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Afridi pulls out of Pakistan-Ireland ODI series due to 'personal reasons'


May 25, 2011 - Islamabad

Shahid Afridi, who was sacked as Pakistan's One-Day International (ODI) skipper last week, has withdrawn from the upcoming one-day series against Ireland, citing personal reasons.

"Afridi informed us that his father has been admitted to hospital for liver treatment and he wants to be with him," the BBC quoted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman Nadeem Sarwar, as saying.

Pakistan have decided not to replace Afridi in the squad, and are instead relying on the other 15 players initially named for the tour.

Afridi had been leading the Twenty20 and ODI sides since early 2010 before the PCB recently removed him as one-day captain for the forthcoming series against Ireland, appointing Test captain Misbahul Haq as his successor.

The two-match ODI series in Ireland will take place at Stormont on Saturday and next Monday.

Pakistan squad for Ireland tour: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Taufiq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Salman (wk), Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Tanvir Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam.

ANI

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