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Shahid Afridi Quits International Cricket

May 30, 2011 Leave a comment
afridi anounces his retirenment

afridi anounces his retirenment

New Delhi:  Shahid Afridi, Pakistan’s captain at the 2011 World Cup, is reported by Geo TV in Pakistan to have announced his retirement from the international game. Afridi, 31, had quit Test cricket last year after leading Pakistan to defeat in the first Test in England, but remained an integral part of the limited-overs sides, which he continued to lead until the recent tour of the West Indies.

He was, however, axed as captain despite Pakistan’s 3-2 success in the ODI series, and replaced by Misbah-ul-Haq who has been in charge of the Test side as well. Though the board did not give official reasons for the removal, it was believed to be the result of growing differences Afridi had with coach Waqar Younis, in particular over matters of selection.

“We had very solid reasons to remove Afridi and I will reveal them when the time is right,” PCB chairman Ijaz Butt had said. “We haven’t taken this action without any reasons.”

On his return from the Caribbean, Afridi referred to the situation with Waqar, saying, “Although the differences in team management are not such which could not be solved, I feel everyone should do his job and need not interfere in other’s work”. That led to the board issuing him a showcause notice to explain his remarks, and presumably formed part of the reasons for his removal. Subsequently Afridi decided to pull out of the two ODIs against Ireland; speculation was that he was unhappy over his ouster, though he said it was because of his father’s ill health.

source:http://www.ndtv.com/article/sports-news/shahid-afridi-announces-retirement-from-international-cricket-reports-109174

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