LAHORE - Pakistan will be without former captain Shahid Afridi for their two one-day internationals in Ireland because his father is ill, said a statement issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday. Afridi will now not be involved at all for the two games against Ireland at Stormont on Saturday and next Monday due to his father's illness, a PCB spokesman said. "Afridi informed us his father has been admitted to hospital for liver treatment and he wants to be with him," the spokesman added. The 31-year-old all-rounder was only last week replaced as one-day captain by Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, despite guiding Pakistan to the semi-finals of the World Cup and a 3-2 series victory in the West Indies. It was thought Afridi's criticism of the team's management after the series in the Caribbean was the reason for his demotion, but the PCB insisted the decision was in line with their policy of appointing a captain "on a series to series basis".