Pakistan news November 19, 2012

Afridi says no to BBL after getting PCB clearance


Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has said he will not play for Sydney Thunder despite being given permission by the PCB to take part in Australia's Big Bash League. Afridi said he wanted to play in Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament instead and that clashes with Australia's Twenty20 competition.

"I have ended my contract in the Big Bash League, because I want to play in the national event to improve my form and justify my selection in the team," Afridi told AFP.

The Pakistan board had earlier granted Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal and Afridi permission to play a few games at this season's Big Bash, on the request of Cricket Australia. Ajmal and Akmal will miss the last round of Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament and will return in time for the conditioning camp in Lahore ahead of the India tour.

The PCB had earlier denied the players permission to play this BBL, to ensure their participation in the local tournament. Akmal is signed with Sydney Sixers and Ajmal with Adelaide Strikers for the season, while Afridi was set to play for Sydney Thunder, having transferred from Melbourne Renegades.

"We have reconsidered our decision, on the request of Cricket Australia, as the players had already signed their contract," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "They will now leave at the tail end of [Pakistan's] T20 tournament, which runs from December 2 to 10, and will return when our conditioning camp starts."

As per the arrangement, the players will leave for the BBL at the end of the group stages of Pakistan's T20 competition; these end on December 7, and the camp for which they must return begins on December 12. The BBL begins on December 7, and each of the three concerned franchises have one game scheduled between the 7th and 12th.

1200 GMT This story has been updated after Shahid Afridi said he would not play in the BBL

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    For Afridi, playing in Pakistani league probably is more important because he has to prove his credentials to the selectors, who for some reason don't recognise performances abroad, unless the player is really in favour. I don't think Afridi is in that category for the moment.

    His decision makes no sense otherwise.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Good decision by PCB and also Afridi. Good luck Afridi

  • Javed Munir on November 20, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    waao, Sydney Sixers has cancelled contract with Pakistani middle-order batsman Umar Akmal's a day after he was allowed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play the series.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    very well afridi but i think play in big bash batter than national tournamaent because there are lot of international players in bbl but i think our BOOM BOOM will totaly flope that's why he decides to play here with domestic players to show his form, but my view he should go australia should afridi be brave .............

  • david on November 20, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    That's exactly what i am saying only in longer version it is important to send young batsmen like jamshed,azher,shafiq and umer to aus and to england for county championship for at least 2 to 3 years so that they can gain experience and become good reliable player in any conditions batting is the weeckest link to pakistan and needs to be brought up

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    This is international cricket and the BBL is a good league to play in, welcome to the new age of cricket, it has been going on for about a decade

  • Vijay on November 19, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    PCB initially handed the NO- go order but then realised "Oops if we dont send them to BBL , no ones coming to proposed PPL " . Not that that the Australians would send any players ot Pakistan but PCB now has a straw of hope.

  • Majid on November 19, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Excellent choice afridi. You have better chance of reaching double digits in batting here in pakidtan lol. BBL would have made you work for your runs and wickets. You can justify your place and then not give your 100% to let down misbah jus like t20 wc. Thank you afridi for all that.

  • Khizr on November 19, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    PCB and its dramas! They should never stop players from their international committments. Pakistani players should play all the international cricket they can, specially in the circumstances where there is no international cricket in Pakistan. Afridi should be regular at BBL while he can and let some other youngster play in the Pakistani side in his place.

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Thats why we love Afridi.

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