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.