Shahid Afridi Accepts PCB’s September Event Meet in Lahore
Former Pakistan skipper and star all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who has been the central figure for the national side in the former years on the cricket field, has accepted the event meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in Lahore, intially after rejecting the offer.
The meeting would take place during the World XI’s Pakistan tour for the three-match Twenty20 series.
Significantly in a order to highlight the services rendered by the former skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq and 2009 T20 World Cup winning captain Younis Khan, who has recently announced the retirement from International cricket following the three-match Test series which was eventually won by Pakistan by 2-1.
Interestingly, the meeting was scheduled on September 14 at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore (NCA). The fresh development came after Afridi had a brief decision with the newly-appointed PCB Chairman Najam Sethi.
Sethi is eventually enjoying his third stint as a chief of the Board after being unanimously appointed during the Board of Governors (BoGs) meeting on August 9.
The 37-year-old Peshawar-born explosive batsman Afridi, who is participating in the 2017 NatWest Twenty20 Blast in England, has been a prominent buy of the outfit particularly in the shortest format of the gentleman’s game, as he is handy with both bat and ball.
In the first quarterfinal game of this season, in the United Kingdom against Derbyshire, the right-handed batsman Afridi, who is known as ‘Boom Boom’ among cricketing fraternity, has smashed a 42-ball hundred – to help his side qualifying for the Finals day.
The reports maintained Afridi is further scheduled to feature in the fifth edition of the Shpageeza Cricket League in Kabul which is beginning from September 11.
The celebrated cricketer Afridi is expected to be only Pakistani to feature in the professional Twenty20 competition.
Earlier in June, PCB denied the Non-Objection Certificate (NOC) to its players after Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB) strong-worded statement has leveled the allegations on Pakistan of the tragic Kabul truck bombing in May, this year.
However, after as many as six cricketers from Pakistan has pulled out of the professional league.
After announcing his retirement from International cricket in February this year, Afridi has been solely in the news for U-turns on retirement announcements in the past, as age factor has also grabbed the headlines during his career.
On April 23, in the series of multiple events, Afridi further refused to be the part of PCB’s farewell while citing the tight schedule and personal commitments when he was approached by Sethi in Dubai.
After representing Pakistan for over 20 years, Afridi earlier wished for a farewell match when PCB didn’t pay heed to his call.
In the T20 World Cup, the leg-spinner Afridi featured in his last international game against Australia at Mohali on March 25, 2016.
Afridi featured in 398 ODIs, 98 T20Is and 27 Tests for Pakistan. He scored 11,185 runs across all three formats and eventually bagged 540 wickets.
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