Lahore: Shahid Afridi's refusal to stay away from the media cost him the captaincy of Pakistan's ODI team as Board officials said the all-rounder did not take warnings to keep ‘internal matters’ to him seriously.

Although some former Test players and administrators have criticised PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt for his decision to change the appointment Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for the coming two matches against Ireland, insiders in the board said there was ground for action.

"There were a number of factors involved in Butt deciding to remove Afridi as captain but the main was his refusal to listen to board warnings about repeatedly going to the media with internal matters," one official source said.

He said even before the World Cup, Butt was not very keen on having Afridi lead the team after a number of incidents that is why the announcement of the captain was delayed.

He said Butt had in one meeting before the World Cup told Afridi to refrain from going to the media all the time on confidential matters.

"In one particular incident Afridi was called to a meeting by Butt in which the PCB Chairman discussed an issue with him about which no one had knowledge except the two and the chief operating officer.

He said Butt was also unhappy that the details about his discussion with Afridi on team matters after he returned from the West Indies were also published in the media the next day.

He said Butt had told Afridi after he complained about problems with head coach Waqar Younis on selection matters that he would sort out things after the tour but he should refrain from speaking in the media on the issue again.

Another source said the board was also not happy that Afridi had failed to send his reply to the notice issued to him after he returned from the West Indies and spoke to the media at the airport about interference in his domain.

Former Test pacer Sarfaraz Nawaz backed the decision to remove Afridi as one-day captain.

"He didn't do anything in the West Indies with bat or ball and he has struggled as batsman for a while now. He should now just concentrate on leading the team in Twenty20 cricket," Nawaz said.

Akram defies logic in Afridi’s sacking

Pace legend Wasim Akram on joined the growing list of former Pakistani players criticising the sacking of Shahid Afridi as ODI skipper, saying the decision defies logic and is disrespectful to the flamboyant all-rounder.

The PCB discarded the maverick Afridi as Pakistan's ODI captain after reports of his rift with coach Waqar Younis became public.

"Arguments between captains and coaches are not new in Pakistan cricket. Afridi was hailed as a national hero after the World Cup, and came back from the West Indies after winning the ODI series only to find out he has been sacked What is the PCB upto?" Akram said.

Akram questioned the Board's decision to appoint Misbah-ul-Haq as ODI skipper, saying the 36-year-old middle order batsman is "at best a stop-gap arrangement".

"The present Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is on the wrong side of 30 and I don't see him leading the side beyond 6 to 8 months", said Akram.

"It is a wrong step taken by PCB, and only (chairman) Ijaz Butt is to be blamed for this. In Pakistan, the coach wants all the power and when it doesn't happen, the fight begins," he added.

(Agencies)