Sacking Afridi was a big mistake

Last Updated: May 21, 2011, 13:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram feels that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has committed a big mistake by sacking Shahid Afridi as the One-day captain.

Akram said the 36-year-old Misbah-ul-Haq, who replaced Afridi, has no future and he doesn`t see him in charge for more than six-to-eight months.

"It was wrong to sack Afridi, who has recently brought glory to the country against all odds," Akram said.

Afridi, who led a rickety Pakistan team to the semi-finals of the World Cup, was sacked after a fall-out with coach Waqar Younis, also a former captain. The two clashed over selection matters during the ongoing series with the West Indies and the cricket Board was certainly not amused.

Akram feels PCB`s decision lacks logic and it was disrespectful of them to sack Afridi for "trivial matters".

"Arguments between captains and coaches are not new in Pakistan cricket. Afridi was hailed as a national hero after the World Cup, and came back from the West Indies after winning the ODI series only to find out he has been sacked. What is the PCB up to," said Akram.

"The present Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is on the wrong side of 30 and I don`t see him leading the side beyond six to eight months," said Akram.

Akram, a former Pakistan skipper, said constant re-shuffling of players and captains will not help the team.

"It is a wrong step taken by PCB, and only (chairman) Ijaz Butt is to be blamed for this," he said.

"In Pakistan, the coach wants all the power and when it doesn`t happen, the fight begins," Akram said.

IANS