Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ijaz Butt said decision of sacking Shahid Afridi as captain of the country’s ODI team was taken in the best interest and refused to reveal the exact reasons for it.

Afridi was replaced by senior batsman Misbah-ul-Haq for the tour of Ireland.

Drawing criticism for sacking Afridi, Butt said, "It is the board's right to change the captain and the decision was taken in the best interests of the team."

"Captains are changed all over the world and no cricket board gives a reason for that," he told a daily newspaper.

He also defended his decision to appoint Misbah saying that lack of options in the squad forced the move.

"We're looking at everyone's performance and discipline and we're trying to pinpoint a suitable candidate for the captain's position for the future," he explained.

Earlier in another interview, the PCB chief said that the board was working hard to bring back international cricket to Pakistan.

He said one of the main tasks before the board was to arrange a bilateral series with India in December this year.

No foreign team has toured Pakistan since March 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan side.

Butt, who met with interior minister Rehman Malik on Thursday in Islamabad to discuss arrangements for the coming series between Pakistan A and Afghanistan, said he asked the government to provide a security plan that would assist the PCB in its task of trying to revive international cricket in the country.

(Agencies)