After being sacked as Pakistan skipper, Shahid Afridi could now lose captaincy of his state side Karachi to Mohammad Sami if the PCB refuses to give him the requisite permit to play in the National Twenty20 Championship.
The Karachi City Cricket Association has decided that if the PCB does not allow Afridi to play in the National Twenty20 Championship, discarded Test pacer Sami will replace him as captain of Karachi Dolphins.
The National Twenty20 championship will take place in Faisalabad from June 24.
The KCCA announced Afridi as the Dolphins' captain, but after he got entangled in a row with the PCB, there has been lingering doubt on whether he would be allowed to take part in the event. Though the PCB is yet to make an official announcement on Afridi's participation in the event, but KCCA President Siraj-ul-Islam Bukhari said Sami would lead the Karachi team in case Afridi fails to get the clearance.
"We have started our nets from today for the team and we can't have a fluid situation where no one knows whether the board will clear Afridi to play," Bukhari said. "Sami is an experienced player and will be the best choice if Afridi doesn't get the permission. We are still waiting for PCB's reply but we have to keep our options open," he added.