Afridi banned from T20
PCB retaliates for former skipper's 'disparaging' remarks
Last Updated: May 31, 2011 6:48pm
Afridi has been prevented from joining Hampshire
One-day sensation Shahid Afridi has been banned from playing for Hampshire after voicing his opinion of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The explosive all-rounder had been due to join Hampshire to play in the English county Twenty20 tournament
But the PCB revoked Afridi's no objection certificates on Tuesday for 'passing disparaging remarks about the board and its officials'.
The move has come in retaliation to the former Pakistan skipper's public criticism of his treatment at the hands of its officials.
"Revoking all the NOCs naturally means that we don't want him to be selected in any team," said PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwa.
Afridi, one of the world's greatest limited-overs players, announced his conditional international retirement on Monday in protest at the PCB leadership.
Much of his frustration has stemmed from the PCB's refusal to commit to his captaincy of the side, beginning with its delay in naming him captain for the away series against New Zealand.
Although he led the team to victory, Afridi was left in limbo as the board waited until just two weeks before the World Cup to confirm he would again skipper the side.
Despite the confusion however, the enigmatic captain still managed to take his country into the semi-finals, also becoming the tournament's leading wicket-taker in the process.
He followed that up by captaining an ODI series win in West Indies, but was sacked on his return this month after criticising team management.
Announcing his protest in an emotional interview on Monday, Afridi said he had been 'humiliated' by a board of 'dishonourable people' and he would only return in the event of a change of leadership.
The PCB's reaction also included the suspension of his central contract, with chairman Ijaz Butt saying 'He is welcome if he does not want to play under the present (PCB) set-up.'
Afridi is one of the great natural talents of the game and remains a hugely popular figure in his native country.
He rose to prominence in just his second ODI when he slammed the world's fastest ODI century - off 37 balls - against Sri Lanka at Nairobi.
His aggression suited the shorter versions of the game and he is ranked third in Pakistan history for ODIs played (320) and wickets (313).
He is also ranked sixth in runs (6,658) with 289 sixes - the most hit by any batsman in the world.
Afridi played 27 Tests before retiring from the longer version of the game last year during the series against Australia, after scoring 1,716 runs that included five centuries.