Afridi sacking defies logic: Wasim Akram

Updated: 22 May 2011 10:29 IST

Pace legend Wasim Akram joined the growing list of former Pakistani players criticising the sacking of Shahid Afridi as ODI skipper, saying the decision defies logic and is disrespectful to the flamboyant all-rounder on Saturday.

New Delhi:

Pace legend Wasim Akram joined the growing list of former Pakistani players criticising the sacking of Shahid Afridi as ODI skipper, saying the decision defies logic and is disrespectful to the flamboyant all-rounder on Saturday.

The PCB discarded the maverick Afridi as Pakistan's ODI captain after reports of his rift with coach Waqar Younis became public.

"Arguments between captains and coaches are not new in Pakistan cricket. Afridi was hailed as a national hero after the World Cup, and came back from the West Indies after winning the ODI series only to find out he has been sacked. What is the PCB upto?", Akram said.

Akram questioned the Board's decision to appoint Misbah-ul-Haq as ODI skipper, saying the 36-year-old middle order batsman is "at best a stop-gap arrangement".

"The present Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is on the wrong side of 30 and I don't see him leading the side beyond 6 to 8 months", said Akram.

"It is a wrong step taken by PCB, and only (chairman) Ijaz Butt is to be blamed for this. In Pakistan, the coach wants all the power and when it doesn't happen, the fight begins," he added.

Topics : Cricket Wasim Akram Shahid Afridi
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