Pakistan Cricket Board to Sack Captain Shahid Afridi After World T20, Say Sources
Pakistan’s World T20 loss to India could spell the end of Shahid Afridi’s rein as captain with the country’s Cricket Board planning to sack him irrespective of the team’s performance in the remainder of the tournament.
“There is clear discontent in the Board about Afridi and his performances and captaincy and even if he decides against retiring after the World T20, the Board will not retain him as captain any longer and even his days as a player are ending now,” a Pakistan Cricket Board source said.
“The Board is also privately not happy with the media statements of Afridi and believe it is time to move on,” he said.
Sources told PTI that PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has indicated even the current selection committee could be disbanded after the World T20.
“No matter whether Pakistan reaches the semi-finals or even wins the title the selection committee headed by Haroon Rasheed is on its way out,” one source confided.
He said the inquiry committee formed by the board to probe into the performance of the team in the Asia Cup had already held three meetings and them expressed discontent with the performance of the selectors and management.
In one of the meetings the committee members questioned chief selector Haroon Rashid and the other selectors Saleem Jaffer, Azhar Khan and Kabir Khan separately.
“What emerged was that some of the selectors complained Haroon kept them isolated on some key decisions while the chief selector blamed the captain and coach for some of the players selected in recent times,” the source said.