Afridi won't captain Pakistan again,says Butt
CRICKET: KARACHI, July 9 (AFP): Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt has
said former one-day captain Shahid Afridi will never lead the national
side again, blaming him for losing matches against the West Indies in
"In my opinion, perhaps considered wrong by some people, he made us
lose the fourth and fifth one-dayers," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
chairman Butt said in an interview to television channel Geo Super
broadcast late Thursday.
"As far as I am concerned he is not captaincy material for the PCB
anymore," said Butt of Afridi, who was dumped as captain after Pakistan
won the overall series against the West Indies 3-2.
Afridi subsequently breached his contract by announcing his
retirement from international cricket and criticising the PCB for
mistreating senior players.
The PCB suspended Afridi's contract, revoked his permission to play
abroad and directed him to appear before a disciplinary committee.Afridi
took the PCB to court but finally agreed on an out-of-court settlement
that saw him fined 4.5 million rupees (52,000 dollars) but granted
permission to play for Hampshire in the Twenty20 league in England.
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... 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, saying he had to fend off calls from former Pakistani prime
minister Nawaz Sharif and the governor of the Afridi's home province of
"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, who was arrested then released
without charge in connection with a spot-fixing scandal in England, 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 (for selection),"
said Butt.Kaneria has filed a petition against not being cleared for
play in a bid to revive his international career, stalled since last
Kaneria and his Essex team-mate Marvyn Westfield were arrested in a
spot-fixing case last year, but the police released the Pakistani
spinner without any charges. Westfield faces criminal charges.
Butt said another under-suspicion all-rounder Shoaib Malik was also
"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
cleared he can walk in the team as we need him in one-day matches," said