For all-rounder Shahid Afridi a farewell match has been dropped by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had both agreed to pick Afridi in the T20 squad for the upcoming series against West Indies.
The plan, it is learnt, has been dropped after Najam Sethi, a senior member of the board, objected to it. Najam Sethi say “the board would be setting a wrong precedent by including Afridi as the 16th player in the squad merely to give him a chance to play his farewell international match,”
Inzamam-ul-Haq believes that Afridi deserves a farewell match after serving the country for almost two decades. “In my opinion, Shahid deserves a farewell match so that he can retire in a befitting manner,” said Inzamam.
Afridi appeared in 398 ODIs and 98 T20s and captained Pakistan in all 3 formats, stepped down as skipper after a poor show in the World T20 in India.