Pakistan news June 2, 2011

Waqar 'disappointed' with Afridi retirement

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Waqar Younis, the Pakistan coach, has said he is "disappointed" with Shahid Afridi's conditional retirement from international cricket, while denying there was a rift between him and Afridi. Waqar is due to meet PCB officials to discuss team manager Intikhab Alam's report on Pakistan's tour of the West Indies, and was reluctant to comment on the situation with Afridi before that.

"I am disappointed at his decision to retire," Waqar said. "I don't want to make too many comments before meeting PCB officials. There are no personal differences; we all play for Pakistan and I have only come to know about my differences with Afridi through the media and will not comment on them until I know what Afridi has said."

Waqar's reported rift with Afridi was followed by the latter being removed as Pakistan's one-day captain, a move that led to Afridi retiring in protest of what he saw as a humiliation by the PCB. Waqar, however, insisted he had nothing to do with Afridi's removal from the captaincy.

"It's not in my hand to appoint captain of the team," he told reporters, on returning from the tour of Ireland. "The PCB chairman [Ijaz Butt] appoints the captain so you better ask him why the change was made."

Afridi's retirement has prompted the PBC to suspend his central contact and revoke the No-Objection Certificate that allowed him to play for Hampshire in England's domestic Twenty20 tournament. While Afridi replied to a showcause noticed from the board by accepting he had violated their code of conduct, he also appealed to the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, to step in and stop the board from denying him the right to play cricket where he chose to.

The situation has taken on a further political tinge with Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik vowing to persuade the hugely popular Afridi to reconsider his decision. "I will do whatever I can to resolve this issue, as I am equally a fan of Afridi," Malik tweeted on Thursday.

Malik has gotten involved in cricketing affairs before: recently, he coaxed Zulqarnain Haider to return to Pakistan from England where he had fled to on the eve of a one-day match to escape from what Zulqarnain claims were death threats made to him by bookmakers. In the previous administration of Nasim Ashraf, he also played a mediating role between Ashraf and Shoaib Akhtar, in another dispute between board head and star player that got out of hand.

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  • maddy20 on June 3, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    PCB is making mountains out of molehills. Yes he said he was not happy with the team privately. So what? What he said was justified coz they lost the last 2 ODIs pathetically. Sacking a captain who got a rag-tag team to Semi-Final(which is an achievement in itself) and suspending his contract is how you don't do things while running a cricket board. Ijaz Butt is a disgrace to world cricket and most importantly to Pakistan Cricket!

  • on June 3, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    The Curse of Butt that's what I am gonna say

  • CricSare on June 3, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    I am a Sri lankan and love to see pakistan playing well.These sort of things will destroy this great cricketing nation.Sad of that.in order to lift the game these things well as security problems should tackle off in a good manner. countries like SL will help Pakistanis for sure because pakistan has been a great friend of SL.So wish all the very best for there future

  • chitraj on June 2, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    If only someone gave me a nickel for every time Afridi announced his "retirement". This is becoming a bit of a joke and hes at the butt of it (no pun intended!)

  • VEXXZ on June 2, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    Pakistan and the West Indies are having the same problems with Players and coach/manager and Board members . The players cannot play their natural game because of all board-room/ arm-chair decisions and not on the field decisions . The cricket of these two Countries are falling apart . Its gone from being colourful and exciting to dull and boring . Wake up and lets put back the SPARK in Test Cricket . Its the only game that one shows their True Metal for 5 days . 20/20.... 50 over cricket is for a night out with the fellas .

  • K.A.K on June 2, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    People are commenting on Afridi not delivering as a batsman... he took the most wickets in the last worldcup and took Pakistan to semifinal. What are we compalining about? He now claims himself to be a bowler.

  • adnanwhiz on June 2, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is a curse and the sooner we get rid of him the better !!!

  • Desihungama on June 2, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Who the heck is the board to stop him from playing Cricket for whoever he likes? If I am Shahid Afridi, I would contact Ireland, Canada or even England to see if they need his services. I am sure someone will. There is just no point in playing for Pakistan anymore. Hey PCB! English Raj is well over. We are a free country now but you're still running the affairs with beaurocratic layers that are now redundant in today's day and age. Maybe he should contact US Baseball (MLB) teams too. They can use a slogger?

  • on June 2, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Come on join hands in the protest against pcb in Lahore starting from tomorrow then Karachi n Islamabad we love afridi n because of Mohammad iilyas the father in law of imran farhat afridi is not in the side because afridi refused to keep farhat in the odi squad

  • on June 2, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    We will definitely miss you lad

  • maddy20 on June 3, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    PCB is making mountains out of molehills. Yes he said he was not happy with the team privately. So what? What he said was justified coz they lost the last 2 ODIs pathetically. Sacking a captain who got a rag-tag team to Semi-Final(which is an achievement in itself) and suspending his contract is how you don't do things while running a cricket board. Ijaz Butt is a disgrace to world cricket and most importantly to Pakistan Cricket!

  • on June 3, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    The Curse of Butt that's what I am gonna say

  • CricSare on June 3, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    I am a Sri lankan and love to see pakistan playing well.These sort of things will destroy this great cricketing nation.Sad of that.in order to lift the game these things well as security problems should tackle off in a good manner. countries like SL will help Pakistanis for sure because pakistan has been a great friend of SL.So wish all the very best for there future

  • chitraj on June 2, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    If only someone gave me a nickel for every time Afridi announced his "retirement". This is becoming a bit of a joke and hes at the butt of it (no pun intended!)

  • VEXXZ on June 2, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    Pakistan and the West Indies are having the same problems with Players and coach/manager and Board members . The players cannot play their natural game because of all board-room/ arm-chair decisions and not on the field decisions . The cricket of these two Countries are falling apart . Its gone from being colourful and exciting to dull and boring . Wake up and lets put back the SPARK in Test Cricket . Its the only game that one shows their True Metal for 5 days . 20/20.... 50 over cricket is for a night out with the fellas .

  • K.A.K on June 2, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    People are commenting on Afridi not delivering as a batsman... he took the most wickets in the last worldcup and took Pakistan to semifinal. What are we compalining about? He now claims himself to be a bowler.

  • adnanwhiz on June 2, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is a curse and the sooner we get rid of him the better !!!

  • Desihungama on June 2, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Who the heck is the board to stop him from playing Cricket for whoever he likes? If I am Shahid Afridi, I would contact Ireland, Canada or even England to see if they need his services. I am sure someone will. There is just no point in playing for Pakistan anymore. Hey PCB! English Raj is well over. We are a free country now but you're still running the affairs with beaurocratic layers that are now redundant in today's day and age. Maybe he should contact US Baseball (MLB) teams too. They can use a slogger?

  • on June 2, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Come on join hands in the protest against pcb in Lahore starting from tomorrow then Karachi n Islamabad we love afridi n because of Mohammad iilyas the father in law of imran farhat afridi is not in the side because afridi refused to keep farhat in the odi squad

  • on June 2, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    We will definitely miss you lad

  • loveall on June 2, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    This cricket fiasco! is it first time? NO! Will it be last I don't think so! It only leaves bad taste and disoppointments.

  • amir-test-cricket on June 2, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    WE ARE CURSED WITH BUTT .... THERE IS NO HOPE ...

  • Tamilpower on June 2, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Look Afridi has had his time! He was a promising hitter who never really came off! He is a modern day showman on the field but in reality he is finished and its a great opportunity to dispense with him and bring in the younger players! As a captain his mannerisms and conduct is deplorable! He already resigned from captaincy in England when the whole fiasco of spot fixing emerged! His leadership skills are non-evident and his batting is finished! OK so he can bowl..in one days against associate sides! Wow V. He Had talent...when he opened the batting! Once he dropped himself down the order and he continuously displayed his inability to play any sort of innings ..then I am not sure how he merits a place in the side? The team without Afridi in WI was a more unified and a total side! Not high in talent but extremely spirited and 150% effort. So get rid of the pre-Madonnas and develop the new generation! Ijaz the BUTT his name says it all! Ijaz the ASS!

  • Blueangle on June 2, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    I believe there was an argument between afridi and waqar over team selection for 4th ODI. According to news reports Waqar wanted to test some new combinations whereas Afridi wanted to stick to his winning combinations. I think both were right but I would favor Waqar's view because they already had series in the bag and it was good idea to test your bench strength. Afridi should know his limitation, he is highly gifted, aggressive, very talented player with a pea size brain. This guy is getting out for last 15 year playing same shot every time. I think he should realize that he is not Imran khan and if he wants to be a successful captain, he needs a thinking brain always around him, either in the playing eleven or in the coaching staff. I think Waqar is right choice and now its up to Afridi if he wants to work with him or choose sit aside. BUT if things dont work and you have to choose one from two, then i would suggest to keep the Waqar and let Afridi go.

  • poderdubdubdub on June 2, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Afridi, Waqar or anyone else, they all have made Pakistan Cricket a laughing stock.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on June 2, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Waqar should also be worried that Intikhab and Ilyas used his shoulder to shoot Afridi, whereas Waqar had no personal rift with Afridi, just technical ones.

  • mjshaheed on June 2, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    I don't understand why the President of the Country should be involved in cricketing matters. Doesn't he has anything useful to do?

    This is what happens when politicians poke their nose in cricket or any other game. I would really like to see Pakistan's cricketers play cricket and cricket alone. May be it's a distant dream that will never become true.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on June 2, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    No surprises here. Afridi had made it clear that his differences with Waqar were "Nothing unresolveable" i.e. technicalities and not a personal rift. Mr. Ilyas however has a personal rift with Afridi for not selecting his son-in-law Imran Farhat, the man who holds the world record of dropping 4 catches in one innings, broken in the next match by Kamran Akmal. Intikhab Alam, a failure as captain, coach, and manager, also has personal jealousies. Both are using the technical rift between these Afridi-Waqar for their personal vendetta.

  • Biggus on June 2, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    "I am disappointed at his decision to retire," Waqar said. "I don't want to make too many comments before meeting PCB officials. There are no personal differences; we all play for Pakistan and I have only come to know about my differences with Afridi through the media and will not comment on them until I know what Afridi has said." Afridi, as much as he is an exciting player, could learn much from this statement. Just because someone from the press sticks a microphone in your face in no reason to give them something sensational to write about. The press are not your friend Shahid, they're just looking for a story to print, whatever it is.

  • Arvind3 on June 2, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    " we all play for Pakistan"...err No you don't! Afridi plays for Pakistan and you used to! Be a coach and let the players play...

  • adahya on June 2, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    PCB is joke. They have not honor any of their start players in last decade. They were forcefully axed from squad for no reason like, Wasim, Waqar, Moin Khan, Saeed Anwar, and now Afridi. That is the reason i think Wasim Akram server his bowling tips to KKR but not to the Pakistani bowlers. Ijaz Butt needs to be suspended from board.

  • rambo94 on June 2, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    In the fifth para, first line, it is PCB not PBC....kindly correct it.

  • tanmoy001 on June 2, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    its a great move coz without afridi pakistan team stands no where. how can pakistan forget their world cup hero who sole handed took them to semi finals..its sad... its time for butt to retire and give way to another talented man to do better work

  • shamlaatu on June 2, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Wait wait wait,,,, isn't Waqar in breach of code when giving out these press statements? When is the Waqar's removal coming or we are playing double standards here?

  • Faraz99 on June 2, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Afridi just did this for Publicity, as before he retiored twice & he will return & retire & return & so on ... this is waht Afridi & PK cricketers make, they showed retirement for them is just a Temporarly IN & Out process.

  • K.A.K on June 2, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Very sensible comments from Waqar. Hope the miscommunications will be cleared up and Afridi will be allowed to play in the county cricket.

  • satanswish on June 2, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Will be disappointing if Afridi makes a comeback. Pakistani cricketers like this hide n seek game of retirement n comeback...lol

  • on June 2, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Afridi's retirement has prompted the PBC to suspend his central contact and revoke the No-Objection Certificate that allowed him to play for Hampshire in England's domestic Twenty20 tournament. //

    PBC needs to be changed to PCB above :)

  • poderdubdubdub on June 2, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    PCB and consequently Pakistan has become a laughing stock in the world. No country has been disgraced as much as Pakistan, unfortunately by our own people, which hurts all of us so much.

  • johnathonjosephs on June 2, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    politics... its just politics

  • on June 2, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    One would think that with an on going civil war in the tribal areas, Talibanization, tattered relations with USA, CIA incursions, militant attacks on key security locations, biggest budget defecit in the history of Pakistan and general political chaos in an energy starved country, Rehman Malik and the rest of the Government would have more important things to focus on than Afridi retiring. I heard the PML (N), MQM etc have all issued statements on this.. Afridi appeals to the president of Pakistan.. Seriously? Are we all living in the same country? I dont really care if Afridi retires or doesnt. In the Pakistani context its a non issue. But I am honestly amazed our politicians even having the time to discuss this matter!

  • amit1807kuwait on June 2, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    No need for anyone to get disappointed. Shahid Afridi will be back on the cricket field soon. After all, many of his illustrious predecessors have set the example. My earliest memory was of Imran Khan being called back into the game by Zia-ul-Haq. Many have since followed suit, so lets just wait and watch!

  • on June 2, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    The only problem is Ijaz Butt, No one else.

  • SuperPlayer2010 on June 2, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    The problem is neither Waqar nor Afridi. The only problem here is Ijaz Butt who want to rule here and want to do what he wants to.

  • on June 2, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    hey espncricinfo, correct the 5th para first line..you wrote PBC...it should be PCB.

  • G.Vinoth on June 2, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Afridi's conditional retirement is a big blow for pakistan cricket. He is one of the reason why pak reached semi's in 2011 WC. I dont think without him pak would have reached semi's.

  • smartguy786 on June 2, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Waqar You are part of the cause of his retirement. Crocodile tears

  • on June 2, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    so Mr. Waqar, you did not even knew abt the rift, which a media report claims, that Afridi almost walked out off the team selection meeting before the 4th ODI and Inthikab Alam persuaded him against doing so.. Not even, then eh ? Or are we to believe even that's sham ? Sham or Shame, will you guys please behave as professionals. Do you see what's being eroded, with this personal vendetta ?

  • Amjadhusain on June 2, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Once agian Pakistan cricket is a laughing stock of the world. Just as result appear to be getting better PCB decides it wants a '' YES '' man. It is about time PCB chairman is removed, he has done enough!

  • Midnight_Blues on June 2, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Waqar is a genuine person and I'm sure this is a case of Afridi not liking the composition on the team based on what the PCB Chairman deems appropriate. It is high time the rules change, where the final say does not lie wth the Chairman but the selectors, coach and captain. Captain should be appointed by the selectors on a long term basis.

  • on June 2, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Afridi is one great player, all we want is to get him back and do humiliate anymore, why the hell you want the controversies in your team.. Let us enjoy with the way he batts and balls...

  • Stark62 on June 2, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Exactly!

    The whole thing was blown out of proportion but that idiot (butt) made it into an even bigger drama by sacking the most inspiring captain since Imran, for no good reason.

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  • Stark62 on June 2, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Exactly!

    The whole thing was blown out of proportion but that idiot (butt) made it into an even bigger drama by sacking the most inspiring captain since Imran, for no good reason.

  • on June 2, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Afridi is one great player, all we want is to get him back and do humiliate anymore, why the hell you want the controversies in your team.. Let us enjoy with the way he batts and balls...

  • Midnight_Blues on June 2, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Waqar is a genuine person and I'm sure this is a case of Afridi not liking the composition on the team based on what the PCB Chairman deems appropriate. It is high time the rules change, where the final say does not lie wth the Chairman but the selectors, coach and captain. Captain should be appointed by the selectors on a long term basis.

  • Amjadhusain on June 2, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Once agian Pakistan cricket is a laughing stock of the world. Just as result appear to be getting better PCB decides it wants a '' YES '' man. It is about time PCB chairman is removed, he has done enough!

  • on June 2, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    so Mr. Waqar, you did not even knew abt the rift, which a media report claims, that Afridi almost walked out off the team selection meeting before the 4th ODI and Inthikab Alam persuaded him against doing so.. Not even, then eh ? Or are we to believe even that's sham ? Sham or Shame, will you guys please behave as professionals. Do you see what's being eroded, with this personal vendetta ?

  • smartguy786 on June 2, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Waqar You are part of the cause of his retirement. Crocodile tears

  • G.Vinoth on June 2, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Afridi's conditional retirement is a big blow for pakistan cricket. He is one of the reason why pak reached semi's in 2011 WC. I dont think without him pak would have reached semi's.

  • on June 2, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    hey espncricinfo, correct the 5th para first line..you wrote PBC...it should be PCB.

  • SuperPlayer2010 on June 2, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    The problem is neither Waqar nor Afridi. The only problem here is Ijaz Butt who want to rule here and want to do what he wants to.

  • on June 2, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    The only problem is Ijaz Butt, No one else.