'Money has always been an issue for Javed Miandad', says Shahid Afridi

KARACHI: Former T20 captain Shahid Afridi, while responding to a question, said “money has always been an issue for Javed Miandad”.

The all-rounder was talking to journalists in Karachi at the book launch ceremony of sports journalist Saleem Khaliq, when a reporter mentioned it to Afridi that “Javed Miandad has said that Afridi wanted farewell game only for money”.

To this Afridi responded saying, “money has always been an issue for Javed Miandad”.

He went on to say that “it doesn’t suit a legendary cricketer like Miandad to pass such irresponsible comments”.

Afridi said people loved him a lot and it doesn’t matter to him much whether he gets the farewell game or not.

“I will meet PCB executive committee’s chairman Najam Sethi and talk to him about what the board wants to do regarding the farewell game,” he said.

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Last month, the veteran player had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to give him a farewell match so that he could exit international arena in a befitting manner.

Afridi, who quit ODIs last year after the 2015 50-over World Cup, says he deserves a farewell match, and he has asked the PCB to provide him with that so that he can bid goodbye to his fans.

“A farewell match is my right,” the all-rounder said while talking to a private news channel.

It may be recalled that Pakistan were eliminated from this year’s World Twenty20 after losing to India, New Zealand and Australia in the preliminary stage of the event.

Consequently, there were talks, at that time, about this being Afridi’s last T20 campaign.

When a journalist recently asked Shahid Afridi about his fitness, he was met with a typical Afridi cross bat response: “Alhamdulillah, tum jaise dus bande main abhi bhi sambhaal sakta hoon (by the grace of God, I can still take on 10 guys like you).”

In the same interview, he had expressed his desire to represent Pakistan.

By some media accounts, Afridi was in talks with chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and was seeking a farewell game against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates.

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