Archive photo of Shaheen Afridi.© AFP
Following Shahid Afridi’s statement that pacesetter Shaheen Shah Afridi is paying for his own rehabilitation in England and staying in the country on his own money, Pakistan’s Cricket Board chief Ramiz Raja came out to deny that the board had “disowned the star player.” “. He said it was unthinkable that the PCB would not take care of Shaheen and called it an “unfortunate controversy”. Named in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad, Shaheen left the UAE team to go to England for treatment and recovery from a knee injury sustained during the Test series against Sri Lanka.
“Tell me, how can anyone even think that someone will disown Shaheen Afridi, and that includes their parental body. This cannot happen. It is beyond my understanding. And this is an unfortunate controversy,” Ramiz Raja said in an interview .
When Rizwan got sick during the World Cup, who took care of him? Our doctor’s panel stayed up all night treating him, they got him fit and they got him to play in the final (semi-final),” the PCB chief continued.
“It may be that in this case there was a lack of clarity. Because he had to leave Dubai quickly, there may have been a problem with the ticket sales. Because he went where he needed to go, but didn’t like the place, so he went elsewhere, Raja explained.
“But I want to make one thing clear. Our players are our biggest stakeholders. Ask everyone. What we do, no cricket board does. And not just for players who play for the national team. First-class players, youth players too,” says he.
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