PCB should have given proper reason for axing Afridi: Akram

Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram feels Shahid Afridi shouldn’t have aired his grievances in media Getty Images

Karachi: Jun 4, 2011

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), saying that the Board should have given proper reason for sacking Shahid Afridi as captain of the One-day team.

“Shahid was doing well as captain and had motivated the team well. He led the team to the World Cup semifinals and also won the One-day series in the West Indies,” Akram told reporters on Saturday.

“So when a successful captain is removed, the Board should be sensible enough to give the reasons for the decision. They can’t just take such a big decision and say they will give details later on,” he added.

The fast bowling great, however, admitted that he did not approve of the way Afridi took on the PCB in the media after being removed as captain.

“I don’t agree with the way he went to the media with his grievances. He should have spoken to the board first. I don’t support the language he used in the media. It was not on. It only hurt the image of Pakistan cricket,” said Akram.

He though added that Afridi still has three to four years of cricket left to offer to Pakistan and should be back in the team.

“He is only 31 and can play on for another couple of years, which is good for Pakistan cricket.