Shahid Afridi on Saturday hoped for a fresh start in turning out for Hampshire after his clash with the Pakistan Cricket Board culminated in a fat fine earlier this week.
Afridi was fined 4.5 million rupees ($52,300) on Thursday for violating the PCB’s code of conduct, but was cleared to play abroad.
The PCB had suspended his central contract and revoked his no-objection certificate, stopping him from playing for Hampshire in the English county Twenty20 event.
“The last 15 days were very difficult for me, but I have got the NOC to play in England and hope to put everything behind me,” Afridi said.
“The PCB took a decision, which was acceptable to me, so it’s past for me now.
“I have no training for two weeks but hopefully I will start training and then do well for the county.”
Afridi’s tussle with the PCB officials began when he criticised team management on his return home from Pakistan’s 3-2 ODI series win against West Indies.
The PCB removed the enigmatic all-rounder as captain for the two-match ODI series against Ireland and it later emerged that team coach Waqar Younis and manager Intikhab Alam had been critical of the 31-year-old Afridi in their report of the West Indies tour.
A frustrated Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket in protest.
“Whatever I said, I will not take any U-turn on that,” he added.
“I will play domestic cricket if I am available.”
Afridi challenged the PCB’s disciplinary measures in the Sindh High Court, but reportedly both Butt and Afridi were convinced by politicians to agree an out-of-court settlement.
Afridi eventually withdrew his petition on Wednesday and a day later, he appeared before a three-member disciplinary committee.
“Hampshire Cricket is delighted to confirm that the club has received a formal NOC, which allows overseas signing Shahid Afridi to take part in the rest of the tournament,” a statement from Hampshire revealed at the weekend.
“The Pakistani all-rounder will be available for the Royals’ t20 clash at Chelmsford against the Essex Eagles on Thursday 23 June.
“Afridi was due to play in the whole competition for the Royals but had to withdraw following an alleged breach of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s code of conduct.” Cricket365