A PCB official said that the decision on Shahid Afridi farewell match will be finalized in 26th September meeting. Previously former test captain and chief selector Inzamam ul Haq was making effort to solve the matter between Shahid Afridi and PCB. Shahid Afridi in his last interviews on media blame PCB for not giving players respect.
Afridi said that PCB should make a trend to give respect to senior players by giving them respectful retirement. Inzamam ul Haq after the interview came forward and negotiate between Shahid Afridi and PCB. Inzamam gave proposal to Afridi for a farewell match in West Indies. But later this deal cannot be finalized due to Chairman PCB surgery in London. Further Najam Sethi was also on annual vacations.
Correspondent reported that Inzamam ul Haq is in favor of respectful retirement of Shahid Afridi and he is also making efforts in this regard. It is strange that Inzamam is the person who dropped Shahid Afridi from squad in the only T20 match against England. Now Shahid Afridi is also dropped from the squad who is playing T20 series against West Indies. Yet Inazmam is making efforts for Afridi’s retirement.
In one of his interviews Inzamam said that Afridi is senior player and we want him to retire in a respectful manner. In this regard PCB wants to change its reputation.
Shahid Afridi on the other hand denied this news. He said that he doesn’t want to retire from International cricket. If he ever had to retire, it should be after world cup. But now he thinks that he has some cricket left in him. Afridi said that he will make a decision that would be beneficial for both himself and for PCB.
The latest reports said that chairman PCb Shahryar Khan who is in London instruct PCB executive committee chief Najam Sethi to not arrange a farewell match for Afridi. He said that he doesn’t want Afridi’ retirement in this fashion and it will start a new trend in PCB. PCB will not be blackmailed by any senior cricketer. He further said that he will arrange a meeting with Shahid Afridi in upcoming weeks. He will try to tell Afridi that PCB will give him honor in some other way in spite of a farewell match.
Cricket lovers in Pakistan said that it is strange how senior players are putting their influence on PCB. It seems that players are far more powerful than PCB. Fans further said that PCB should not be blackmailed from these cricketers. PCB and players should give chance to the new talent which is far more beneficial for Pakistan cricket. Shahid Afridi has enjoyed his golden period in Pakistan cricket and it is now time for him to leave cricket and give chance to young players.