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Instead of going public about reconsidering retirement, Afridi should’ve come to me: PCB chief

LAHORE: Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shahryar Khan has said that Shahid Afridi was made Twenty20 (T20) captain of the team provided if he retired after the World T20 2016 in India this year, ARY News reported.

Shahryar Khan, speaking to media on Monday, said that PCB will not force any player to retire from the game and will decide whether Afridi will play as a player or the team captain in the future.

“When he was appointed captain, Afridi told us he would hang up his boots after the World Twenty20 but if he has changed his mind now, he should come to me and discuss it instead of giving public statements. He is the only one who can decide about his career and the PCB will not force him to retire”, the PCB chairman said.

“I will talk to Afridi and will try to make him reconsider his decision”, PCB chief said.

It should be noted that Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain had hinted his retirement from international cricket after the World T20 in India this year but in an interview to ESPNcricinfo he said that he was under pressure from his family and friends to not retire from the game.

Khan said that he cannot interfere in the affairs of the board’s selection committee.

The PCB chairman, praising Indian batsman Virat Kohli’s performance, said that the Pakistani batsmen should learn to perform like the Indian cricketer.

He said that it was the responsibility of the Indian government to provide security to the Pakistani team for the World Twenty20 this year. He added that politics and sports should not be mixed.

It should be noted that Indian Congress party has threatened to stage a protest during the high-voltage Pak-India World Twenty20 game.

“Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) still stands firm to fulfill the commitment it has given to the International Cricket Council (ICC) that all the participating teams will be provided high level security”, he added.

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