Lahore: Shahid Afridi has said he was disappointed by the "petty things" PCB chairman Ijaz Butt brought up while justifying Afridi's axing as Pakistan's one-day captain.
"I am disappointed because such petty things coming from the head of the board were unwarranted," Afridi told the Daily Times. "He himself made me captain, and everyone, from experts to fans, had praised my leadership and the unity in the team."
Afridi led Pakistan to the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup, their best performance since 1999 at cricket's flagship one-day event. After that, he led Pakistan to an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match one-day series in the West Indies before a selection meeting bust-up between him and coach Waqar Younis sparked off a controversy. Pakistan went on to lose the two dead rubber games, and Afridi was stripped of the one-day captaincy. He responded by announcing a "conditional retirement" from the game.