Afridi To Reconsider T20 Retirement: Pakistan Allrounder Shahid Afridi, one of most explosive hitters ever and veteran of more than 300 international matches is reconsidering his retirement from T20 Cricket after T20 world cup.
Shahid Afridi To Reconsider T20 Retirement after T20 World
Shahid Afridi, who is currently captain of Pakistan T20 team, wants to retire from T20 internationals after T20 world cup. Afridi who quit from one-day international cricket last year after ICC 2015 world cup is facing enormous pressure from friends and family to not retire from T20 internationals.
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Shahid Afridi, who will turn 36 on 1 March, told said that right now he is focussing on world cup only and not retirement but with not any special talent coming to replace him he may consider his decision of retirement.
Afridi also said that “First I want to see where Pakistan stand in the World Cup. Whether I am capable of taking the team forward on the back of my performances. I want to check where I am standing myself. As far as playing goes my fitness is zabardast (awesome). Energy is also there. I can play cricket. But I would be able to tell things clearly after the World Twenty20.”
Afridi, who is known for his explosive hitting, has played all T20 world cups and was responsible for T20 2009 world cup win scoring half centuries in the semi final and final. Afridi has played 90 T20 internationals and scored 1313 runs with the help of 4 half centuries with a strike rate of around 149. Afridi has also taken 91 wickets with the best bowling figures of 4/11.
Afridi has a T20I captaincy record 16 wins and 19 losses in 35 internationals. With Pakistan team struggling to play competitive cricket as compared to 15 years ago when they have greats like Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Saqlain Mushtaq, Inzamam ul Haq, Abdur Razzaq. Experience of Afridi can help new talents like Mohammad Amir, Sarfaraz to perform well at international level and make Pakistan team one of the stronger teams in international arena.