Shahid Afridi announces retirement from international cricket

By AFP
Published: February 20, 2017
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Afridi ends an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career. PHOTO: AFP

Afridi ends an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career. PHOTO: AFP

SHARJAH: Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career.

The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered the Pakistan T20I team at the 2016 world championships in India. He stepped down as captain after the tournament although he retained slender hopes of continuing his career in the sport’s shortest format as a player.

“I have said goodbye to international cricket,” said Afridi after smashing a 28-ball 54 in a Pakistan Super League match for Peshawar Zalmi in Sharjah.

“I am playing for my fans and will continue to play this league for another two years but it’s goodbye from international cricket.

“Now my foundation is important for me. I have played with seriousness and in a professional way for my country.”

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Nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’, Afridi had been a fan favourite since he burst onto the scene in 1996, striking a 37-ball one-day century against Sri Lanka in only his second match to set a world record that was unbeaten for 18 years.

He became known as a leg-spin bowling all-rounder in the second half of his career and was instrumental in Pakistan’s early successes in T20I, including their 2009 victory.

After stopping short of retirement following Pakistan’s first round exit at the 2016 World T20, Afridi had wanted to play a farewell T20I match against West Indies in United Arab Emirates in September. But selectors, with one eye on the future, did not pick him in the squad.

His blistering breakthrough century in Nairobi in 1996 was only surpassed by New Zealand’s Corey Anderson’s 36-ball hundred against West Indies at Queenstown in 2014.

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South African AB de Villiers then bettered the record further with a 31-ball century, also against the West Indies, at Johannesburg in 2015.

Afridi’s rapid-fire century in Kenya made him an instant hit with the crowds who expected fireworks every time he strolled to the crease.

Sometimes he delivered but too often for some, his death or glory approach brought his downfall.

Afridi’s maverick style also brought him a one-Test and two-match ODI ban after he was charged with using his foot to tamper with the pitch during a Test against England in Faisalabad in 2005.

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He was also banned for two T20Is after he was shown on television biting the ball during a one-day international against Australia at Perth in 2010.

Afridi finishes his international career having played just 27 Test matches which yielded 1,176 runs with a highest score of 156 and 48 wickets. He played 398 ODIs with 8,064 runs, a highest score of 124 while taking 395 wickets with his leg spin. His T20I CV saw him play 98 matches with 1,405 runs and a career-leading 97 wickets.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Amer
    Feb 20, 2017 - 10:37AM

    ” I have played with seriousness and in a professional way for my country.”
    Lala best of luck ! But this was a parting joke ?Recommend

  • Amjad
    Feb 20, 2017 - 10:54AM

    Oh C’mon.. No one is interested in knowing that.Recommend

  • bashir gul
    Feb 20, 2017 - 11:01AM

    Thank God. Hope he does not take a U-turn.Recommend

  • Anjum Amin Siddiqui
    Feb 20, 2017 - 11:12AM

    Unfortunately never really materialized his potential as a cricketer in longer format. Will be remembered for his flamboyance both on & off the field. Recommend

  • Shaukat
    Feb 20, 2017 - 11:30AM

    Good riddance!!Recommend

  • F Khan
    Feb 20, 2017 - 1:36PM

    First legend of cricket whose has a batting average of 14 in T20, 21 in ODI and 40 in Tests after 25 years of playing cricket. What a legend?Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Feb 20, 2017 - 1:45PM

    How many times has he announced retirement and changed his mind? In any case was he not caught cheating in one of the test matches against England.Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Feb 20, 2017 - 1:49PM

    @bashir gul:
    If he sees a U-turn sign, count on it !Recommend

  • SilverT
    Feb 20, 2017 - 2:27PM

    Asia Cup 2014 Final. Afridi was gr8. Bye King KhanRecommend

  • Puma
    Feb 20, 2017 - 2:53PM

    This is his 4th retirement from International cricket.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Feb 21, 2017 - 2:59AM

    He failed in betting nine times out of ten. Those who made money of these odds must be very sad today. Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Feb 21, 2017 - 5:14AM

    @Puma:
    He gets a new pension plan each time he retires, so this can go on until…Recommend

  • JIGSAW
    Feb 21, 2017 - 7:52AM

    LOVE LALA!!! Love you forever!!!Recommend

  • bashir gul
    Feb 21, 2017 - 11:18AM

    He was a great player, and entertained. But his arrogant manners, obnoxious statements hurt many fans.Recommend

  • David
    Jul 10, 2017 - 12:51PM

    After stopping short of retirement following Pakistan’s first round exit at the 2016 World T20, Afridi had wanted to play a farewell T20I match against West Indies in United Arab Emirates in September. But selectors, with one eye on the future, did not pick him in the squad.
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