LAHORE - The PCB chairman has reacted cautiously to Afridi’s retirement decision. Chairman Ijaz Butt said that Afridi’s announcement that he didn’t want to play under the current board is his personal choice. “It is his personal decision to retire. But we have not dropped him, neither did we tell him not to play,” Butt said. Butt said he would not like to comment in detail on the issue until the team returned home and he had discussions with the team management. “Let the team return and then we will elaborate on lot of things,” he said.
But the PCB chief clarified that the board had selected Shahid Afridi to play in the Ireland series and it was the all-rounder’s decision to opt out of the series because of the illness of his father . Butt said if Afridi had decided to retire from all international cricket, it was his personal decision. Sources said that the Chairman had spoken to his senior officials and some members of the governing body on the issue but the board was unclear on what line of action to take. “There is no doubt he has violated the code of conduct with his utterly reckless comments on board and team issues. Butt said that Afridi “is welcome if he does not want to play.”