Afridi pulls out of Ireland series

Wed, May 25, 2011 1:11 PM

Afridi pulls out of Ireland series
Shahid Afridi led Pakistan to a series win in West Indies
Shahid Afridi has withdrawn from two one-day internationals against Ireland for personal reasons, an official said Tuesday.

The popular 31-year-old all-rounder was last week replaced by Misbah-ul-Haq despite leading Pakistan to the semi-final of the World Cup and a 3-2 one-day series win over the West Indies.

"Afridi has informed us that his father has been admitted to hospital for liver treatment and he wants to be with him and would not be available for the two matches in Ireland," PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar told reporters.

"No replacement will be sent for Afridi," said Sarwar.

Pakistan, who levelled a two-match Test series in the West Indies on Monday, reach Ireland on Wednesday where they play on 28 and 30 May.

Afridi took over as national captain last year but after a heavy defeat against Australia in neutral venue England, he resigned from the Test captaincy, but continued as ODI and T20 captain.

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