Afridi’s retirement a joke: Akram

Former Pakistan captain slams all-rounder’s tactics.

Express September 22, 2011

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has lashed out at Shahid Afridi for his constant change of heart when it comes to representing the national team following his retirement.

Afridi, who announced his retirement after differences with the team management, said that he will not play under the current Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). However, after head coach Waqar Younis’ tenure came to end with the conclusion of the Zimbabwe tour, Afridi expressed his desire to make a comeback.

Akram, not amused by Afridi’s comments, said the all-rounder should make up his mind ‘once and for all’.

“Afridi is making things too complicated for the PCB,” Akram told ESPN. “Cricket is a team game and not an individual sport. You have to treat the interests of the team and the management above your individual preferences.”

This was not the first time Afridi has decided to ‘resign’ from the team. After being appointed Test captain in 2010, the all-rounder quit after just one match, citing lack of form and ability to play the longest format. He also led Pakistan to the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup but was replaced by Misbahul Haq.

Akram said that Afridi needed to put aside his personal interests and play as a professional.

“His retirement has become a joke now. You will have difference with your coaches, chairman and with your colleagues but it should not show in your outlook. At the end of the day you are representing your nation – Pakistan.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd,  2011.


User | 9 years ago | Reply Wasim Akram is missing the point that, at the date, Shahid Afridi had said he's taking 'temporary' retirement, and that he may come back to play. I don't see what the hoopla is- Afridi's doing exactly what he said he would.
Immortal | 9 years ago | Reply @irshad: this is not only our team or Nation bt wasim has spent so many years playing for Pakistan. During his leadership Pakistan has achieved many milestones plus managed to play 99 final as well(mind it he was one of the 11 players on the ground, if anyone thinks we lost the match bcz of him what were the other 10 players doing). we shd not forget the contributions he has made for Pakistan. He is in India bcz PCB do not want his services. He has offered in providing the assistance for free. where as Afridi so called hero has left Pakistani team and is playing county cricket. wow what a National hero. If he is so patriotic he shdnt have left playing for Pakistan under any circumstance. I think Wasim is rite "Afridi will side with money nd position wihtout considering the feelings and expectations of any Pakistani". think abt it
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