Karachi, June 14: Deposed Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is on the brink of losing another credential - his post as leader of the domestic Twenty20 outfit - the Karachi Dolphins. With Mohammad Sami waiting in the wings to pip him to the post and the Pakistan Cricket Board reluctant to give him the requisit permit to play, Afridis's career could be all but over.
The Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) has stated that Sami would be the obvious replacement in the event that Afridi loses his permit to play in the National Twenty20 Championship.The tournament is set to take place in Faisalabad from June 24.
It seems that Afridi's whole future is hinged on his ongoing court case against the Pakistan Cricket Board that has suspended his captaincy for publicly criticising it.
"We have started our nets from today for the team and we can't have a fluid situation where no one knows whether the Board will clear Afridi to play," Bukhari said.
"Sami is an experienced player and will be the best choice if Afridi doesn't get the permission. We are still waiting for PCB's reply but we have to keep our options open," he Siraj-ul-Islam Bukhari, the president of the KCCA.
However, a top source in the PCB said so far it was decided to allow Afridi to lead the Karachi Dolphins side in the tournament despite the ongoing disciplinary process against him.
"Since it is a domestic tournament and the matter between him and the board is now in court it is felt it is better he is allowed to captain the Karachi side in the event," a source said.