Afridi eyes international comeback

Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Afridi eyes international comeback

Karachi, Aug 1: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi today said he would try making a comeback to the national team as soon as conditions improve in the team management and administration.

Afridi, who retired from international cricket in protest after being removed as captain in late May, also expressed disappointment at a recent interview of Ijaz Butt, the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, in which he said Afridi was responsible for the defeats in the last two one-day internationals on the tour to West Indies this year.

"I had met with the PCB chief and as far as I was concerned everything was settled between me and the board. But I was disappointed to hear his statement. I don''t think it was befitting for a person of his position," said Afridi.

"To me the biggest pride and priority has always been to play for Pakistan. I have always given my best. I was not responsible for those two defeats. I was not even involved in the team selection for those matches," Afridi told reporters here.

The flamboyant all-rounder made it clear that he still wanted to play international cricket but only after there were changes in the team management.

"I have no problem playing with anyone in the team. But there are people in the management who indulge in lobbying and creating problems. I can't play until they are changed.

"I will return if fans want it but I can't play with hypocrites around," he said.

Afridi also said that he along with present captain, Misbah-ul-Haq planned and worked hard to improve the team''s performances and its future prospects.

"The process has now been derailed," he added.

Afridi said he will leave on August 3 to join his county side Hampshire for its quarterfinal clash at the ongoing Friends Life T20 tournament.


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