‘Afridi isn’t captaincy material’

Published: July 8, 2011
The PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt has blamed the ODI losses against the West Indies on Shahid Afridi and also accused the all-rounder of politicising the issue. PHOTO: AFP

The PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt has blamed the ODI losses against the West Indies on Shahid Afridi and also accused the all-rounder of politicising the issue. PHOTO: AFP


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt has closed the captaincy doors on Shahid Afridi, saying the all-rounder will never lead the national team again.

Butt also blamed him for the two One-Day International (ODI) losses suffered against West Indies during the Caribbean tour in May this year.

“In my opinion, perhaps considered wrong by some people, he made us lose the fourth and fifth ODIs,” Butt said in an interview.

“As far as I am concerned he is not captaincy material for the PCB anymore.”

Afridi was removed as captain after the West Indies tour followed by a retirement announcement by the all-rounder where he also criticised the board’s set-up and selection processes. Afridi also said that he will not play for Pakistan under the current management.

The PCB, in return, revoked Afridi’s No Objection Certificates (NOC) to play in foreign leagues and suspended his central contract while also directing him to appear before a board’s disciplinary committee. However, the 31-year-old challenged the sanctions in court.

The dispute was resolved after an out-of-court settlement where Afridi got his NOCs reinstated but appeared before the PCB disciplinary committee that fined him Rs4.5 million.

Asked if Afridi would be allowed back on the team, Butt said, “He has not given us his retirement. If he wants to resign, he has to resign with the PCB.

“He is no more on our contract list of players… after the West Indies tour he was no more the captain as our policy was to appoint a captain after every series and he knew that,” said Butt.

Butt accused Afridi of politicising the row against the PCB and its management, saying he had to fend off calls from former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the governor of the Afridi’s home province of Sindh, Ishrat-ul-Ibaad.

“I told them point blank that I will not budge and Afridi will have to appear before the disciplinary committee,” said Butt.

Butt said leg-spinner Danish Kaneria had not been cleared to play because he is not speaking the truth.

“He is involved in certain things, which unless he clarifies himself, and he has not done so far, he will not be considered,” said Butt.

Butt said all-rounder Shoaib Malik was also not cleared.

“We have a former Supreme Court judge in the integrity committee and he said that Malik is not speaking truth.

“If he speaks the truth and he’s cleared he can walk in the team as we need him in ODIs,” said Butt.

‘India rejected revenue sharing plan’

Meanwhile, Butt added that India rejected a proposal to share revenue from a possible series between the archrivals on the grounds that India will play host.

“We hope the series will be revived and we told them we are ready to play in India but revenue should be shared equally, but they did not accept the proposal,” Butt said in an interview broadcast late Thursday.

Pakistan are slated to tour India next February and March in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Future Tours Programme, subject to clearance from both governments.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Jul 8, 2011 - 2:00PM

    No need to tell us this Mr. Butt. We know what you did with Younis Khan. Very soon it’ll be good riddance when ICC’s bar on Govt interference is placed.Recommend

  • dextor
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:15PM

    You dont deserve to eb the board head anymore…i am wiating fo rthe day when PPP will go out of govt and you will run away from country like last board head….Recommend

  • patriotic
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:36PM

    only his cook can save the cricket in this country…Recommend

  • aley
    Jul 8, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Contempt for Mr. Butt is quite understandable, however what he is saying makes perfect sense, and so was proved by Afridi’s cowing down at the end. An impulsive and non-thinking person like Afridi can never be considered a captaincy material, and PCB can never be forgiven for appointing him even under the duress of circumstances or individuals. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 8, 2011 - 3:30PM

    @Ijazt Butt Sahab

    look whose talking.? If he doesn’t know how to Captain you also don’t know how to Manage PCB. and yes this is Pakistan and in this country nothing is STRAIGHT or on MERIT. If Pakistanis can handle a President like Zardari and politicians like Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Altaf Hussain, ANP goons etc etc then definitely they can tolerate a Captain like Afridi who ashamed us by loosing to India in semis.Recommend

  • Wasif Rasool
    Jul 8, 2011 - 4:46PM

    Never mind afridi wanted NOC to play league cricket and he is doing that very well. He wont bother wat Butt says.. Butt, if removed, will be replaced by some other political person. Its Pakistan Cricket which will keep on sufferring.Recommend

  • Jul 8, 2011 - 5:40PM

    Whether or not Afridi is captaincy material is fiercely debatable, but Mr Butt has successfully proven that he is not board chairman material.
    He is one of the oldest people to have taken the position (hindering his ability to play an active role in the game), and his tenure has been utterly embarassing for the team, the board, and the country.
    A man of honour would have resigned a long time ago, but like our politicians, that is something that our political appointees are also sadly lacking.Recommend

  • ZEE Khan
    Jul 8, 2011 - 5:57PM

    MR BUTT. Have some patience don:t cry like a Baby dear. Afridi will be there now and for ever he is world famous BOOM BOOM Lad . ICC is taking good care of u . Pakistan cricket Board spare u not the ICC . Sooner u will be out from the post and the boys whom u r against will be back like shining STARS YES STARS. . since u took the Board chief Pakistan cricket took a nose dive . GOOD LUCK Pack ur kit .The time is up .Recommend

  • Gasherbrummistani
    Jul 8, 2011 - 7:12PM

    Well Mr. Butt, you Sir won’t be doing much at all Recommend

  • saad
    Jul 8, 2011 - 7:22PM

    n r u fit enuf to b the cricket chief? without clout? Recommend

  • The Flying Object
    Jul 8, 2011 - 7:56PM

    Forgive me Mr Butt but if I c u somewhere then u will certainly hear a hurl of ‘praises’ for your ‘deeds’.


  • controlled missile
    Jul 8, 2011 - 8:57PM

    shame shame go go butt


  • anonymous
    Jul 8, 2011 - 9:21PM

    he is mentally unfit and no body listens to what he says..when he’s gone, we will bring afridi back!! yay!


  • Mr. Nobody
    Jul 8, 2011 - 10:32PM

    “He is no more on our contract… after the West Indies tour he was no more the captain as our policy was to appoint a captain after every series and he knew that,” said Butt.

    are u frikkin kidding me.which country changes its captains after every series?????


  • Hassan Farooqi
    Jul 9, 2011 - 12:37AM

    You don’t need to tell us. We already know very well that one has to be in the good books of match fixer Mazhar Majeed to be a captain e.g. Salman Butt or Kamran Akmal. Anyone who refuses him gets the boot e.g. Yousuf, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan and Afridi. Misbah is also not on the payroll but he is too old to last long, then it would be someone who would be like Salman Butt or Kamran Akmal. No BCP chairman has screwed so many lives of cricketers as Mr. Butt. Nobody has Pakistan cricket more than Mr. Butt. Nobody has run PCB with a loss bigger than Mr. Butt. Yet this most incompetent chair in the history of PCB stays for political reasons.


  • SK
    Jul 9, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Mr. butt has completely lost it now- after a very successful world cup and couple of other relatively successful series, now he is trying to portray Shahid as not a captain material- you better look in mirror to get the right answer


  • Ali Quaid
    Jul 9, 2011 - 9:30PM

    Mr. Ejaz Butt is a nightmare for Pakistan Cricket.


  • Afridi's Angel
    Jul 10, 2011 - 3:50AM

    Good article – There are many other cricketers being harassed by Butt—it’s sad to find out not only Shahid Afridi, but Shoaib Malik, Danish Kaneria, and probably a few others whose names are not even mentioned in this article.

    Looks like Butt’s main goal in life is to make other athletes miserable, accusing them of not speaking the truth. Butt needs to prove that these 2 people are not speaking the truth by presenting clear evidence/witnesses in his investigation that can prove Malik and Kaneria are not speaking the truth. If Butt cannot present clear factual evidence, then there is no reason why Malik and Kaneria should be sidelined and prevented from playing.


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