No Plans to Remove Shahid Afridi, Says Pakistan Cricket Board
Pakistan Twenty20I captain Shahid Afridi has come under heavy criticism following the team\'s poor performance in the ongoing Asia Cup Twenty20I tournament in Bangladesh. Shahid Afridi has had an extremely poor Asia Cup T20 tournament. In three matches, he has scored just 2 runs with one DNB and taken just 2 wickets. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan has tried to quell speculations about a possible change in the captaincy before the World Twenty20 by declaring that the board had no plans to remove current skipper Shahid Afridi. Khan said the flamboyant all-rounder will remain in charge for the mega event in India. This was in response to speculations about Afridi\'s future as the national T20 captain following the team\'s poor performance in the ongoing Asia Cup Twenty20. But speculations still continued over Afridi\'s future as board insiders said that during deliberations on the team\'s performance in the Asia Cup majority had felt that the all-rounder was not pulling his weight. Speculations are strong that the PCB might ask Afridi to step down as captain himself so that they can appoint vice-captain wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed in his place for the World T20 when the team returns from Bangladesh later this week before going to India. News channels also carried stories off head coach Waqar Younis losing his cool with Afridi and other players after the defeat to Bangladesh.