Karachi—Shahid Afridi, the cavalier cricketer, and darling of the crowd had anticipated a grand farewell after the T-20 series against West Indies in Dubai later this month, but his desire has turned into a bad dream, for he has already been ousted from the team for three-match series.
The farewell, has, therefore, is gone, no more, for the Pakistan Cricket Board was annoyed with his recent statement in which he had said that cricketers contributing for 15/20 years to the game, deserved to be bid honourable good-bye.
He even attacked media that journalists soar a cricketer sky-high with their wordage, but drop them like a thud, the moment he fails to perform. Why complain against that. This is the practice world over. You perform, you are a hero, you are out of touch, you exit gently, else thrown out with disgrace.
Afridi has been lucky in more than many ways. He lost attraction, and ability to perform, first with bat with persistent poor showing, and then with ball, conceding far too many runs, and still wicketless. Naturally, his performance came under criticism,.
He failed in Asia Cup, then in World T-20 cup. Now if was called for the tri-series in UAE, being in the 16 for the home tour, he blurted out words that no one can appreciate. If the PCB took notice of his utterances, it was within its rights, and has done well to drop him from the team picked for the tour. Why moan Mr Afridi. You are just nowhere—neither here nor there—so why should you be in the side, and a grand farewell for what? The PCB has taken a right decision. He did not deserve graceful treatment.
He forgot the fundamental principle that respect is not demanded, it is commanded. So rest Mr Afridi, rest and concentrate on your business, and philanthropic work.