Afridi's dilemma: T20 money or PCB contract?

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Published: Friday, June 29, 2012, 12:06 [IST]
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Afridi yet to sign PCB contract

Lahore, Jun 29: Pakistan's allrounder Shahid Afridi, has not signed the central contracts with the Pakistan Cricket Board in order to make himself available for the lucrative offers from various domestic leagues, according to sources.

The allrounder who had announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket in May last year, resumed limited overs format in November 2011 against Sri Lanka in UAE.

Undergoing a rough patch off-late, Afridi has not been very effective with bat and the ball. If the series against Sri Lanka was a disaster, series against England was also the same for Afridi, as he grabbed just three wickets in the ODI series.

His performance made him reconsider the decision as he announced saying that he would consult elders and take a call on his ODI future.

"Now I want to consult my elders and then decide on my one-day future. I will have to sincerely review where I stand as far as my performance is concerned," Afridi said after his team's loss in the five-match ODI series earlier this month.

"I will make a decision soon but I have yet to decide on retirement. I will continue playing Twenty20 cricket if I leave one-day. I want to leave the stage for youngsters so that Pakistan can have a good team by 2015," said Afridi, who retired from Test cricket in 2010.

Having said that, everyone would have expected a call on his ODI career, while this move makes it more prominent that the cricketer is keen on playing the game but would not sign any contracts so that he will not be able to play for the lucrative leagues.

Currently associated with major teams like Deccan Chargers, Dhaka Gladiators, Fly Emirates XI, Griqualand West, Habib Bank Limited, Hampshire, ICC World XI, Karachi, Leicestershire, Melbourne Renegades and South Australia, Shahid Afridi has put the PCB's central contracts on hold in order to make himself available for the most lucrative domestic leagues.

Afridi has played 347 ODIs for Pakistan and scored 7,068 runs and has claimed 347 wickets so far. The talented all-rounder holds the record for the fastest century in ODIs. His 37-ball ton against Sri Lanka in 1996 is considered as one of his best innings till date.

Similar to Afridi's issue, there were reports about Lasith Malinga not willing to sign the central contract as he was giving importance to other domestic leagues, than playing for his nation as the Board had thought of banning the cricketer, while the issue was resolved a few days later. Now, it's PCB time to react as the cricketer has put the signing process on hold.


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