PCB still undecided on Afridi`s future as skipper
Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board is yet to take a call on Shahid Afridi`s future as captain of the national team.
The PCB has show caused Afridi seeking an explanation for making his views public regarding his differences with chief coach Waqar Younis on the composition of the team during the recently concluded ODI series in the Caribbean.
Official sources in the PCB said that the flamboyant all-rounder would find it difficult to win back the confidence of board chairman Ijaz Butt.
"Afridi is expected to send his reply to our notice today and so far no decision has been taken on his future as captain," the source said.
"Ijaz Butt was not happy with Afridi`s attitude and keenness to go public with team issues even before the World Cup. That was one reason why the board took so long to name the captain for the World Cup.”
"Even than the board had warned Afridi to avoid giving too many statements in the media and not to discuss team issues. In fact during a meeting, the PCB Chairman had told Afridi to be careful in future. The delay in announcing the captain for the World Cup was to give a clear message to Afridi that he was not indispensable," the source added.
Afridi had criticised Younis for interfering in team selection during the 3-2 one-day series win over the West Indies.
"Waqar interferes with the team selection and everyone should do his job," Afridi said on his return from the West Indies on Sunday.
Television channels and newspapers have reported in the last 24 hours that the board has decided to sack Afridi as captain and he might not be in the squad that will play two one-day matches against Ireland later this month.
Afridi himself has now tried to downplay reports of a rift within the team management involving him and coach Waqar. The all-rounder, in a damage control step yesterday, said he had spoken in general terms about job descriptions in the team and had not named Waqar Younis at all.
Afridi also added that he would respond to the board`s notice today and try to meet with the chairman of the board in Lahore to convey his point of view to him.
The source said while there were no immediate plans to remove Afridi as captain, the board was planning to send players currently playing in the Tests against the West Indies to Ireland for the two-match ODI series on May 28 and 29th.
"In that case, there is every possibility that Misbah-ul-Haq will be asked to lead the team," the source said.