Former Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal on Sunday lashes out at former all-rounder and teammate Shahid Afridi.
For the first time in public, it was revealed that senior players staged a coup against then-captain Younis Khan during the ICC Champions Trophy 2009.
Former captain and flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, in his book GAME CHANGER, said that a senior batsman was majorly responsible for the breakdown of stability and goodwill within the team.
Afridi refrained from naming the player. His hints, however, were very clear.
“I won’t name him, but one of the seniors in the team at the time, a great batsman in his own right, was majorly responsible for the breakdown of stability and goodwill within the team. It saddens me because he was one of the finest batsmen of those years,” Afridi wrote in the chapter ‘Strain of Command’.
The former captain further wrote that during the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa, the batsman essentially attempted a coup.
“He called a team meeting of all the major players sans the captain Younis Khan and announced that he was not satisfied and motivated under Younis Khan’s captaincy. That was that—he had declared an all-out rebellion, bang in the middle of a major tournament,” Afridi wrote.
Afridi added that when he was told about the plan of informing then-chairperson Ejaz Butt that no one wants to play under Younis, he tried to convince him otherwise.
“I said that it was unfair of him to lobby other players into feeling as dissatisfied as him, specially the younger players. I advised him to take the matter directly to Younis Khan and tell him, man to man. The dissident refused,” Afridi said.
The all-rounder further adds that Shoaib Malik, Naved ul Hasan, and Saeed Ajmal had also supported the plan.
Afridi levelled baseless allegations, said Saeed Ajmal
Talking to media after visiting a medical camp installed by a private foundation, he said that Shahid Afridi’s book Game Changer contains baseless allegations, adding that he is accused of being involved in a coup against then-captain Younus Khan during the ICC Champions Trophy 2009.
He asked how a junior player could stage a coup against a senior player. Ajmal said the tensions would escalate if he goes into the details, adding that he always respected his seniors.
Regarding Pakistan’s World Cup squad, he said that team management should make changes in the team as required before the deadline.
The spinner said that Pakistan must have a strong bowling attack, adding selection committee should have selected Muhammad Amir.