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Afridi axed as limited-overs captain

Posted by on May 20, 2011 0 Comment

Shahid Afridi has lost the ODI captaincy to Misbah-ul-Haq ahead of Pakistan’s two ODIs against Ireland later this month.

Afridi’s dismissal comes in the wake of a fallout with coach Waqar Younis after the one-dayers against West Indies earlier this month.

“Afridi has been retained as a player in the one-day squad but the captaincy has gone to Misbah,” said Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt.

The 31-year-old all-rounder took over as Pakistan ODI and Twenty20 captain last year and guided the team to the World Cup semi-final against eventual champions India.

After the series against the Windies, Afridi accused Waqar of meddling in team selection.

“Everyone should do his job and should be answerable for his duties,” Afridi said.

When asked about his differences with Waqar, Afridi replied: “They are not at a stage where we cannot resolve them.”

The PCB asked Afridi to explain why he violated the code of conduct that prohibits players from speaking to the media on team affairs.

Afridi replied by saying he did not name Waqar.

On Monday, he left for the United States for a private family visit and he will join the team in Ireland.

Other than Test captain Misbah’s elevation to the limited-overs helm, there were few other surprises in the 16-man squad for the matches at Stormont on May 28 and 30.

Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Taufeeq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Salman, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Tanvir Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam. Cricket365

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