Waqar denies Afridi rift

Pakistan coach claims he didn't meddle with captain's role

Last Updated: 02/06/11 5:49pm

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Afridi: Has ruled himself out of international duty

Afridi: Has ruled himself out of international duty

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Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has denied claims of interference in Shahid Afridi's role as captain.

Afridi has retired from international cricket for the foreseeable future after losing the one-day captaincy to Misbah-ul-Haq.

The 31-year-old all-rounder felt humiliated by the Pakistan Cricket Board because of the move and reports put the decision down to a breakdown in relations between Afridi and the coach.

But Waqar claims that is the first he heard of any rift and insists he was happy with Afridi as his skipper.

"As a coach I have my own domain," he told the Associated Press of Pakistan.

"I know my job description and I never interfered in Afridi's job nor in selection affairs.

Good captain

"Afridi was a good captain and I was satisfied with his captaincy.

"I have my own mindset and I always try to concentrate on my job, and I will follow the same in future as well, as long as I am the coach of the team."

Afridi retired from Test cricket just one match after assuming the captaincy last summer.

He was due to represent Hampshire in the Friends Life t20 but has had his No Objection Certificate withdrawn by the PCB as a result of the current row.

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