Pakistan in Ireland 2011

Misbah replaces Afridi as ODI captain

Osman Samiuddin

May 19, 2011

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Shahid Afridi appeals for an lbw, West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Gros Islet, April 25, 2011
It's the end of the road for Shahid Afridi's tenure as ODI captain © AFP

The curtain has finally come down on Shahid Afridi's reign as ODI captain, with the PCB replacing him with Misbah-ul-Haq for the two ODIs against Ireland at the end of the month.

No official reason has been given for the move to replace a man who has led Pakistan to two ODI bilateral series wins - although against weaker sides - as well as a semi-final run in the 2011 World Cup: when contacted board chairman Ijaz Butt refused to speak on the topic. In 34 ODIs, he won 18 and lost 15 games; a stretch which included tough series against England and South Africa. However Butt had had told a television channel on Wednesday that "no assurance has been rendered to Shahid Afridi of retaining him as skipper for the upcoming one-day international matches in Ireland.

"I didn't give any assurances to anyone and we are still in the process of debating the changes for the series against Ireland which is also important," the PCB chief added.

It is likely, however, that the move came after the board decided they had had enough with Afridi's penchant for awkward public statements. The latest situation arose when Afridi returned from the Caribbean and hinted at unhappiness with coach Waqar Younis over matters of selection. The pair were never on fantastic terms - Waqar had preferred Misbah as captain for the World Cup itself - but held together through the World Cup. But differences grew between the pair during the course of the ODI series which Pakistan eventually won 3-2, Afridi unhappy at the amount of say Waqar wanted in the selection of the final XI.

Afridi was sent a showcause notice by the board and was due to meet the chairman over his comments as well as his relationship with Waqar. A report in Jang, the leading Urdu daily, said Afridi had spoken to the chairman on phone last week before flying out to the USA on a fund-raising tour on Tuesday and been assured that the situation wasn't a serious one. Board officials have also constantly downplayed the differences between the pair since Afridi's arrival, a situation which also led Mohsin Khan, chief selector, to the brink of resignation.

Last December, during the tour of New Zealand, members of the team and the board were also upset with Afridi's very public criticisms of the performances of the side in two Twenty20 losses.

Afridi took over as ODI captain properly in June last year, before the Asia Cup, having been appointed the Twenty20 captain the previous year. He was never given the leadership on a full-time basis, but first irked the board by walking away from the Test captaincy on the tour to England, one Test after being appointed. Misbah, currently the Test captain, now becomes the fifth ODI captain under the near three-year tenure of Butt; there have also been six Test captains in that time.

Afridi does retain a place in the 16-man squad for the two ODIs on May 28 and 30. Three changes have been made from the ODI squad that defeated West Indies. Opener Ahmed Shehzad, middle-order batsman Usman Salahuddin and fast bowler Sadaf Hussain have been dropped. In their place come Azhar Ali, Younis Khan and Umar Gul; Younis and Gul were both rested for the Caribbean ODI trip and Younis missed the Test series after his brother passed away.

Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Taufeeq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Salman (wk), Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Tanvir Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam

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Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

silly i started to hate pcb

Posted by Jim1207 on (May 22, 2011, 4:07 GMT)

Ijaz Butt thinks: Oh, WICB are overtaking me, I should do something and prove my supremacy over tham!

Posted by   on (May 21, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

Shahid Afridi Should be the captain of the pakistan team.Ijaz butt And Missbah both not good for PAKISTANI Cricket.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

No Surprises - this kinda decisions are trademark of present P.C.B. think-tanks. P.C.B. think-tanks have everything - except BRAINS ! Probably m/s Waqar Younis co. have prevailed over Afridi. P.C.B. should've gone for a long-term younger prospect, "Hafeez" logically. It's the same old story in our country - "Murder of MERIT" - repeated in institutions everyday ! Saga continues !

Posted by HiyerNHiyer on (May 21, 2011, 9:56 GMT)

Just hope they dont go bak to getting SHohaib Malik or Mohd Yousuf or Younis khan back in the team. Please give the youngsters a chance, they mail fail initially but will come good with experience. Appoint someone like an Imran or Akram or Rameez as the Chief Mentor for the Pak Team, plus get a good PR agency for PCB to rebuild image and credibility. Have a squad of say 30 Pak cricketers who have central contracts and include atleast 10 under 21 players in that Squad. Have a core group of around 7-8 players in the 25 -28 age bracket who can play both forms of the game such as Mohd Hafeez, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Umar Akmal, Asad Sahfiq, Wahb Riaz, Saed Ajmal etc. Please focus on this rather than than chopping and changing the team every now and then

Posted by HiyerNHiyer on (May 21, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

I am an Indian and even I feel that this is ridiculous on PCBs part. Sacking Afridi is a mistake, appointing Misbah a bigger mistake. For all his shortcomings, Afridi did not do too badly in the WC. I think the PCB should be sacked and they should involve or appoint some like Imran or Akram or Rameez or Javed Miandad in the PCB. Imran had the guts and the vision to take pakistan cricket places and nobody had the guts to push him around. Pak cricket as it is has enough to deal with with the Akmal brothers and the other controversies, why self create new ones. Once clear example was one Pak diplomat shooting his mouth on match fixing before the WC S/f, then Ijaz Butt talking of quashing player power and now this. No offence meant but the efforts should be to reinstate glory back into Pak cricket and get International cricket back into Pakistan rather than creating additional controversies and killing Pak cricket.

Posted by Vernacular_Press_Cricinfo on (May 21, 2011, 6:33 GMT)

How long will Ijaz Butt be at the helm? Please someone throw him out...He takes every decision as a spur of the moment.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2011, 5:30 GMT)

misbah is choker we see it in big matches like t20 final 2007 and in 2011 semi final AFRIDI well lead the of the fornt and now pakistani more like bangadishy

Posted by   on (May 21, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

@USAPakCricFollower: he is still looking better than Misbah who is looking like leading your side to a 2-0 test whitewash against that same weak WI team. Ijaz Butt should be taken to the gallows for this.

Posted by USAPakCricFollower on (May 20, 2011, 20:31 GMT)

I am a Pakistani, but I am amazed at how much hype my fellow Pakistanis have bought into regarding Afridi. Look at this performance and he hardly qualifies to be on the team, much less to be a captain. Look at his batting avg. and his bowling is also not what it is cracked up to be. He wins 3-2 against a weak WI and again his own performance was nowhere to be seen. He gets out foolishly every time his team needs him to show maturity and leadership. Misbah is mature, and leads with his performance. He has carried the young team on his shoulders lately. That deserves the captaincy, not Afridi's hype.

Posted by ImranVaid on (May 20, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

Just when Pakistan Cricket was giving us hope and there recent world cup run was bringing a nation together and this world cup team made all of us proud, then this happens. It is board problem. Before the West Indies tour Afridi did ask to rest, and the board should of giving him rest. Let's look at India. If I am not mistaking they did give M.S. Dhoni a rest in the upcoming West Indies tour. My fellow cricket fans this is not surprising, this is the same board that have messed up a lot of careers in the past and not to mention Imran Tahir who had to go to South Africa to play. It will not matter who is on the team and who is the captain as long as all those board members are there who have no experience & they are just there because they know someone in the government, this whole environment will stay same.

Posted by adilfarhan on (May 20, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

Typical PCB move, retarded and comical; Remove the whistle blower and bring someone who can't highlight PCB's own failures For those complaining about Afridi's battiing, HE IS A BOWLER, get over it now and stop complaining about his Batting

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

Bad choice...need strategic plan for future cricket of Pakistan. They should prefer Hafeez as ODI captain, but his inconsistency with the bat is a question mark especially in test cricket. In ODI he is okay while opening the innings, however in tests very bad, so far. Suggestion: open the innings in test by Umar Akmal and replace Hafeez with akmal's position. Afridi need to realize that batting is also important in today's cricket and PCB should give him warning of dropping from the squad.

Posted by Ajaz.Ahmed on (May 20, 2011, 15:07 GMT)

I agree Affradi is good for pakistan cricket as a captian as well provided some one tells him to keep his mouth shut..remember him that he should play for the blocks in that dressing room rather than the crowds.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 13:23 GMT)

Knowingly or Unknowingly Ijaz Butt has done a good thing by replacing Afridi with Misbah as a captain. Afridi never lived upto his hype. He scored 50 or 50+ just 37 times out of 325 matches he played. Lucky enough to be in the team. People goes crazy when he hits a six, but never realises his instinct of hitting a six and getting out and loosing the match.

Posted by DINESHCC on (May 20, 2011, 13:01 GMT)


Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

Its very bad for PAK cricket. After good performances , Afridi being out of series ........... very bad...........

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

Afridi, as a batsman, is a disappointment. Afridi, as a bowler, is achieving his true potential. Afridi, as a a captain, not as good as Dhoni or Ponting but his record is pretty good. I am not sure any other captain would have done better leading a team surrounded by spot fixing scandals, players revolt and Ejaz, the big, Butt.

Even if Butt has to change Afridi for whatever reasons, I find it a nonsense act to make Misbah a captain. He is 37 and most certainly will not be playing in 2 years time. There is no long term planning at all. Sadly enough, there is no other player in the team who has experience of leading even the City side apart from Hafeez(Faisalabad), not considering Taufeeq Umer's and Gul few match stint in T20 domestic matches.

For me, Shoaib Malik would have been a better choice. Had the PCB handled players better during his captaincy, he would still be leading the team and would have matured a lot.Shame!

Posted by RASHID_PAK on (May 20, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

misbah is not that talented as shahidafridi is misbah cannot do batting also properly in some matches a miracle happpens that he makes 50runs.if shahidafridi cant bat atleast he can ball properly misbah can never lead pakistan to a victory but afridi can because he is having the talent

Posted by RASHID_PAK on (May 20, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

misbah is not that talented as shahidafridi is misbah cannot do batting also properly in some matches a miracle happpens that he makes 50runs.if shahidafridi cant bat atleast he can ball properly misbah can never lead pakistan to a victory but afridi can because he is having the talent

Posted by ABRAR-JANJUA on (May 20, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

At last a very rare good decision by Butt...but is it enough to shut Afridi's Mouth???

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

what a great nonsense act from ijaz class stupidity done by pcb...i wish to also wi defeat pak in 2nd,t waist ur precious time in watching 2nd test....

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

afridi was the opening batsman of pakistan and had several world records as well.unfortunately he is a failure as a batsman for sometime even in the last world cup his total score was 84 runs only.anyhow he can concentrate now and improve his batting.and control your tongue----no controversial statements dear.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

Inshallah Irish will defeat pakistan. Pakistan selectors once again make a huge mistake look at the West Indies is not better team but West Indies beat pakistan easily. Pakistani Board and selectors ruining pakistan cricket. Now probably that time will come Pakistani team at the bottom of table in test and one day internaitonal. Pakistan should consider Afridi solve the problem between Waqar and Afridi. He is the good captain now he should not be remove till next 2 years he performance as a captain in world cup is good look at the last world cup when Inzimam and Waqar Younis was a captain in their captainship Pakistan team first round exit look at the Afridi captainship is far better than Waqar Younis.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

we want AfRiDi As A CaPtAiN!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

This is a very balanced Pakistan side; it has all sorts of players. Just a bit of experience is needed. The year 2011 has been a good one for us, with finally winning series after such a long time. The players we have, apart from a few already established, are settling down and once they do that, this team is going to be very good.

The improvement just started in 2011 with the axing of politcs-players like Malik, Yousuf and Rana Naveed, lets let this team continue. But please drop that flop of a batsman Ahmad Shahzad.

Posted by wisdom350 on (May 20, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

Afridi is the best captain pakistan had after imran khan.Afridi led pakistan to the best world cup run since1999 and just as the team almost settled this happened!!!!!!!! if not afridi tan i would like to see muhammad hafeez become the captain for all the forms of the game..............proud to be a pakistani!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 9:27 GMT)

This guy should be removed from the helm of PCB chairman. At first he removed Younis Khan for no good reason then he appointed Afridi and now again he has been removed Mr. Butt has made Pakistan Cricket Team a joke to the others. I dont understand what the heck is the people of Pakistan doing seeing all these non-sense from him.He should be forced to resign and should be replaced by someone knowledgeable like Zaheer Abbas or Asif Iqbal or any previous cricketers who knows the game as the chairman of the board. if this guy continues to be at the helm he will ruin the career of many upcoming cricketers as well as many current cricketers.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 9:25 GMT)

i dont think there is a place for younis khan in pakistan one day squad..its a bad decision by the PCB....

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

i dont think its a big issue. Afridi joined Sri lankan premier league and he obviously preparing himself for the sri lankan league. And there is no point to travel down to Ireland just to captain only two ODI's. while from the return journey it is very easy to let test team to play ODI matches. I think its a good decision and an opportunity to show misbah's captaincy in an one day international as well. Its a goood strategic move :)

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

I am afraid we will witness something of the same sort as we did in 2007's WC, in the upcoming series of Ireland. Ireland will embarrass this very talented yet poorly led Pakistani team. From top to bottom, the leadership has been our problem. Afridi was the light at the end of the tunnel and now that has also been taken away. Someone needs to get rid of Ijaz 'Good for nothing' Butt! A year ago, Misbah was not even in the team and now he is the captain of two formats of the game, God knows why! We still remember his antics in the semi final!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

LMAO... Ijaz Butt is a joke.... Sacked Afridi as captain then refused to comment on it. God save these terribly talented Pakistan players from their frighteningly dumb cricket board.

Posted by Goochu on (May 20, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

A captain is one who can lead from the front... Afridi has poor form with the bat, but he compensates with his bowling fielding and catching... What about Misbah? just a current good form with the bat? doesn't bowl and cant catch ruining his efforts with the bat... Who is better to inspire his team as a captain? We want Afridi... Afridi and Afridi. We love boom boom

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

i thought dilshans appointment was bad!!! this seems worser!!!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 7:31 GMT)

wat is going on.. 4m my side if aijaz but is their as ano more future of pak crk. coz he is such a dull man nd hv no sense of crk in place of th8 drinked man IMRAN KHAN the hero of PAK will be the CHIRMAN OF PCB.

Posted by sorryaffair on (May 20, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

Good for Afridi . He will be better off staying as a batsman to improve his batting average which is falling like a rock from above. A player with so much potential but little focus on his innings /runs . He is a one man show, cannot Captain a team.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 7:22 GMT)

O over come all the problems of pakistani captain, make ejaz butt captain of pak creicket team whixh he was wishing right from the days of his viisit to india as member of pak team and scored a hundred against south zone, i believe that was his only internation visit as pak player

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

I think Hafeez is better than Misbah and also Yousuf can be considered.

Posted by shakzz on (May 20, 2011, 6:48 GMT)

worst cricket board in the world is PCB.. all are drama QUEENS!!!! AFRIDI was giong well , team was about to settle , he himself was getting right and suddenly this happened... let this be a lesson for afridi , will stop making comments in front of media about the team and management, he got no control over his mouth jus like when he has bat in his hand...:) great guy ... MAD MAX BOOM BOOM

Posted by Lallubhai on (May 20, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

KIWIROCKER , People living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones .

Posted by Notredam on (May 20, 2011, 6:35 GMT)

Irish will defeat paskstan.. I wish 2:0 is the result at stormont...but 1:1 can also be taken with glee..

Posted by Dilawar_Khan05 on (May 20, 2011, 6:22 GMT)

afridi is one of the best player in pakistan cricket team.he should be the captain he had a strength and he was the man who bring pakistan to semi finals .

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

Ejaz Butt (May God show him a right path) destroying Pakistan Cricket,,,, Please stop him....... Please please please..... Otherwise I am looking forward Pakistan cricket just like Zimbabwe cricket

Posted by ganeshraam on (May 20, 2011, 6:01 GMT)

The greatest problem with Pakistan ever since the great Imran Khan quit had been with the consistency of the cricket board's policy. No country would have had so many captains in the last 20 years the way Pakistan has had! Had a look at the list of captains ever since Imran Khan retired and it seems to be an unending list. If Pak has to really shine in world cricket, then they have to stick to a long term plan of nurturing their players right from the ground level on merit basis! This seems to be really absurd when they change a captain once in every two series they play!

Though I am from India, I used to love the way Pakistan played during the good old days of 1990's but it seems to be increasingly going down every day! God save Pak cricket. I wish they dont end up like West Indies of late 80's

Posted by Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on (May 20, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

I m Agreed with Sarosh Siddiduiq.. @Tashfeen Afridi use his talent of Bowling what about Misbah??? Both are the need of Team But At this stage to change caption is the Worst Decision.. now u Should Think for a moment...

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 5:37 GMT)

Afridi should remain as captain of Pakistani team till ICC world cup 2015, because we saw him very mature as a captain in world cup 2011.

Posted by Badreshian on (May 20, 2011, 5:15 GMT)

Its a disappointing news!! But what else we could expect from Mr. Butt's management....Its totally crazy. I hope few of Pak cricket fans would agree that Afridi was a great motivator (at time hopeless with his batting) and learing the art of good leader. He was responsible for unitiing the entire nation, regardless of their religion/race and any affiliations on March 30 against the indian in biggest match of the decade... Their are people who says that Misbah batting has enable us to reach the semis but forget his semis batting..they should remind themselves the matchs and Flame boy's bowling performance with the highest number of wickets in the WC, though Zaheer has equalled the number but by playing more matches.. I think he was a perfect captain, though he required mentoring in his media statement and pre/post match cermonies, as Pak team is naturally talented and not professionally, so a good mobilizer can do wonders with this team and sadly we have lost him. Goooo Goooo Ijaz but

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (May 20, 2011, 3:59 GMT)

Now, Afridi have do perform well to be in the team. I think he will be out from the team after this series...such a waste of talent.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 3:56 GMT)

I bet there are many more better players in Pakistan than in the current side.

Posted by unleashedtrojan1 on (May 20, 2011, 2:56 GMT)

he was captain for too long...there was stability being created, we don't want that do we???

Posted by mso797 on (May 20, 2011, 1:55 GMT)

som people want afridi som want misbah i got a better idea sac btoh of them bring back yousuf razzak safraz sadaf and usman yousuf or younis should be our captain

Posted by mso797 on (May 20, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

rest youinis replace his with yousuf take out misbah with usman salman is worse that safraz and taufeeq and hafeez our for babar and nasir jasmshed abdul can aslo replace hammad and y was sadaf dropped without being given a chance to play

Posted by nauman421 on (May 20, 2011, 0:44 GMT)

Those who are talking about afridi's batting, batting and batting, dare to look at his bowling as well. He is the 3rd highest wicket taker for Pakistan in th ehistory after Wasim and Waqar. Besides that look at his captaincy record, we reached to Semis in WC, more than 50% W/L ratio, what else we would demand from a captain who took over in the midst of heap of controversies....Misbah aint bad either, but Afridi edges past him a yard or two...

Posted by ahpir on (May 20, 2011, 0:22 GMT)

Misbah is a good batsman, but doesn't calculate well to chase a target and now as a captin in ODI?

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 23:16 GMT)

GOD save Pakistan cricket. Provided the amount of talent the country comes up with even though its always in news for some or the other controversy, this is the latest and dumbest decision the selector could have ever made. Yes Afridi is uncontrollable, but an inspiring and stable leader. Y did they axe him? Even they don't have the reason....

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 22:42 GMT)

What choices do we ave? Afridi does not even deserve a place in the team lest being a a Captain, he is no Brearley either. At this point Misbah is the best choice. People keep deriding Misbah for the world cup but forget that this game is played by 11 players, what did the other 10 do? We got closer just because of Misbah's innings otherwise this team cannot score runs leave aside winning matches. Being a senior he has atleast 2 years to rebuild it.

Posted by sarosh_siddiqui on (May 19, 2011, 22:40 GMT)

Afridi is the only choice for PCB. If there is any change is needed is Mr. Butt

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 22:33 GMT)

Depressing news for me and most of the cricket lovers!

Posted by KingofBlades on (May 19, 2011, 22:23 GMT)

hooray now Misbah has been granted permission to screw up our limited over matches as well HAZZAH. WHY ON EARTH WOULD U GET RID OF AFRIDI AND OF ALL PEOPLE FOR MISBAH?! Even if you are going to get rid of afridi captaincy make Hafeez captain

Posted by uzair_baadshah on (May 19, 2011, 21:11 GMT)

Whats this i dony under stand wht this ijaz butt is in his mind i think he is mad why he have removed afridi from odi captaincy. Madddddddddddddddddddd.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

I believe Afridi is world's most overrated player, cummon guys he has played for more then 15 years and still has got average of 23, cricket is not about just hitting a six and then playing a silly shot to give your wicket away, all though he started to bowl well but u cannot keep a plyer in team who takes 1 wicket and scores may be 12-15 runs. The genuine match winner in todays' cricket is Abdul Razzak, he deserves a lot more respect, Misbah is way way better choice then Afridi.

Posted by sehwaguparcut on (May 19, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

Why does Mr Butt want to kill Pak cricket? Afridi did well in the WC and this is what he gets?

Posted by Stark62 on (May 19, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

I would like to add one more thing.

If Misbah has any respect for himself then, he will simply refuse the offer and make butt look like a fool.

Pak would have been worser then Bang right now but thanks to Afridi, they remained a strong side in the cricketing world.

Posted by mso797 on (May 19, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

what what what y is sadaf safraz/rizwan and razzaq in squad neither afrid should be captain younis yousuf or razzaq

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

It is obnoxious to see the way Mr. Butt is leading the cricket board. He does not know and he shall simply ruin the team performance. This is the worst decision i have ever seen in the history of Pakistan cricket. Misbah is not as great of a batsman , he should have made us win the low scoring semi. For God sake please rub your heads since it is not a decision in favor of Pakistan cricket .

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

ha ha....Mr Ijaz Butt is like an ageing actress who wants to hog the limelight by doing some nonsense...Every third week he does some tomfoolery!!! Afridi was a great guy...he was inspirational...and about him criticizing players...Mr Dhoni does that too...and he is a great captain.....These cricket boards (PCB, WICB..) must stop interfering with the team and just stick to administrative work...and Butt please keep ur mouth SHUT!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

Buffoon Chairman PCB ijaz butt makes Misbah the Captain for ODI..Instead of rebuidling a team its more like demolishing it....HATS OFF PCB !!! if Afridi was the problem they could hav made hafeez the captain...atleast they should hav think abt abt the future...misbah age is 37 he hardly is left wid 2 years of cricket...bad desicion !!!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

A very very strange simply shows that PCB aint looking for the future.....but i think we all know about long as Mr. Ijaz Butt is there, no one expects anything good from PCB.....i hope Pakistani Team does good in future but i want Afridi back as captain.....all thanx to Indians n all others who care for Pakistan Team....we really wanna see Pakistan vs India again

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

This is the very Shocking news for all cricket fan, but its not end Mr. Afridi we know that you play for Pakistan only and we are with you, we all love u

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

Misbah is an utterly useless short version game player, knows so very well how to create dot balls. Have people forgotten the semifinals of the world cup. He does not have a place in one day team but then Pakistan is Pakistan.

Posted by bigwonder on (May 19, 2011, 18:39 GMT)

"Pakistan, The Musical Chair Captain" now showing world-wide.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:35 GMT)

Afridi is one of the best captains pakistan ever had.. it is ashamed that they have changed him after all what he has done to his team. He lead a weaker team to a world cup semi... what else Pakisan cricket board expect him to do.. really sad! I am a Sri Lankan and really love the way afridi handle the team!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:34 GMT)

I think its a good move by PCB. I love Afridi as a player but not as a captain. He's outspoken, he criticize players bluntly in press conference. When you are playing for your country, you cant put blame on a single player.

Good Luck to Misbah for his new inning, i hope you do well as a captain and your team give some tough competition to other countries.

Posted by SaudAlvi on (May 19, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

Afridi is not a good captain. Misbah is not a great choice :)

Posted by SangakaraFan on (May 19, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

Honestly it's a GOOD DESICION!! Misbah & Yonis are only players who can lead this Pakistan side. Afridi is an average player and does foolish things on and off the fields. Afridi just talks more and delivers nothing. He's only fit for 20/20 cricket where NO SKILLS are required.

Posted by short_cover on (May 19, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

PCB is bunch of retards with Butt as the clueless chairman. But Afridi was never captain material and we all knew it, so this was bound to happen sooner or later. He just cant make the best use of players like we saw in world cup. But he can be very effective as a player without having the need to think too much or make decisions. Misbah was probably the right choice (especially since Younis may not want it). But they got to come up with a vice captain who can get some experience with Misbah and Younis for the next year or two so he can be groomded for the job. Giving the opportunity to Hafeez makes sense.

Posted by Desihungama on (May 19, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

Why can't we have a different Captain for every month of the year and the Coach for the month of December? Everyone will live happily after like Cinderalla.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

really a black day of pakistan cricket :@:@:@...i hate ijaz butt...they have done what they are famouse for by making another strange contrversional decsion..if afridi was failing in battin then atleast give him 1 more chance so that he can prove him self :@:@:@

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

Good decision. We need someone who knows when to say what, instead of someone who would babble away unbelievable things.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

Instead of misbah..hafeez was better option.Misbah wil play maximum 1 or 2 years more. & Hafeez has handful of time to groom as captain til next WC

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

A decision which i am sure will hurt the Pakistan Cricket team, Afridi was the one captain who was aggressive and hungry to win, he brought the killer instinct to the team, as a neutral i will surely miss him leading Pakistan

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

younus is 37 yrs old. he admitted on tv that his official age is 4 yrs less. misbah is the best choice. Hafeez should be made vice captain and groomed for future.

Posted by Afridynamite on (May 19, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

Mr Butt please quit else you will ruin Pakistan cricket

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

I am a big fan of afridi. But to be honest misbah is much wiser than him. Younus and Misbah are the only players in pakistan team who can lead the team. we love afridi as a player and i am sure he will also love himself as a player. The situation in which he got the captaincy and the scandals by the players in his captaincy made it a very difficult job and afridi did this for his love for the team pakistan so we must appreciate that. we'll love to see misbah , afridi , and younus work together as real teammates.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

well afirdi not a captain's material from the day 1 .i dont like his reactions durig post match speech where he straight away criticise his teammates by name for poor performance ....offcourse team loose becuase of poor performance by the players .Players shud not slammed immediatly after the match and in public....

Posted by spellbinder76 on (May 19, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

Ex-players Aamer Sohail, Abdul Qadir and Zaheer Abbas has been lobbying for Misbah to be made captain of the Pakistan team in all the formats. Misbah was one of the reason for losing the semis aginst India in WC and he also lost the 1st test aginst WI. It is also rumored that Waqar Yunus is behind this sacking. Muhammad Ilyas has his differences with the chief selector and has been lobbying to get Imran Farhat in the team.

Posted by mahicric on (May 19, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

How come PCB removes large hearted Afridi from captaincy? He will make PCB and all Pakistanis only large hearted people on earth LOL. I thought all Pakistanis are large hearted like Afridi, now Afridi will say PCB is not large hearted like him LOL

Posted by nataraajds on (May 19, 2011, 16:53 GMT)

captaincy is like musical chair in Pak cricket. too much of politics made the mess. one never know when Misbah will be thrown out. Afridi as know is a pickle minded person some time behaves strangly, don't even know what he should speak as caption. takes strange decision's and do not have leader ship qualities. may be he is good as an alrounder.

Posted by khashar on (May 19, 2011, 16:52 GMT)

Misbah is 37 year old...he would expire if not retired at the end of this year...wat kinda thinking is behind this poor decision by PCB. Younis Khan is best of lot currently..He is a team player...doesn't play for himself...and most importantly even at age of 33 he is the fittest player in the side and better than many teen agers...he still has 3-4 years of good cricket left in him.....

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 16:51 GMT)

Fantastic!! Finally PCB has woken up! Afridi was never a good cricketer nor good person... he has become a good bowler recently. FULLSTOP. Pak cricket will improve now .... and world will look at Pak as respectable unit. With Afridi it looked like a bunch of street players. Pak have talent and need good captain... not one who talks raw pakistani. Good luck to Misbah!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

I think this is a good decesion.If you look back at the result of past couple of series the result we won is because of the performance of Misbah as a batsman.Whenever the situation came where Afridi's contribution is required, he did not delivere.Moreover he is leading with emotions not by his mind.His field placing is not as per batsman and as per situation.His body language is not right in critical situation.He never lead with the front,So it looks like that to remove him from captainship is wrong decesion but in the long run it will be blessing.

We have to give Afridi captainship of T20.Where emotions are the big part in winning.I suggest that we should have three different teams for three format of cricket.We should keep nucleous of 7 players and change the remaining players.Looking at the future we should give chance to 3-4 young talented players in side.Selection of young players should be only on their technique and fielding.we should look for alrounders.

Posted by shakkw on (May 19, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

Very Good Decision!! Misbah is very calm and knows what to talk in front of media. Afridi should play as specialist spinner in the team.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 16:42 GMT)

Afridi iz the best man in side

Posted by SRT_GENIUS on (May 19, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

down with Ijaz Butt!!!!!! "Putting players in ttheir places" is not the highest priority agenda of any Board!!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 16:36 GMT)

Wroooooooooooooooong Decision Buttt Wroooooooooooooooooooong again

Posted by Mariakutty on (May 19, 2011, 16:33 GMT)

GOOD DECISION. IF AFRIDI HAD PLAYED SENSIBLY (like Dhoni in the Finals) AGAINST INDIA, PAKISTAN WOULD HAVE LIFTED THE WORLD CUP. Let Pakistan search someone like Imran Khan or Miandad for the top spot. (Surely not MIsbah)

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

apart from captaincy IMPORTANAT thing is that they droped sadaf & usman salaudin & kept salman ahmed as wel in the team. sadaf didnt get any chance. usman got in 2 games where evry1 failed. & salman is not even a no 10 batsman. thing is if they are not going to give youngsters chances against small or weak teams then where wil they give them chances?best option was to send these youngsters so that thy could get more experience . but we consisted with old players.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

Afridi may not be a great captain...but i dnt lyk misbah either...the way he played in d semis...never ever looked as if he wanted 2 win...whats d purpose of making d required rate go so high dat it becomes impossible 4 u to win..lose by 20 runs or 40..its d same...atleast afridi have a better attitude...

Posted by docht on (May 19, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

Excellent decision by PCB to appoint Misbah as Captain. He is the best cricketing brain in the team. He has all the leadership qualities needed to Captain a side, like leading from the front, keeping the team united and handling pressure situations. As a bonus, he is educated, which has been a rare quality in Pakistan captains of late. His results so far as test captain have been excellent(beating NZ and drawing against SA). Afridi on the other hand is an indisciplined person who should never have been made captain in the first place. He is uninspiring to his team by the way he gets out to poor shots in crunch situations. The team did not win anything under him in the last one year, not even any t-20 series. He was a defensive captain who never kept attacking fields even to his best bowlers. His team selection was always poor. Overall, an excellent decision by the PCB to appoint Misbah as captain. I hope he is maintained captain for both one-day and test sides till atleast WC 2015.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

afridi is never been a good captain . but at this stage he was the right choice to make even he is bad captain. misbah is already 33. he wont b there for next cup. & people who are asking just board or pcb dears dont forget the build up to this decision. its more of team managment, waqar younis & some players who did board is not the only one to blame. once agian palyer power wins.

Posted by sporty75293 on (May 19, 2011, 16:27 GMT)


Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 16:25 GMT)

Why I'm not surprised! Whatever PCB does, will never shock me.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

Why yonis khan in odi team ????

Posted by MoeSid on (May 19, 2011, 16:03 GMT)

let me guess... I jaz butt just doesnt like the scattered left supporters of pakistan cricket....

GOD what was he thinking... what does he expect with the litter that pakistan squad has. they've lost so many valuable players, to still give glimpse of a victory you only have to give hats off to the captain to make the team go out as a unit and perform like they did in the world cup..

Posted by AHKA on (May 19, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

Hi guys ! i just want to say that where is Abdur Razzaq ? Razzaq also the ability to be captain of Pakistan , if misbah 37 made captain then why not Razzaq 31 ? afridi had problems with Razzaq and he never use Razzaq has his ability but now see he is sack as captain . Jo karna wahi Barna , yahi howa Afridi ke sat and i am very happy about that. but Razzaq deserve a place and he has offer about 6 to 7 years cricket to pakistan team.

Posted by svlnmurthy on (May 19, 2011, 15:56 GMT)

Not a good move, but it is good for Afridi to concentrate on his batting,Selection committe and PCB chairman has to be change from the board.Murthy From Qatar

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 15:52 GMT)

@ farrukh Alam , why not u come and begin keeping ??? :D lolz bhai time to do usko thora .....

Posted by ammar_0300 on (May 19, 2011, 15:45 GMT)

another bad dicision by pcb and ijaz butt drama is going on i dont know what he want to do i think he wants highlight on media on every time

afridi is doing great captency

wrost decision by pcb

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 15:44 GMT)

WRONG MOVE :( Afridi was good!

Posted by fayazsha on (May 19, 2011, 15:42 GMT)

pakisthan cricket team future demilish by the selectores. always they are making diffrences between team mates, inzamam vs younis, younis vs malek, malek vs younis, malek vs salman butt, afridi vs misbah like these they are demolish inside the team by quick short term changes.

Posted by Afridynamite on (May 19, 2011, 15:41 GMT)

Are they planning to turn Pakistan into a Bangladesh?

Posted by dmqi on (May 19, 2011, 15:30 GMT)

I have been saying this from the beginning,"it was a poor decision to appoint Afridi the captain in the first place". He dos not deserve a place in the team as an all-rounder, may be as a bowler and a fielder. You can not give big responsibility to an unpredictable man, not in good form. For Misbah's age complainer, check Mike Brearely, Clive Loyd, Imran and a dozen other ex-captain. Tendulkar was not a good captain at 23 but Dhoni was. I hope all the ill informed Afridi supporters use rational than emotion for their criticism of Misbah. Yes he is an educated man, does not shoot stupid statement from his mouth, that is his fault. After all it is Pak cricket where an old man is holding a position in PCB, he does not deserve. What better should we expect from others.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

PCCB must stop retaining OLD PLAYERS in the team again and again. He should emphisis on including YOUNG TALENT and ensuring they are part of the playing ELEVEN. HAMMAD AZAM was given a chance in the 3 ODI's and positioned on the bench for the later part of the series

Posted by Stark62 on (May 19, 2011, 15:19 GMT)

Oh yeah!

If Afridi isn't captain then, goodbye until the aloo is thrown out.

Afridi all the way!!!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 15:06 GMT)

Misbah replaces Afridi as an ODI captain :

Ijaz Butt is here to ruin our Pakistani Cricket .. Afridi was the most suitable one , he has that aggression to lead his team from the front .. For me , i really want to see Afridi as a captain .. but now keeping in view of this changed scenario , please Afridi concentrate on your batting .. We all want to see you back as the captain ..

Posted by Jarr30 on (May 19, 2011, 15:04 GMT)

Good decision!! Captain should be HUMBLE & SHOW SOME DIPLOMACY..Afridi didn't have any and when he talks he shows how stupid he can be. Misbah is more mature and good thinking captain. Afridi is an average player with no common sense, he's ONLY good for 20/20.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 15:03 GMT)

This is a very stupid decision by a most stupid management. You CAN NOT instill Shahid Afridi's aggression in Misbah. Misbah is too defensive for ODIs. Shahid may have shown some tantrums but if he delivers on the field then you have to live with it. I am going to meet Shahid Afridi in Los Angeles tonight and will try to find out what went wrong between him and Whacky Younis, the Coach.

Posted by aahd81 on (May 19, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

Wasn't this coming already? Butt can't let Pakistan cricket have any peace. Appointing Misbah? Really, the guy lost us the Semi Final and he is getting extremely one dimensional as a limited over batsman...Isn't he supposed to be retiring or anything???

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (May 19, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

Afridi paid the price for not controlling his his batting.....Since Captaincy, he has made a few unnecessary public comments including: WC comments re the Indians which I thought were not only Contradictory to his comments and behaviour in India; this was also distatsteful & disrespectful and against sportsmanship and international sporting ethics........No Excuses please...... .....previously, he had made comments re the selection process etc....fair enough but do so privately within the given process nd protocol........ Now the comments against Waqar...Again....have no problem...but this kind of thing should be done accordingly.....with a given process and protocol....

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

Ijaz Butt is here to ruin our Pakistani Cricket .. Afridi was the most suitable one , he has that aggression to lead his team from the front .. For me , i really want to see Afridi as a captain .. but now keeping in view of this changed scenario , please Afridi concentrate on your batting .. We all want to see you back as the captain .. Now kick the Butt's butt , and show your capability ..

Posted by smjr on (May 19, 2011, 14:50 GMT)

The decision by Ijaz Butt to remove Afridi from ODI captaincy is morally wrong but technically correct. Afridi has passed his peak and never looks for his efforts in improving the team performance. His batting is dead , fielding is poor and he has not bowled with penetration in W.I. He might play as bowler only. Our coaches Waqar and Aqib should also be removed after this tour as they never bring harmony and especially waqar who is not flexible, narrow minded and never think out of the box. Our selectors are not working hard to bring good players in the team. Since our defeat against WI we are now bracketed with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland.

Posted by chief_selector on (May 19, 2011, 14:50 GMT)

Guys, It will surprise Farewell to Misbah!!! Under Afridi captaincy Pak win ODI series against WI in 1st 3 matches out of 5. Under Misbah captaincy Pak loss against WI. What else you aspect from Misbah captaincy? So, let's give him farewell that's surprise decision taken by surprise supreme batsman Ejaz Butt.

I love to see Afridi's captainship. I was farely able to compare his captainship with Imran.

Vikrant, US-India.

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (May 19, 2011, 14:49 GMT)

I think in long-run...we should have three captains like England:

T20 - BOOM BOOM Afridi............... ODI - Hafeez or bring back Shoaib Malik................. Test - Misbah for now......followed by posibally Shoaib or Hafeez...depends on their the rest are too young...unless we wait for Azhar Ali to mature in 2-3+ years...question is whether Misbah ill last that long.......

I don't think Afridi should take it personal as he has had a fair go and I sense he is great in T20 but anything longer is a mental struggle for him!!!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

should've made the change before the WC

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (May 19, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

I must say Afridi does not help himself:

His batting is non-existent and he should bat lower than 7...... Other than the World Cup, he balling is ordinary in ODI.......... His Captaincy is average as a result of his average performance with the bat........ His leadership styl needs to mature from Bravado to Measured and performance based Bravado!........For example...a typical Afridi when he was out with Misbah in the Semis of WC....he needed to stay calm and the run rate was gettable and the Indiands were given a huge bonus with his carefree and careless demise....

DO REMEMBER, he only became a captain as all the other senior players have been eliminated one way or another....Yousaf, Younis in particular.... Thus he was never in any contention a few years ago.....this was basically a desperate decision with a wing and a PCB should think long-term with the development of a new captain and team.....

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

Life and times of Pakistani Cricket should be written on a piece of paper and should be converted into Television Drama. it has everything, suspense, action, happiness , sadness and more.. it will a big Hit....

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 14:36 GMT)

Pakistan cricket is suffering because of afridi wannabes. First of all, Afridi is not a good role model, and definitely not a good cricketer. We should have a calm headed and match winning captain. Misbah is a calm headed and performing cricketer. He may not be a long term solution, of course, due to his age, but what other options do we have. Mohammed Hafeez is still not very consistent. He couldn't play test. We need a captain who can lead/perform in all formats of cricket. A test playing captain is the best type of captain. Those who blame Misbah for losing the semi final or the test match in WI, please look at the stats before you speak. What did ALL the other players do in those matches. Your dear Afridi didn't even make it to double digits in the semi final, and he refuses to play test because he doesn't have the patience of a real cricketer to paly test.

Posted by rashiddd on (May 19, 2011, 14:32 GMT)

salam to every one , first of all i want to tell my self decision about afridi he is not able to play more cricket bcoz he was totally fail in his betting and bowling . he was not capable to more captaincy for pakistan... and his opposite candidate too not good captain but 100% better then Afridi so its decision of PCB is right decision for Pakistan cricket InshaAllah...

Posted by Aabid.Rizvi on (May 19, 2011, 14:31 GMT)

well,pcb is famous for these type non comes worst days in pakistan cricket.

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (May 19, 2011, 14:20 GMT)

Potentially a correct decision but not made in the right way or perhaps at the right time....!

............I sense that PCB is looking to split the Captaincy on similar lines as ECB.....hence I would not be surprised if we end up with 3 Captains as follows:

........T20 Captain - Afridi ........ODI Captain - Hafeez ........Test Captain - Misbah (For now)

Not a nice way of doing it, but I sense Afridi gave Ejaz Butt a great chance with his media interview upon return from West Indies!

I beileve the Misbah option is short term before appointment of Hafeez.

As much as I like Afridi, he has failed to Crystalise as a mature leader!

...............His batting has also slumped big times and it just seems as if he refuses to grow up when batting ....and pays no serious attention to the situation.....he basically needs to give up the BOOM BOOM reputation and start the GROOM GROOM job towards new young talent whilst showing CONSISTENCY in Batting, Balling and Captaicy!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 14:20 GMT)

IJAZ BUTT , the most corrupt chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board and a close sucker of the Patron of PCB, Mr. Zardari, is bent on destroying the Pakistan Cricket to the core. Its a disgusting decision to axe the People's Champ of Pakistan and the Captain of Pakistan Cricket Team from his successful captaincy without any real and authentic reason. No wonder under this shameless Chairman, Ijaz Butt, Pakistan Team's entire system has been in disarray and misery. It is by all means one of the most abnoxious decisions to take Afridi's captaincy who has made this troubled Pakistani Team a settled and balanced unit since last one year under immense problems which were hampering Pakistan Cricket in all directions. Afridi was the right man to lead and his age is 29 and he wud have served Pakistan Cricket Team better in the longer run. Having said that, look at misbah ul haq's age, he is OH MY LORD, aged 37. So just imagine if this decision wud help Pakistan Cricket in the long term. GOD HELP PAK

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

Very surprising.... after good performance in WC and WI ODI series, Afridi has to go.

Posted by sugumarrising on (May 19, 2011, 14:15 GMT)

everybody has no clue about what is happening, butt should be given the award as the greatest chairman of pakistan, what a ridiculous decision, if they want to change the captain it should be someone who is younger, who performs, if you see in that category now hafeez is the capable man but thanks to the great man butt he has other ideas, both india & pakistan has unbelievable talents overall, india's main strength is batting, pakistan's main strength is bowling, for the pakistan fans their is nothing wrong in your cricket the only mistake is the administration, if someone wants to ruin & tarnish the image of a very good cricket nation butt is perfectly doing that, 1)first change the chairman, 2)this is very important, pakistan cricket team is very famous for showing unity great examples are captains like wasim akram & inzamam, in the last few years team spirit is missing in the pakistan team, everyone should remember they are playing for their country so leave all your personal wishes

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

PCB treats international cricket like playing a video game.

Next thing you know they'll be opening the bowling with Younis Khan, and sending Umar Gul as opener just to see how long he lasts...

Posted by indianzen on (May 19, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

Its all due to the world cup loss huh? it has been happening since Imran khan days... loose against India and captain resigns... Imran, miandad, Saeed anwar and now shah why don't PCB think that its not an prob becoz pak has lost to their brothers only ?

Posted by anfas.malik on (May 19, 2011, 14:05 GMT)

mad descn made a pcb.................

Posted by ArsalanMujahidGhouri on (May 19, 2011, 14:05 GMT)

Pak nation should prepare themselves to see Kamran as the future captain of Pakistan. To me, Afridi should drop from team when he completed 3 years of his cricket. He proved himself consistently inconsistent, with no brain and big mouth. He waste 15 years of Pakistan cricket to remain at one slot.

Posted by ssiddiqi on (May 19, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

Let's replace Ijaz Butt. I am sure all disputes will be resolved for ever.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

Butt has been quiet for a while and things were good. Now he has risen again and God help us all. Under this inefficient guys reign, there have been 11 captains in tests and ODIs, 3 different coaches and also numerous selection cheifs. How can you run a successfull cricket board like this when everything keeps changing. The above stats prove what a rediculous decision maker he is and he has made another one again. I am not a big fan of afridi, but if they wanted to get rid of him, surely make someone young a captain who can lead team for the next few years.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

Replacing Afridi as a captain is a right decision, however, replacing him by 37 yo Misbah is not right. If Misbah was 27, then he should have been captain for all form, but at 37, he should not even be a part of future plan.

In recent monnths, Afridi miserably failed with bat, but as a bowler and fielder he does merit a place in playing eleven if conditions are suitable for two alround spinners and a specialist spinner in the team. Otherwise, if one specialist spinner is needed then Ajmal should be in playing eleven along with Hafeez as spin alrounder.

For Ireland, Pakistan should use Azam and Hafeez as alrounders in team, and should open with Afridi instead of T. Umar. 1. Hafeez 2. Afridi/Azhar 3. Asad 4. Younis 5. Umar 6. Misbah 7. Azam 8. Salman 9. Gul 10. Wahab 11. Ajmal

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (May 19, 2011, 13:53 GMT)

One of the most ridiculous decisions in the history of cricket. How can a 37 year old can be appointed as captain? Afridi was doing a decent job and the team responded to him well. They are the world cup semi finalists,even given a minor scare to the mighty Indians in SF, and it seemed they are back on track and then comes this decision. God save Pakistan cricket. G.Srinivasan, Chennai, India.

Posted by s0ldier on (May 19, 2011, 13:53 GMT)

Just when I was thinking not much drama happening with PAK comes the twist. It's not Afridi or Misbah or any other player who wants to be in the's the PCB, it is Ijaz Butt who wants to stay in the headline always. I don't see what wrong did Afridi do, he led his team into WC Semis and was one of the top bowler in the tournament, and a passionate guy - what's the point in making Misbah the captain who is at the fag end of his career and is on the verge of losing his place any minute? Again, if it makes sense, then it can't be PCB!

Posted by Asharbhai on (May 19, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

I think this is a right move, regardless of if PCB is competent or not. Afridi is a just waste of time, he may be a OK bowler but has no commen sense, not good enough for Captain. Youns and Yousuf should comeback to team as well.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

Dr.Ejaz Butt is here to ruin pakistan cricket guys! so this decision doesn't surprise me at all!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

Afridi the best captain with lot of agression

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

Okay wait...lets be honest, Afridi doesnt really know how to captain a side.....he is too emotionally lost in situations when we need a captain to put out his best. Appointing Misbah as his replacement..........well by da looks of things, it was always on the surprise there......!!!

Posted by anurag4u10 on (May 19, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

a month b4 pcb was slammin misbah 4 his poor show in wc (especly in sf agnst india)............ now dey hav handed d crown 2 him. god helps pakistani cricket

Posted by whusane on (May 19, 2011, 13:44 GMT)

it's not the end of afridi it's the end of pakistan cricket iam an indian i watch all pakistan matches only to see afridi.he was the one who led the weakest team upto the semis in the world cup misbah is good only for test cricket not even oneday and t20.

Posted by PakistanZindabaadAlways on (May 19, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

Ok, good decision, maybe now Afridi can concentrate on his batting, but more than anything I think that joker Ijaz BUTT MUST be replaced to start a new era for PCB !!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

What the hell M. Salman is doing in this team. We need a young keeper

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

what the hell...........this is a bad idea.............afridi deserves to be Pakistan's captain

Posted by asim229 on (May 19, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

This is one of the worst decision I have seen. If there was a good replacement then I would have agreed. But they are replacing an aggressive captain who almost took PAK to worldcup final with the one who can't even bat in ODI's and couldn't wiin PAK a test match against a bottom rank team. Also they should look ffor the future rather than appointing a 37 year old captain who is close to retiring.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:36 GMT)

Ijaz Butt is 73 years old and misbah is 37. I wonder where these old horses want to take Pakistan cricket. It is already beyond destruction and frankly speaking there isn't a long way to go.

Posted by Realhotshady on (May 19, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

What a ridiculous decision by PCB. Now when they were looking like winning ODIs they gave captaincy to Misbah whose side couldn't even win a test against second tier West Indies. I thought after such a worse performance by Misbah as a captain in test, he'll be sacked from test captaincy but thanks to Butt who makes decision like his name....there's no chance Pakistan are winning now...I hope Ireland do not clean sweep the ODI series.....God save Pakistan...

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:33 GMT)

I think Pakistan Board has done wrong things. In this transisition phase of Pakistan cricket.they are not going forward instead they are going backward. It seems that they are fond of making new captains. It will not be suprising when they will call Kamran Akmal to be captain in ODI'S.

Posted by Evilpengwinz on (May 19, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

I think that in their next test, Pakistan should give each of the players a session as captain, to prepare them for captaincy in the future. And if you run out of players to be captain, bring the 12th Man on as captain, and maybe even the coaching staff :D

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

very bad decision,i think pcb managment should go home after this poor decision,Misbah who does not deserve in One Days is playing T20 for pakistan,Afridi was a good leader for pakistan team who led the tean in good way and bring pakistan in semis.we all love afridi and pcb should bring him back as captain.

Posted by K.A.K on (May 19, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

What better to expect from a butt.

Posted by HamzaAftab on (May 19, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

Very very bad decision from Pakistan cricket board. Misbha is test player. He cannot match winner as u know what he did in World cup Semi Final in 2011. Misbah is 37 year old and last stage of his cricket. There is no doubt Afridi is one of best All rounder as well as captain . but unfortunately he was not given any freedom during his captaincy. PCB Chairman Ijaz But played vital role to destroyed the cricket as he is cousin of Defense minister.. Secondly under Waqar couching Pakistan did not well. Faster blower are not bowling well they are giving lot of extra's. It was good demand by Afridi for batting couch.coz Pakistani have always batting problem. If Waqer is there why Aiqb javed?? Board and couch was also angry when Afridi consulted Imran khan and wasim akram in wolrd Cup 2011. Any way it is last and final of Pakistan cricket. I can give you 100% guarantee that Pakistan cannot won any big tournaments in next 5 to 6 year as the whole cricket structure has bee destroyed. By By By

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

They should reName PCB from Pakistan cricket Board to PCB - Punjab Cricket Board.... Ijaz Butt dosnt want Younis Khan as captain he is clearly not happy with Shoaib Malik waste of talent.. he doesnt want Mohammad Yousaf as he is scoreing centuries in the domestic season for Warwickshire, he wanted another BUTT to be captain clearly that is out of the question as he drown himself and two other talented cricketer. he was left with a choice of Afridi.... he made him captain... now he was bored with as everything was settling down well and he was not in the news so the 73 old make a change and made Misbah captain of the ODIs. i will just suggest look at Sangakara he left captaincy coz he knew he wont have a place in it for the next world Cup Misbah is 37 For GOD sake he wont be around for the champions trophy if you were unhappy with Afridi made some one captain so he can captain pakistan for the next 2 years atleast. and also tell misbah there are no DRAW MATCHES in ODIs...

Posted by husnain0000 on (May 19, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

butt this is not right Afridi is the best captin

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

this is the worse board n worse decision making misbah as captain...he is the most coward captain i have ever seen he drew 2nd test against NZ which we could win easily....if u see him playing u wud think that u watching a match of 1885 this much slow he plays...i would repeat its another Gatya decision by a Gatya Board.

Posted by Dashgar on (May 19, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

Typical Pakistan. Afridi overperforms in world cup then beats West Indies. Misbah loses to West Indies in first test? How is Misbah doing a better job than Shahid?

Posted by Angad11 on (May 19, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

There you go again, the big pak nautanki starts again.. will this ever end ? But i think it is the right decision cause atleast he has a head on his shoulders unlike afridi.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

By appointing Misbah as Captain, they have showed no intentions for future. Think about the World Cup in 4 years time when Misbah will probably be a History in Pakistan Cricket. The first thing they should have done after the World Cup is to appoint a New, energetic, spirited and patriotic Captain. I don't know how many of them are there in the current pakistan line-up but why not take a gamble and give it to someone like Hafeez or Umar Akmal? They might get more responsible when entrusted with Captaincy. Why not think in a new direction? Pakistan should get a very very good leader at the moment who can keep the team away from all the distractions and off-field dramas and who can lead for long and in all the formats of the Game, Full Stop.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

OHH MY GOD !! Now what's the point of making a 37 year old captain ... WE have to think about future and have to prepare a team for the next world cup .. Make asad shafique the captain and give him atleast 2 years !!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

just when u think Pak cricket is on right track...the PCB jokers do this....

Posted by likeintcricket on (May 19, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

Its time for Afridi to act like a senior player and a pro. He is famous for his aggressive batting and this is the time to concentrate on it and come back into form. But we all know that he is too aggressive and too outspoken and that causes a lot of trouble for everyone. He is also a very emotional person which is not good for a captain. But he is still younger than Misbah and since Pakistan Cricket team's graph always goes up and down so its not very long when people start recalling him as a captain again.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:59 GMT)

Common, what is happening in Pakistan cricket

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

nice. BUTT is showing off his great innocence.........................

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

CUTE! That's the one for future. On paper Misbah is only 37 years old. After Misbah loses the test series against WI and win the odi series against Ireland then we should appoint waqar as Skipper of the T20 team as he is two years older than Misbah, OLD is GOLD. I am looking forward to the future of Pakistan Cricket just like the country Pakistan. KUDOS....!

Posted by Notredam on (May 19, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

Irish will win series 2:0.. Come on irish juggernaut..roll patrick day..seems so fresh.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

man getting alot of wickets and all are saying he is out of form...wt d hel ppl....

Posted by reality_check on (May 19, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

Wait until Misbah says something that the PCB big wigs don't approve of or if he loses the ODI series against Ireland then they will "re-appoint" Afridi as captain and this whole PCB tamasha will continue as expected.

Posted by shabeebhussain786 on (May 19, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

very worst decision politics coming in cricket sardari should change chairman ijaz butt and put new chairman ijaz but can talk to media y afridi should not talk??? shame on cricket

Posted by 270380 on (May 19, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

Good riddance. There is difference between being aggressive and arrogant. Afridi was very arrogant. His out of turn statements were distasteful. His batting form is pathetic. Though Misbah's choice also is not right. On the whole nothing is right about Pakistan's cricket. Imran Khan are you hearing

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

To appoint Misbah as Captain of ODI team is a good decision for Afridi and Team Pakistan. Afridi is a real asset for the team and whilst he was captain his batting was suffering. Now let us hope that he can concentrate 100% on his game and become a true match winner for Pakistan.

Posted by vipinchaudhary2325 on (May 19, 2011, 12:36 GMT)

36 and a half year old person is made a captain.... is dat good for future.... i think umar akmal should be made captain now... he is agressive player... and can be a gud captain as well

Posted by zeshu34 on (May 19, 2011, 12:34 GMT)

That's just insane! How could sack a captain who took u to world cup semi finals and almost won it. He recently won the series against WI & performed well against NZ. Mr Hijra Butt should get sack. He is destroying Pakistan's cricket getting involve in team selction. Waqar younis should stick to his job and let captain do his job.

@Abbas Saqib Man u have put totally irrelevent points. Afridi was highest wicket take in the world cup and he is much much better then Abdur Rehman. Afridi is performing brilliantlt from last year. Hafeez has said that in his interviews that he gain confidence under Afridi's leadership. Misbah is too old to be captain, he can never play run a ball he takes so much time to get set and always waste so many balls which bring pressure on other players.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:34 GMT)

I think it is a poor decision. Afiridi can only bowl in One Day and can motivate the team. Its the PCB bored managers they need to sack. Misbah is coming to the end of his time. Please someone find a another Imran Khan!!! They also need to find educated players so can speak well with the likes of Asif Iqbal, Rameez, Imran Khan and Waseem. And Please for God sake get a bloody good Batting coach!!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

hhahaa taufiq umar... this pakistanii will never go up in cricket, they will bring Javed Mindad in team one day... Bring youngsters Butt, u are just a Butt

Posted by IMIM on (May 19, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

Very good attempt by PCB. A captain should deserve the place in the team and Afirdi does not deserve any place in team. Just wait after few months he will be out of the team, Hammad Azam will take his place.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (May 19, 2011, 12:27 GMT)

@dark_night_range: "nd i hope Misbah doesnt act like afridi". You mean win Test series like Afridi won ODI series? No, don't worry Misbah will neveer act like Afridi.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

this is absurd - why cant they persist someone for some time who is deliverring - whay cant they take his comments and develop an appropriate startegy - what kind of captain they wanty a goof who does not have a mind and will not say anything like a cow - Mr PCB you make us sick.

Posted by CricketChat on (May 19, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

1) Sacking Afridi was always on the cards once he started disclosing confidential team information to media and public. 2) It is only logical they appoint Misbah now as he was not a certainty in ODI format until recently. 3) Afridi can still contribute to PAK team's cause. He should get back to what he does best, smack the ball around and bowl his overs tight in his remaining time in international cricket. 4) Younis is past his best in short formats and should be only in Test team. His place should be given to promising players to build future. 5) Glad they haven't brought back Yousuf again. He is finished as int cricketer.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (May 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

The reason is clear. Afridi won first 3 ODI and would have won next two had Waqar Younis not experimented with the team in preparation of the test. Misbah lost the first test and even if he wins the second, he can not win the series. PCB can not tolerate a winning captain.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

what stupidity PCB

cant you have patience

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

BUTT IS REALLY A "BUTT" (you know what i mean)

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

its shoking decision from a person who deserve to read news paper in any club rather then performing as PCB chief,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by TestIP on (May 19, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

Misbah is a waste. He wanted this for a long time and has been playing selfish cricket to get to this. Because of his selfish batting pakistan lost to india in the WC semi. He is too defensive as a captain and pakistan will not beat anyone under him. This is a joke. Afridi is a more attacking captain and by far has done better than Misbah. Change the management in the pakistan cricket before it is too late.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

bad decision.........misbah is in twilight of his career...........umar akmal could have been a man for the future..........but pakistani adminstration wud never learn from mistakes

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

It is the right decision. All the players and especially the Captain are regarded an ambassador of the country with a lot more responsibility on and off the field. Respecting the Code of conduct is an essential part of a responsible and discipline. He is also out of form lately and perhaps needs a break.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

@sheharyar shakir khan

'common butt' doesn't sound correct.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

Its so unfortunate I bet all Pakistani cricket fans have one thing in common right now and that is they must be after BUTT`s head. It is a total shocker....

Pakistan a country gifted with so many talented people yet they have the worst leadership one could ever imagine. And that is why we pay, we fail and we are left bewildered through out the world.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

i think its only for the freaking Ireland games , BTW Afridi's batting has not been convincing at all and so is his bowling agains WI. Eventually PCB has to name a new ODI/Test Captain I think Mohammad Hafeez will be a good candidate for long term. I agree we are going no where with these sudden changes !!! Ijaz Butt needs to be fired ASAP !!!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

Wat buut????dont hv mind.............!

Posted by TeamSelector on (May 19, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

I think it was fine the way it was before ........ Misbah for Tests .......... & Afridi for the shorter formats ........ Butt who knows :-) I don't care how many catches Kamran Akmal drop, I would still pick him any day over Mohamed Salman .......... & where the heck are Mohamed Yousuf & Asim Kamal ???

1-Afridi, 2-Hafeez, 3-Azhar Ali, 4-Younis, 5-Misbah, 6- Asad Shafiq (wk), 7-Umar Akmal, 8-Hammad Azam, 9-Umar Gul, 10- Wahab Riaz, 11-Saeed Ajmal.

Posted by revolution72 on (May 19, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

Be Ready to lose against IRELAND...

Posted by Arthaurian on (May 19, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

I try supporting Pakistan but they keep on repelling me to the point where i hope they just loose.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

basically whoever is captain, pak need to find some reliable batsmen. bowling is good, batting is below average. if we find two more good batsmen, we will win more games than we lose.

Posted by irfans1 on (May 19, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

Hafeez could be the better option for oDI's and T20 captaincy, or may be he is a current vice captain for all formats? do anyone knows?

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

Very Very bad decision by PCB!!!!!Ijaz Butt rocks again!!!!

Posted by ankitbhat on (May 19, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

perfect decision by PCB .... Misbah is the right man to lead Pakistan ........ he is experienced, sensible, cool minded ........... i am an Indian and i hope Pakistan does well under Misbah`s leadership

Posted by Hasso29 on (May 19, 2011, 12:03 GMT)

total disaster for PAKISTANI cricket!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

Oh someone please get us rid of this Stuid Butt!!!! Such a neuseance, he does not even deserve to be a clerk in some office let apart be a board chairman.

Posted by abu.prabu on (May 19, 2011, 12:01 GMT)

who ever be the captain or coach, just remove butt.

Posted by dark_night_ranger on (May 19, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

nd i hope Misbah doesnt act like afridi,,,,,,,by becoming the captain and straightaway thinking of taking the whole control,,.,,,,,

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

Well done PCB to employ Misbah as a Captain. He is the ideal man to lead the team who is capable to lead with sparking his batting. He should be given long term license. and Afridi should bring back as a opener since over the last few years he played lower order and failure to build a solid innings. All the best Misbah.

Posted by Prakhs on (May 19, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

Afridi was a good aggressive ODI captain for Pak given the current transition phase of pakistan cricket team. A captain who can come hard at the critics. Misbah is good in tests but he shouldn't be made the ODI captain. Performance wise also Afridi's team has done well enough to keep the selectors happy, if public statements are d only reason 4 removing him then GOD only save pakistan cricket. Its d same thing which is happening in d WICB, the mgmnt n board members want the players to dance on their tunes. Sorry mate. Its d players who go out there and perform for the country. If the team looses the players are critisized more than the selectors. Hv u ever heard of a selector's house being flamed because of a team's looses a match; the answer is NO. They should atleast give some liberty to d players to have a say in mgmnt n not just follow orders. Damn.. I hate it when the mgmnt spoil d career of gud cricketers. Its more entertaining 2 c Afridi leading from d front than a boring Misbah

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

common butt! what are you doing?????????

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

such a pOor decision ..........afridi is a g8 leader of pak team he is one of them

Posted by dark_night_ranger on (May 19, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

i guess PCB has made a right decision by making Misbah the new captain,,,,,,coz afridi's performance was getting poorer as the days were passing on,,,, ,,,,,,,may be it could be the burden of the captaincy or his relations with waqar and the board,,,,,,,,I hope afridi can now focus on his personal performance and perform well in the coming pakistan series.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

oh MY GOD we have got to horrible budhas , they gonna finish Pakistan cricket , what a blander ,

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

In my very honest opinion, Afridi is currently batting so badly, and its been while since he has batted better, he does not deserve to be play as an all rounder, actually he should be sent as 11th batsman, because even Abdur Rahman and Wahab Riaz have shown better batting talent. Now, if he is actally playing as a bowler, he does not deserve to be selected because we already have far better spinners like Ajmal, Rahman and Hafeez. Other than Afridi, Taufiq Umar is another burden, a constant failure who is in team only due to favoritism.He is with team since a century and has not improved a millimeter.Selectors are rewarding him at the stake of talented openers like Naved Yaseen and Umar Amin. I am afraid Umar Gul is also in the team only on his reputation.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

Stupid Dicision , He was settling as captain ,,,musical chair started up,if they wanted to change ODI Captain ,that could be Muhammad Hafeez for future , ithink Hafeez can be Captain till the Next World Cup ,With Current senior players are at their last couple of season We should focus on future ,,,Misbah cant live long as player and captain till next world cup.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

Some one ask Afridi, Why he was disclosing team management meeting details to his media friends?

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

This is absolute disaster for Pakistan Cricket, changing captain almost in every series is not good....Five captains in just three years for ODI's and six for tests in the same is just showing the lack of leadership in the PCB....I have no words that how bad I am feeling right now....I'll just pray and hope for the best for the Pakistan Cricket....

Posted by Claremont7 on (May 19, 2011, 11:42 GMT)

It is the right decision. All the players and especially the Captain are regarded an ambassador of the country with a lot more responsibility on and off the field. Respecting the Code of conduct is an essential part of a responsible and discipline. He is also out of form lately and perhaps needs a break.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

i think its a not good idea...............its shacking for pakistan cricket that man gave proud pakistan cricket ...............and gave confidence to pakistan cricket so its a very very very very bad idea

Posted by Psychopathetikka on (May 19, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

Ijaz Butts in again!!! :)

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

I think the person to be thrown out of pakistan cricket is waqar younis himself,bcoz his plannings as a coach are complete failure as we have recenly witnessed the games where pak lost more due to bad planning rather than bad captaincy.the decision to sack afridi is unjustified and unfortunate for pak cricket as this team was grooming well and unity in team was flowing under his leadership.

Posted by sporty75293 on (May 19, 2011, 11:40 GMT)


Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

Here we go again.... ahahahahha pakistan...

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:36 GMT)

now misbah playing like test cricket in odi and pakistan losing their 2 matches vs ireliend

Posted by Saim93 on (May 19, 2011, 11:30 GMT)

As usual Ijaz butt interferes and wants everyone to kiss his feet, this is why Pakistan cricket has gone down to the dumps and will continue to do so,. As for the article saying that Afridi has led to victories against lower strength opposition i dont agree as New Zealand and West Indies hardly classify as minnows. Misbah recently lost the first test against west indies and hes the one whos been made the captain now. Ireland are even weaker than NZ and WI so a win against them wont mean anything for Misbahs captaincy!

Posted by Saad-H on (May 19, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

So.............. things were a bit settled. Lets do something.........Philosophy of PCB!

Posted by Haleos on (May 19, 2011, 11:16 GMT)

The circus continues as usual. Neways Afridi is highly overrated as an all rounder and the thantrams that he throws is a bad example for youngsters.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

I didnt see much wrong with afridi, but i like the idea of having the same captain for all formats of cricket. Misbah, like afridi , leads from the front, where afridi is more a bowler, misbah carries the batting and everyone can look up to him. I think azhar ali deserves his call up, ahmed shehzad has been doing harm to the team with his constant low scores. He has a couple big scores which shows he has the talent , but he is too inconsistent so that change was needed. salahuddin was miserable in his 2 ODI's vs west indies and There is no suprise Younis is back in team , that will strengthen the batting. still no abdul razzaq tho? cmon he is quality allrounder he needs to be there, and batting number 3 , not 8...

Posted by nasir159 on (May 19, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

ahemd shezad should have been giving another chance because he preformed better than asad shafiq in the Wi-Pak ODI series

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

the pcb selection committee of the pakistan is very had done very stupid job by sacking boom boom as a pakistan skipper .............well the coach waquir younis should be sacked...........the captain has full rights to make an on field call becoz he is in the middle not coach........

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Absolutely appalling. The Pakistani side was starting to look settled, and now they change the captain. Afridi was a such a good captain, encouraging players and constantly motivating them. I'm an Indian, but I admire Afridi for his leadership qualities. I remember, in the WC Semi-final vs India, his team mates dropped Sachin like crazy, but he kept his cool. Never even shouted at them. Oh well, if Pakistani cricket doesn't help itself, no one else will.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Wah ray PCB, all the cricket boards replaces their old age caption with young one... but PCB replace Afridi with Misbah @ 38 years old.

Posted by vivrichards82 on (May 19, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

what???? i dont think its the right decision!! the damnn board always make dumb decisions.. nothing to take away from Misbah, but Afridi was grooming into a great skipper..his aggressive style suits one day captaincy and t-20.. good things happening for long time for PAK cricket never happens..utter disappointment I MUST SAY!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 11:05 GMT)

its a depleted side........pak at its all time low

Posted by switchmitch on (May 19, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

There we go round the Mulberry bush...

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

After the worst decision of sacking afridi as a captain, Inclusion of Azhar ali in one day squad is beyond my imaginations....

Posted by Farhan88 on (May 19, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

God Bless team Pakistan... Now Pak will go for draws in ODIs as well........

Posted by zorifshab on (May 19, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

PCB has no other work rather than changing captains...They are ruining the careers of the talented players for the last decade...The govt should remove Ejaz Butt from that post who has spoil pakistan cricket...If this teams plays continously for 1 year even if they are loosing or winning....they will make a great impact on it. and even they can win the 2015 world cup too. 1.Mohd Hafeez 2.Kamran Akmal 3.Younis Khan 4.Misbah-ul-haq 5.Umar Akmal 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Shoaib Malik 8.Shahid Afridi 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Umar Gul 11.Wahab Riaz 12.Junaid Khan 13.Asad shafiq 14.Abdul Rehman 15.Imran Nazir

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:43 GMT) more captaincy change

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

HAfeez can be a better choice...By looking at Misbah's age factor.....Afridi can be more potent if he plays as a player. Captaincy effects his batting..

Posted by shaalim on (May 19, 2011, 10:40 GMT)

Simply a reward to Misbah on his Performance against India in World Cup, Pakistani's don't like to see Misbah in ODI squad; Operation Clean Up is required in PCB using top down approach.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:39 GMT)

Ijaz Butt is an idiot, Period

Posted by malik86 on (May 19, 2011, 10:39 GMT)

is afridi is permanently replaced?wt da hel z going on?pcb wil nt let settle pak cric....

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:39 GMT)

this is really outrageous!!!....anyways the saga of being unpredictable continues...

Posted by smartguy786 on (May 19, 2011, 10:38 GMT)

Musical chairs continues............

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

Ha ha!! What do the Afridi lovers have to say now? : P : P

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

when will the problems in Pak cricket be over. If this continues then i feel that within the next 2 years all the members of the Pak team will be captain atleast for a day. It is so pathetic.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

They want to make ODI matches as boring as Test matches! :(

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

what a bad move ........god knows what happing in pakistan cricket ...such a agresive guy out of captaincy.......just learn from our neighbiours guys..

Posted by Artani_11 on (May 19, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

Weldone Afridi! this is a much awaited gift for you from PCB for fantastic performance in ICC WC 2011 and then a rare away series win in West Indies.

Very Weldone Misbah! This a gift for you for lost to weakest test side in the world.

Cheer Up PCB

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

what we cam say there is one man roll in the affairs of cricket in Pakistan, an old man with the sport of politician is doing what he want, he also never listen to members oif Parliment. He is the man who is destroying the stracture of cricket as long as he is there you could not find a positive results what a surprised a captain who lost the test against the weakest side of cricket he was given the charge of ODIs as well. If Afridi not playing as captain than thee is no chance for him to play as regular player, because he is out of farm and there are more capable spiners who proved them-self better than Afridi .

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

And we are going to mess up Pakistan Cricket once again... Thanks Mr. Butt...

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

crazy, I feel they should stick with Kamran or get down Sarfraz, this Muhammad Salman is pathetic - even if they do take Sarfraz, they should have Kamran as a batsman , that will enhance the performance of Umar Akmal by far the most effective batsman of Pakistan , and I went through a few innings of Kamran on youtube, he surely has talent , and batting skills, and is way better than SALMAN !

Drop Wahab Riaz or Tanveer Ahamed and getdown Jamshed or Anwar Ali Khan of the triumphant U-19 squad.

Get Abdul Razzaq back !!!! Drop Taufeeq Umar and send Afridi as an opener !

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:29 GMT)


Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

So now they have a guy who failed as a test captain, practically lost Pakistan the Semi-Final against India; taking over from Afridi who was the highest wicket in the world cup ... (highest wickets in least matches) who won the last two ODI series and got the team to third ranking in the World Cup?. This management sucks.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:26 GMT)

Whats wrong with Afridi??? why mesbah has been selected??? This cricket team has always problem with themselves, they should banned from international cricket. Their management is so poor as usual.

Posted by Manee94 on (May 19, 2011, 10:26 GMT)

Salman is too poor of a batsman to be pakistan's first choice keeper, haider and especially sarfraz ahmed are much better options...

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:22 GMT)

expect big runs from him(afridi)

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

Mission Accomplished......MISBAH the Mastermind.....:p

Posted by Nabeell on (May 19, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

oh finally Misbah is rewarded against his match winning performance against India for India in India !!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

well i dont think thats a positive decision younis iz better then misbah n misbah iz gud for test not one dayers but i hope he'll improve his batting in odis good luck misbah

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:18 GMT)

Awesome, great response to Afridi's good performance. and a great reward for Misbah for making India win the semi final and loosing the first test. When the hell will butt leave Pakistan cricket.

Posted by AnandSampath on (May 19, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

From now on Afridi will delibrately play poorly .. Pakistan should remove him feom the team as well...

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

bad decision by PCB. Afridi pull the team when there was no Asif, Aamir. Pak Team will again go down. Best of luck pak team

Posted by SadaqatBukhari on (May 19, 2011, 10:15 GMT)

Afridi was very good captain. Misbah is very much defensive player. Instead of replacing the Afridi Ijaz Butt must be replaced with new chairman. This will really increase politics in the team. Ijaz Butt is very poor in decision making.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

What the hell ? PCB SUCKS!!!!! Wha is Younis doing in odis ? Why not give Kamran another chance ? Salman useles...even Gul will score more runs than him. For heaven sake umar akmal shld come at 3 or 4....Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!

Posted by wambling_future on (May 19, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

What a shame... what a shame... PCB you did it again. The musical chair game with captaincy continues in Pakistan. I wonder how Afridi will be feeling in the dressing room and what will be the overall environment there.

Posted by muzdawg on (May 19, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

Great. The guy who loses a test match against quite possibly the worst W.Indies team in....well ever is promoted. Isn't he close to retirement age too? What a joke.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

Lol!! This must be the biggest joke in the history of Pakistan Cricket!!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:05 GMT)

This is Bad Decision !!!!

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