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Afridi blames Javed’s changing vision for leaving Zalmi

Afridi blames Javed’s changing vision for leaving Zalmi

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Sunday revealed the reason which led to his exodus from the Pakistan Super League franchise Peshawar Zalmi owned by Javed Afridi.

Afridi, on March 25, tweeted his decision to part ways with Zalmi after playing two seasons for the side — first as the captain and second as a player after giving the leadership to West Indies’ two-time World T20-winning captain Darren Sammy.

“There are a few personal things that I don’t want highlighted in the media,” said Afridi while talking to a private news channel. “I didn’t want to be a hindrance in his new goals and vision. I have a lot of commitments to my own foundation, so I wouldn’t be able to give my services completely to him also. There a lot of projects of my foundation that I need to set my focus on.”

On a question if the decision will affect the relationship that both Afridi’s families share, the 37-year-old said: “These things don’t affect our families’ friendship and relation.”

Afridi, known as ‘Boom Boom’ for his swashbuckling batting, further said that the decision was delayed due to a few commitments he had with Zalmi. “I wanted to take this decision after the PSL final but I had to fulfil a few commitments with Peshawar Zalmi so I delayed it a little. However, I did want to win the PSL with Peshawar Zalmi and we did that.”

Afridi made it to prime time news for a lot of on-pitch controversies but his name never came in the limelight regarding any off-the-pitch scandals.

“I married in an early age to stay away from controversies, to not diverge from a straight path,” said Afridi in an attempt to explain why he never became a hero for the tabloids.

However, on the question of second marriage, Afridi said every man wishes for it and is also a desire which will never materialise.

“Every man wants to marry a second time,” Afridi said laughing. “Some do it while others keep wishing for it. Mine is also a wish only.”

Afridi retired from the T20Is — the last format he was representing Pakistan in — during the second edition of the recent PSL, however, he is not planning to say good bye to cricket.

“First I will continue playing cricket for one or two years, until I think I am fit,” said Afridi of his future plans.

Meanwhile, he is also focusing on Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF)’s projects. “I’ve worked with a lot of NGOs for the past nine years during earthquakes and floods. I have seen the suffering very closely. I want to put my effort in for them [through SAF]. I haven’t made my foundation to compete with any other NGO, it’s just a mean to an end.”

On a question of why Afridi is investing his efforts in the health sector like 1992 World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan, he said: “Whatever Imran bhai has done is great, may Almighty give him more success it that. I started off with the idea of a two-room clinic but eventually it took the shape of a full-fledged hospital. People are devoid of basic health facilities in the remote areas of Pakistan while we are living like kings in the metropolitans.”

Misbah shows class again as Faisalabad dominate

MULTAN: A view of the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy Grade-II match between Bahawalpur and Multan at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Thursday.—APP

KARACHI: Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq continued his warm-up for the Test series against the West Indies with another sublime innings as Faisalabad took early command of their fifth and final round Quaid-i-Azam Trophy Grade-II fixture here on Thursday.

The 42-year-old, who made 111 against Hyderabad last Sunday, took the centre stage at the National Stadium where on a green-tinged track, Abbottabad could muster just 103 in their first innings.

Paceman Naseer Akram grabbed his second five-for in succession, this time taking 5-30 on 10 overs.

Faisalabad made a solid start with Ali Rafiq (160 and the impressive Abdul Samad (47 off 97 balls, seven fours) putting on 37 for the first wicket.

Misbah, arriving at 48-2, then dominated the reminder of the day with an array of handsome strokes. The right-hander’s 109-ball knock includes 13 boundaries thus far and his unbroken stand with Khurram Shehzad (24) is with 75 as Faisalabad reached 178-3.

In the other Group ‘B’ match at the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad, Quetta were 55-1 after hosts Hyderabad were restricted to 220 all out in 60.1 overs.

Multan collected 137-2 after dismissing Bahawalpur for 190 at the Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan. Opener Zain Abbas was batting on an 80-ball 70 (12 fours).

Earlier slow left-armer Ali Usman captured six wickets for 50 runs.

Sialkot, who top Group ‘A’, were surprisingly in trouble as they slid to 35-2 after Azad Jammu Kashmir made 287-8 in the allotted 83 overs at the Dring Stadium in Bahawalpur.

Close of play scores on Thursday (day one of three):

Fifth round:

Group ‘A’:

At Dring Stadium, Bahawalpur: AZAD JAMMU KASHMIR 287-8 in 83 overs (Usman Maroof 72, Azhar Mughal 67, Ikram Hussain 50, Naved Malik 49; Mansoor Amjad 4-89, Ahsan Hafeez Bhatti 4-103); SIALKOT 35-2 in 8 overs (Faisal Khaliq 2-4).

At Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan: BAHAWALPUR 190 in 63 overs (Imranullah Aslam 49, Jawwad Ahmed 47, Mudassar Nazir 28, Adeel Basit 26; Ali Usman 6-50, Sohaib Maqsood 2-8, Sadaif Mehdi 2-55); MULTAN 137-2 in 25 overs (Zain Abbas 70 not out, Waqar Hussain 28).

Group ‘B’:

At National Stadium, Karachi: ABBOTTABAD 103 in 36.5 overs (Riaz Kail 23, Nasir Khan 21 not out; Naseer Akram 5-30, Ahmed Safi 2-10, Waqas Maqsood 2-24); FAISALABAD 178-3 in 51 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 82 not out, Abdul Samad 47, Khurram Shehzad 24 not out; Ikramullah Khan 2-52).

At Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad: HYDERABAD 220 in 60.1 overs (Shoaib Leghari 46, Azeem Ghumman 35, Nauman Ali 29, Mohammad Awais 29, Mir Darya Khan 26; Bakhtiar Shah 4-52, Gohar Faiz 2-45, Hamal Wahab 2-57, Sher Ai 2-63); QUETTA 55-1 in 27 overs (Bismillah Khan 29 not out).

Published in Dawn, March 24th, 2017


India’s Manohar to stay on as ICC chairman

India's Manohar to stay on as ICC chairman

India’s Manohar to stay on as ICC chairman

Chairman agreed to withdraw his resignation temporarily after the ICC board asked him to see through the restructuring.

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