Afridis advice stop begging for intl series does not bode well with PCB

August 26th, 2008 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi , Aug 26 (ANI): Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said that though the postponement of the Champions Trophy was a blow to the Pakistan cricket, the PCB should stop begging for international matches to fill in for the eight-nation tournament, which was delayed due to security fears cited by Australians and other international cricketers.

He hoped that the security situation in Pakistan would improve in the coming days and that international teams will visit Pakistan in the future.

I dont think we need to beg countries to play against especially during Ramadan. I mean we have international cricket coming up later this year and then there is the series against India (early next year), The News quoted the all-rounder as saying.

Talking to reporters in Karachi last evening, Afridi said that it would be Ramadan during September and there was no need to make desperate attempts to line up international games.

Afridi is the second senior Pakistani cricketer to show disinterest in playing international cricket during Ramadan. Earlier, batsman Mohammad Yousuf had similarly asked the PCB to allow him to take a break during Ramadan. He was granted permission by the Board.

Meanwhile, Afridis suggestion to PCB not to beg for international cricket series was not welcomed by the PCB.

PCBs chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi said that if Afridi wanted to take a Ramadan break then he could inform the Board about it. In any case we would only be preferring player to represent the national team who are fully committed to the teams cause, he said.

Naghmi added that the PCB was making efforts to confirm ample number of matches in September in a bid to fill in a gaping hole left in their future tour programme by the postponement of the Champions Trophy.

Pakistan were scheduled to host the ICC Champions Trophy from September 12-28 in Karachi and Lahore but the ICC was forced to shift it to October 2009 after South Africa pulled out of the eight-nation contest. (ANI)

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