All-rounder Shahid Afridi yesterday reversed his decision to retire from international cricket, saying he wanted to play for Pakistan as the chairman of the cricket board has now been replaced.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari last week appointed banker Zaka Ashraf chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to replace Ijaz Butt, who had developed serious differences with Afridi in May.
"Since the board chairman has changed, I take back my retirement decision and am available to play for Pakistan," Afridi told reporters. "I had said I will never play with Butt as chairman, so things have changed now." Afridi had also wanted Waqar and manager Intikhab Alam replaced.
Waqar told AFP that he is happy with Afridi's decision but called the whole episode "disappointing". "To retire from cricket was his decision and now coming back to cricket is also his own," said Waqar. "I had said this before and I say this again, if he had some differences with me, he should have sat down and sorted it."