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KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will hold crisis talks Monday after replaced captain Shaheen Shah Afridi reportedly denied he had made comments backing new skipper Babar Azam that were quoted in a PCB statement.

After dropping Babar as captain over last year’s World Cup flop, the PCB on Sunday reinstated him as white-ball captain, replacing Shaheen Shah after less than five months in charge.

The PCB statement said Shaheen Shah had “nothing but respect” for the returning skipper.

Babar Azam back as Pakistan’s captain in white-ball cricket

“I will try to help him on and off the field. We are all one,” Afridi was quoted as saying.

But a source close to Shaheen Shah denied he had signed off on the statement that implied a harmonious transfer of the top job.

The source added he resented being replaced after being in charge for just one Twenty20 series.

“This is not Shaheen’s statement and he has contacted the PCB to clarify this,” the source told AFP.

“Shaheen will meet PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi on Monday.”

The PCB issued a statement confirming that Naqvi, who is also the country’s interior minister, would visit Pakistan team training in Kakul on Monday, without mentioning Afridi.

Fast bowler Afridi led Pakistan to a 4-1 loss in a Twenty20 Series in New Zealand in January.

Afridi also captained Lahore Qalandars as they finished last in the T20 Pakistan Super League that ended two weeks ago.

Pakistan next play New Zealand in a five-match home Twenty20 series, followed by matches in Ireland and England.

The T20 World Cup takes place in the United States and West Indies in June.

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KU Apr 01, 2024 03:50pm
True reflection of our politics, and why not? Meritless rule the roost everywhere.
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Malik Naveed Apr 01, 2024 07:36pm
Acha tha sosar loty ki sefarish pe aaya tha bezti k sath wapas chala gaya captani se
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