Pakistan news June 1, 2011

Afridi admits violating PCB code

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Shahid Afridi has replied to the PCB's showcause notice and accepted that he has violated the code of conduct, further stating his willingness to face whatever disciplinary action will come his way.

"We have received Shahid Afridi's reply and he has accepted violation of the code of conduct," Nadeem Sarwar, the PCB media manager, told ESPNcricinfo. It is believed that while accepting the breaches in the reply, Afridi explained the cause of his actions and specifically, going to the media and announcing his retirement. Afridi is said to have been upset about learning of his removal from the ODI captaincy through media reports and so responded by going to the media first himself.

ESPNcricinfo also understands Afridi has expressed a desire that his situation with Hampshire be resolved. Afridi was due to play for the county in the Friends Life t20 but the PCB revoked his No-Objection Certificate leading to, for the moment, a suspension of his registration as an overseas player by the ECB. The ECB and PCB have been in touch through a busy day, and sources close to Afridi say there is a possibility the deal could still go ahead if the boards come to a resolution, though PCB officials insist it will not be as straightforward as that.

Hampshire are understandably keen to come to a resolution as quickly as possible. "The club would like to make it clear that although we respect this decision we have been, and continue to, urge the PCB to rethink this matter, and we are keen to have Shahid playing for the Royals at some point in the season," said a statement released by them on Wednesday - the day their Twenty20 campaign began with a match against Somerset at The Rose Bowl.

As far as the reply is concerned, the board's legal advisor will now be consulted over its contents before a way forward emerges. Though the advisor, Taffazul Rizvi, has not yet received the letter, he said the act of the response and acceptance doesn't condone the breach itself. "When you accept or own an act, that is tantamount to a mitigating circumstance for a disciplinary tribunal while passing a judgment," he told ESPNcricinfo. Essentially, the disciplinary process will now be carried out to its legal and logical end, which could mean the board appointing an inquiry officer to investigate the matter further.

On Thursday, in any case, the board will officially begin to look into the root cause of the whole affair: Afridi's spat with coach Waqar Younis. Board officials will meet Waqar first and discuss issues arising from the management report of the tour to the Caribbean. It was during the ODIs that Afridi and Waqar clashed over selection, one dressing room dispute in particular that officials are concerned about, which was leaked out to the media. Intikhab Alam, the team manager who tried to mediate between the two on tour, will also be interviewed. Once that is out of the way, the Afridi issue will come back on the agenda, presumably with more background information in the bag.

Beyond that the picture remains unclear. Afridi has stressed his retirement is conditional and not permanent, though earlier today he said again that he would not play under this administration. One senior board official told ESPNcricinfo that they still considered Afridi an asset to the national side but insisted that he go through the entire disciplinary procedure for a list of breaches and be punished if necessary.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on June 3, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Well the big universal question that strikes this delima is that why is Afridi to be blamed? He made it clear why he left, He was being constantly blamed by the public on the loss us Pakistanis faced under his capitancy and he made it clear by saying "the population blame me but you guys dont let me have the players i want and only playing youngsters".

  • Ahsan_Shere on June 2, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    A@ Adil Farhan: I didn't say PCB treat their players fairly, I'm of the view that this PCB management is most corrupted institution in Pakistan. Try to understand my point: Shahid should not use harsh words for his coach plus one who says I play for my nation should prove what he speaks, if this was the matter he doesn't bother to play under Misbah, instead he refused to play (retirement). Forget every thing just tell me 1 thing: Why he left the squad on the England Tour last year in the midst of the series. I watched his 37 ball-hundred more than 50 times, I'm a big supporter of Shahid & also a Karachiite but behavior he shown after given captaincy made me feel guilty as an unbiased Pakistani.

  • adilfarhan on June 2, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    @ Ahsan_Shere Before you pass any judgment based off of ZERO facts, let me tell you couple of things that are actually true, Shahid was in Houston with his father, who is really really ill, I met him and his Father. Shahid is very close to his father and was not leaving his sight, but hey, It is very easy to judge someone from that high horse, isn't it?. Yes he did eventually leave for England but we all have to work.. do you realize that this is his work right? To all Shahid haters, you guys are missing the point and getting confused in minor details of how this retirement was announced, He is unhappy about how players are treated and how can you NOT agree with that? Do you think PCB has treated Pakistani players correctly?

  • Khurram2011 on June 2, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Please join " No to Ijaz Butt " a group of Paki cricket fans from Houston, USA has start a Facebook page to request Mr. Butt to resign from PCB and allow someone else to take charge. Please go to Facebook and search for this group and join and ask your friends and family members to do the same thing. Please keep posting this on various sites. The is the most democratic way to bring change anywhere. We all need to do our part. Don't you agree?

  • imran_khan11 on June 2, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    @abhay sawant..could u plz advise the same to BBCi for set an example when the indian team was found in bar club drinking wine one day ahead of their T 20 world cup match in 2010 ? y they were not punished???

  • Fanatic_cricko on June 2, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Afridi should leave Pakistn right now. All cricketing countries will jump on to pick him up and he will sure be able to deliver for them once the ICC time requirement is over. I suggest he join Bangladesh..........it will be good for him and for Bangladesh also.

    Move on Afridi............world recorde holder of most sixes and fastest ODI century.

  • Fa04 on June 2, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    There is no go on pakistan cricket team without Boom.. Boom.. He must come back

  • on June 2, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    I know that Afridi is going to come back...I can guarantee you that 100%

  • on June 2, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Catz Outa Bag..... LOLx.....:P

  • K.A.K on June 2, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    @NP_NY - Check your IPL history buddy. Pakistani players were left out of IPL for political/security reasons and not because of Pakistani players attitude. Pakistani players played in prior IPL with NO issues. Shahid Afridi is not wanted by PCB, other associates members should pick him up. he has 4-6 years of international cricket left in him, and it can help develop cricket in some other country that needs him. He is a little short fused being a pathan, but he is a good cricketer and will do ok under a less political/egoistic management.

  • on June 3, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Well the big universal question that strikes this delima is that why is Afridi to be blamed? He made it clear why he left, He was being constantly blamed by the public on the loss us Pakistanis faced under his capitancy and he made it clear by saying "the population blame me but you guys dont let me have the players i want and only playing youngsters".

  • Ahsan_Shere on June 2, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    A@ Adil Farhan: I didn't say PCB treat their players fairly, I'm of the view that this PCB management is most corrupted institution in Pakistan. Try to understand my point: Shahid should not use harsh words for his coach plus one who says I play for my nation should prove what he speaks, if this was the matter he doesn't bother to play under Misbah, instead he refused to play (retirement). Forget every thing just tell me 1 thing: Why he left the squad on the England Tour last year in the midst of the series. I watched his 37 ball-hundred more than 50 times, I'm a big supporter of Shahid & also a Karachiite but behavior he shown after given captaincy made me feel guilty as an unbiased Pakistani.

  • adilfarhan on June 2, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    @ Ahsan_Shere Before you pass any judgment based off of ZERO facts, let me tell you couple of things that are actually true, Shahid was in Houston with his father, who is really really ill, I met him and his Father. Shahid is very close to his father and was not leaving his sight, but hey, It is very easy to judge someone from that high horse, isn't it?. Yes he did eventually leave for England but we all have to work.. do you realize that this is his work right? To all Shahid haters, you guys are missing the point and getting confused in minor details of how this retirement was announced, He is unhappy about how players are treated and how can you NOT agree with that? Do you think PCB has treated Pakistani players correctly?

  • Khurram2011 on June 2, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Please join " No to Ijaz Butt " a group of Paki cricket fans from Houston, USA has start a Facebook page to request Mr. Butt to resign from PCB and allow someone else to take charge. Please go to Facebook and search for this group and join and ask your friends and family members to do the same thing. Please keep posting this on various sites. The is the most democratic way to bring change anywhere. We all need to do our part. Don't you agree?

  • imran_khan11 on June 2, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    @abhay sawant..could u plz advise the same to BBCi for set an example when the indian team was found in bar club drinking wine one day ahead of their T 20 world cup match in 2010 ? y they were not punished???

  • Fanatic_cricko on June 2, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Afridi should leave Pakistn right now. All cricketing countries will jump on to pick him up and he will sure be able to deliver for them once the ICC time requirement is over. I suggest he join Bangladesh..........it will be good for him and for Bangladesh also.

    Move on Afridi............world recorde holder of most sixes and fastest ODI century.

  • Fa04 on June 2, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    There is no go on pakistan cricket team without Boom.. Boom.. He must come back

  • on June 2, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    I know that Afridi is going to come back...I can guarantee you that 100%

  • on June 2, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Catz Outa Bag..... LOLx.....:P

  • K.A.K on June 2, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    @NP_NY - Check your IPL history buddy. Pakistani players were left out of IPL for political/security reasons and not because of Pakistani players attitude. Pakistani players played in prior IPL with NO issues. Shahid Afridi is not wanted by PCB, other associates members should pick him up. he has 4-6 years of international cricket left in him, and it can help develop cricket in some other country that needs him. He is a little short fused being a pathan, but he is a good cricketer and will do ok under a less political/egoistic management.

  • on June 2, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    So when are you coming back again? Afridi is surely going to make a world record for retirements and coming backs, congratulations dude!!!

  • vswami on June 2, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    @Imirfan The issues are interlinked because as you can see Hampshire is suffering because of Afridi's antics.

  • on June 2, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    PCB is corrupt and so is the BCCI... so i suggest you guys should clean your mess before pointing fingers...

    As for Afridi is concerned, we are proud to have him in our side. Not because he is a world class all rounder but because he brings good spirits to the game of cricket and its a joy watching him on the field...

    Whatever happened to him and how he responded is wrong, but then again we are all human and we all make mistakes...

  • on June 2, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    why so much hyped around ...he is nothing but a overrated all rounder, Remember in 1999 got kicked out of a night club due to rude behavior ...he always have an excuse up hi sleeves for the loss .

    Pcb sets an example for the young kids ...Australia did the same with symonds

    so what is different with BOOM BOOM ?

  • pargat89 on June 2, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    I think if afridi had couraged to speak against PCB, he should have retained his stand. Pak public was with him. He could have done better for the cricket in pak if he remained on his stand. But see, when he realized that PCB has revoked the NOCs for him playing for Hampshire and SLPL, he kneeled down to PCB.

  • NP_NY on June 2, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    And people wonder why Pakistani players were not included in the IPL! With this kind of temperamental and childish attitude displayed by both the players and the board, why will any team take a risk? This whole retirement circus is funny, shameful and sad all at the same time.

  • on June 2, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Afridi will cum bak soon INSHALLAH.Pakistan team is nothing without BOOM BOOM AFRIDI.........

  • on June 2, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Both Afridi's and Ijaz Butt's records speak for themselves. Its time for Butt to butt out.

  • imirfan on June 2, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    @Vswami I just cant stop my self from replying to your biased comments. Why you are linking issues with Pakistan cricket with the boring IPL. I didnt even watched a single match.

  • Edris on June 2, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    As an Afghan I really like Afridi, He is a real great player! He has the power the passion and the commitment!!! I cannot say anything about this, but only he will be missed in Pakistan Cricket team. Regards, Edris

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 2, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Hope, PCB will be large hearted to forgive Afridi. :P

  • Y2SJ on June 2, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    I think Afridi might surpass Imran Khan as the player with most number of retirements. Or has he done that already?

  • Rakesh_Ramakrishnan on June 2, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    All Cricket Boards should stand for players & the game. But it is often seen other way because of the corrupt people in the board. Most of the people in the cricket boards deal as if they are running their own business. They donot even consider the pain & effort put in by the players to reach that level. This is not the case for cricket only, but for all games.

  • on June 2, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Indians please calm down.. Pak cricket is already in its worse times. I am proud of your team for being world champions. Pak needs to learn from India.. we are neighbors but India has progressed so much with corruption. Problem is in Pakistan everyone is corrupt from our President Chor Zardari.. PCB.. parliament... its becoming a hopeless country.

    Please wake up.. we need to kick out Ijaz Butt.. atleast keep PCB corruption free this is something we Pakistani love with passion.. we need more Afridis. If we continue to treat our national heros like this, forget about cricket in Pakistan. Wake up Pakistan!

    Ijaz Butt is a old sick corrupted person who is friends of thieve President Zardari, he needs to go if Pakistani cricket wants to progress.

  • Ahsan_Shere on June 2, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Shahid Afridi said he play for his country & for his people, is it so? I'm sure it isn't. Reason? He was named in the squad for Ireland, he refused to play by saying that his father is ill, if we consider this as a valid reason, (he was in UK when he announced his retirement while his father was under-treatment in USA) his decision to quit is really hard to justify under his statement because one who play for his nation doesn't bother playing under any captain. When Graeme Smith was made captain 7-8 players in the side were senior than him & none left the team because of this reason. Plus, no Pakistan Captain ever in history refused to play in the middle of the series just because he CAN'T play (Test Series against England last year).

  • silversam1 on June 2, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    I think people should refrain from generalization and exclusively targeting one country. There is no doubt that Pakistan and WI cricket boards are the worst of the lot. Sure Afridi has never handled controversy well and his temper does not help his cause. But please, the IPL is no criteria or gold standard. Just because India handles all the money in world cricket now and is known as the "big brother" of cricket, does not mean they can belittle other sides. Despite all the turmoil, Pakistan has still beaten or at the very least given "stable" teams a run for their money. Imagine what they could do if things were good for them and if players were supported by their board. It is saddening to see bias and even at times unreasonable statements that generalize a nation. Nobody is perfect and there are examples in all sides.

  • syedahmed91 on June 2, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    Pcb is taking "entertainment" out of cricket, I urge all the companies that sponsor PAK cricket to abandon them to protest this atrocious behavior by the PCB. Enough is enough PCB is not going to learn until the money stops flowing into the pockets of these corrupt heads.

  • gung-ho on June 2, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    Stupid is what stupid does. Afridi & Butt (what kind of a name is that?) are both blatantly stupid.

  • insightfulcricketer on June 2, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    I think it is totally not-on. This is no way to treat your best players.Yes Afridi is temperamental but wasn't Board positions meant for gray haired people so they can look at the big picture. I am no position to pass comments but Pakistani cricket badly needs Imran Khan to come back into picture. With his force of personality he can right many wrongs in Pakistan board. I think players are a terrific bunch but it is the interference of Board which is throwing up controversies one after the other and making the bad situation worse. Sagacity of Imran should bring some stability and constancy. Word Cup 2011 would have been worthless without the spark and passion presented by this team ably led by Afridi .Barely two months have passed and now this.

  • Balb on June 2, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    This is the same criciketer who was supposed to be professional in every way 'on' and 'off' the field.

    The same cricketer who was caught when he dug his spikes into the wicket and bit the ball in another match.

    Once a good batsman and now a very good bowler but lacks the discipline both 'on' and 'off' the field. One who has little control and respect for the coach and management.

    The same cricketer who wants to lead Pakistan in one of the game's format

    Now that he may lose a lucrative deal with Hampshire, he begins to back peddle.

    I do hope Pakistan make the right decision.

  • vswami on June 2, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    And people blame IPL for not picking any Pakistani players. Its just asking for trouble, nothing else. Until Pakistan can demonstrate that they can play for atleast 2 years without being at each others throats, their reputation will remain in the gutter.

  • Toescrusher on June 2, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    I think people are caught up in wrong conclusions. President's power to assign PCB chief is the real Nightmare for Pakistan cricket! If Ejaz Butt is non elected, unqualified, incompetent ... then shouldn't we question who assigned him? Or at least check our system where problem lies? Imran, Javed, Zaheer has spoken about it some what mildly but for sure Ramiz has never spoken about it? I think we as keen followers, and the Generalist on cricinfo should clearly highlighting this Nightmare Pakistani cricket fans caught up with miserably, and who know how long this suffering will continue to last. I expect at least some one on cricinfo or in the cricketing world should sympathize with us and write or speak about it otherwise a non elected PCB chief with little or no knowledge of cricket will keep on eating Pakistan cricket like termites. Not addressing this grave issue will simply means we misunderstood the real culprit within Pakistan cricket?

  • Venki_indian on June 2, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    @Abdus Samad Do you remember When did Afridi Destroyed any bowling attack last time? :)

  • Venki_indian on June 2, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    even If Afridi comes back into the team it wont make any diff to Pakisthan ..he just thinks high of him self..he is doing nothing in the team...He cannot bat..Pak already has quality spinners...Misbah is a decent captain.....better for the big hearted Afridi stick to his decision to retire and not play cricket anymore

  • Venki_indian on June 2, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    It happens only in Pakisthan ;) lol

  • TRAM on June 2, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    With Pak cricket you never know. If they play well, it could be due to drugs. If they play worse, it could be due to match-fixing. If there is fight between a player and the board it could be politics or could be the player's arrogance or board'e ego .... I understand now why they say Pak cricket is unpredictable. They are also un-explainable.

  • Masud_BITK on June 2, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    The whole scenario is a part of problem of Pak nations. They are all hot headed. Wrong decision by Afridi again. I was very happy when Misbah announced captain. Afridi should be happy to play as a player under Misbah and prove himself as you are (boom Boom). I see nothing wrong it it. Misbah is such a genteman and senior players and can accomdate Afridi whatever he wants to. I like to see Afridi as a boom boom maker but NOT a captain, although he did better being a captain.

  • Lahori_Munde on June 1, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    hmm.. One can't blame IPL for not picking Pakistani players. You just never know what PCB and players are going to do. I feel for Hampshire but then it should be a lesson learnt by all the clubs..

  • on June 1, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    Butt doesn't have any brains in his head.

  • S.N.Singh on June 1, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    PAKISTAN DO NOT NEED AFRIDI TO PLAY IN ANY OF THEIR CRICKET. PAKISTAN HAVE TWO GOOD TEAM RIGHT NOW. 50 OVERS AND 5 DAYS CRICKET. AFRIDI AT KNOW TIME SHOWED A SPORTSMAN SHIP IN HIM. HE ALWAYS LOOK VERY SERIOUS AS A PERSON. PAKISTAN CRICKET IS MARRED WITH PLAYERS AND MANAGEMENT. THEY HAVE A HARD TASK A HEAD OF THEM. SINCE THE AUSTRAILA TOUR IT WAS DISPLAYED THAT THE PLAYERS ARE HAVING THEIR OWN WAYS. SEVEN OF THEIR PLAYERS WERE DICIPLINNED, THIS SHOWED THAT THERE ARE ALWAYS PROBLEMS WITH PLAYERS/MANAGERS/SELECTORS.. S.N.SINGH FLORIDA

  • samincolumbia on June 1, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    One less bad apple in the sport of cricket!!

  • KingofBlades on June 1, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    @destro262: I think you pretty much got it

  • jaininshah9 on June 1, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    This is so great.... Better than any series/season on TV. This is the best drama series ever.. Hope this drama never ends....!!!!!

  • mianwaheed on June 1, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    Afridi's behavior has been childish throughout his career. Recall incidences of damaging the pitch and biting the ball while cameras are watching. He is hot headed and immature. In World Cup 2011 he played many irresponsible innings and got himself out cheaply. Now he is bad mouthing about coaches and calling them by their ethnicity. He needs to grow up. Let him sit till his realizes how to talk and when to keep his mouth shut.

  • on June 1, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    I'm writing as an Englishman who doesn't pretend to know the ins and outs of Pakistan cricket and Pakistani culture in general. But what I do know is that Ijaz Butt appears to be at the root of many of Pakistan's problems and his flimsy, illogical and capricious decision making offers little stability or leadership to Pakistan cricket in general.

  • on June 1, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Ijaz butt shud at home and tke some anti psychotics.... Afridi no matter how poor his batting form ws.... under his captaincy we were playing as a unit on most occasion.... some stability ws coming in the team.... He ws a brilliant bowler for the last 2 years.... imagine something like being done to Dhoni....it wnt be done cos boards respects playerrs unlike PCB.

  • MRNASIR on June 1, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    RIGHT DECISION, YOU SHOULD PLAY UNDER NOT OVER THE BOARD

  • Black-Panther on June 1, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    I'm lovin it...!!! I hope this shop opera finishes 50 seasons and 500 episodes... Guys which season is this...?? Did I miss any previous seasons...??

  • badaboom on June 1, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Pretty pathetic to see the way this situation is being mismanaged. Pakistan have serious issues to resolve and it's shameful to witness this latest fiasco by the PCB. All the legal mumbo jumbo with notices and other nonsense being issued, when in fact the case is quite straight forward. To all the Afridi haters out there, you ppl have missed the point completely.

  • destro262 on June 1, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    PCB- Professionally Corrupt Board.

  • destro262 on June 1, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Here is what it boils down to.

    If this was BCCI, Ijaz butt would have been fired. Thats what happened to Jag Mohan Dalmiyaan, Modi etc and the players are still there performing from Sachin to Ganguly be it international cricket or IPL. BCCI for all its misdeeds, still commands some respect when it comes to treating players and has improved their pay package and rewarded them. Can't say the same about PCB.

  • on June 1, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    lets have bet of rs 100... afridi wll b back within short time like other players.. razaq..yunus.. yusuf...so dont worry guys..........this s one of drama of pakistani cricket

  • Masud_BITK on June 1, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Actually, Yunus Khan is the best and brave captain for Pakistan if he has been properly backed by Pak board as did for Imran Khan. It was shameful that Yunus lost control in the team due to lack of support from board and coaching staff. He should have backed 100% by the board and staffs so that he can have full control in the team. In this case, Javed Miandad and Yunus Khan are the best options for Pakistan team. Ijaj Butt is NOT bad either, as he has full control with the Govt. I think, make autocrat in the Pak cricket as J Minadad coach, Yunus Khan Test and 1 day captain, Shahid Afridi is T20 captain. Misbah is a part of team as a vice captain. Waqar is a part of problem as he is same as he was..

  • docht on June 1, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    Afridi should retire for good. He should keep his word for once. He is just throwing a tantrum for nothing. He's showing a selfish attitude by wanting to play as captain only and not as a regular player. He thinks himself as being bigger than the game. Bigger and better players like Tendulkar, Steve Waugh or Dravid were also removed from captaincy, but they never threw this kind of a tantrum. Afridi is trying to get his way by black-mailing the board, which is totally wrong and un-acceptable. The board should be harsh on him and make an example of him, because if they dont, then in the future other players will also start black-mailing the board to get their way.

  • ashraja on June 1, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    Since Ijaz Butt took over, Pakistan Cricket has gone from bad to worse. I never wanted him as a chairman in the first place. Zardari is not taking a blind bit of notice to all this. Whats the point of him being a Patron?! He is president of the country for crying out loud!!

    We need to get rid of this incompetent chairman who is does not care about anyone but his own pocket and his mates in the board.

    We need Imran Khan to become Chairman and be given full authority. I know for a fact, within 2 years you will see a difference.

    Abdul Qadir should be Chief Selector and be allowed to select any player he wants. Ilyas should never be allowed to come near PCB headquarters as he has always been a person looking for trouble. Imran farhat would never have played so many matches for Pakistan if it wasn't for him. Farhat is a tried and tested player.

    Afridi is right. Each time the board announced a team, no one knew who the captain will be. DOES ANY OTHER BOARD DO THIS??ANSWER IS NO MR B!

  • jupiterlaw on June 1, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    High 5 to the PCB. Here is an organization that lets the players under its jurisdiction know in no uncertain terms that they are subservient to its rules. Perhaps the WICB would learn something from the PCB, but I won't hold my breath.

  • khashar on June 1, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    thats shows afridi's ill-logical move...how can u expect this man to be captain of the side...who doesn't even think before speaking to the media that he is bound to contract with PCB....PCB has rightly revoked his NOC's and they should not give him any NOC at all now..and shouldn't give him central contract either when a man cant read the clause included in the Central Contract...

  • on June 1, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Im a Pakistani. And I honestly wish he goes to India, plays against pakistan and destroys the bowling and batting single handedly.

    Then all pakistanis can thank the PCB for another amazing decision.

  • on June 1, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    PCB is not any different from other institutions of Pak. A long way to go before the real progress is made. There should be a grass root education about conflict resolution strategies and importance of mutual cohesiveness.

  • noorisb on June 1, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    plz IJAZ BUTT leave Pakistan cricket! you treated YOUNIS KHAN badly and know same thing is happening to AFRIDI. PLZ AFRIDI COME BACK. WE NEED YOU!

  • likeintcricket on June 1, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Butt is going too far now. Humiliating the heroes like this is embarrassing. Afridi did a mistake but he should be treated better than this.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 1, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Leave Pakistan Officials, based on some comments, several fans also don't understand the value of Afridi.

  • on June 1, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Whatever his performance was; he is the only super star right now.

  • on June 1, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    @ Parthi_nava: love you laalay! whatever whoever is wrong but Afridi has a truthfulness to his side... Bravely accepting the mistakes and carry on.. want to see Afridi back as captain. by Pakistani fan

  • MeowCat on June 1, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Now i dont feel like watching any more pakistan matches,i loved seeing Akram Play,and Afridi was the only interesting bit left in Pakistan.

  • on June 1, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I think now afridi should join any other country like, ireland, canada, or anyother country.... we just want to see good cricket.. Afridi where ever you go in this world you will remain a cricketer..... no matter which team u playing for.. i just want to see u performing for the game of cricket.

  • on June 1, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is scraped player, his services is not required any more. He is doing nothing from a long time. Pakistan team doesn't need bowlers we have a lot. Whenever he comes out for bating there is nothing but only tension. He should resign quit permanently.

  • on June 1, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    For last 4 years, the only way Pak cricket is going is downwards... Lost respect, lost faith, lost players, lost confidence etc etc. At one moment everyone said, Pak cricket has nothing to lose. And then Afridi lead the team to WC semis. And now??? PAK lost Afridi! What a shame!

    He should have retired officially (instead of announcing in media) and should have revealed later about conditional thing and the board complain.

  • CCC-Man on June 1, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Afridi if not India, why not join Bangaladesh, srilanka or even Afghanistan

  • on June 1, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    afridi should be welcomed to ipl next year itll be great afridi and razzaq real hard hittters

  • Thekick on June 1, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    The only entertainer is being dealt badly. I miss afridi game. Another Indian fan

  • Me_A_Gemini on June 1, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    PCB, like most of the other Pakistani organizations is a true example of 'ONE MAN SHOW'

  • VAS4 on June 1, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Shahid should come to India and join Indian team like Kevin Pieterson from Africa Joined England team. It will be really interesting. Obviously Pakistan cricket officials does not seem to understand the value of this player. Good luck to Afridi and welcome to India.

  • on June 1, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    afridi i miss you so much plz come back

  • on June 1, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Do borad also have a code of conduct and who will penalise them for misconduct and going to media first before letting Afridi know.

  • Parthi_nava on June 1, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    We donot know exactly whose mistake, but suspending a player like Afridi is not good. He is a true entertainer and should be allowed to play his cricket. - By an indian fan

  • on June 1, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Why didn't PCB personally informed Afridi of their decision to remove him. Is the code of conduct only applicable to players, there is no code of conduct for PCB Chairman. Immaturity is shown on the part of PCB as well. The current setup will clearly take Pakistan Cricket Team to disaster. Immediate changes needed in PCB setup, eleven captaincy changes in three years clearly indicates failure of PCB Chairman and the current setup.

  • on June 1, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    I am not happy that shahid afridi retires from international cricket.

  • chief_selector on June 1, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Afridi is a TRUE leader. He should not affraid about anyone like his batting, his bowling and his captainship.

  • VipulPatki on June 1, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    NOW there is something fishy about the way Afridi has accepted his mistake so readily. While he deserves all the sympathy if he was forced into apologizing, it should be clear to Pakistani fans by now that his contribution to the team was questionable.

  • on June 1, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Afridi had stuck his foot in his big mouth and the establishment has struck back as only it can! I don't think any genuine cricket fan has any respect for PCB and will sympathise with Afridi for the treatment he has got from Butt's regime. But one also expects a captain (dethroned captain, if u like) at least to be smart enough to know how the 'powers' can react. Now they have him on the mat by pulling away all his lifelines (NOCs). I don't like it but then that is the power boards have. As usual, Afridi has acted before he has thought. And now he is forced to surrender to them.

  • K.A.K on June 1, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    As a cricket fan, I request the PCB to let Afridi play in county cricket. Once he is out of Pakistan team, he will not be in your face any more. You have already punished him by sacking him as a captain. let him play in county and other international formats. Canada, US, UAE, Ireland, should look at offering Afridi citizenship and he should accept it.

  • aashish5 on June 1, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Pakistan is losing a mature captain and a brilliant all-rounder in afridi... god save pakistan cricket..

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 1, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    I would have expected Pakistani fans to show a greater support to Afridi. (At least on cricinfo, I was disappointed).

  • on June 1, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    I don't know what does entertainment and sport means to Ijaz Butt, what on earth does the PCB want from our players. Afridi has threatened bowlers for the last fifteen years and in the end they give him this gross insult with no motive expressed.

  • avidfan on June 1, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    oh gawd this is worse than a military tribunal..

    Afridi is just a god damn player who had the guts to take a broken down team and brought it to the semi = finals an would have actually won the WC if not for that slow tortoise of a batsman MISBAH - UL HAQ...

  • Qaisar6 on June 1, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    There is something going wrong in PCB. Actually there is majority of Lahories in PCB and there are willing to play there own kids in the national team.

  • on June 1, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    PCB playing its politics on players.. using their power. Does PCB follow any of its own codes? We need more Afridis in Pakistani cricket team to free this team from corruption.. Ijaz Butt needs to go, he is friends with president of Pakistan.. and using his power and connection to the fullest. Its sad these people have no national pride, and would do anything to put money in their pockets.

  • on June 1, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    PCB is keeping all the LOSERS in the team like the chairman himself and keen on punishing the match winners. What a cricket board we have unfortunately.

  • on June 1, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Ridicules rules of PCB, it's a joke not to inform the team captain of the squad he is going to lead plus he does not have any says in playing 11. Afridiā€¦. fight for it. You have been the best Pakistan captain after Wasim Akram.

  • on June 1, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    what kind of punishment they will give to a player who is already retired ? financial punishment? v

  • outbrust143 on June 1, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Think about it is there any particular area in which Pakistan isnt suffering?? Instead we figure out whats wrong we ignore the mistake which we all did as a nation.

  • Stark62 on June 1, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Huh?!?!

    Is Afridi giving up his fight against the pcb or something?

    Does he actually understand that he isn't an employee of the pcb if his retired!

  • on June 1, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Stupid Pakistan Governtment, stupid president , Stupid cricket Board, Go BOOM BOOM!!!

  • on June 1, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    They are behaving like kids fighting in the play ground........the cricket board is such a disgrace.......this is how we treat ur heroes??? it wasn't long ago afridi lead a shattered team to the worldcup semi-finals AND not to forget he was the leading wicket taker .........untill ijaz butt is KICKED OUT pakistani cricket will continue to be humiliated!!!!

  • Z.Saleem on June 1, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Afridi has done the right thing so that the PCB has to provide the proof of his wrong doing....and then Butt will be sacked coz he did the wrong thing when he sacked Afridi as Captain of Pakistan!

    Go Butt go.....leave PCB!

  • TywinLannister on June 1, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    just when I thought - why isn't there any PCB controversy lately..

  • on June 1, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Well now, if hes pleaded guilty; then surely there will be a deal aross the board. Butt will leave with his haed held high, and pathan khan will stage a comeback. Be very afraidi!!!

  • kashmiri_lad on June 1, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Circus continues...So much talent and such chaos...

  • India2world on June 1, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    How many cricketer carrier will be more spoil by Izaz Butt ?

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Afridi pleading guilty to the charges. Where is this going from here?? Are the pakistani people going to back him and ask the board to take him back or is it just going to be like the case of Younis Khan, where people didn't care?? Score line Ijaz Butt -1000 (improved by 10 points), Shahid Afridi 0

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Afridi didn't worked wise but what PCB is doing is completely stupid & dumb.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 1, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Shahid Khan Afridi has more balls than most cricketers in the world. This man doesn't do things by half and he's hell bent on taking down the current PCB. Good luck to him. Most other cricketers wouldn't dare stand up to their boards voluntarily like this. He's risked his whole cricketing future for what is right. The world game needs more Afridis.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 1, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Damn you ECB, you've also revoked his ability to play for Hampshire. You'll need to be taken down soon enough as well. Though in a different manner. Bankruptcy for you in a decades time. Serves you right for your crimes.

  • TRAM on June 1, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    If you fire your employee, do you have any right to stop him from working in other organizations? Is an PCB employee stuck with PCB for his life?? (its the same situation with BCCI or any other board too). How can the boards control players life like this?

  • PakCricketistanLover on June 1, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Well done Afridi. I vouch for his decision. Ijaz Butt, how much more you need to be humiliated! Ganguly had long conflicts with Chappel, neither left Board consolidated their positions at each event! Ijaz Butt is just a mere representation of Pakistan's leadership at all level. Very dissapointing.

  • Rakim on June 1, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    You have (Almost) destroyed Pak cricket Mr. Ijaz Butt. Keep it up !!

  • Anubis on June 1, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    PCB is particularly pathetic. They are very keen to take legal actions against each and everyone comes their way and they never thought to rectify the root cause instead nor they would ever. This is seriously sad, pitiful, embarrassing as always.

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    I am disappointed in Afridi. He shldnt have gone down without a fight. But i guess he cared more abt the fact tht he will be missing out on BIG BUCKS by not playing in UK and SLP!

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    I think its about time for player and management to look for Pakistan's interest not their personal.

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    PCB is like a drama series! LOL

  • Shredderwoods on June 1, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Pak cricket is fun. Enjoy it guys.

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    pakistan team will never survive if afridi or any other senior player quits in middle. board shud nt play Tom & Jerry Play with PLayers...

  • bigdhonifan on June 1, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Afridi is a joker! PCB is a joke academy! and Ijaz Butt is the director! Shame!

  • Hasso29 on June 1, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    all can i say pcb ilays ahmad and ejaz butt sucks

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  • Hasso29 on June 1, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    all can i say pcb ilays ahmad and ejaz butt sucks

  • bigdhonifan on June 1, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Afridi is a joker! PCB is a joke academy! and Ijaz Butt is the director! Shame!

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    pakistan team will never survive if afridi or any other senior player quits in middle. board shud nt play Tom & Jerry Play with PLayers...

  • Shredderwoods on June 1, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Pak cricket is fun. Enjoy it guys.

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    PCB is like a drama series! LOL

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    I think its about time for player and management to look for Pakistan's interest not their personal.

  • on June 1, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    I am disappointed in Afridi. He shldnt have gone down without a fight. But i guess he cared more abt the fact tht he will be missing out on BIG BUCKS by not playing in UK and SLP!

  • Anubis on June 1, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    PCB is particularly pathetic. They are very keen to take legal actions against each and everyone comes their way and they never thought to rectify the root cause instead nor they would ever. This is seriously sad, pitiful, embarrassing as always.

  • Rakim on June 1, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    You have (Almost) destroyed Pak cricket Mr. Ijaz Butt. Keep it up !!

  • PakCricketistanLover on June 1, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Well done Afridi. I vouch for his decision. Ijaz Butt, how much more you need to be humiliated! Ganguly had long conflicts with Chappel, neither left Board consolidated their positions at each event! Ijaz Butt is just a mere representation of Pakistan's leadership at all level. Very dissapointing.