Shaharyar ‘disappointed’ with Afridi’s comments

"The board recognises Misbah as the captain of Pakistan until the World Cup"

“The board recognises Misbah as the captain of Pakistan until the World Cup”

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has announced that he was extremely “disappointed” with the comments veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi made after the third ODI against Australia in Abu Dhabi.

Afridi, who was appointed as the stand-in captain for that match after regular skipper Misbah-ul-Haq decided to rest himself, said: “I think whoever is captain – Misbah or me – we should know about it. If I am to captain in the World Cup then I should know about it.”

However, Khan stated that ul-Haq will continue captaining Pakistan until the end of the 2015 World Cup unless he decides not to.

“I want to tell you categorically that it’s incorrect (the uncertainty),” Khan said. “The PCB has nominated Misbah as captain until the World Cup and there’s no change in it. Whether Misbah played the third ODI or not, the board recognises Misbah as the captain of Pakistan until the World Cup.

“I am disappointed that Shahid Afridi said few irresponsible things in his press conference. We are looking into it. Whether he breached code or not, the statement he gave had people in doubts and I see it as very unfortunate.

“There are those who talk about Afridi as captain, but it’s the selectors who have to think if he deserves to be in the team in first place or not. I see an improvement in his bowling, but his batting…you know how it is.”

Khan also admitted that he was against the idea of Moin Khan being Pakistan’s team manager and chief selector.

“I am against the two slots Moin is occupying, but I am not the one who will undo the previous decisions, we will follow corporate culture and after consulting with experts I will take decisions,” he said. “One thing you should keep in mind that when I came in I said continuity and stability are the two principles which I would follow.”

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