LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board is critically contemplating a request from former T20 captain Shahid Afridi to provide him a sleek farewell by permitting him an opportunity to function in one of many three T20 Internationals scheduled towards the West Indies later this month within the UAE.
Although the PCB is pondering over the proposal forwarded by the explosive all-rounder, it’s involved concerning the attainable end result in case it decides to rearrange a farewell recreation for the veteran participant.
Earlier, Afridi, in an uncommon transfer, deviated from his dedication he made to PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan a few yr earlier than the 2016 World T20 that he would retire from T20 Internationals after the mega occasion.
Underneath Afridi’s captaincy, Pakistan failed to supply any worthwhile present on this yr’s Asia Cup T20 and the World T20, staged in Bangladesh and India, respectively.
The poor leads to the aforementioned occasions led to extreme criticism of the PCB and the staff from all quarters involved.
Regardless of dealing with the robust backlash nevertheless, Afridi, whose particular person efficiency each with bat and ball has been constantly waning in recent times, made a extremely disturbing assertion submit-World T20 that he needed to proceed enjoying for Pakistan.
Nevertheless, the brand new nationwide choice committee headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq overlooking Afridi’s assertion determined to not decide him for the one-off T20 towards England held in Manchester final week.
The all-rounder was then additionally axed for the three-match T20 rubber towards the West Indies beginning on Sept 23.
Sources stated now after Pakistan’s incredible 9-wicket win within the Manchester T20 underneath new skipper and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed — who fared impressively with the bat in the course of the Test and ODI collection in England earlier this summer time — dashed all Afridi hopes of returning to the nationwide workforce. Subsequently, the skilled all-rounder despatched a message to the PCB via some pals, which the cricket board is now contemplating rigorously.
Based on sources, the PCB, bearing in mind Afridi’s weak document of fulfilling his retirement dedication he made to Shaharyar final yr, was involved as to who can be accountable if Afridi once more didn’t fulfil his phrase — notably in case he by some means managed to play a big T20 knock towards the West Indies within the UAE.
On this case, it’s being felt, a few of Afridi’s nicely-wishers in media and cricketing fraternity will once more begin calling for him to proceed representing Pakistan.
“To go safer this time, the PCB will ask Afridi to first announce his retirement from worldwide cricket after enjoying a match towards the West Indies, which could be the final one to be held on Sept 27; [after which] he will probably be chosen within the workforce because the sixteenth man,” sources stated.
Revealed in Daybreak September thirteenth, 2016
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