Afridi, Ajmal to be given a glorious farewell: Najam Sethi

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Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi said that all-rounder Shahid Afridi and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will be granted a deserving farewell from the national team for their years of service.

According to Express News, Sethi said, “I will meet both players next week and we [board] will ensure that the duo be given a glorious farewell [from the national team].”

Earlier, it was reported that Afridi might not get the farewell international cap he wanted during the upcoming three-match series against the West Indies. It was expected that the former Pakistan T20I captain would not be included in the already announced 15-man squad as the 16th player.

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Similarly, Ajmal last represented Pakistan in 2015 in a T20I match against Bangladesh and subsequently fell out of favour due to changes in his bowling action. However, he was the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded National T20 Cup with 20 wickets in the tournament.

While Afridi tops the list of all-time leading wicket-takers in T20Is with 97 scalps, Ajmal is third on that list with 85 wickets.

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And the former captain previously told The Express Tribune that cricketers who serve the country for long periods deserve a rousing send-off.

“We don’t have a tradition of retiring players gracefully, which makes it tough for them to decide when to call it a day since we all have a desire of exiting on a high,” he said.

“Players must exit respectfully since the ones who serve the country with distinction deserve honour,” he added.