Khan: Afridi to be axed as Pakistan skipper


Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has confirmed that Shahid Afridi will not be retained as captain of the side after the World T20 while his place in the starting line up will also be reviewed.

The 36-year-old Afridi, who had announced that the World T20 will be his last matches in Pakistan colours, is now reviewing whether to quit international cricket but he will not be the skipper if he does decide to continue playing.

Khan said: "He is captain till the World Cup under this understanding and he has said he will retire after the event. Even if he changes his mind and wants to carry on we will have to see whether he can be picked as a player or not."

Asked if the Board had any regrets about appointing Afridi to the role in the first place, Khan said the big-hitting allrounder was the logical choice at the time and that he must be supported at the global event.

Khan continued: "Afridi is a iconic figure in Pakistan and he has won us matches in the past, some on his own. His choice was logical.

"It is natural that whenever the team loses a big match there is criticism directed at him. But I think at this he needs the support of everyone."

Pakistan's next game at the WorldT20 is against New Zealand in Mohali on Tuesday.