Karachi, May 19: It might be the end of the road for Shahid Afridi as captain of Pakistan's ODI side. The Pakistan Cricket Board has removed him as one-day team captain for the upcoming series against Ireland.
Addressing a media conference a media conference in Islamabad President of PCB Ijaz Butt said that senior batsman Misbah-ul-Haq would lead the team in the two one-day matches against Ireland on May 28 and 30.
"Afridi has been retained as a player in the one-day squad but the captaincy has gone to Misbah," Butt said without elaborating the reason for the decision.
Afridi had captained the team to the World Cup semifinals where they lost to India and recently also guided them to a 3-2 win over the West Indies in the ODI series in the Caribbean.
Afridi caused a flutter in the PCB and team when he returned from the West Indies early this month and told the media that he was dissatisfied with people breathing down his neck. Eventhough the all-rounder didn't name names, media reports indicated he had developed differences with head coach Waqar Younis over team selection issues.
The PCB issued a notice to Afridi to explain his conduct as he had violated the players' code of conduct with his statement on team affairs. Butt made it clear Afridi had never been given any assurances regarding the captaincy.
The national selectors have made no changes in the Test squad playing in the West Indies at present but included Afridi and senior batsman Younis Khan in the side for the Ireland matches.
Younis had returned home before the first Test in the West Indies due to the death of his elder brother.
Pakistan squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Younis Khan, Taufiq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Salman,Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Tanvir Ahmed, Hammad Azam.