Afridi to hit past problems for big six ahead of one day series against Sri Lanka

Afridi says he hopes to do well in his first series after coming out of retirement.


Afp November 08, 2011

DUBAI: Recalled Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi oozed confidence as he prepared to hit his turbulent past six months for a big six, saying he wants to perform for the country and his fans as he left for the one-day series agains Sri Lanka in Dubai.

The 31-year-old all-rounder was recalled in Pakistan squad for the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka, starting on Friday. Both teams will also play a Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan won the three-Test series 1-0 on Monday.

(Read: Afridi returns to national squad)

The popular hard-hitting batsman, who holds the world record of scoring the fastest one-day century - off 37 balls made against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1997 - said he is set to put aside all his past problems.

"I think its all about cricket, its time to play and I don't want to involve myself in any other thing other than cricket," said Afridi, who in May this year had a fall out with then coach Waqar Younis over selection issues.

Afridi's outburst after the one-day series against the West Indies prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to sack him as team captain, a punishment which led to Afridi's self-imposed retirment from international cricket.

When he retired, the PCB suspended his contract and revoked his No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to play abroad, an action which Afridi challenged in the court.

But the matter was finally settled after Afridi appeared before a PCB disciplinary committee which fined him $53,000 and revoked his NOC to play for English county Hampshire.

(Read: PCB allows Afridi to play for Hampshire)

After Waqar quit and PCB chairman Ijaz Butt was replaced with Zaka Ashraf, Afridi announced his comeback to international cricket last month.

(Read: Afridi withdraws international retirement)

Afridi said he felt great and will try to come up to expectations.

"It feels great because I have come back after a long time, a lot of people want me to perform and everyone has supported me, so this is the time to play cricket," said Afridi.

"I definitely missed Pakistan team, it's my first priority and after I missed two tours I am back and will hopefully do well," said Afridi.

Afridi has so far played 325 one-day and 43 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan. He retired from Test cricket last year after playing 27 Tests.

COMMENTS (12)

Afridi's Angel | 10 years ago | Reply Go For it & Give it your best efforts Shahid ! Luv u dear :)
azaz | 10 years ago | Reply

dont go for afridi avg... i agree his avg is low in bowling but I think he has taken every wicket as a match turning wicket..he is match winner player more important than a captain...

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