Islamabad, June 15: A handshake and a compromise is in the offing between deposed Pakistan limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following a meeting between the aggrieved and the board chief Ijaz Butt in Islamabad.
If speculation is to be believed, Afridi would well get to retain his No Objection Certificate (NoC) to play Twenty20 for Hampshire, as has been the bone of contention between the two warring parties.
Meanwhile, Afridi is expected to reciprocate by withdrawing his court case against the PCB. However, there are still lingering doubts where either of these two actions will ensue.
"I did meet Afridi in Islamabad but I cannot say any more than that at the moment," Butt told a sports reporting service. He declined to indicate whether the meeting had any outcome, but indicated that further announcements are due.
Afridi has filed a plea in the Sindh High Court against the board's decision to form a disciplinary committee, cancel his central contract and revoke his NOC.
The followed hearing in the case is scheduled for June 16 at the Sindh High Court and Afridi could withdraw his petition then.
It is supposed the meeting is the result of intercedence of senior political figures. Afridi had appealed directly to Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari, who is the chief patron of the board, to resolve the situation. He had met Zardari's son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in London and had spoken to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as well on the matter.
Rehman Malik, the interior minister and mediator in past disputes, also got involved, promising on Twitter to find a solution.