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Afridi wants the president’s help

Posted by on June 2, 2011 0 Comment

Ousted limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has called on the country’s president, Asif Ali Zardari, to investigate the affairs of the Pakistan Cricket Board under current chairman Ijaz Butt’s tenure.

Afridi had said he would not play under the current PCB set-up, headed by chairman Ijaz Butt, and accused the administration of mistreating the players.

He also recently lashed out at coach Waqar Younis for undue meddling in team selection and on Tuesday had his central contract suspended by the PCB, having announced his retirement from international cricket.

On Wednesday, he was ruled out of playing for defending champions Hampshire in this season’s English county Twenty20 competition after the PCB effectively banned him from playing abroad.

“I would appeal to the president that cricket is an important thing in Pakistan and he should spare some time,” Afridi told Geo News.

“He should see how the board is being run by Ijaz Butt.”

Afridi claimed Pakistan’s problems stemmed from a lack of communication and favouritism among higher management officials such as team manager Intikhab Alam and national selector Mohammad Illyas.

“I don’t know what he has written but Intikhab should be honest enough to say all those things he has told me about coach Waqar Younis. He tells me something, agrees with me on certain issues and then says something else to the board,” he added.

“It is very unfortunate.

“Illyas is someone who has done harm to Pakistan cricket. He is sitting in the lap of the chairman and creating problems in the team and for me.” Cricket365

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