Afridi will be sacked as Skipper Post : PCB chief

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Karachi: Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi will be replaced as Pakistan’s T20 captain after the World T20 in India, PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan announced today, while hinting his days as a player were also numbered.

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan told reporters in Lahore on his return from Kolkata on Monday that the board and Afridi had a understanding that he would retire after the World Cup.

“He is captain till the World Cup under this understanding and he has said he will retire after the event.

Even if he changes his mind and wants to carry on we will have to see whether he can be picked as a player or not,” Khan said.

He however made it clear that the board didn’t err in appointing Afridi as captain of the national T20 squad last year.

“Afridi is a iconic figure in Pakistan and he has won us matches in the past, some on his own. His choice was logical.

It is natural that whenever the team loses a big match there is criticism directed at him. But I think at this he needs the support of everyone,” Khan said.

The PCB chief also confirmed that the board was contemplating changing the coach after the world event.

“We are looking at it. Waqar (Younis)’s contract is until June. I discussed the matter with Wasim Akram and some other senior players and they said whether we appoint a foreigner or have a local coach he should be able to produce best results from the team. Personally I don’t see anything wrong in having a foreign coach as we have done in the past.

And Bob Woolmer was our best coach. I think the players need a cultural shock so we might have a foreign coach or a local coach.”

Khan also dispelled the impression that there was any grouping in the team or the players were demotivated.