation" from him for the comments he made on Sunday after returning to Pakistan from the Caribbean.

"I have received a letter from the Board and will send my reply tomorrow," Afridi told the News. "It's all the result of misunderstanding and I'm sure the matter will be resolved soon."

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, when he said, "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."

Though he didn't take anyone's name specifically, it was coach Waqar Younis he was referring to, growing differences between the pair a fact which PCB officials confirmed to ESPNcricinfo last week.

The board took exception to the statement Afridi made and served him a notice on Monday to explain to the board what he has said, stating that he had violated the Code of Conduct by making such statements publicly.

Afridi however said that he had made a few general comments and that he "didn't say anything that I haven't said before."

Afridi is no stranger to board notices and his public straight-talking ways have often landed him up at board headquarters with some explaining to do. Late last year, he criticised his team publicly after a Twenty20 loss to New Zealand and the fall-out was that he was almost removed from the limited-overs captaincy after a number of players grew unhappy with his comments.

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  • zain on May 11, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    forget bout afridi an waqar getb rid of ijaz an selction comitee except maybe mohsin rashi should be in commitee can not believe players like monzoor fawad safraz are bein ingrnoered

  • mohammad on May 11, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    The blind hitter is not good for 50 over match anymore, his days are past. Just keep him in T20 and release him from ODI. Then let him shoot anything from his mouth, it will not matter much. Make Misbah Captain and Razzaque Vice-Captain. The performance will be better in test and ODI.

  • Richard on May 11, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    @cric_fanatics-"wasim and waqar are probably the only reasons why pak cricket is somewhat respected." Though I'm an Aussie I beg to differ! I could name easily 20 or 30 players who would qualify, but just for starters, apart from the two mentioned-Imran, Qadir, Abbas, The Mohammed brothers, Wasim Bari, Fazal Mahmood, Inzamam, Saqlain, Miandad...the list is quite extensive. The current malaise is disturbing for all true lovers of cricket, but we Aussies have always thought them a formidable cricketing power, and wish they could get their house in order. What to do? I haven't a clue mate, but the international game is poorer when Pakistan (and the Windies) are in such a shambles.

  • Richard on May 11, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    "didn't say anything that I haven't said before." Perhaps that's the problem Mr Afridi. Perhaps things you said before were also unwise?

  • Hassan on May 11, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Afridi has no say in selecting the team and that is what is frustrating him. He works hard in bowling and fielding, and tries to motivate his players to do so. However there are always players who do not go with him and break his stride. Imran Khan was given the power to verbally and physically abuse the players who did not perform, and Afridi can not even kick them out of the team.

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    A few years back, Team Pakistan was a great team with many great players. The PCB needs to restructure and regroup, forget about age or community, get the best players together. It will be the same fighting team we love to watch play.

  • Stark on May 11, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    There shouldn't be such a big deal made out of this nonsense!

    He said he was upset not angered and wanted Waqar out of the coaching role.

    Over hyped and not necessary at all but the pcb and the media makes it look like a huge controversy especially, when it's Pak involved.

    Afridi is the right man to take Pak forward and haters can keep hating.

  • ali on May 11, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    cric_fanatics: Wasim and Waqar never went well with each other and neither with Pakistan ciricket. Both, especially Wasim, destroyed each other careers,Wasim had more allegations of bad doing than any other palyer ever in Pakistan and nature is much more severe. Sports are not about records and winning, its about the spirit and enjoyment. I dont think its a big deal Shahid speaking out "talking straight" board asking of explanation and him replying. Just take it easy its every day happening in modern day sports, be if cricket, soccer or athelatics or any other sport. On Pathan thing again its the way we think people in different regions and ethnecities have their own characteristics English refer to Northernrs as tough, Indian also have their own people with different charaterics, its better not to refer to a particular group but if it is referred somehow it not matter of national unity or no unity. Unity in diversity is Good...:-)

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    I agree with both Mr Avinandan K Singh and Mr. Hassan Mohsin. Shame on those who are supporting the foolish Afridi. Btw, I'm from Pakistan

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    @alikhan224.......I dont know you, pal. But i wanna ask you why you say ......."but this time he is up against a pathan"...

    This is the reason that there is no unity in our country.....always there is a Punjabi vs Pathan. Such issues should not arise and we should stay united as Pakistanis.

    AS far as the Afridi issue is concerned you are right. Waqar must not interfere in other matters concerning the captain.

    But I once again stress upon the issue of Punjabi vs Pathan. If this keeps on happening as it did when Kamran and Salman turned against Younis, I'm afraid the future of this country does not seem very bright with Balochistan already demanding independance.

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