LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will be prepared to answer Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur in an ICC board meeting scheduled to be held later this month in Cape Town, South Africa.

PCB’s Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi said on Tuesday that the board “will give befitting response to Anurag Thakur” after the latter had requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to put Pakistan and India in the separate pools during the global tournaments.

Talking about giving an honourable exit to former T20 captain Shahid Afridi, the executive committee's chairman said: "Afridi is a star player and we will do everything for him."

“The board will do everything we can for Afirdi. However, we cannot disturb the professionalism of the team to include him,” Sethi told reporters outside the PCB headquarters.

The Executive Committee chairman suggested that there is a need to have a meeting with Afridi to discuss matters properly.

"There's a new captain, the team is moving in a new direction. We don't want to influence that, we can't disturb everyone and include Afridi," said Sethi.

"We are planning for Afridi. It won't be charity. There are more good things to come, you'll be very pleased."