KARACHI: The possibility of Shahid Afridi reversing his retirement decision was created following Waqar Younis’ decision to step down as team coach and the retired all-rounder’s planned meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari today may end the deadlock with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Afridi is due to meet the president as part of a group of sportsmen taking part in relief efforts for flood victims. The former captain may share his grievances on the sidelines of that meeting.
Afridi developed differences with Waqar during the tour of West Indies over team selection and after raising reservations following his return, he was removed as captain that led to his retirement. Afridi was also involved in a legal battle with the board after his NOCs to play in foreign tournaments were revoked by the board.
An official close to the player said that although the main agenda of the meeting was relief activities, talks of his tiff could not be ruled out.
“It’s not confirmed but there exists a possibility,” the official told The Express Tribune. “The meeting is meant for the relief campaign but Afridi’s issue may be discussed. A breakthrough can’t be ruled out.”
Meanwhile, Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister on Sports Haleem Adil Sheikh clarified that the main aim was not to sort out Afridi’s differences.
“It’s a meeting of the delegation to decide the course of flood-relief campaign,” said Sheikh.
The delegation that will meet the president today also includes Olympians including hockey chief selector Hanif Khan as well as sprint queen Naseem Hamid. Sheikh, who is leading the campaign, has planned various activities including exhibition matches besides sending sports heroes to schools to raise funds.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2011.
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