Next retirement will be my last: Afridi

By AFP
Published: October 27, 2011

Shahid Afridi believes that the new board chairman will be good for the embattled national team. PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has confirmed that the change in leadership at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was the reason behind his decision to reverse his retirement.

Afridi retired in protest after he was stripped of captaincy following the tour of the West Indies earlier this year. A reported rift with then-coach Waqar Younis and the former PCB chairman Ijaz Butt also came into the spotlight. Speaking ahead of the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes event, which starts today, Afridi said the change of leadership at the PCB paved the way for his return.

“I stopped playing because of Butt,” said Afridi. “He has gone now and I am back. I am fit and want to play. The next time I retire will be the last time.”

Afridi added that the new chairman gave hope to the embattled side and took a swipe at the ‘old man’ he replaced.

“The new chairman’s impressive. He’s run a lot of companies, so he knows how to manage people and I hope it will be a good change. Butt was poor during his tenure. If you look at the things that happened, it’s clear he didn’t do a good job. I think he needs to have some rest – he is in his seventies – he is an old man.”

Following Afridi’s decision to retire, the PCB said that he had breached a code of conduct by announcing his retirement and levelling allegations against the board. In response, Afridi launched legal proceedings against the PCB, which were reportedly settled out of court.

The affair was the latest in a line of damaging episodes to dog Pakistani cricket, the most serious being allegations of spot-fixing during last year’s England tour which are currently being heard by a London court.

Afridi also said he hoped the conclusion of a trial relating to spot-fixing allegations, involving internationals Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, would allow Pakistan to step out of the shadow of the scandal.

“Whatever the outcome, it will be an example to our youngsters. It’s time to leave the issue behind.”

Afridi plays in an All-Star team at this weekend’s event alongside former Sri Lanka batsman-turned-politician Sanath Jayasuriya and South African Herschelle Gibbs.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 28th, 2011.

Reader Comments (35)

  • Harish
    Oct 27, 2011 - 7:30PM

    Off course it’s great. More cheating to follow with you coming back to cricket

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  • Khalid
    Oct 27, 2011 - 7:59PM

    But we the fans dont need you. you might be good at cricket but your attitude is very bad. The media projects you and our poor illiterate awam think you are a hero like they think about most of our politicians who are destroying our country and you Mr Afridi will destroy the game we love, please stay away from Pakistani cricket play abroad in clubs, leagues etc. ect Recommend

  • Shafaaqat
    Oct 27, 2011 - 9:01PM

    You are not needed man, need some wise heads. Team is doing very well without you and will keep doing.

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  • atif
    Oct 27, 2011 - 9:24PM

    its a pleasur for pakistan as well as my self i love u boom boom u r a hero u r our proud
    we all feel hapy to see u on pitch. god bless u play for pakistan

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  • atif
    Oct 27, 2011 - 9:26PM

    great its a good news for pakistan. God bless u. play for the bright future of pakistan. we all love u alottttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

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  • malik
    Oct 27, 2011 - 9:32PM

    Nice to know that Afridi is only 31. That means he can serve the Pakistan cricket for another 6 or 7 years…

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  • F Khan
    Oct 27, 2011 - 9:49PM

    The more you keep quite is good for you and Pakistan cricket.PCB is not a fool to allow you back so that the moment you are in your start politics to become captain. The team is settling with you.Thank you for all you did to our cricket.You shelf life is finished anyway.Recommend

  • 3footninja
    Oct 27, 2011 - 9:53PM

    He’s just trying to score points with the new boss… hehe…

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  • Mirza
    Oct 27, 2011 - 11:24PM

    The cricketer turned politician has spoken to take care of his personal interests. What is the problem with the current young Pakistani team led by a highly educated and sober Misbah? Misbah keeps his big mouth shut and lets his bat and team results do the talking. Why do we want to start cheating and politics in the team again? Is it one cricketer’s birthright to be in the team at all costs?

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  • Javed
    Oct 27, 2011 - 11:50PM

    Afridi is praising the new PCB Chairman hoping he will be allowed back in the team. Just wait for the time when he is not selected, then we will see the real face of Afridi.

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  • Doctor
    Oct 27, 2011 - 11:54PM

    @Harish:
    what about raina….???? isn’t he a cheater and match fixer…??]
    mend your own home and then point fingers

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:49AM

    Afridi has 6 to 7 years more of his cricket life. In those years he will definitely score another hundred runs.

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  • You Said It
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:21AM

    Afridi’s word is meaningless. If he is back in the team, he will soon try to undermine Misbah to get back the captaincy. The team members will be manipulated into picking sides. Good bye to the current team’s performance. Until Afridi has another tantrum.

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  • You Said It
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:26AM

    @Doctor,
    Are you taking too many of the pills you’re supposed to be prescribing your patients? You’ve lost the plot.

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  • obaid
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:33AM

    he can be played as a specialist bowler. nothing more.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 28, 2011 - 9:02AM

    When was the last time Afridi scored a century? How long ago was that? When did Boom Boom became Doom Doom? Afridi can only be included in the 20 team as an allrounder. Not in any other form of cricket.

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  • shah
    Oct 28, 2011 - 9:58AM

    you are not trustworthy

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  • Oct 28, 2011 - 10:01AM

    Surely Afridi was waiting for the chairman retirement, because as soon the ijaz butt resigned, Afridi pulled his retirement back…Good work Afridi, keep it up…

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  • Reddy
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Like Pakistanis, we, Indians also like our heroes.
    I for one like them unsullied. I know they are human and cant be perfect, but I still would like them to stay away from controversies and confusions.
    It is very obvious that Afridi, ( No hero of mine ) has taken his fans for granted and forced them along the mud with himself. This is no way to treat the fan.
    I wrote in a comment of a previous article about Afridi in the Tribune that when Afridi announced his retirement, he was after Waqar, and if Waqar was removed then Afridi would come back with his tail wagging and make up with Butt also. He did come back rather gleefully ,and with the extention for Butt as head of PCB being refused the ” Afridi Return ” was imminent and that much more sweeter for him .
    Now he is flogging a dead horse by talking about Butt. Wonder what happened to the Pathan Bravado when Butt was at the helm and working on a possible extention.
    THIS IS JUST TOO MUCH TROUBLE AND FUSS OVER A VERY ORDINARY PLAYER WHO MIGHT STRUGGLE TO HOLD HIS PLACE IN THIS TALENTED PAKISTANI SIDE.

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  • Maira
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:30AM

    How you can forget his efforts in world cup. he might have taken wrong decisions, his attitude might be not trustworthy, he might not be good with bat now, but look at his leadership skills and most of all, his bowling. he was the one who took us home safely against Canada when we were at the verge of mockery. and most of the all, he is the most honest cricketer in last 10 years. Reaching semi finals with bunch of kids was not even closer to imagination and then beating Australia and Sri Lanka. How ruthless we are. Boom Boom for life.

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  • Javed Shah
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:33AM

    Afridi is too unpredictable/unstable to become captain of team Pakistan. Retired 10 times already

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  • malik
    Oct 28, 2011 - 11:03AM

    “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” -Mark Twain

    Why does this remind me of our greatest all-rounder Afridi?

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  • Ed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 12:27PM

    Afridi needs to keep quiet and only concentrate on the game. He should realise that at the most, he is in his final four to five years of playing for Pakistan, in case he is selected back on the team. He should learn to age in a dignified and mature manner. No more politics, no more ego worship, no more stupid media antics, no more un-called for comments and definitely no more ball biting and false retirements. If he is able to do that, he’s an exciting option for Pakistan cricket. But frankly speaking, I guess all that might be asking too much from Afridi.

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  • Shamy
    Oct 28, 2011 - 1:05PM

    who is he ?

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  • True PAKISTANI
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:24PM

    oh no, I am so upset to read this news…do it TODAY please :)

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  • Oct 28, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Afridi has praised the new chairman as a good manager who knows how to handle people. Well I am sure the new chair will turn out to be an excellent manager but the question is how the new chairman will manage a person like Afridi who can’t manage himself.

    Afridi is good for politics only, or may be for show business. His return to the side would set a bad example for the young players. It return would be very damaging for Pakistan cricket.

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  • Megatron
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:47PM

    Afridi’s comment on Butt is really ageist and discriminatory.

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  • Salman
    Oct 28, 2011 - 9:06PM

    Pakistani team badly needs you how ever avoid making big decisions in haste. Retiring is a respectable formal process after years of long hardwork in any field. Don’t make it as a joke and learn to respect ethics.

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  • anybodyagree
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:08PM

    @Mirza:
    Misbah is the one who let us down in the semi against india…….nobody forget that…..

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  • ttp
    Oct 28, 2011 - 11:57PM

    do it now, hav been hearing this drama for more than couple months,, afridi should stop these kind of silly, dirty priceless drama

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  • Saad
    Oct 29, 2011 - 3:22AM

    Irrespective of the feelings and attributed logic of politics, Afridi has been a good captain and his recent all rounder stats are way better. Kindly shut up and remember the time of WC when he led Pakistan out of nowhere. Its becoming a habit that we taunt others irrespective of the good times they gave us. He boosts the players, the game and the nation. Haters can go to hell !!!

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  • Saad
    Oct 29, 2011 - 3:23AM

    @Mirza:

    Was this comment by ‘Mirza’ or ‘Misbah’ :-)

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  • saqib jaan
    Oct 30, 2011 - 1:48AM

    @Shamy:
    he is shahid khan afridi dude

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  • Afridi's Angel
    Oct 31, 2011 - 8:06AM

    Shahid Afridi should have used the word “strike” instead of the word “retirement”. People all around the world strike for better working conditions, and there is nothing wrong regarding going on strike to fight for your rights. Shahid Afridi went on strike, and now that the environment is more favorable, he is coming back – there is nothing wrong in what he is doing.

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  • A.J. - Shahid's Angel
    Nov 1, 2011 - 5:27AM

    To Shahid Afridi – May Almighty Allah bless you with vibrant, strong health & vitality so you continue to play cricket for another 15 to 20 years! Your true/die hard fans cannot get enough of you :)

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