Pakistan in Ireland 2011 May 25, 2011

Afridi pulls out of Ireland ODIs

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Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has withdrawn from the squad for the two one-day internationals against Ireland later this month for personal reasons, according to a PCB official.

"Afridi has informed PCB that due to the illness of his father he had to stay longer in USA, so he would be unable to join the squad for Ireland." PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar told ESPNcricinfo.

The pull-out comes after days of speculation about Afridi's unhappiness at the decision to remove him as captain, with some local reports even suggesting he would retire from the game altogether, though there is no indication yet that this is the case. Last week the board chose to replace Afridi as ODI captain with Misbah-ul-Haq, despite the former having led Pakistan to the semi-final of the World Cup.

Pakistan are expected to arrive in Ireland on Wednesday, with the two games scheduled for May 28 and 30. The board will not be sending a replacement for Afridi.

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.

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  • on May 27, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    I wish Afridi could speak some other langauge of Pakistan other than Urdiu, Pashto and English -then definitely he would had not been sacked.

  • on May 26, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    For those who think there's no cricket without Afridi should seriously switch to another sport. It's fun to watch him hit sixes whenever he does, but what he plays is not real cricket. He is a good leg spinner with many variations, but he shouldn't be taking up an all rounder spot in the team. Abdul Razzaq or Hammad Azam deserve that spot.

  • Joby_George on May 26, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Iam an Indian Supporter but i still believe that paksitan has the best bunch of players in the world. PCB or its officials never tried to set up a team. What actually they lack? They got world class players. Younis Khan should lead the side; he is a thinking captain among Pakistani players. It's a great lose to cricket with a group of class players not being utilized properly.

  • on May 26, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Ireland is not an important series - Afridi still has his value as a star presence in the field and has performed as captain- he will return after a needed break. However, being in important position of captain, it is one to have personal opinion another to turn it in to a public statement - this country needs friends at this point.

  • TMA11 on May 26, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    THEY SHUD BRING BACK RAZZAQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • M_Naskhan on May 26, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Without Afridi cricket is no meaning.

  • on May 26, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    One thing for sure that Afridi lacks the decision making power and also not the authority to negotiate the terms with Pathetic PCB officials. We all should appraise Imran Khan as he was the true man who dealt both with the board and the team of his times. Afridi, if would have acted responsibly should have resigned after the world cup. I really appreciate his skills being a leg spinner and also how he managed the segregated paki team in the world cup. To the best of my analysis, it was a very good effort by Afridi to take this team to the semis. He should has resigned as soon as he gets back from the World Cup and people might have respected him more. I don't know the reason why our players have such mentality to earn the respect at the proper time. Look at Gilchrist - he resigned at his peak same as Hayden. But our players are cheap enough to fancy their chances to get back into the team again. It's not that I am against Pakistan team, i love my team and country. Plz pray for PAK CRKT

  • dmqi on May 26, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    I hope they bring Razzaque bak to replace Afridi. They should bring back Yusuf too. Why are the selectors so naive?

  • on May 26, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    The history of PaK- Cricket will never see other BOOM BOOM! it the challenge... May Allah reward him for he has done for Pakistan Cricket, PCB is not an organ that could celebrate his best.....

  • myaqoob on May 26, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    What about Abdul Razack ,who has won more matches then afridi ,was dropped after world cup and forced to bat at no-8.What a waste of talent.After playing more than 300 matches afrdi does not have clue,how to bat .Now they are playing hafeez for long term who has an avg of 24 in all formats of game.lol.Afridi has to be like imran khan and bat at the top of order.bring Razack,shoaib malik,imran nazir back.Make umer Akmal Keeper in odis and 2020's

    My side for ODIs will be. Mohd Hafeez Imran Nazir Abdul Razack Shahid afridi Younis Khan Azher Ali Umar Akmal Mishba ul haq Shaib Malik Umer Gul Wahab Riaz

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    I wish Afridi could speak some other langauge of Pakistan other than Urdiu, Pashto and English -then definitely he would had not been sacked.

  • on May 26, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    For those who think there's no cricket without Afridi should seriously switch to another sport. It's fun to watch him hit sixes whenever he does, but what he plays is not real cricket. He is a good leg spinner with many variations, but he shouldn't be taking up an all rounder spot in the team. Abdul Razzaq or Hammad Azam deserve that spot.

  • Joby_George on May 26, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Iam an Indian Supporter but i still believe that paksitan has the best bunch of players in the world. PCB or its officials never tried to set up a team. What actually they lack? They got world class players. Younis Khan should lead the side; he is a thinking captain among Pakistani players. It's a great lose to cricket with a group of class players not being utilized properly.

  • on May 26, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Ireland is not an important series - Afridi still has his value as a star presence in the field and has performed as captain- he will return after a needed break. However, being in important position of captain, it is one to have personal opinion another to turn it in to a public statement - this country needs friends at this point.

  • TMA11 on May 26, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    THEY SHUD BRING BACK RAZZAQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • M_Naskhan on May 26, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Without Afridi cricket is no meaning.

  • on May 26, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    One thing for sure that Afridi lacks the decision making power and also not the authority to negotiate the terms with Pathetic PCB officials. We all should appraise Imran Khan as he was the true man who dealt both with the board and the team of his times. Afridi, if would have acted responsibly should have resigned after the world cup. I really appreciate his skills being a leg spinner and also how he managed the segregated paki team in the world cup. To the best of my analysis, it was a very good effort by Afridi to take this team to the semis. He should has resigned as soon as he gets back from the World Cup and people might have respected him more. I don't know the reason why our players have such mentality to earn the respect at the proper time. Look at Gilchrist - he resigned at his peak same as Hayden. But our players are cheap enough to fancy their chances to get back into the team again. It's not that I am against Pakistan team, i love my team and country. Plz pray for PAK CRKT

  • dmqi on May 26, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    I hope they bring Razzaque bak to replace Afridi. They should bring back Yusuf too. Why are the selectors so naive?

  • on May 26, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    The history of PaK- Cricket will never see other BOOM BOOM! it the challenge... May Allah reward him for he has done for Pakistan Cricket, PCB is not an organ that could celebrate his best.....

  • myaqoob on May 26, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    What about Abdul Razack ,who has won more matches then afridi ,was dropped after world cup and forced to bat at no-8.What a waste of talent.After playing more than 300 matches afrdi does not have clue,how to bat .Now they are playing hafeez for long term who has an avg of 24 in all formats of game.lol.Afridi has to be like imran khan and bat at the top of order.bring Razack,shoaib malik,imran nazir back.Make umer Akmal Keeper in odis and 2020's

    My side for ODIs will be. Mohd Hafeez Imran Nazir Abdul Razack Shahid afridi Younis Khan Azher Ali Umar Akmal Mishba ul haq Shaib Malik Umer Gul Wahab Riaz

  • KingofBlades on May 26, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    I hope Afridi's father gets better soon...its sad that we wont get teh best player playing for the country to fight against ireland. If ireland can make 2 300's in the wc while pakistan can only make on against kenya because they gave a BUNCH of extras...o.O oh boy this should be interesting

  • on May 26, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    I heard someone saying Afridi on the basis of performance didnt even qualify to be a part of this team. Hello!!! who was the top wicket taker of the world cup??? Even if he plays as a bowler and bats at number 11, he still qualify to play for Pakistan. As for as captaincy is concerned, Afridi shouldnt be bothered. What so special about the captaincy anyway. For Pakistan players, captaincy is a curse. So avoid it!!!

  • on May 25, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    @mso797, first of all I believe Pakistan should always select best XI players to represent the country irrespective of age. For the two ODIs against Ireland I have selected from the fifteen men squad already announced keeping a balance between experience and youth. You need experience and mature players in the team so that upcoming youngsters can be guided. In the squad there are six upcoming youngsters and I have chosen three in the final XI i.e. Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam and Wahab Riaz. In fact I would prefer to drop the wicket keeper as I am not impressed by him and for Umar Akmal to keep wicket thus allowing Azhar or Shafiq to be included in the XI although I think they are more test players. I am aware there are some upcoming youngsters such as Shehzad, Umar Amin, Sadaf Hussain, Sarfraz Ahmed and Junaid Khan, just to name a few and I hope they get their opportunities in time to become permanent members of the first XI.

  • mso797 on May 25, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    @Vaseem Siddiqi your squad is full of oldies against a minnow side with the afganistan series clashing with this we should of just filled the side with pakistan A and young kids and then make pakistan A the regular pakistan side so the cricket starved people of pakistan can see the stars of the country

  • on May 25, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    we all know how the player is treated in pakistan after being replaced from captaincy , just hope afridi doesnt get dishearted by the politics of ijaz butt and keep on entertaining the whole country . BOOM BOOM AFRIDI !!!!!!!!!

  • on May 25, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    and why is everybody talking about his batting? he was the best bowler in WC 2011, his mere presence in the field keeps the whole team fighting, we never lost a match with out fighting in Afridi's captaincy, the way he huddles with the team, its an all-round performance that Afridi is all about!

  • on May 25, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    its sad to see Afridi being treated like this. he made the one after the spot fixing scandal, he united the whole team, gelled them together, against Eng, SA, two of the best sides 2-3 in ODIs, then won the series against NZ, won the match against the top teams SL & Aus, when Pakistan were clearly taken as losers, he proved his side was worth the big title of WC, and then the way he said sorry to nation after loosing to India. what a wonderful human he is. for how long are we going to do this with our heroes!! Pakistan loves to Boom Boom Afridi. we love you Afridi

  • on May 25, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    @cric_fanatics: would you mind looking at ur stupid IPL for God's sake. Afridi was the best bowler in WC 2011, take that!

  • on May 25, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    I do not know why people are getting upset. Afridi has withdrawn due to personal reasons against a minnow team. This does not mean he has retired. I know PCB is not very well managed but I think this time it was a right decision to make Misbah captain also for the ODI team and he should remain test and ODI captain as long as he performs with the bat. By making Misbah captain it is a great opportunity for Afridi to fully concentrate on his game, particularly his batting which has been non existent for sometime. If he fails to perform both with bat and ball perhaps than it may be time to say goodbye to him just like Razzaq who I would not have in the team because his bowling is no longer effective. A replacement for Afridi/Razzaq has already been identified, Hammad Azam and he should be developed for the future. My XI for ODI against Ireland would be: 1. Hafeez, 2. Taufeeq, 3. Yunus, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Misbah, 6. Hammad, 7. Wicket keeper, 8. Rehman/Tanvir, 9. Gul, 10. Wahab, 11. Ajmal.

  • USAPakCricFollower on May 25, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    I am amazed at the irrational thinking of my fellow Pakistanis. Afridi does not even qualify to be on the team based on his performance and lack of maturity, much less to be the captain. The captain leads from the front. Even if he does not score big, at minimum he should have shown the patience and strategy required for the mement. But no, he goes out playing irresponsible shots regardless of the situation. His bowling alone does not carry him. People quote his total runs and sixes etc. in ODI - hello people, it took him over 300 matches to do that. His stats are POOR! I for one say good riddence. Let him improve his performance and then try for the team again.

  • aalkafi on May 25, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Why everyone is so upset that Afridi is opting out of the series. Lets see what happens with Misbah. He seems to be a composed person and a good planner; now that no Afridi let Misbah handle the matches and see how he comes out of this. You never know - you may have good things to say about this in the end. However, PCB cannot keep flip flopping with captains/players. And the players also have responsibility to not create circus every other day. My personal view - Afridi was never a captainship material and if Misbah can hang on to his performance for another 2 years, a long term captain can be emerged for the current crop of players. A team doen not transform into a world beater in a day; it takes few years of planning and dedication. Enjoy!

  • on May 25, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    truly said 4 boom boom cricket never has and never will see another like him........ v see criket bcoz ov u.. cum back LALA.....V MISS U!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hassan.Farooqi on May 25, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Mission accomplished. Pakistan cricket is now devoid of any super stars. Now this is a team no country would want to invite as it would not draw any crowd. Except minnows like Ireland or those teams who are even more pathetic e.g. West Indies. Good job Mr. Butt.

  • aussies_fast-track_bullies on May 25, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Good bye Cricket... i guess I will have no reason to follow this game anymore if Afridi quits :(

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @Maqsood....I don't see a point in waiting for Afridi to bat and enjoy his cricket for 6-7 balls that he plays. it takes me longer to pee than his batting innings. He is a bad influence on the rest of the team. What is wrong with people? We barely have any batsmen left who have enough patience and temprament to stay on the crease for more than a few overs.

  • Bhatin on May 25, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    @Mmeeran, I understand that you are a strong supporter of Pakistan team and want to see them on top of the world and your suggestions are good, but don't say they will always be no. 1.To be honest, Pakistan even with all top players is most unpredictable team which can be beaten by anyone and who can beat anyone. The fact is that barring few exceptions, Pakistan lack in real application out which is core for the success. The attitude for many players over the years have been questionable. And above all, will the captain remain for 5 years in first place ?. In all formats together, Pakistan had 11 captains in last 3 years. The biggest problem in Pakistan cricket is the self centered PCB - Izaz Butt. As long as he is in power, Pakistan cricket is going to be a mess. First priority should be to separate the PCB from political influence and take on from there.

  • Baundele on May 25, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    This is the one of the rare right decisions made by the pcb in recent time. If any of the superstars like Afridi, Razzak or Akmal could bat around Misbah, they would have been playing in the world cup final and might be even the champion. Even a bowler like Wahab Riaz staying longer with him could do it. He played completely according to the situation and to his credit could accelerate when it was needed. None of the superstars helped him building a partnership.

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Come on Boom Boom Dont retire yet!!, we still want 300+ odi sixes from you :).....A record that will stay yours inshallah!!

  • Baundele on May 25, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    You never know, Afridi can still change his mind and come back to play and Misbah may be replaced as the captain by Kamran Akmal. It is Pakistan cricket - predictably unpredictable.

  • on May 25, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    this is a right decision by afridi himself of not going on the tour there was noo justice in removing him he is much better the misbah actually

  • on May 25, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Good decision by Boom Boom, we fully stand by you. Its so embarrassing but the guy who led Pakistan to defeat against India in the semi-final (Misbah wasted 30+ balls in his snail paced knock) is rewarded with the captaincy and the one who almost one them a world cup single handedly is shown the door. Excellent work Butt, you should be given a charge of operating a black board. But Alas this is Pakistan!!!

  • mmeeran on May 25, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Pakistan team has very good talent but the problem is their unity. To gain the top spot in all forms of cricket I have few suggestions to PCB.

    1. PCB should choose all the players of below 30 age (Max 32). 2. PCB should select one captain for all the formats of cricket (target at least for 5 years). 3. PCB should select the 11 players in this format 3 Batsmen, 1 Wicket Keeper Batsmen, 3 All Rounder's & 4 Bowlers. 4. PCB should increase the pay scale for all their players. 5. PCB should hire two foreign coaches for Batting and Fielding respectively. 6. PCB should conduct a monthly meeting for discipline & improvement of game. 7. PCB should select the Batsmen whose domestic average should be 40 plus. 8. PCB selection committee should have very good communication with their players.

    Following all the above points, they will always be number one team in the world & none can beat them in any format of cricket.

    Thank you very much for reading my article.

    Have a nice day.

  • on May 25, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    @cric_fanatics: You are seeing only one aspect of the Afridi's performance. He said several time that treat him as a bowler first. If his batting clicks than it it bonus. AND THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT HE IS WORLD CLASS BOWLER

  • CricketChat on May 25, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Hope this is not the end of Afridi's career. Thought he still had a good couple of yrs left in him for short formats. If he does chose to retire from int games, T20 is always round the corner these days in several countries, so we might still see him scatter the ball around for some more time.

  • GreenCrazy on May 25, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Afridi is the best captain for ODIs than Misbah. We need Afridi as captain. Cricket board members got crazy..

  • on May 25, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    i was gonna see this match live but if afridi is not playing there is no point to go watch he is the player to watch n enjoy his cricket...

  • on May 25, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Afridi is Pakistan's most loved son, most loved cricketer. He should be the one leading our team in the WorldCup 2015. If Afridi is made to leave in this fashion, I will have no reason left to keep watching cricket.

  • opti17 on May 25, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    cric_fanatics! Perhaps you failed to realize Afridi is not a specialist batsman; he is an allrounder. How many allrounders can you name with 300+ wickets in ODI's and 6500+ runs? Let me help you here- Not Many. Afridi is no Imran Khan or Sir Ian Botham or Kapil Dev but he is among the most exciting cricketers ever to have played this game. We all criticize his batting, his selection of shots and the timings of his shots but all those characteristics of his batting make him what he is. Admittedly he has not fulfilled all the promise and many a time left his fans livid but his tragic flaws make him all the more exciting cricketer. Now that he is near his retirement or may well have played his last international game it is fair to say cricket world will not be the same without him. Lets hope he carries on for a little while more. Boom Boom Afridi!!!!

  • lovemee on May 25, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    well did some one started comparing a bowling allarounder with his batting performancess??? common dude u must b kidding 2 call shaun,oram,vetori etc etc a long list comes under the rare species of people called as bowling allrounders ..moreover he is fearsome need proof watch any match pakistan plays no team celibrates victory when afridi is standing or remains to cme beause dy knw his potental

  • Adeel-Shehzad on May 25, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    I think this is the right move by PCB, Afridi doesn't have the ability to lead the side nor he has the ability to play according to the situation...very inconsistent performer...but should be a part of the team as a leg spinner...Misbah, on the other hand, very calm and sharp minded & he is the right choice to be named as captain of the Pakistan team..

  • on May 25, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Misbah is the best selection for the CAPTAIN to Pakistan side at the moment. If Afridi remain as a CAPTAIN, he wont concentrate on his BATTING. But I think we miss Mr.Boom Boom for the upcoming 2 ODIs against Ireland.

  • Stark62 on May 25, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Good decision by Afridi!

    We'll see how long Misbah can last and how "great" he is.

    I didn't watch the 2nd test match vs Windies and I'm defo not watching this series with Ireland, without Afridi being involved.

  • cric_fanatics on May 25, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    good player..??/..whom are you kidding...avg of 23..??..still managed to play 300 matches..that is his only achievement...may be he wanted to save the embarrassment of 2 more ducks to his name...good ploy to quit...

  • Navaid-Hussain on May 25, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    It's batter to stay way for time being not only to give time himself and also review won mistakes as well. do not gete emotional also.

  • on May 25, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Get well Papa Afridi. You'll be missed on the field Shahid.

  • wambling_future on May 25, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Not surprising at all and neither if he announces retirement.

  • anver777 on May 25, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Even without Afridi Pak will win easily against Ireland under Misbah !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shakzz on May 25, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    There 's no other reason to love cricket if afridi quits cricket.. And that too in this fashion.PCB never understands player's intensity.,This is simply a humiliation removing him from captaincy, there's no respect for big names in pakistan cricket . HE SHOULD BE RETAIN THE CAPTAINCY. BOOM BOOM

  • on May 25, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    I don't see find any reasons to strip Afridi from captaincy. He is getting the respect from his team as a captain and he is a match winner for Pak in ODIs. We have clearly seen that in the World cup. Hope this matters settle and Pak continues to play well.

  • Notredam on May 25, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    he will surely come back before a tough series..To australia,,Saf,, This is jst another gimmick frm PCB. as many numerous times they have playing this card...

  • bismoy on May 25, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Afridi has fallen and how???always believe had so much to offer with bat, but now he will be remember as slogger not more,,,,He bowling improved a lot in years but batting was completely neglected..

    He was one of best captain in 2011 WC...But dhoni won it last..not because of his captaincy but because dhoni has better team that can handle pressure.

  • dk12345 on May 25, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    bcoz of PCB pakistan fans losing good pakistan cricketers...continuesly... one of the best allrounder in the world cricket..MR. SHAHID AFRIDI.. v miss u BOOM BOOM......

  • on May 25, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Please someone stop this! why is this happening?

  • on May 25, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Pakistan will lose both ODI's, i hate to say it but without Afridi, the team is just not strong enough.

  • amirhamzas on May 25, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    This was pretty much expected. Another good player falls down because of the stupidity of PCB.

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  • amirhamzas on May 25, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    This was pretty much expected. Another good player falls down because of the stupidity of PCB.

  • on May 25, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Pakistan will lose both ODI's, i hate to say it but without Afridi, the team is just not strong enough.

  • on May 25, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Please someone stop this! why is this happening?

  • dk12345 on May 25, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    bcoz of PCB pakistan fans losing good pakistan cricketers...continuesly... one of the best allrounder in the world cricket..MR. SHAHID AFRIDI.. v miss u BOOM BOOM......

  • bismoy on May 25, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Afridi has fallen and how???always believe had so much to offer with bat, but now he will be remember as slogger not more,,,,He bowling improved a lot in years but batting was completely neglected..

    He was one of best captain in 2011 WC...But dhoni won it last..not because of his captaincy but because dhoni has better team that can handle pressure.

  • Notredam on May 25, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    he will surely come back before a tough series..To australia,,Saf,, This is jst another gimmick frm PCB. as many numerous times they have playing this card...

  • on May 25, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    I don't see find any reasons to strip Afridi from captaincy. He is getting the respect from his team as a captain and he is a match winner for Pak in ODIs. We have clearly seen that in the World cup. Hope this matters settle and Pak continues to play well.

  • shakzz on May 25, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    There 's no other reason to love cricket if afridi quits cricket.. And that too in this fashion.PCB never understands player's intensity.,This is simply a humiliation removing him from captaincy, there's no respect for big names in pakistan cricket . HE SHOULD BE RETAIN THE CAPTAINCY. BOOM BOOM

  • anver777 on May 25, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Even without Afridi Pak will win easily against Ireland under Misbah !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wambling_future on May 25, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Not surprising at all and neither if he announces retirement.