All-rounder Shahid Afridi will finally join Hampshire next week after talks with the PCB.
The PCB barred Afridi, 33, from playing in the FL T20 after suspending his central contract for disparaging remarks about the board. But, following a meeting on Tuesday, the PCB granted the player No Objection Certificate. "Shahid will join Hampshire next week to play T20 tournament," BBC quoted Afridi's lawyer as saying. "The meeting between Shahid and Ijaz Butt [PCB chairman] went very well and both parties have come to an amicable agreement.
"I spoke to Giles White [Hampshire manager] this morning and they're very pleased that it's all sorted out, Shahid is very excited to finally be linking up with Hampshire and get back to doing what he loves, which is playing cricket." Afridi, who had seen his registration with Hampshire removed by the England and Wales Cricket Board because of the row, was scheduled to make his Hampshire debut in their FL T20 opener against Somerset last month.
Afridi was also poised to play Twenty20 cricket for Hampshire last summer but opted to lead Pakistan in the Test series against Australia instead.
Earlier, Shahid Afridi met PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt in Islamabad on Tuesday amid indications that a resolution of the ongoing dispute between the two is on the cards. Well-placed sources confirmed that a meeting had taken place on the insistence of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, to whom Afridi had met in London and sought his help in resolving the matter, on Bilawal's directives the issue had finally been settled, the sources have confirmed.