Afridi's NOC revoked; can't play for Hampshire

Shahid Afridi speaking at a press conference Getty Images

London: Jun 1, 2011

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s will not be able to play for English country side Hampshire in the Twenty20 competition after the Pakistan Cricket Board decided to revoke the ‘NOC’ after the cricketer’s outburst against country’s cricket board.

Afridi decided to announce his “retirement from international cricket” till the regime under Ijaz Butt are in power.

As of now, Afridi’s cricket career is in jeopardy after PCB decided to revoke his NOC and suspend his central contract with immediate effect. It also means that Afridi who was committed to play in the inaugural Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) will not be seen in action.

“There is nothing bigger than a man’s respect, and the way the board has treated me, there is a limit to everything,” an emotional Afridi was quoted as saying by a leading television channel.

“I will not play under this board. If a different board comes in, I will definitely return but I cannot play under this board. When you have been humiliated like this, by dishonourable people, what is the point in playing on?,” Afridi who was gearing up to play for Hampshire said.

“The way I’ve been treated… the future doesn’t look too good. I can’t play under a board that doesn’t respect its players. Because of this, under protest, this is a conditional retirement,” he had said.