Lahore: Commenting on the standoff between the Pakistan Cricket Board and Shahid Afridi, a PCB official has said that the board never wanted the matter to become personal, but the former captain himself "blew things out of proportion".
Following Afridi’s sudden retirement and his harsh words against the PCB in the wake of his removal as Pakistan’s ODI skipper by the board, the PCB had suspended his central contract and revoked all No Objection Certificates issued to him.
Afridi had filed a petition in the Sindh High Court against sanctions imposed on him by the PCB, and appealed for a stay order against the punishments against him.
“The PCB never wanted the matter to become personal… Afridi blew things out of proportion,” a newspaper quoted a PCB official, as saying.
“But we are following a process and as regards with the apprehension on the disciplinary committee, I don’t understand why he is not ready to face it. He went through a similar process last year after the Australia tour and didn’t object at that stage,” the official added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam, whose preliminary Caribbean tour report is widely acknowledged to be the reason behind the sacking of Afridi as ODI captain, is now expected to give a detailed account.
Alam was labelled as a ‘hypocrite’ by Afridi in an emotional outburst in front of the media after the team manager criticised the all-rounder’s leadership skills in the report.
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis had pointed out drawbacks in Afridi’s captaincy and also blamed him for the defeats in the last two matches against the West Indies, with Alam backing those views.