PCB holds emergency meeting after Shaheen Afridi denies comments supporting Babar Azam | Top Vip News

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New Delhi,UPDATED: Apr 1, 2024 18:08 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is embroiled in crisis talks after a controversial statement involving Shaheen Shah Afridi, the fast bowler who led Pakistan to a 4-1 defeat in a Twenty20 series against New Zealand . Afridi reportedly denied making a statement supporting Babar Azam as captain, which caused a huge stir and led to urgent discussions within the PCB. The controversy began when the PCB announced the reinstatement of Babar Azam as white-ball captain, replacing Shaheen Afridi after less than five months at the helm. A statement attributed to Afridi on the PCB website stated that he had “nothing but respect” for Babar Azam and expressed his willingness to support him both on and off the field. However, a source close to Afridi quickly refuted this, stating that Afridi had not accepted the statement and was in fact upset at being replaced as captain after just one T20I series.

“This is not a statement from Shaheen and he has contacted PCB for clarification,” the source told AFP. “Shaheen will meet PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi on Monday to clarify this.” The situation has escalated to the point where Afridi is expected to meet PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi to clarify his stance. This match comes against the backdrop of Shaheen Afridi’s recent performances, including leading Lahore Qalandars to a last-place finish in the Pakistan T20 Super League. With the T20 World Cup approaching in June, the timing of this leadership controversy could not be more problematic for the PCB. Adding another layer to this complex situation is the PCB’s explanation for Afridi’s removal as T20I captain. Described as a “strategic measure” aimed at managing Afridi’s workload, the decision has been met with criticism from various quarters, including former captain Shahid Afridi. The PCB insists that the change was necessary to ensure the well-being and maximum performance of its players, especially fast players who are prone to injuries.

As Pakistan prepares for its upcoming matches, including a high-stakes match against arch-rivals India in the T20 World Cup, the team’s dynamics under this new but familiar leadership will be closely monitored. Both Afridi and Azam have expressed their commitment to the team’s success, but recent events have certainly added an element of uncertainty to the Pakistan cricket landscape.

The T20 World Cup will be held in the United States and the West Indies in June.

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Saurabh Kumar

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April 1, 2024

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