Shahid Afridi may retire from one day cricket.posted under: Pakistan | All news
|After showing poor form in a 5-ODI series in Sri Lanka, all-rounder Shahid Afridi has decided to review his ODI future and might retire to give youngsters a chance.
Afridi managed to score just 28 runs in 4 innings and took 3 wickets with an expensive average of 48.66 in the 3-1 series loss to the Lankans.
“Our performance was not as such as we were expecting. Now I want to consult my elders and then decide on my one-day future. I will have to sincerely review where I stand as far as my performance is concerned,” he was quoted saying.
Afridi has played 347 ODIs for Pakistan, scoring a total of 7,068 runs and taking 347 wickets. He even has the record for the fastest 100, just taking 37 balls against Sri Lanka back in 1996. His form though has been deteriorating since February, when he managed to get only 3 wickets in an ODI series against England, which Pakistan lost 4-1. He said his country needed to start sculpting out a fresh team for the 2015 ICC World Cup from now itself. The World Cup will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
“I will make a decision soon but I have yet to decide on retirement. I will continue playing Twenty20 cricket if I leave one-day. I want to leave the stage for youngsters so that Pakistan can have a good team by 2015,” Afridi said, who retired from tests in 2010.
He mentioned that other seniors should also consider doing the same as the World Cup was still far away and they needed to pave way for a new generation. He also blamed the horrendous Pakistan fielding as one of the main reasons for their series loss.
“We lost mainly because of poor fielding. This has been our weakness ever since I started playing cricket, so we need to overcome that problem,” he added.
Afridi has had an eventful year, guiding Pakistan to the World Cup semi-final before having a tiff with the then Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt after he was removed as the ODI captain. In protest, he announced his retirement but came back after Butt was replaced by Zaka Ashraf as the PCB Chairman in October.
Afridi might also delay his stint for English County Hampshire at the Friends Life T20 as he said he didn’t have his visa yet and had some domestic commitments to attend to as well.