Saturday, 13 April 2013

Shahid Afridi blasts ex-PCB chairman Butt for 'Misbah-Hafeez rift' comments

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has lashed out at former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt, saying that Butt should quit making comments harming the game in the country.

Recently, Butt had claimed that Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and coach Dav Whatmore had formed a nexus to pressurise Test and one-day skipper Misbah-ul Haq, a statement that drew a strong denial from the two team members, the Express Tribune reports.

The report further said that Afridi and Butt were involved in a tussle when Butt was in-charge of the PCB, with the cricketer threatening to announce his retirement from the sport at that time.

Renewing his tiff with Butt, Afridi said that the former PCB chief should rest now and enjoy the game as his time as a chairman is over, adding that international cricket stopped during his tenure and the infamous spot-fixing scandal also surfaced when Butt was in charge.

Commending the current PCB chairman Muhammad Zaka Ashraf, Afridi said that Ashraf should be supported as he is leading the board in a more befitting manner compared to Butt.

The former captain also downplayed the existence of a rift between Misbah and Hafeez as alleged by Butt, saying that he found no differences among the team players.

However, despite several rebuttals, reports of a rift between Misbah and Hafeez continue to do the rounds in the cricket fraternity, the report added. (ANI)

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