31-year-old Pakistan hard-hitting all-rounder Shahid Afridi has withdrawn from the upcoming two-match One-Day International series in Ireland to be with his ill father.
Afridi had been replaced by Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for the matches, on 28th and 30th May in Clontarf, but had nevertheless been named in the squad.
"Afridi has informed us that his father has been admitted to hospital for liver treatment and he wants to be with him and would not be available for the two matches in Ireland," a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said, later adding that Pakistan would not be sending for a replacement.
"Shahid Afridi, who is presently in USA in connection with medical treatment of his father, has communicated to the Board that he will not be able to join the squad in Ireland as the doctors have advised him to stay back for a few more days," a statement from the PCB later explained.
"PCB understands his position and prays that his father recovers quickly."
Pakistan ODI squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Younus Khan, Taufeeq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Salman, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Tanvir Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam
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