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    April 13, 2006

    Afridi's "retirement"

    Shahid Afridi shocked a legion of fans, bloggers and columnists when he announced his decision to take a break from test cricket until the bloated World Cup.

    In his column, Andrew Miller wrote
    And the demands just keep getting worse. Last week, for instance, the BCCI announced it would be adding 25 offshore one-day internationals to India's already rammed itinerary - the majority, undoubtedly, will be against Pakistan. It was a move greeted with understandable dismay by the men whose duty it is to stick to that treadmill day-in, day-out. Cricinfo has learned that not even India's 4-0 clean-sweep was enough to appease their taskmasters, who were concerned that to rest key players in the dead-rubber matches that followed would offend the relevant hosting associations.
    I think it is actually becoming quite fashionable to blame the BCCI for all the ills in modern cricket. The fact of the matter is that every cricket board is trying to do its best to milk the players' far in excess of what they're being paid. It just happens in different ways.

    Some schedule tests against Bangladesh a few days after a tour of South Africa. Some play in Abu Dhabi. Some just appoint a non-controversial captain who puts in his papers a year later. Some agree to play seven ODIs in the span of less than three weeks and are more than keen to have India & Pakistan play on their grounds just for the money.

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