Pakistan in Ireland 2011 May 25, 2011

Afridi pulls out of Ireland ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has withdrawn from the squad for the two one-day internationals against Ireland later this month for personal reasons, according to a PCB official.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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • taahir on May 26, 2011, 7:23 GMT


  • Mohamed on May 26, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Without Afridi cricket is no meaning.

  • Dummy4 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

  • mohammad 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?

  • Dummy4 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.....

  • Mudasir 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 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

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