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Shahid Afridi angers Pakistan Cricket Board again, here is how

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly unhappy with Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq’s decision to play in the Afghanistan T20 league. In this regard, the PCB has decided to not issue No-objection certificates (NoCs) to players in order to deter them from participating in the league.

cricket Updated: Sep 08, 2017 12:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Shahid Afridi,Abdul Razzaq,Afghanistan T20 league
Shahid Afridi represented Pakistan cricket team in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs, 98 T20Is.(Getty Images)

Former Pakistan cricketers Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq have decided to take part in the Afghan cricket league.

The 37-year-old Razzaq, who has 46 Tests to his name, will be a part of Amo Sharks -- according to reports. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi took to Twitter last month to announce that he would be taking part in the league. Stating that he wants to spread peace through the game of cricket, Afridi had written: “I’ll be playing at Afghan T20 league supporting and promoting peace through cricket, I represent Pakistan wherever I go. #PakistanZindabad”.

The duo is expected to join other Pakistani cricketers as well, including Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Babar Azam, Sohail Tanveer and Ruman Raees. Although reports claim the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided not to issue No-objection certificates to the cricketers in an attempt to deter them from participating in the league.

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However, PCB sources have also confirmed GeoTV that Afridi has actually sought permission to play in the Big Bash League (BBL), the domestic T20 league in Australia, and not in the Shpageeza Cricket League.

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The two cricketing boards have not been at the best terms since Afghanistan cancelled its proposed home and away tour with Pakistan earlier this season following a bomb blast in Kabul. Pakistan was blamed for the attack by Afghanistan’s intelligence agencies.

“The ACB hereby cancel all kinds of cricket matches and initial mutual relationship agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board,” the Afghan board had stated on its official Facebook page. “No agreement of friendly matches and mutual relationship agreement is possible with a country where terrorists are housed and provided safe havens.”

In retaliation, Pakistan had stated it wouldn’t allow its cricketers to take part in the Afghan cricket league.

First Published: Sep 07, 2017 17:10 IST