Pakistan news May 27, 2011

Ijaz Butt defends sacking of Afridi

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Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, has said that there were "solid reasons" for the removal of Shahid Afridi as ODI captain but that he will reveal those reasons at a later date.

Afridi was replaced by Misbah-ul-Haq last week, after leading Pakistan in back-to-back ODI series against New Zealand and West Indies, and to a last-four finish in the World Cup. The board has not given an official reason for the removal, though it is believed to be the result of growing differences Afridi had with coach Waqar Younis, in particular over matters of selection.

On his return from the Caribbean, Afridi referred to the situation with Waqar, saying, "Although the differences in team management are not such which could not be solved, I feel everyone should do his job and need not interfere in other's work". That led to the board issuing him a showcause notice to explain his remarks, and presumably formed part of the reasons for his removal. Subsequently Afridi decided to pull out of the two ODIs against Ireland; speculation has been that he is unhappy over his removal but he has said it is because his father is unwell.

Removing Afridi meant that Butt has now presided over nine changes in the Test and ODI captaincy during his tenure as chairman, a period of less than three years. But Butt insisted in an interview with the leading Urdu daily Jang that he was justified in making the change.

"We had very solid reasons to remove Afridi and I will reveal them when the time is right," Butt said. "We haven't taken this action without any reasons."

Butt did indicate that there had been a breach of discipline on Afridi's part, though it is not yet clear whether he was referring to the comments Afridi made on his return, or to separate incidents on tour. Tensions between Waqar and Afridi are reported to have risen considerably in some team selection meetings, with Intikhab Alam, the team manager, having to play peace broker.

The on-tour management's report has been handed in to the board, according to Butt, and details will emerge after the team returns from Ireland, when the board will also deal with the issue of Afridi's showcause notice. "We know Afridi won two series and that is why we didn't act then [during the tour]. We couldn't do anything more during that tour. Right now anything more I say will cause more tensions. Everything will come to light soon."

Meanwhile, Waqar refused to speculate on Afridi's future role within the side. "I have got no idea about that," Waqar said. "It is the board's decision what they want to do about the captaincy. My job is to look after the team and to deliver the goods."

Waqar also denied reports he had fallen out with Afridi. "It was the papers that made all this," he said. "There is nothing in it."

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  • Alexaus on May 30, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Butt should be fired from PCB. Because of this stupid PK cricket is going to the hell.

  • unikmalik on May 30, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    wht u doing Mr Butt shahid Afridi Announced him retirement .

  • imirfan on May 29, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    I really amazed the work that Mr. Butt is doing. I mean he is determined to destory cricket in pakistan. I dont know when he will understand that he has done enough damage to the nation. and please leave pak cricket for good and forever.

  • on May 29, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    reasonable ijab butt.......hahahahaha

  • on May 29, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    @likeincricket - It's not an appropriate time to talk about Tendulkar. Yes, I know he's an average captain, but you can't blame him for the team's failure. Individuals like Pollard, Rohit, Symonds failed, hence the team. He shouldn't be blamed for his team's defeat this time. Last year, yes. He kept red-hot Pollard for too late in the final. This year, Pollard was in a miserable form. Considering Pakistan, what could be a "solid reason" to sack Afridi, a man who built a team out of scratch and got them to the WC semi-finals. Where they lost only because India's brilliant middle-overs bowling, batsmen's obnoxious shot selection and strange cricket. Yeah, Ijaz Butt can think of "solid reason" till the "time is right." Boy, I bet they can make a team called "sacked Pakistani captains XI" and it would be better than the current team minus the sacked captains, of course.

  • sweetspot on May 29, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    For a long time I had been thinking Afridi should be made captain of Pakistan. I was pretty thrilled when that came true, and sure enough, he gave us all some memorable moments in his own style. Throughout the WC, he showed character and determination, and hardly ever put a foot wrong. It was just great to see and it looked like Pakistan cricket was turning a new leaf. We in India wanted India to win of course, but we watched all the Pakistan games with interest, because finally, with Afridi as captain, Pakistan were playing SOLID cricket! Solid and Pakistan? You've got us hooked, Shahid! Now, what is this Butt guy doing? Giving totally gaseous statements like solid reasons! Please.

  • on May 28, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Its simple 9 captains in 3 years, you can't blame them all. Someone in management needs to step-up and take some responsibility.... Oh wait this is Pakistan where they run the PCB like they run the country, mediocre people who can't even run a 7-Eleven are in charge.

  • likeintcricket on May 28, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Just Look at Tendulkar, he is the greatest player ever but when it comes to the captaincy he is very average. He was given a star studded side in IPL and he couldn't get the results. Afridi is an asset for Pakistan and he should be in the T20 and One day side always but when it comes to captaincy , not only he is average but also too aggressive and too outspoken. I am not a fan of Mr. Butt but this time he is on the mark. Afridi should concentrate more on his batting and bowling and try to win matches for Pakistan. He will surely get a contract from a T20 tournament or IPL if he plays matches and performs for Pakistan.

  • on May 28, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Just one solid reason is enough. PCB's lack of control cost Pakistan two superstars (and his cousin). Then he wiped clean the rest of the superstars and stars to ensure Afridi's crippled team would face a worse fate than the teams of Waqar Younis and Inzamam. Unfortunately for Mr. Butt, Afridi took that star-less team to where the star studded team of Waqar and Inzamam had not gone before. What more? if Mr. Butt had not imposed players like Kamran Akmal, Afridi could have won the semi finals and in that case could have won the world cup. This one reason is good enough to ban Afridi for life.

  • AncientAstronaut on May 28, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    There's "solid reason" to give this dumb joker a butt spanking!

  • Alexaus on May 30, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Butt should be fired from PCB. Because of this stupid PK cricket is going to the hell.

  • unikmalik on May 30, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    wht u doing Mr Butt shahid Afridi Announced him retirement .

  • imirfan on May 29, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    I really amazed the work that Mr. Butt is doing. I mean he is determined to destory cricket in pakistan. I dont know when he will understand that he has done enough damage to the nation. and please leave pak cricket for good and forever.

  • on May 29, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    reasonable ijab butt.......hahahahaha

  • on May 29, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    @likeincricket - It's not an appropriate time to talk about Tendulkar. Yes, I know he's an average captain, but you can't blame him for the team's failure. Individuals like Pollard, Rohit, Symonds failed, hence the team. He shouldn't be blamed for his team's defeat this time. Last year, yes. He kept red-hot Pollard for too late in the final. This year, Pollard was in a miserable form. Considering Pakistan, what could be a "solid reason" to sack Afridi, a man who built a team out of scratch and got them to the WC semi-finals. Where they lost only because India's brilliant middle-overs bowling, batsmen's obnoxious shot selection and strange cricket. Yeah, Ijaz Butt can think of "solid reason" till the "time is right." Boy, I bet they can make a team called "sacked Pakistani captains XI" and it would be better than the current team minus the sacked captains, of course.

  • sweetspot on May 29, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    For a long time I had been thinking Afridi should be made captain of Pakistan. I was pretty thrilled when that came true, and sure enough, he gave us all some memorable moments in his own style. Throughout the WC, he showed character and determination, and hardly ever put a foot wrong. It was just great to see and it looked like Pakistan cricket was turning a new leaf. We in India wanted India to win of course, but we watched all the Pakistan games with interest, because finally, with Afridi as captain, Pakistan were playing SOLID cricket! Solid and Pakistan? You've got us hooked, Shahid! Now, what is this Butt guy doing? Giving totally gaseous statements like solid reasons! Please.

  • on May 28, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Its simple 9 captains in 3 years, you can't blame them all. Someone in management needs to step-up and take some responsibility.... Oh wait this is Pakistan where they run the PCB like they run the country, mediocre people who can't even run a 7-Eleven are in charge.

  • likeintcricket on May 28, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Just Look at Tendulkar, he is the greatest player ever but when it comes to the captaincy he is very average. He was given a star studded side in IPL and he couldn't get the results. Afridi is an asset for Pakistan and he should be in the T20 and One day side always but when it comes to captaincy , not only he is average but also too aggressive and too outspoken. I am not a fan of Mr. Butt but this time he is on the mark. Afridi should concentrate more on his batting and bowling and try to win matches for Pakistan. He will surely get a contract from a T20 tournament or IPL if he plays matches and performs for Pakistan.

  • on May 28, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Just one solid reason is enough. PCB's lack of control cost Pakistan two superstars (and his cousin). Then he wiped clean the rest of the superstars and stars to ensure Afridi's crippled team would face a worse fate than the teams of Waqar Younis and Inzamam. Unfortunately for Mr. Butt, Afridi took that star-less team to where the star studded team of Waqar and Inzamam had not gone before. What more? if Mr. Butt had not imposed players like Kamran Akmal, Afridi could have won the semi finals and in that case could have won the world cup. This one reason is good enough to ban Afridi for life.

  • AncientAstronaut on May 28, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    There's "solid reason" to give this dumb joker a butt spanking!

  • on May 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    butt is a physo patient and afridi who won pakistan the world single handedly is shown the door and the who was the major suspect for losing against india in the semi-final is made captain butt is destroying pakistani cricket. for god sake butt leave this post i request u from the core of my heart may this msg get to mr,butt

  • reality_check on May 28, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Butt has removed everyone but the kitchen sink. It's now time to remove Butt for good and see what happens. I mean what could go wrong other then the fact that no one will miss him.

  • Midnight_Blues on May 28, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    i truly hope to see the day when he is BUTT-ED out!

  • ERROR_CODE00 on May 28, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    @HASAN CHEEMA... It's not about player power... It's about Captain's power we're talking... A captain should have be confident and solid and a good leader so that he can control the team on his own rather than taking directions from others, e.g, such as Imran Khan... AFAIK, the Pakistani politics and govt. has destroyed every dept. of the country including the sports... IDK, why are the ppl so lame & ignorant & can't get the whole bigger picture of the situation... Perhaps, there was a bright future for Pakistani Cricket under the leadership player like Younis and after him after Afridi... but now... just forget it

  • on May 28, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    there are much more solid reasons to remove butt... but he is protected by zardari

  • KRHUSSAINI on May 28, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    There are hundreds of solid reasons to "REMOVE" Ijaz Butt from the post of Chairmanship. He has literally committed blunders in his tenure as chairman PCB. WHO IS GOING TO REMOVE HIM?

  • on May 28, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    This Butt guy has put a big hole in PCB! There's a solid reason to sack him asap!

  • on May 28, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    if some like zardari president of pakistan and has colsed friend ijaz but chairmain of pakistan you expect any think from the board they can handed over captancy to bilawal with solid reson and the reson will be relase on the time and then tay say the time will tell our decision is right so plese stop comments on this issu bec ijaz but have a record of u turn if zardari can presiden why not misbahh

  • on May 28, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    pakistan wont win the matches till the imran nazeer yousuf and nasir jamsheed and the all rounder yasir arafat and ranna naveed

  • on May 28, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    There are also solid reasons to remove incompetent Ijaz Butt as Chairman of PCB but who is going to remove him?

  • on May 28, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    This guy (Butt) is the main reason to spoil the entire pakistan team...Utter worst guy. They should sack him as chairman...

  • on May 28, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Misbah even does not deserve a place in Pakistan's ODI or T20 team as he cannot play aggressive cricket and when batting; displays complete ignorance about what happening around in match and often causes increase in run rate and loss of match. So, how can such an ignorant player be made captain of team. Full filling the agenda of some mean palyers and officials in PCB :(

  • on May 28, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    APPROPRIATE TIME WILL NEVER COME, THESE ARE OLD TACTICS TO LINGER ON THE MATTER.

  • on May 28, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    I do not Like Ijaz Butt personally , specially his autocratic approach but... I am Supporting decision of Ijaz Butt for the 1st time in my life,,, Why the hell afridi make press conference after returning from the tour of WI. If he had any differences with Waqar he should inform to Ijaz butt, not Media... and some of Afridi's decision as captain did not make any sense atleast to me..

    I salute Ijaz butt for rooting out Player power from the team.. Yousaf and Afridi's captaincy are clear example of rooting out damn player power

  • on May 28, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    misbah is chokar we all see him pcb will change his dession .....................................................

  • on May 28, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    I second the "solid reasons: to sack Mr. Butt!

  • siriherath on May 28, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Pakistan need to sort out some elementary requirements within its cricket infrastructure. For a country that produced mercurial genius of Majid Khan, Fazal, Hanif, Zaheer, Imran, Miandad, Mushtaq, Wasim, Waqar, Safraz etc. and brimming in pure talent for decades, it conflicts with all logic as to why for example: they do not have seriously meaningful first-class structure instead of Habib Bank,United Bank, PIA etc., why they have constant in-fighting between playersand players vs Management, why the state of security is so laxed and lethargic to put off even the bravest of the brave visiting team? It appears that within Pakistani Cricket everyone who matters opts to go home at day's end hoping for nature to rectify their shortcomings by morning after. It is sad that the long suffering general public are confined to spectate helplessly. They deserve better.

  • abbyk2 on May 28, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Stop blaming Butt, Afridis batting has been irresponsible for a long time had Afridi got the batting order right in the semi-final against Indai in the t20 world cup, Pakistan would have won, ie by having Misbah and Razzaq higher up the order.Afridis self centred celebrations did not go well with the team he should have been sacked for speaking out of line long time ago.The team need a sensible batting captain like Misbah.Bye bye Afridi now please retire.

  • AleemLatif on May 28, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    I think replacing Afridi as a captain is a very good decision ... how can you retain your spot in the team while you have never shown any sensibility, responsibility and maturity required to lean a national team ... you have been giving open statements like school boy about any one at any time ... I think we got to understand that this players power has always had negative impacts on the teams performance ...no player is bigger than the Honor and Prestige for playing for Pakistan ... We don't need insensible heroes ... we need all rounders who are sensible, mature and fully dedicated to perform for the team and country's prestige is higher in their eyes than their personal egos ...

  • on May 27, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    afridi is the best he lead the from the front misbah is also good bt he is better capt for tes side

  • on May 27, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    It's very good decision by PCB...Missbah is very good Capitan for ODI's and test i am agree with that decision.

  • cric_fanatics on May 27, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    anyhow afridi is the biggest non performer and a most over rated cricketer...this decision will help pakistan a lot...

  • on May 27, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    wt do u mean by "we will reveal wen da time is right"???U jus cant sack a senior player...n if u do v need a solid reason revealed jus nw

  • finaldestination_j on May 27, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    afridi is a smart n attacking captain....misbah is gud only 4 the tests....

  • on May 27, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    afridi should be retained as captain .....no other person in pak team has a better temperament currently

  • on May 27, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    When will the coach's understand that they are not team managers like in football...The captain is the one who needs to decide his team.....Coach must stop with technical aspect of the game and stop there...Gary Kristen, Bob Woolmer, Dave Watson have been successful only coz they drew their line........Greg Chappell was the best example of how a coach cant be and now we have Waqar into this line

  • Ibn-e-Saeed on May 27, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    I really do not know why one does not do his work. I really appriciate what Waqar has done for this country but if, I dont know whose job is this, Afridi is the key man to select the team while Waqar just can suggest then it is clear, let do Afridi the way he wants it.

  • on May 27, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Afridi has done well as ODI captain so he shouldn't have been removed like this, also the PCB must learn to have more respect for players especially those that are senior and have served the team for many years.

  • Z_K_A on May 27, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    This over aged BABA wanted to earn money Afridi was the person whome he think will never let him do that..... as Afridi is blunt....i want to know his expiray date

  • SAboucher on May 27, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    why pakistan are always into such mess??..they wont eat and they wont others eat..shame...Pakistan cricket should be erased from earth..such a poor advertisement for the game of cricket..

  • JustAcricketFan on May 27, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    What about the "solid reasons" to sack Mr. Butt himself for the last three years the most important of them being completely destroying Pakistan cricket?

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    WELL mr ijaz butt should feel sorry for him and more on pakistan cricket team now.Afridi was doing and going great gun but his good perfomance is the problem for pakistan chairman ijaz butt.Afridi is the new goat of ijaz knife.that's all we can say.

  • CricketFreud on May 27, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    well i know the reason but ijaz has asked me not to tell anyone.. sorry guys..

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    butt should be sacked!!!!!not afridi

  • CricketChat on May 27, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    I would think Afridi's removal became easy as he is not pulling his weight as a batsman for quite a while now. He let the team down on number of occasions in the recent past with reckless shot selection. His bowling is OK though.

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    asif zardari will reveal the name of bhutto's killers when the time will be right. ijaz butt will reveal the reason when the time will be right. ppp clowns!

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    There are "ROCK-SOLID" reasons for the REMOVAL of BUTT & CO. m/s BUTT & CO. have inflicted enough damage to Pakistan's Image and Cricket. In nutshell, BUTT & CO. are a disgrace to the nation and STINK !

  • Biggus on May 27, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    In a world of ridiculous cricket administrators Mr Butt stands head and shoulders above the rest, a bona fide 'Bradman' of buffoonery!

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Only Ijaz Butt can make Roman Abramovich look tame

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    hey can any one sack ijaz butt....he s problem in pak cricket..plz remove him

  • akskada on May 27, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    this man is hell bent upon destroying Pakistan cricket...

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    his name is just like where his brain is.....

  • Ali-Sial on May 27, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    can someone tell me when this idiot's term will end? hasn't it alredy been like 3 years? how much of this hell is left?

  • SangakaraFan on May 27, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Finally PCB showing some GUTS...any player big or small should not come out in media and critisize his coach or his players. Afridi is no saint

  • Stark62 on May 27, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    What are those reasons?!?!

    His bluffing like an idiot.

    Oh wait, he is an idiot!

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

    the person who should be sacked is mr.butt himself, pakistan has talent but the reason for their failure in recent years is very very bad administration, uncertainty of the players they don't whats going to happen next day, bad team spirit, groupism in the team, and finally almost every senior player one wants to become the captain and by that way certain players are under performing, by the way they are bringing bad name to the country, when you play for your country nothing other than your countries victory should be in your mind, pakistan cricket team is famous for showing unity, some ex: are wasim akram, inzamam, but today certain players are playing for themselves and not for their country, finally sack butt and everyone should remember that captainship is very important in cricket so give the required powers to the captain don't make the captain like a toy, your cricket team will again grow as a great cricketing nation.

  • on May 27, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    When everything is started to go normal in Pakistan Cricket, Something bad will happen, Pakistan were among the Semi-finalists of 2011 World Cup and now another drama of Afridi.

  • sugumarrising on May 27, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    the person who should be sacked is mr.butt himself, pakistan has talent but the reason for their failure in recent years is very very bad administration, uncertainty of the players they don't whats going to happen next day, bad team spirit, groupism in the team, and finally almost every senior player one wants to become the captain and by that way certain players are under performing, by the way they are bringing bad name to the country, when you play for your country nothing other than your countries victory should be in your mind, pakistan cricket team is famous for showing unity, some ex: are wasim akram, inzamam, but today certain players are playing for themselves and not for their country, finally sack butt and everyone should remember that captainship is very important in cricket so give the required powers to the captain don't make the captain like a toy, your cricket team will again grow as a great cricketing nation.

  • Nutcutlet on May 27, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    It seems that mystery and controversy charcaterise the chairmanship of Ijaz Butt. This is the man who tried (and failed) to besmirch the reputation of the England side by suggesting that England 'threw' an ODI last year, following the spot-fixing debacle. Add in the impression that Afridi has always been a bit of a cavalier (take that how you will, dear reader) and this latest episode in the adult soap opera that is Pakistani cricket could have been predicted. Things Are Never Quite What They Seem could well be the title of the book Butt could write, but I'm sure that the manuscript would mysteriously disappear after last being seen as a reflection in a dark mirror.

  • Jarr30 on May 27, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    PEOPLE SHOULD STOP BLAMING PCB AND IZAZ BUTT FOR EVERYTHING. Pakistani players are primarly reposible for creating drama wherever they go. They are the most indisiplined & unprofessnal bunch of players.Pakistani players are involed in match-fixing, spot fixing, indicipline and comming out in media and lashing out on coach and players. PCB is finally doing few right things.GOOD LUCK ::::From Neutral fan.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    if a captain has issues with a player then the player and the captain should be told to resolve the matter otherwise both will be punished not you remove a "successful" captain and say nothing to that player, this is just illogical from BUTT. I think the best think to do is to remove BUTT as chairman a bring a young chairman who has the ability to take control of situation whenever needed and he should be a cricketer too so that he knows the game well.

  • Milan31 on May 27, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    This kind of Dictatorship must be stopped for betterment of Pakistan's cricket. Even Ireland will be hard to bit if they always like same kind of Chairman.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Former ICC president called you a buffoon I today feel he had "solid reasons" for calling you that as well ! You are the biggest threat to discipline and even existence of cricket in Pakistan in future! You are a disgrace to the whole nation! and very rightly termed as a buffoon !! you deserved that title because you have no brains no vision no leadership and just on the seat because your brother in law is in the government. I pity you ijaz butt !

  • ubaid3d on May 27, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    No time is better than NOW!!!

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Mr. Ijaj are you not breaching code of conduct....you have said enough in interview...you should be SACKED!!! same on you....you have again derailed Pakistan cricket....

  • snshetty69 on May 27, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Last 5 years the only contribution to world cricket from Pakistan is Asad Rauf and Aleem Dar that to because the board has nothing to do with them.Ijaz Butt has sucked all other cricketing talent..I guess he is Pakistan's Suresh Kalmadi.

  • on May 27, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I dont know what PCB thinks aobut there team.I dont thing they have a plan for winings. They just consider the support for individual players. If i had asked about Pak team i would say why did they removed malik .He was a good captain. As now the team keep on changing the captains and palyers , its becoming very hard to win.There is no gaurantee to point any palyer for good performance. They had good palyers but they are played with politics and captains. Younis Khan,Mohammad Yousuf,Shahid Afridi salman butt,.... these are the senior players who are given captaincy from Malik. None of them stayed for long time. Now watching a pak game is like watching new International team trying to get good results. There is no lack of talent but there are big politics going around.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    mr butt has never done anything good for Pakistan cricket. After team was completely depressed Afridi made the team fight for atleast 2-3 vs England. Then vs South Africa. Then won the first odi series after more than a year vs New Zealand. Then came the WC where we beat world champs Sri Lanka & Australia. Afridi is an asset of Pakistan cricket, but how will good-for-nothing ijaz butt learn this!! Pakistan loves you Afridi!

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Ijaz Butt of PCB = Sepp Blatter of FIFA.

  • zamith on May 27, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Must be one his plans of removing player power...

  • K.A.K on May 27, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    There are more than solid reason for removing Butt from PCB chair. Presiding over 9 captains in a span of 3 years, having the worst corruption in his tenure, and many, many more.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    we need no reasons to kick Butt out :P

  • Hassan.Farooqi on May 27, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    To put Pakistan cricket on track, we need to remove the root cause i.e. Butt. To remove Butt, we need to remove his brother-in-law and federal minister Ahmed Mukhtar. To remove Mr. Ahmed Mukhtar, we need to remove his die hard buddy i.e. Mr. Asif Zardari.

  • shanii24 on May 27, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    I can never get enough of DRAMA in pakistan cricket. The leading role belongs to Ijaz butt for a long time. Until this crazy, moody management is removed; i do not see progress in pakistan cricket.

  • SRT_GENIUS on May 27, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    The reason is simple Afridi wasn't the sock puppet PCB wanted it to be.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    The reason was that Pakistan reached semi final of world cup because of afridi performance, it was way more than butt expectations

  • ara80rn on May 27, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Didn't he say this exact reason when he has thrown fixing allegations on England team. Later he proudly put his foot in mouth when England threaten to sue him. What a buffoon.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Smart man Ijaz, eh ? Never puts a foot wrong. We believe your Mr. Ijaz, for we know you cease to exist , when logic ceases to exist

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    i think Mr butt is now trying to make lame excuses on sacking afridi as a captain

  • givemefood on May 27, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    And the joke of PCB and Pakistan cricket continues. How can Pakistan not sack this clown?

  • sewd on May 27, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    "Solid reasons to remove Afridi" and what about you Ijaz Butt? Somebody said "A country is the sum of it's politicans and officials" No more truer words were meant for the sub continent. Pakistan (fill in the blanks) , India with Kalmadi, Raja... etc, Bangladesh where the politicans are making Nobel prize winner Mohammed Younis irrelevant. When shall we look at ourselves in the mirror ..?

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    hes removed afridi but when are they gonna remove him...

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Oops, BUTT does it again. I can't stand this character. Why does he always have to come out and state such vile? Sacking Afridi was total nonsense and replacing him with someone who is 37 far more so. How can one expect the Pakistan team to do anything positive is unfathomable, to say the least. This man has to go. I do not understand why he does not understand this himself.

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  • on May 27, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Oops, BUTT does it again. I can't stand this character. Why does he always have to come out and state such vile? Sacking Afridi was total nonsense and replacing him with someone who is 37 far more so. How can one expect the Pakistan team to do anything positive is unfathomable, to say the least. This man has to go. I do not understand why he does not understand this himself.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    hes removed afridi but when are they gonna remove him...

  • sewd on May 27, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    "Solid reasons to remove Afridi" and what about you Ijaz Butt? Somebody said "A country is the sum of it's politicans and officials" No more truer words were meant for the sub continent. Pakistan (fill in the blanks) , India with Kalmadi, Raja... etc, Bangladesh where the politicans are making Nobel prize winner Mohammed Younis irrelevant. When shall we look at ourselves in the mirror ..?

  • givemefood on May 27, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    And the joke of PCB and Pakistan cricket continues. How can Pakistan not sack this clown?

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    i think Mr butt is now trying to make lame excuses on sacking afridi as a captain

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Smart man Ijaz, eh ? Never puts a foot wrong. We believe your Mr. Ijaz, for we know you cease to exist , when logic ceases to exist

  • ara80rn on May 27, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Didn't he say this exact reason when he has thrown fixing allegations on England team. Later he proudly put his foot in mouth when England threaten to sue him. What a buffoon.

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    The reason was that Pakistan reached semi final of world cup because of afridi performance, it was way more than butt expectations

  • SRT_GENIUS on May 27, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    The reason is simple Afridi wasn't the sock puppet PCB wanted it to be.

  • shanii24 on May 27, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    I can never get enough of DRAMA in pakistan cricket. The leading role belongs to Ijaz butt for a long time. Until this crazy, moody management is removed; i do not see progress in pakistan cricket.