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Pakistan Cricket Board drops farewell match for Shahid Afridi

Afridi had earlier been allowed to travel to the UAE as the 16th player for the final match against the West Indies. Photograph: (Reuters)

Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan Sep 20, 2016, 06.05 AM (IST)
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dropped its plans to allow allrounder Shahid Afridi to play his final T20 series for Pakistan before he retires from all international cricket. 

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had earlier given approval to Afridi to travel to UAE as the 16th player for the final match against the West Indies, a source informed Indian news agency PTI. 

But the plan was dropped after a senior member of the board Najam Sethi objected to the method being followed. He said giving Afridi a final chance to play would set a "wrong example". 

"Sethi made the point that the board would be setting a wrong example by including Afridi as the 16th player just to give him a chance to play his farewell international match and it was not befitting for such a senior player," the source said.

Sethi, according to the source, said the selectors would have allowed him in the 15-member squad for the West indies series had they felt Afridi was good enough to play for the country in T20 Internationals, reported  PTI.

"Sethi's argument is logical and he made it clear that he would speak to Afridi himself and settle the matter. Sethi will now meet Afridi in last week of September and offer him the chance to accept a proper farewell event and announce his retirement," the source stated.

"Afridi might have played his final match for Pakistan if the plan given by Sethi is followed to the letter," he added.

Shahid Afridi has appeared in 398 One-Day Internationals  and 98 T20 internationals in his career. He decided to step down from captaincy after Pakistan’s defeat in 2015 World T20.
(WION with inputs from PTI)
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