Pakistani batsman Azhar Ali has been dropped by the national selectors from the One-Day International squad for the series against West Indies on Wednesday. But former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi is not happy with the selectors’ decision and feels that such step would create a difference between players and the board.
The former all-rounder also pointed out that Azhar, who was the captain of the Pakistan ODI team needed to be treated respectfully like all other players.
Afridi told Geo TV, “Firstly, I support Azhar’s decision to step aside from captaincy, it was a wise decision. But, I believe that the PCB should have allowed Azhar to make the announcement himself, instead of issuing a press release before letting Azhar say anything on this”
He further added, “I also feel that the decision to drop Azhar Ali from ODI team wasn’t the wise one. He was the captain and deserved the respect like other players. Any decision, without mutual respect, could create differences between board and player”
Former Pakistani captain also said about the ongoing investigation of the spot-fixing scandal that had hit the second edition of the Pakistan Super League that led to the suspension of Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Mohammad Irfan. He also praised Pakistan Cricket Board for not allowing corrupt cricketers to return to the game. Afridi added on this, “If a player knows that he can return to the team after serving five years of the ban, then he wouldn’t have any fear. I have always said that a life ban should be imposed on any form of corrupt activity in Cricket”
He concluded, “Every player is repeatedly told by the anti-corruption unit of board that they should inform immediately about any approaches, yet if some players are delaying or not reporting the approach then they are guilty according to the laws”