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Farewell match for Afridi dropped by PCB

The superstar allrounder stepped down as skipper after a poor show in the World T20 in India last April had played in 398 ODIs and 98 T20 internationals and captained Pakistan in all three formats.

There were plans for having a farewell match, with Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq strongly in favour of such.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq wanted Afridi to be picked in the T20 squad for the coming series against the West Indies, Afridi would have travelled to UAE as the 16th player and was suppose to appear in the final match against the West Indies before announcing his retirement and going out gracefully.

Inzamam had reached an understanding Afridi; he would announce his retirement after playing against the West Indies.

However, in a twist, the plan was abandoned after Najam Sethi, who heads the executive committee, objected to the proposal to give Afridi a befitting farewell.

Sethi did not want the board to set a wrong example by including Afridi as the 16th player, only for him to have a chance to play his farewell international match as it was not befitting for such a senior player.

It looks like Afridi might have played his final match for Pakistan if Sethi gets his way.

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