Pakistan news June 5, 2011

Shahid Afridi returns for hearing

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is set to return to Pakistan tonight in a bid to resolve his ongoing dispute with the PCB. Afridi, who is currently in London, is scheduled to appear before a three-man disciplinary committee formed by the board on June 8 in Lahore, to face charges that he has breached two clauses of the code of conduct with his retirement announcement and subsequent criticism of the board.

Mandviwalla and Zafar Associates, the legal firm representing Afridi, had sent a letter to the PCB on June 3 in a bid to resolve the on-going dispute between the two parties. At the time, Afridi's management told ESPNcricinfo that he would appear before the committee. However, some reports suggest that Afridi and his legal team may not attend the hearing as the allrounder is reportedly uncomfortable with an in-camera hearing that the PCB want, though this has not yet been confirmed.

Over the last couple of days, Afridi is reported to have met and spoken to a number of Pakistani political figures in London and Pakistan, including, apparently, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (the son of the Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari) and former prime minister and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif. He has already appealed directly to the president to look into the matter, and the country's interior minister Rehman Malik has also got involved.

A measure of his popularity - or influence - emerged over the weekend as several areas of Karachi saw banners and signs appear supporting Afridi. There is the likelihood of his arrival attracting a fair crowd to the airport and there are reports that a rally will be organised in support once he arrives.

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  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Every players should stand beside Afridi to get rid of so called situations in the PCB. Afridi is Afridi. He is really un-parallel. Pakistani team has a lot of fans throughout the world due to Afridi. Actually this nation is going to destroy for the bad leaders in every sectors. PCB should think about the mass people of Pakistan what the peoples are thinking otherwise every decision will be one sided. PCB should look into the performances for other country's cricket team how they are proceeding. They should not be aggressive. They have to be more friendly with the players and more professionals as well.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    @ Irfan Mian: You can never say Afridi can not do this or that. Unlike England and Australia etc, Pakistan cricket board is not a body of professionals, but rather a government organization where officials are appointed by a political government. Mr. Ejaz Butt, a failed cricketer, was appointed on this position because his brother-in-law Mr. Ahmed Mukhtar is the minister of defence and a very close friend of president Zardari. If public reacts the way it is expected to react, Zardari may fear public anger towards him, may ignore the anger of his minister, and sack Butt.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is a National Hero and I'll support his stance against Ijaz Butt's evilness

  • hashim on June 5, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    shahid afridi is the best player pakistan has had in the recent times, the way he has held the team is simply awesome, its really unfair on the part of pcb to sack him as the captain..........he is still one of the most stylish players who represents cricket in a very unique manner.........pakistan cricket will loose fans if afridi is sacked......mind this pcb..........boom boom afridi rocks.............n will always do.................

  • sanjeewa on June 5, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    I'm a Srilankan and like Pakistan cricket talent(I'm not a muslim person-most of SL who support PAK are muslims).I think Pakistanis are most talented cricketers,specially bowling.But I dont think THEY HAVE EVER PLAYED THEIR BEST SIDE THEY HAVE in any stage.If they were they are the kings of world cricket for years.Always,Their is a problem in pakistan cricket board and payers or even between players.The board couldn't protect the young fast bowler ever seen for years(amiar) and a finest swing bowler(asif).Now Afridi,Please protect Umar akmal,Please guide him to a master batsman like Lara or Tendulkar.Please get together and built a team that conqure the world.Pakistan can do it,but need bit of a concern.(I'm a SLankan.who I'm to say those,but this is my thinking)Get up PAK and Play for your country which suffers with lot of problems.Good luck from SL.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Dont worry Boom Boom b/c u r a solid Boom.....U were the Captain, u r the Captain, and Insha Allah U will be the Captain of Pakistan Cricket team

  • Mohammed on June 5, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    If you see the last decade (Between 2001 to 2011), who has got maximum man of the match award? Obviously Shahid Afridi. He has more number of match winning performance than others in playing eleven.

    I kindly request PCB to do the following.

    1. Keep Afridi in the team. 2. Choose all the players under the age of 30 (max 32). 3. Choose the domestic players whose career batting average is more than 40. 4. PCB should hire the foreign fielding & batting coach. 5. PCB should conduct a disciplinary meeting at least once in a month. 6. PCB should train foreign language skills to players. Because most of players cannot speak on the dice. 7. PCB should choose one captain for all the formats of cricket ( Test, ODI & T20). 8. The captain should be either All Rounder or the Batsmen. 9. PCB should look for Wicket Keeper Batsmen who can play long innings ( Like Adam Gilchrist/Mahendra Singh Dhoni/Kumar Sangakkara/Abraham De Villiers). 10. PCB should keep a good relations with Players.

    Thank You.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi, Pakistan loves you!!

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    dnt worry captain,,pak people will support u...

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Afridi should have thought this threw better, im completely on his side but the fact is 1 player cannot stand against a whole board afridi may never play again.

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