Did Afridi reject the post of vice-captain in T20 World Cup, PCB's answer came

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Karachi. Pakistan announced the team for the ICC T20 World Cup and there was controversy about it. Just before the tournament, Babar Azam was again given the command of the team by taking the captaincy from Shaheen Afridi. After this, the news came that no vice-captain of Pakistan has been announced because Shaheen refused to take this responsibility. Now on Saturday, clarification has come from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on this matter.

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The PCB said the national selectors never offered Shaheen the role of vice-captain ahead of the T20 World Cup to be held in the US and the Caribbean next month. Several reports claimed that Afridi was offered the position of vice-captain in the Babar Azam-led Pakistan team but the left-arm pacer rejected the offer.

A source close to one of the national selectors told PTI, “The selectors were shocked by the news because when they had a two-hour online meeting on Friday, 6 out of 7 selectors were not in favour of retaining Babar Azam as vice-captain. The minutes of the meeting have been recorded as per the instructions of the PCB chairman. So, today's news of Shaheen turning down the offer to become vice-captain was a surprise for the selectors.”

However, it has emerged that in March, a selector had asked Afridi if he would like to become the vice-captain in the future. The fast bowler had completely rejected the offer.

Pakistan Team: Babar Azam (captain), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Fakhar Zaman, Azam Khan (wicketkeeper), Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Abbas Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Abrar Ahmed.

tag: babar azam, shaheen afridi, T20 World Cup

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