Pakistan news July 16, 2010

Shahid Afridi to retire from Tests

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Shahid Afridi made the decision that seemed inevitable from the day he took over as Test captain, by announcing his Test retirement immediately after leading his side to a 150-run loss against Australia at Lord's.

Afridi has been a reluctant Test player over the years and this Test was his first in four years. A poor personal performance, capped by a four-ball 2 on the last day - out slogging to deep midwicket - didn't help matters and the second Test against Australia at Headingley, starting on Wednesday, will now be his last. Afridi's participation at Headingley, however, will depend on whether he passes a fitness test for a side strain in the days leading up to the match.

Salman Butt, the vice-captain, is likely to take over the leadership for the England series though that is not set in stone until the PCB makes a final decision. Whoever does take over will be Pakistan's fifth Test captain since the start of 2009.

"With my temperament I can't play Test cricket," Afridi said. "It is better a youngster comes in my place, probably a genuine batsman or even a genuine bowler. I picked up a side injury during the Asia Cup and unless you are 100 percent fit you can't perform in Test cricket.

"I wasn't interested in playing Test cricket but the board asked me to go and take a look as they didn't have a choice. So I took up the responsibility. They asked me to take a chance and may be I would enjoy it. But I wasn't really enjoying Test cricket but I tried. I wasn't good enough. A captain should lead by example which I did not. And if I played the way I played in this match it is better to leave."

If Afridi's side injury rules him out of the second Test at Headingley his final shot in the five-day game will be the slog-sweep that picked out Mike Hussey and Afridi was honest enough to admit he just couldn't hold back. "You are right," he said. "I am coming back to Test cricket after four years and in the interim I'd played a lot of ODI and Twenty20 cricket so I came in with the same [attacking] temperament. I was in two minds. You can say I was not strong mentally."

Yawar Saeed, Pakistan's manager, confirmed Afridi's decision to Cricinfo, though he insisted he wouldn't call it a retirement. "Afridi had a side strain and felt that he shouldn't keep a specialist out of the side. Temperamentally he feels not comfortable with the format so Leeds will be his last Test," he said.

Saeed said that Butt is likely to take over, but that any decision would have to be made in consultation with the board. Ijaz Butt, chairman PCB, is in England currently. "Salman Butt was appointed vice-captain for the tour and he will take over unless the PCB meets and decides otherwise. But as per procedure, he will take over," Saeed said.

"Salman is the vice captain and he should ideally be the man," Afridi added. "The way he has shown the maturity he is good enough to carry forward the responsibility."

The development will bring into sharp focus the PCB's decision to appoint Afridi as Test captain in the first place. He had already retired from the format once before, in 2006, only to return, ironically, for the tour to England that summer. He played a couple of Tests before pulling himself out of the format again.

Since his appointment recently, his hesitancy towards the format has surfaced repeatedly. In an interview to The Wisden Cricketer before the series began, Afridi hinted he might not play Tests for long. "I'm confident I am fine fitness-wise," he said then. "But I came back to Tests because I am doing it for the team only. If I think I am fit to do it, I will continue playing Tests. Otherwise I will not burden the side."

In a more recent interview to Cricinfo, Afridi said, "If down the line I become aware that I am not a good captain, or not a successful one, and the team is unable to make any use of me as a captain, I will not chase it. If I don't have the ability then I will leave it on my own ... I did not ask anyone forcibly to give me the captaincy, nor will I forcibly captain the team. If I am good I will prove it through my performance. If I am not good I will say khuda hafeez [God be with you]."

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  • Jishal on July 19, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Afridi has no sportman spirit. He saved himself by doing resignation. Shame on him. Still PAK will come back. Recall Yusuf and Yunis. Only they can strengthen middle order and keep Salman as Captain and send Pak Cricket Board to play any third rate drama. Good Luck.

  • HaroonAfaq on July 19, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Now every1 is happy, it's a right decision, & after 2day's miserable show I should say the same, but should I? Few years back, GREAT Shane Warne said; this type of talent can score 8000 runs, can take 300 wickets & can grab 150 catches in test cricket, BUT IF HE PLAY FOR AUSTRALIA! Problem isn't in the Player; problem is in the System of Pakistan Cricket which destroyed the talent of this guy. He is the combination of 2 greats. Like Kumble Tall high arm action, nippy, quicker through air & like Shane Warne drifting the ball in to the right handers. His own off spinner & faster balls can be combined to make him the most lethal bowler of test cricket, but we as nation loose every bit of it. He can be the Garfied Sobbers of Pakistan Cricket. Nobody realized how talented, committed, devoted & hard working Cricketer this guy is. I will always praise this guy as one of the greatest & most under-achieved cricketer of all times. I will always miss him in test Cricket. We LOVE U BOOM BOOM!!

  • steveborden on July 19, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    @ mr. shoab alam, india have done this many times??? for ur kind of information, non have ever chased 440 in test history.... if pakistan would have chase that.... this would be a history...

  • EddyM on July 19, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Afridi's decision was made for him by the highest authority in Pakistan.

    He was told to step down or be removed completely. This 'injury' he suddenly picked up and his lack of temperament excuse are just sideshows.

    Afridi doesn't play for Pakistan, he plays for himself. If he doesn't care enough to try his best for the country in a test, why should he care in a 50 overs match or 20/20?

  • u4ic4ever on July 18, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    THIS IS FOR MY INDIAN FRIENDS FEELING GREAT ABT PAK CRIC AFFAIRS THESE DAYS. Lets just talk facts-1) check Pak V/S Ind overall record in any format. Once Ind catches up please restart your chest thumping. 2) Ditto for Pak and Ind record against any top playing country 3) Ind is doing well coz Aus, Pak, WI are down these days. Now let me tell you the way it is-YES, WE AS A NATION ARE GOING THRU SOME TOUGH TIMES - IT IS REFLECTING ON OUR CRIC PERFORMANCE. We do not have any real cricket at local level, no test, no intrntnl, PCB admin sucks etc. there is no money in our cric compared to your IPL, TV rights, etc. Our cricketers are not rich compared to Dhoni et al. YES WE ARE DOWN FOR NOW AND WE KNOW THAT. Just like you guys sucked during 50s-2005 against us. INSPITE of this our future looks promising. ABT AFRIDI- After what he did to you guys in Kanpur, no wonder u r peeved at him..AND NOW A FACT:he is rated #2 ODI Allrounder &#9 bwler in the world. It is all cyclical my friends. Peace.

  • SVXX on July 18, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Afridi will give up retirement within a month....Pakistan cricket cannot avoid that little bit of drama. I'm pretty sure he'll be back. He made a brainless decision here, didn't even try opening.

  • on July 18, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    im agreed with arun....100 % correct analysis of Pakistan loss....i believe if Indians were given same target in same conditions of Lords, they could have easily achieved the target and beat Aussies... as they have done this many a times....Good luck to Salman Butt

  • arun_nva on July 18, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    @ahmadfuad . donteven compare indian batsman with afridi. i accept he is brave enough to accept that he is not good at test. but indian batting line up is best in the world. dont forget that. but every time indian team is led down by worst bowling. dont even say that pakistan cricketers are with fighting spirit. 1st test was in their hands . but due to their lack of patience and not willing to fight they lost the match. pakistan have good quality players but they need have to improve themself that how to stay long in the crease and how to play a test match from indian test batsmen.

  • IC_M on July 18, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    @Shafqat Nadeem, lol, one of the funniest comments I have read in recent times. Quote" one of the best "stupid" decisions (of the many) he made". This is seriously funny. I really wanted to wait for couple of days before commenting because you never know with PCB or its players, anything and everything will be revoked. I've lost counts of how many pak players retired only to be back again. The comedy continues. I'm not surprised if I wake up tomorrow to hear butt resigning from captaincy. That is the state in which pak cricket is in at the moment. Jokers.

  • tash1979 on July 18, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    pakistan team is going through tough times. seniors like imran khan, wasim akram should come forward and guide the team to the right path. at the same time pakistan fans and supporters should stand by the team in their tought times rather than critising. we have lot of talend. we will aome back very strong. patience is needed.

  • Jishal on July 19, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Afridi has no sportman spirit. He saved himself by doing resignation. Shame on him. Still PAK will come back. Recall Yusuf and Yunis. Only they can strengthen middle order and keep Salman as Captain and send Pak Cricket Board to play any third rate drama. Good Luck.

  • HaroonAfaq on July 19, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Now every1 is happy, it's a right decision, & after 2day's miserable show I should say the same, but should I? Few years back, GREAT Shane Warne said; this type of talent can score 8000 runs, can take 300 wickets & can grab 150 catches in test cricket, BUT IF HE PLAY FOR AUSTRALIA! Problem isn't in the Player; problem is in the System of Pakistan Cricket which destroyed the talent of this guy. He is the combination of 2 greats. Like Kumble Tall high arm action, nippy, quicker through air & like Shane Warne drifting the ball in to the right handers. His own off spinner & faster balls can be combined to make him the most lethal bowler of test cricket, but we as nation loose every bit of it. He can be the Garfied Sobbers of Pakistan Cricket. Nobody realized how talented, committed, devoted & hard working Cricketer this guy is. I will always praise this guy as one of the greatest & most under-achieved cricketer of all times. I will always miss him in test Cricket. We LOVE U BOOM BOOM!!

  • steveborden on July 19, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    @ mr. shoab alam, india have done this many times??? for ur kind of information, non have ever chased 440 in test history.... if pakistan would have chase that.... this would be a history...

  • EddyM on July 19, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Afridi's decision was made for him by the highest authority in Pakistan.

    He was told to step down or be removed completely. This 'injury' he suddenly picked up and his lack of temperament excuse are just sideshows.

    Afridi doesn't play for Pakistan, he plays for himself. If he doesn't care enough to try his best for the country in a test, why should he care in a 50 overs match or 20/20?

  • u4ic4ever on July 18, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    THIS IS FOR MY INDIAN FRIENDS FEELING GREAT ABT PAK CRIC AFFAIRS THESE DAYS. Lets just talk facts-1) check Pak V/S Ind overall record in any format. Once Ind catches up please restart your chest thumping. 2) Ditto for Pak and Ind record against any top playing country 3) Ind is doing well coz Aus, Pak, WI are down these days. Now let me tell you the way it is-YES, WE AS A NATION ARE GOING THRU SOME TOUGH TIMES - IT IS REFLECTING ON OUR CRIC PERFORMANCE. We do not have any real cricket at local level, no test, no intrntnl, PCB admin sucks etc. there is no money in our cric compared to your IPL, TV rights, etc. Our cricketers are not rich compared to Dhoni et al. YES WE ARE DOWN FOR NOW AND WE KNOW THAT. Just like you guys sucked during 50s-2005 against us. INSPITE of this our future looks promising. ABT AFRIDI- After what he did to you guys in Kanpur, no wonder u r peeved at him..AND NOW A FACT:he is rated #2 ODI Allrounder &#9 bwler in the world. It is all cyclical my friends. Peace.

  • SVXX on July 18, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Afridi will give up retirement within a month....Pakistan cricket cannot avoid that little bit of drama. I'm pretty sure he'll be back. He made a brainless decision here, didn't even try opening.

  • on July 18, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    im agreed with arun....100 % correct analysis of Pakistan loss....i believe if Indians were given same target in same conditions of Lords, they could have easily achieved the target and beat Aussies... as they have done this many a times....Good luck to Salman Butt

  • arun_nva on July 18, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    @ahmadfuad . donteven compare indian batsman with afridi. i accept he is brave enough to accept that he is not good at test. but indian batting line up is best in the world. dont forget that. but every time indian team is led down by worst bowling. dont even say that pakistan cricketers are with fighting spirit. 1st test was in their hands . but due to their lack of patience and not willing to fight they lost the match. pakistan have good quality players but they need have to improve themself that how to stay long in the crease and how to play a test match from indian test batsmen.

  • IC_M on July 18, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    @Shafqat Nadeem, lol, one of the funniest comments I have read in recent times. Quote" one of the best "stupid" decisions (of the many) he made". This is seriously funny. I really wanted to wait for couple of days before commenting because you never know with PCB or its players, anything and everything will be revoked. I've lost counts of how many pak players retired only to be back again. The comedy continues. I'm not surprised if I wake up tomorrow to hear butt resigning from captaincy. That is the state in which pak cricket is in at the moment. Jokers.

  • tash1979 on July 18, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    pakistan team is going through tough times. seniors like imran khan, wasim akram should come forward and guide the team to the right path. at the same time pakistan fans and supporters should stand by the team in their tought times rather than critising. we have lot of talend. we will aome back very strong. patience is needed.

  • ahmadfuad on July 17, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    We are with you our brave cricketer, at least you are brave enough to accept what you can not do and what you are not good at. There are thousands of indian cricketer who lost everything but didn't leave the team, BCCI had to kick them off. You can, honestly, not be compared with any indian cricketer. They run after records but you and the whole Pakistani cricketers are fighter and work for the team, not for the personal records. even though, you guys have faced conspiracy of kicking out of cricket, although,you were world champions but still you guys managed to resist in test cricket and best in One dayers and T20. Well-Done & Good Luck

  • girikula on July 17, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Afridi is a coward. He has put Pak cricket into shame! For God's sake don't compare with Sewag... Sewag has faced all bowlers in all formats and has results to prove. Afridi has only slog 6s to show thats all! He is poor cricketer and making him captain shows the bad state of PCB! Poor management and team selection! Pak has plenty of talent.. but they are not able to make use of it.....! Shame on Afridi and hope Pak comes back as good test nation soon!

  • on July 17, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Can't say much about it. Good that Afridi put his hand up for captaincy only to realise that his game is not suited to the 5-day game. This is not his fault, its the way things work in PCB.

    Pity that Pakistan's cricket infrastructure is in shambles and plight that they have to ask cricketers to come out of retirement to captain their test team.

    The only solution to this is that Test cricket should only be played amongst countries. Pakistan, WI, NZ and Bangladesh should only be given ODIs and T20s.

  • SUMIT-KHULLAR on July 17, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    what a childish decision.............i m sad........as i enjoyed him playing every format of cricket.....

  • on July 17, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    I believe that Afridi made an honest decision. His temperament is not suited for Test matches. He (like Jayasuria, Yuvraj and Gayle) is a joy to watch batting in a limited overs match.

  • on July 17, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    The Headlines should be: "Shahid Afridi retires at the age of 18....... Lol" Ha Ha Ha......

  • sleektony on July 17, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    I think the ICC shoudl create another form of cricket called T10. Ten over create just for Shahid Afridi the beloved son of Pakistan. With his temperament and hastiness a ten over game is good enough for him. At least we can see him open the batting. Because very soon he will not be able to handle 50 over game. Ans Rameez Raja your patriotic commentary baffles me. So much praise for Pakistani batsmen during the early part of the 4th day then suddenly your tone changed and suddenly you could not understand how they were throwing their wicket. Your patriotism should not override your intellect .... even Goeffrey Boycott's mother could have batted better

  • sleektony on July 17, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    It si absolutely stupid and absurd when some comments say that Afridi has spce in Test cricket with his style of cricket compring Afridi with Sehwag. Sehwag has 10 to 20 times more accumulated innings than Afrdi will ever have in any form of cricket. Statistics will prove me right. Sehwag is the only Indian to score triple hundred in the Test arena. Afridi cannot acumulate that if given 10 innings to score that. You don't only need patience and temparament. One needs to be technicallly sound, mindset of not doing anything silly for 20 to 30 overs, application to dig in and stay at the crease. Does any of these apply to Afridi ... Never in this lifetime

  • vineetphysics2006 on July 17, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    afridi did right thing by retiring out of test arena,,,,,,,,, in any case he was not even a useful test player....let alone test captain........his act of exposing the tail in first innings at lord's was frustating for a player who has played 14 years of int'l cricket........he failed to set an example for the next generation .......at least in test cricket........it is now better that he will now be able to concentrate his energies on the shorter versions of the game which he seems to enjoy

  • on July 17, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Such a childish act....now i firmly believe what Intikhab Alam said about Pakistani cricketers after last Australian Tour...that majority of senior players act like retards....they dont know how to talk, eat and even what to wear..total DISGRACE

  • zohebchampion on July 17, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    This is the beauty of Pakistan Cricket. Selfishness , Childish , Irresponsible attitude of the players , Selectors acting like a bunch of Jokers , Administration of utter and unparallel incompetence all these blended together make Pakistan cricket the most unique feature on the earth. If ever , every thing becomes normal and players become responsilbe and disciplined , selectors show pragmatism and administrators become competent and decisive , i am sure Pakistan will die on that day. Let it live the way it is doing now. This is how it is going to survive.

  • natmastak_so-called on July 17, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    What a mockery he had made of love from pak cricket fans .absolute brainlessstuff this,first to agree for leading a side in trouble & then leaving it into deeper one. I hav no doubt that pak wil be like any other developed country without their politicians & brainless cricketers.

  • natmastak_so-called on July 17, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    thanks shahid for sparing us the horror of ur batting at least in tests...cricket world will be better without u &akhtar (unarguably the most overrated of all times)...but thanks too for being honest...that we knew ,coz u just couldnt hide ur ball eating too...

  • on July 17, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Afridi YOU QUITTER! There is plenty of space for your style of play in test cricket. You jsut need to be a little more patient. Look at Sehwag. QUITTER QUITTER QUITTER!

  • VipulPatki on July 17, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    aahd81: I hope you read this. Neither Sreesanth nor Bhajji is my favourite player - I don't know about others you have mentioned in your post but I have always thought that Sreesanth's behaviour has always been abominable. Much more than any Pakistani or Australian or just about any other cricketer. As a matter of fact, Afridi, apart from his ball-biting incident didn't get into any other major trouble. I only thought his untimely retirement was a colossal waste of talent. Hence the post. Would have said the same thing if somebody like Sehwag were to commit such folly.

  • on July 17, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Everyone of you whining over here, just get over it and stop being all childish and pessimistic. As a Pakistani who sees things in neutral point of view, Afridi is not at all to blame here, the poor guy had been telling the PCB officials that he doesn't wanna come back to test cricket, and yet he was forced by the PBC officials to give it a go, AND been made captain inspite returning to this format after four years. Grow up, understand that this man was just honest, that he knew test cricket isn't suited to him and stated the truth to everyone right along, its the PCB officials who deserve to be severely questioned here, nothing to blame Afridi for at all, heck, not for being honest atleast anyway. If a guy feels he isn't suited to something, and leaves the format for the betterment of the entire team itself, he'll have all my respect.

  • surya2k on July 17, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    It looks wonder to me, a person who just return to test cricket after 4 years as a captain, and before test starts was screaming to the media by saying that he has got a young talented players who will deliver better result in this series, declaring his retirement from test cricket. Do you thing is there any biggest joke in cricketing history. It shows how idiot he is, who found that he is not good enough in test cricket just played 1 match, and throw his wicket playing some careless shots. Good thing is now he discovered himself that he is not a player who has strong batting skills, and ability to face at least 50 balls in a match. He is only good for T20, where nobody requires any skill, just hit and run. And, I am sure he is not even fit for ODIs, look at his avg merely looks like a tail order batsman. Now, the final thing is we can call him as a batsman a disaster or failure in Test, Avg or below Avg in ODI, and Good or useful batsman in T20. And, I know few people won't accept

  • nsidd75 on July 17, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    Afridi is acting like a child. Not sure when and how we are ever going to get a cricketer with some decency between the ears. How can you agree to become captain and then leave after one game. It is so annoying and cowardly.

  • Lahori_Munde on July 17, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    I can't believe some of the people are praising Afirdi for his decision. The reality is that he pushed Pakistan cricket back in shambles. He was retired and he unretired and came back to test about a month ago. How phony his big talks and bravado were. The man turned out to be the coward. This man Afridi is one of the biggest jokers in cricket.. Lets see what happens next, fun and more fun..

  • sleektony on July 17, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    The whole Pakistani Test Cricket is a circus where we have few clowns in PCB and some in the Team. Afridi being the biggest and he recognized his potential and stood up. Just because he scored two centuries in T20 or ODI the PCB elevated his status. When he holds a catch or takes a wicket, he shows off and the whole of Pakistan and theirfans are at a frenzy. It is just one wicket, there are 9 more to take. The problem is the batting line up. How can you have two debutants followed by the Akmal brothers and then Afridi facing the likes of Bollinger, Hilfenhaus and Hohnson. They don't have a prayer. If Afridi admitted of his temperament then the Akmal brothers should also admit their temperament. All three sacrifice their wicket foolishly and ridiculously. This has been going on for a year now in any form of cricket. Whn they don;t throw a wy their wicket then they have scored.

  • on July 17, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    I have always been a BIG FAN of Afridi but this decision of his and the way he batted in both innings STINKS.... He needs to see a sports psychologist who should tell him that as he started acting responsibly in the T20's, so as well he can make the turn around in test cricket... We do not have anyone else in the current team who is captaincy material... On top of that he should not be allowed to talk to the press without the presence of the Manager who he should discuss with about what exactly he can or cannot say.... This has further tarnished the already dented reputation of the Pakistani team in the world... Our performance in this match was much better than how we were in Australia... He is a much better marshal in the field then Yousaf was.... Yousaf shd not have been made the captain and he was treated very very unfairly after than as well ...

  • dEePzZ on July 17, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Mr. Rahul Rocky I think you haven't seen Afridi's performance in recent ODI's and T20I. So, before posting any comments, just confirm what you are saying. Afridi is one of the best T20 players, he has shown to the world with the bowl as wel as with the bat. Let me remind you performace of Afridi in T20 world cup where Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka handsomely.

  • on July 17, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Afridi must not take such decision in the middle of a tour, this is been happening for pakistan for long time,Afridi as a senior most player and has got millions of fan followers, should not say he is not interested in playing test cricket, this might hurt millions of test lovers.Once the tour is over, either the battle is won or lost,go back home and call press conference and make announcement.that is spirit for the game, for the country, for his folowers,for rest of the world.pakistan must find a solution before the world cup to stabilize the team. play like one team for one nation with whole hearted spirit.

  • on July 17, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    Come back come back we need you for Pakistan Batter Performs.

    come back come back

  • on July 17, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    actually afridi wants to be in cricket for more days thats why he has taken this descion,if he play tests then it likely that he may lose his fitness and he''ll be out of t20 n oneday as well..this is good descion for him if he wants 2 play more cricket...

  • on July 17, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Afridi is not doing good to Paki Cricket :( Actually he is not cricket lover :( no one retires or leaves by loosing jus on game please send this message to afridi tat he is not a good captain if he gets the performance from 11 best players but he is the good captain if scracthers :) like ponting see marcus north got 6 wickets n stands no where against the talented player but ponting knew where to use the scratch ;)

  • mzaka on July 17, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Afridi wud have been sincere if he tried hard for the fans and the country... He played just 19 balls and if he had played 190 balls and got out ... then it wud have been a sincere effort...

  • tomjs100 on July 17, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    He made 2nd highest score in the first innings, after years out of the format. He's a very able cricketer and a senior team man. He should keep playing and see how he does after a few more games - especially since he's presently playing Australia!

  • HasanMobeen on July 17, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    This is one of the episode of Pakistan cricket debacle.. I cant understand why Afridi made this decision just after an hour of his first test match as captain and really surprised to see that there r some dumb cricket fans who are defending this decision... What u expect next from Afridi.. What if he scores 100 in next match and take few wickets as well... Will he again reconsider his decision then...Such actions shud be punished in my view.. We the Pakistani fans wasted our 5 days to watch such a loser captain... who cant accept just a single defeat from Australia????

    God bless Pakistan cricket...

  • aahd81 on July 17, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Again, the rahuls and the vishants and vipuls take over the comments box. Really guys, you've got Harbajjan Singh and Sreesanth in India so quit ridiculing Pakistani crickets, look at the break-dancing-slapped and the monkey-man 'Bajji'.

    As for Afridi, my initial reaction was of pure anger at his desertion but really, the quotes Cricinfo has given of his reasoning make the loss almost bearable. For the first time in years, we had a good captain in the field at Lords...no overly defensive bloke.

    Younis was the closest we've come to a complete captain, Afridi was 2nd best since Wasim and Aamer Sohail days. Having said that, Afridi had lost it by the end of the 3rd day...Test matches go longer. His fields started becoming defensive, his bowling changes started making less sense...alas!

    To his credit, he knows what himself. As he admitted, he just isn't good enough for Test cricket...not as a bowler, and certainly not as a Test batsman (he could have been but isn't)

  • Heisenberg27 on July 17, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Mr. Shahid Afridi, this is perhaps the first sensible decision you have made in the past five days.

  • A_S_M on July 17, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    I think Afridi should aim for a strike rate of abt 250-300 for T20s, 125-150 for ODIs and 65-75 for tests. This can be a reasonable guideline for him. He will then be able to play sensibly. This is based on his natural scoring ability. Another thing to look out for is the "Most Probable Score" of a batsman.When a batsman reaches this score, he should be vary of getting out. This time may correspond to his "most often natural tiredness", and he may need extra caution (or go slow) from here for a while until he has steadied himself. This happens to motor car drivers, and, I think, cricket players are no exception. This is a guideline, and there will be other factors to consider too.

  • on July 17, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    afridi is gud batsmen but test cricket is not his cup of tea.... he likes to hit every ball and test cricket is nt that type of format... so in my view afridi done the right thing 2 retire 4m test cricket bt boom boom boom boom booom afridi u vl rock again in one dayers and 20-20.. best of luck

  • tmzahamed on July 17, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    it,s a very sad news 2 hear afridi........ u should continue ur test career.......pls check ur decision and cum back.... v wll b wait 4 u.....

  • on July 17, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    PCB and Shahid Afridi should realize that they are representing their country and any decisions made should be taken after thorough research of futuristic aspect. PCB bans their players for life and again taken back decision to allow them to play in few weeks time, changing captains at will and above all captain himself ridiculing the decision of captaining Test Matches. What message they are giving to the youngsters in the team and followers of game in Pakisthan? Their actions have definitely dented their image internationally, and anything can happen in Pakisthan cricket, despite having wonderful Talent.

  • VipulPatki on July 17, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    How can Afridi have such a conditional love for cricket that he doesn't even try to mend his temperament to adapt to test cricket? I don't think his current temperament is such an insurmountable difficulty in succeeding in tests. A big Thumbs Down from me for his decision. More so for the timing. Hope Salman Butt leads the team effectively.

  • RahulRocky on July 17, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    I think he should retire from all forms of cricket, he is of no use, total wastage of talent, he is blocking space of younger players, he should have not played these many ODI and tests, only a one match wonder ! He should have retired form all forms of cricket a long ago ! he is just no match to others like Younis khan or mohammad Yousuf ! even at 60 yeras these plahesr will better than Afridi !

  • cricket_critic on July 17, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    hehehhe......Looks like he is afraid of defeats in tests as captain ........can not understand ..how you guy term him great or good decision ..........he is just pinch-hitter who should not have been named captain at first place ....however give the respect to him , he should have thought about retiring in middle of such big series..........is he helping or destrying pakistan cricket team's environment ??.........

    Can not trust pakistani players when they announce retirements........it means temporary vacation for them .......

  • undertakerjohncena on July 17, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Afridi is correct and let him do that guys...since getting a start is important but making the start into big ones is much important which he cant do it right now...as a sportsman i appreciate his decision....but as all are saying Salman Butt still the perfect to laed the side....y cant people can get back to Mohammed Yousuf or Sohaib Malik, who are really very gud when they were leading the side...also pakistan were just losing the matches because of inconsist players... Needs lot of experince side rather than a very young and inexperinced..where r the players like Sohail Tanvir,Younis Khan,Misbah-ul-haq..Once upon a time pakistan were the best when wasim and waqar were doing the job...i would rather request the people to make Wasim Akram as a coach..who is really extra ordinary for handling the things.. pakistan just get back your experienced players if possible get yousuf and younis back..which will boost the team confidence and start winning...i wish you all the best Pakistan

  • 1Zain1 on July 17, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    hE SHUD NOT RETIRE!!!!!! but shud remain the captain!

  • cskfangg on July 17, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Drama again in pak team...Afridi is the latest...who is next??.. One thing i had to mention...bcoz of his innings in 2009 T20 WC.., as like PCB,everyone beleived that he has strated show the responsibility..thats y they made him as a captain..atleast he has to try the same in test,that is to stay at crease for while and then go after bowling.. but fooled everyone...this man should be banned for ever...

  • ticktac on July 17, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    like one cares about his retirement

  • nskaile on July 17, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    haha this is PATHETIC. but it was expected when you have overrated player like afridi leading the side and pcb which always like to do somthing to stay in news. But dont be surprise if he take his decision back like they always do :P

  • on July 17, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    @farida....salman butt is a superb player now....he has removed all his mistakes...and now he is the most responsible player of team.....not taking any bowler easy and playing with concentration... he was a defencive player before,,but now his strike rate is good and he can also do well in T20s...proof is that he was the top scorer of Pakistani team in the recent ICC world t20.

  • Tomson.Antony on July 17, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    its better that afridi retires from test, because he not a person who really has the temperament for tests, he is better for one days and t20's based on the power hitter that he is , all the best to Afridi

  • maddy20 on July 17, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    35 years is the best age to retire from test cricket so he should have done it 2-3 years back!

  • on July 17, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Actually it wasn't poor (captaincy, decision, leadership) ... We dont have Any Dependable Player in Our team....After Youns n Yousaf We dont have any player who can give hard time To Aussie....We must have to make players like them but we dont need them...AND Afridi made his Retirement Decision Wrong....i think he is the 1 who bring unite back in our team.....And if youasf n youns come in team then again we will be not able to built our team for world cup........

  • hussy04 on July 17, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    I think afridi is doing the right thing. he doesnt belong in tests and however is perfectly wlecome in odi and t20. Pakistan need to sart fresh and bring in younger talent and even though they might lose they would be building their future. Salman Butt should be captain and the team needs more discipline

  • on July 17, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    yes friends he is great players lets him play only ODI , and T20 format he is lion in that and he will soon shows him self to the world that he is true pathan ....

  • on July 17, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    Good decision, But the question is who going to be a test captain??? I dont see any potential player no one.. except Yonis khan. Please please dont assume think or whatever, Salman But is not captain material, I would say he should not be in Pakistan team .....

  • King_Anish on July 17, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Afridi shouldn't have admitted defeat like this. He should try to open the innings, and try to give starts like Sehwag and Gayle. He may not have the temperament to play at No: 6 , but he can open and belt the new ball.

  • Azazel005 on July 17, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    I think it's a good genuine decision, that I think he is making for the best of his country (whether it is truly for the best, I am not sure, I believe he thinks it's for the best though). He is not really suited to play Test cricket and definetly not to captian a side. He's an amazing player and better saved for the limited over games where he can make the most impact. I have no doubt about his love for the future of Pakistani cricket and don't believe he has made the decision lightly. All teams go through there troubles and I know that Pakistan can pull through theres. And when your not playing my country (Aus) know that I am barracking for you 100%!

  • on July 17, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Do not...stand back....go head....you have to go miles. Please request to withdraw you decision.......ASAP

  • rhk89 on July 17, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    i think afridi made the right decision because it was wrong to appoint him as the captain in this format. he is good for t20 n odi's but tests doesnot suit him. the board should make right decision to bring younis khan back as captain, and inclusion of yousuf will be also good. in the next test we should play one more fast bowler at the expense of danish kaneria and yasir hameed should be in.

  • on July 17, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Afridi's decission as bold as his batting. I wish all the best to him and agains pakistan is back to square one in search of not just a captain but a leader who should have a lion's heart to accept the challenge.

  • wiseshah on July 17, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    i dont trust pakistani player, they are drama qqueen. you will see afridi will return in the next test, just like yousuf--we lost count of his retirement drama.

  • khalith on July 17, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Dis s rubbish........... PCB fool themselves coz b4 anounce a plyer as a captain u must know how long he'l play n how u'l allow him to play, if a player not perform in a series they change their captain dis s nt gud sign for cricket, coz no 1 can show his full skill in two matches u must allow him to play at least 10 - 15 matches, if butt crowned as a cptn den he'l b the 5th man since 2009, dis srubbish. y don't PCB play fawad aalam who played exetremely wel in SL tour last year i think he'd be the apt choice for the replace of md yousuf.

  • on July 17, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    you are rite afridi................you are best in t20 or odi not in test okayu...........................

  • AB99 on July 17, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    As the ambition to captian his country in one test is fulfilled, Afridi is now Afraid of faliure and wants to retire with the privileges of an ex-captain rather than an Ax-ed captain. And if he is not fit why play at Headingly - is he not not taking the country and the team for a ride?

  • on July 17, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Good Decision for future of Pak Cricket.

  • tanveers on July 17, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    It's not just Afridi - it's pretty much the entire team that has no talent to play test cricket. It's a repeat offense. Pakistan has been losing test match one after the other due to their rash shots. They don't change their games according to test standards, instead they intend on hitting blind slogs - what the? Unfortunately, there is no solution to this. Pakistan's test cricket will not improve if they mature and play with patience and technique. Salman Butt played differently in this match - normally he is also amongst the team of giving his wicket away on a rash shot. And please, please get rid of Imran Farhat, he is total useless. The way he gets out pretty much explains everything - he is a nothing player. Let's get ready for another test defeat. :)

  • Percy_Fender on July 17, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    It is sad that Shahid Afridi has been forced into calling it a day possibly by the people around him. For the first time in many many years Pakistan looked a united team with many young and promising players. We all know the kind of player Shahid is in limited over matches.I am sure with a bit of talking to he could have stayed on in Tests as well. His volatile nature is something which is probably attributable to where he comes from. The Khyber agency I think.But that should not make people think that he is all about guns and grenades. I remember in the famous Chennai Test against India in 1999, Afridi hit a wonderful 141. The point is that he could have been a great if he had been playing for some other country. In Pakistan, it seems Shahid was a misfit. If Mike Brearley, the man who was a doctorate on people could lead England and even write a book of the art of playing fast bowling, I see no reason why Afridi could not have been given a longer run. He was a great player.

  • on July 17, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    I feel Afridi is doing the right thing...there are some who have Test match temperaments, and some who do not, and he obviously does not. Maybe now the powers that are will use their brains, if they have any, and bring back Yousuf and Younis...it will bring that required stability in the team.I do not say the replacements Azhar Ali and Umar Amin did not make a fist of it in the 2nd. innings..they did, but to even think of comparing them with the two "Y's" is criminal to say the least !! It is sad that the bowlers gave the side so much support, only to have the batsmen, except Salman, throw it away. And, I feel it would be even better for Pakistan if the "young and charismatic" PCB chairman Ijaz Butt also resigns, is thrown out or retires, a la Afridi. But to expect that to happen in Pakistan is like expecting the Sun to rise in the West !!!

  • on July 17, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    A rare man of principles and courage in today's Pakistan cricket team. He has been one of my favourite Pakistani cricketers along with Inzy, Yousuf, Yasir Hameed Gul and Kaneria. I wish they bring back Yousuf & Younis

  • Srikolith on July 17, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    It's grate to see afridi taking that decision. He is not a test player foe sure. A genuine baller or batsman will do better. We should appreciate him regarding his decision. However he is still a very dangerous player in short version. Gud luck Afridi!

  • on July 17, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    You should not retire my man.. Just playing in one test and making these kind of decision won't do.. Be confident...U r man who can perform in all 3 kind of cricket.. U have proved ur self in Oneday and T20 now itz time to prove ur self in TEST also.. U can do it..

  • Paki_Cheetah on July 17, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Pakistan should cut down on Test cricket anyway...it is THE most torturous form of entertainment...watching the ball go pass off stump and over the head all day long...BORING!...stick to what you guys do best i.e. T20, which is difficult yet highly entertaining game.

  • on July 17, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    pakistan people want pakistan to win every match.WE pakistan kept afridi in pressure and he didnt delivered and he decided to retire.he was not settled in test cricket.he needed time and experience and he should have played more test cricket.

  • Aussasinator on July 17, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    That's honesty and character from Afridi. Now shouldnt a certain Ricky Ponting take a cue from this example and desist from being a burden to his country?

  • on July 17, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Its a goos news that a sportsman realized himself that he can not perform well and retire from that sports before the board ask him to do so, normally all we know that Pak. cricket team is a joker team that if they perform very well today and then will perform very bad tomorrow, I think Captain Afridi don't have the fighting spirit and the way he batted in second innings of that match like a un-matured sportsman, he has to learn from the Aussie tail enders like Hilfenhaus and Bollinger

  • on July 17, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    well afridi focus the one day and T- 20 game , you are great bat but not fit for test. 2ndly you are not using your brain for test set up. please keep it up for ODI and T-20

  • haha123456 on July 17, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Great decision by Afridi, Which shows that he is a selfish man and he always wanted the team should do well. People can say its a wrong time , coward etc. But you know most of people would have carried along atleast for the whole summer if they are in Afridi's place . No body would have admitted in public i am not good enough for this format. He has the guts to admit in public and resign from the captaincy. Most of the players , in the current pak team are not good enough to play test cricket but still they are in the team and affecting team's performance. Afridi is a man of Courage!!!

  • sahibkhan on July 17, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    i m very disappointes from shahid afridi...he played only one test as a captain and he decided he is quiting........i m requesting to afiridi plz dont quit from test.... everyone want to see u in all form of cricket including test.....if u feel you r not good as a captain...so u can leave captancy,,,but dont leave test cricket.... u told that..test cricket is the place where u can improve your skills...so plz improve ur skills but dont leave test cricket.... every one want to see u in test cricket and i m waiting that time..when u will make a sixes record in test cricket ,,,i know u can achieve this and u can beat gilchirist who has 100 sixes record in test cricket...... plz afridi ur fan is requesting dont leave test cricket,,,,think twice before quit,,,,plzzzzzz...!

  • on July 17, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    BREAKING NEWS:Afridi was told to resign from Pakistan. Miandad had a meeting with the president and Afridi was told to resign or he would be recalled. His statement is just for the media.

  • on July 17, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    not god to do so in these condtions why he could not adapt himself for Test..........

  • on July 17, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    pakistan is going to miss a class player .even though i am an indian , am sad to watch pakistan cricket without afridi .he is the man who entertains the crowd all the times . great sport man. i like afridi to play more longer in odi and t20 .pakis should go with full confident and beat ausis in the remaining matches to get series win.

  • AyrtonS on July 17, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Very good decision Mr Afridi, all muscles and no brains makes Jack a dull boy. Boom Boom you are OUT !!!

  • on July 17, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Having followed the game for last 30 yrs, I find Afridi decision to retire an excellent one. Atleast he is honest when he says that he is not good enough for test. Two of my favourite Cricketers Botham and Kapil also should have given up playing much before they actually did!! Theirs records in their last 20 tests is pathetic. India is going to face huge problems with Sachin, Dravid and Laxman go in a couple of years. Very few teams have a correct blend of young and old. Even the Aussies have players over 30 who have less than 20 tests. If Pakistan had played better they could have won this match.

  • on July 17, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    tht ws certainly a gd move by Afridi..it wll help hm in shrtr versions of game..nw time fr PCB 2 take sm brave stps..bring in yusuf..go fr Yasir hameed as opening prtnr fr Butt...in future bring in younis also..if pssble..

  • VivaVizag on July 17, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Another episode in this senseless soap opera call Pakistan Cricket. Stay tuned more drama to follow...

  • 7122008 on July 17, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    He is a stupid player before he want captaincy. now Ijaz Butt who is one of the ridiculous chairman of Pakistan cricket board give him chance so why Afridi run away.you think before because you know you don't have ability of leadership,then why you accept this offer.and make a trouble for team.so bad for team.when you change caption between tour.God bless for Pakistan team.

  • Nasir_Mahmood_Malik on July 17, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    This decison of Afridi proves, the threat to test cricket people are concerned about, is based on facts. Walking away by saying "With my temperament I can't play Test cricket," is not good enough for me. This kind of temprament was also exhibited by great Sir Viv and in recent past by Adam Gilchrist, and these days by none other than Virendar Sehwag. This style of playing test cricket is ever more exciting, not a reason at all for retirement. Its harsh but its true, he is in seach of easy money by playing only T20s and ODis and is not willing to play tests due to its tough demands. Otherwise having already scored 5 test hundreds not only in Pakistan but also away and that too at average of 35+ and add to that his decent bowling record in tests, he definately cannot say he is not suited for tests. But he definately can say he is not "willing" for test cricket. Which is sad for me, as in the absence of a quality allrounder like him, Pakistan will remain an ordinary test team.

  • on July 17, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    I don't understand how even after the whole countey (and the whole world for that matter) knows what the problem is in Pakistan cricket (ijaz butt) and how to solve the problem (remove ijaz) yet the handful of people that can do something don't seem to take any action in resolving the problem!

    it's things like these that make cricket fans want to rip their hair out! >:|

    I seriously think it's time for the ICC to intervene. It may sound stupid but if you look at FIFA, in the recently concluded world cup, when france made a dissapointing and suprising first round exit, many government officials in France were keen to start an inquiry and question the team. However, FIFA stepped in and made sure that politics and football didn't have any relation. FIFA is protecting and even helping its members by keeping their teams a sport-only organization. I am not holding the ICC accountable for the bad desicion making and overall cricketing infrastructure in Pakistan, just saying they can help

  • Criczloverz on July 17, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    May be the balls used in test matches don't taste as good as the once used in ODIs. He just didn't like the taste ;)

  • AdityaRavindran on July 17, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    It took Afridi so long to realise that he's not fit to play test.....

  • ahassan on July 17, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    As expected Afridi did not last long. But I do not understand why does he want to play second test against Australia. He has shown that he is a coward and not good as captain for any form of the game. His record as captain shows that he has lost many a matches after coming in a strong winning position. Mr. Ijaz Butt, his friend Mr. Yawar Saeed, his 'yes men' Mr. Wasim Bari and Mr. Mohsin Khan should also go. For them their personal egos and gains are more important then the reputation of Pakistan. PCB needs a strong and sincere administrator who knows the art of man management. Yousuf and Yunus should be brought back with a strong understanding that politics has no place in the team. Pakistan zindabad.

  • G_Arun on July 17, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Good Riddance. A prima donna who can contribute occasionally even in One Day/T20 has no place in Test Cricket . He is also temperamental and behaves like a spoilt brat. He and Yuvraj Singh are the two most over-rated cricketers in the world , should be consigned to the dustbin of cricket history.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 17, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Shahid...you break my heart with your straight forwardness. I can only appaluad your sincerity in admitting you are not good enough for test cricket. Any others in your place will be selfish as long as they were not kicked out. Truly amazing to see someone from Pakistan with balls to admit they were not good enough. I am not making fun of this situation, but am really proud of you. It takes a man to admit his own faults. Going by recent history, Pak cricket lacked a man..till date. Two days back, you admitted that you were the only choice that the board had left. Today you said the board forced you to take up the captaincy. You are right on all counts. Great job. This is the kind of decency ("With my temperament I can't play Test cricket,", "It is better a youngster comes in my place, probably a genuine batsman or even a genuine bowler. "And if I played the way I played in this match it is better to leave.") wow!!! Focus on T20. You will the captain of an IPL team soon.

  • A_S_M on July 17, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    I think Afridi's decision to retire just after 1 match is hasty. He needs to take time to settle down - as Imran Khan has says. I hope the PCB will cooperate fully and give him ample time to settle in the groove and get used to playing tests again after an abeyance of 4 years. He needs to build up his confidence and not think that he is not a test player. T20 is the shortest format, and he has proven himself here. ODIs take about double the time of T20 and again he has shown himself to be capable. Tests are again double the time of an ODI given that (assuming) one inning (out of 4) lasts for a day approximately. Afridi has done it before on a couple of good occasions and he could do it again. We need patience and adjustment. It is also a very thing to bring back Yousuf and Yunus while retaining Afridi as captain as the 'old guard' have already played numerous games together and will gell well as the more senior members in the team. Tests demand experience - hence Yousuf and Yunus too.

  • jpa170478 on July 17, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Not a huge loss to Test cricket in terms of runs or wickets with Afridi only playing 27 Test matches through his career and having all that talent. But like with Shaun Tait, Andrew Flintoff etc it is worrying for Test cricket that these players now see it as either too much effort or are too prone to injury. Test cricket in 20 years time (maybe even sooner) could look very different to what it is now, as a lover of the sport I hope most of the stars will stay

  • BillyCC on July 17, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    A disgraceful decision by a reckless and selfish player. There is too much talent in Afridi that has been unrealised. Anyone could have told you that he did not have the temperament for Test cricket. That has always been the case. But there were plenty of opportunities in these past ten years for him to change, adapt and develop. None of this has happened. Afridi has humuiliated himself, his country and Test cricket.

  • on July 17, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    well well Afridi is going to retire, wat is he waiting for??? He should call it quits today, and i think the whole pakistani team should retire with him. They dont desrve this test status.

  • indianzen on July 17, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    To all my brother pakistanees, you should be proud of this man - Afridi. At times we feel that he is too sincere for pakistan. but defeat in 1 test and moving out is a hasty decision. Against a string Aussy side, all pakistan need is expereince, drop the young useless fellows like umar amin, farhat and bring in shoib malik, younis and if possible md yoosaf. without them there is no test match. i think the selected are too immature to select the right team...

  • Shariq_ind on July 17, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    well, after winning couple of twenty 20's Afridi gave pak team the right spirit but as soon as he got real challenge he left his team in trouble. This is not you expect from great players and what effect it will have on team. His decision though gives pak advantage of playing proper batsman but team spirit will be hampered?

  • avmd on July 17, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    So after 14 years of internation cricekt, suddenly, Afridi realizes his temprament was not suitable for the test. What a joke. Now PCB should look forward and not backward. Yusuf was a great player but is not actively palying these days and he is not getting any younger. Pakistan lost even when he was playing, so persists with these two new boys, they didn't too that bad afterall. Make Butt capatainn and Kamran his deputy. Replace Farhad with Yasir and Afridi with Malik and carry on.

  • Hindh on July 17, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    After so much of chest beating by pak fans here they r again watching another test defeat. Afridi is a gud club cricketer this is the reason he wanted to play IPL. Mr.Afridi t20 is not real cricket it is the tests which shows the quality of a team , anybody can slog and win but to grind out a win in 5 days needs some quality which Pak always lacked.

  • RIGAN007 on July 17, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    HAHAHAHA...what a shame for afridi???i dont think afridi can play any format of the cricket.He is just useing his luck & swing the bat around ball.He does not know how to play a cricket shot & he is a test captain for pakistan...hahahhah...Ricky said that we can sort out Afridi within quick time and afridi said...Allah ...gave me 2 ears ..i listen by once throw by others in his interview....how about that BOOM BOOM...?I can stop my laughting yet...HAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHAH.

  • knowledge_eater on July 17, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    Is it just me or his eyes are closed in this picture ?

  • frehman on July 17, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Untill you have players like sohaib Malik who is always involved in politics, you will be changing captains. through that rotten egg out your team will start working. He is involved in player politics why he is not b being axed? His group Akmal brothers are not performing in that matches in which their leader is not playing. See the Statistics how many time these brothers have played match winning innings when malik is not playing. Axe Umer Akmal from test team he does not have test temprament. He always played 1 or 2 good shorts and then got out.

  • Hindh on July 17, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    People were jumping up and down when pak won 2 T20's when tests started PAkistan have been shown their place.Losing 13 matches in a row against a single opponent. Even in 80's nobody lost so many against mighty Windies.So it is a shame for Pak that they r not able to atleast draw let alone beat this weakened Australia.

  • on July 17, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    well well what a waste of talent... only pakistan is able to do that... wish their player had just 50% temprament wot aussie cricketers possess.... this has been a problem for pakistan cricket for ages.. and truely speaking one should to be a man of steel who can manage things... IMRAN KHAN was that.... no complaint about afridi as he did whatever he could do.. shame on the senior players and board officials because of them such a talented team is suffering humilations... whom would talented new players like umar. aamer and azhar look upto for inspiration? indiscipline and politics is theer biggest any .. and if they overcome these things in future they would be world beaters... still they are exciting to watch and i just wish that our very own indian team possess bowling attack like pakistan...... message for all the subcontinent teams.. just learn a thing or two from aussies... who puts team country nd people before self... dats d mantra...

  • JohnSnider on July 17, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Aftaer Salan Butt put Pakistan on a winning track.; both time Afridi, Waqar Yunis find the path to lose like school team. I will nebver watch Pakistan cricket it is useless team. They are lowest of low.

  • on July 17, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi is suitable for only one-day matches.

    He should be commended for unifying the team, and mending his differences with Shoaib Malik.

    A Pakistan Test Team without the likes of Mohammad Yousuf, Younus Khan, Shoaib Malik and Mishbah-ul-Haq is very barren indeed.

    Shoaib Malik is the perfect brand ambassdor for Pakistan. He and Mishbah are good, tactical astute captains. Even Younus and Yousuf could be considered for captaincy. Salman Butt is also captaincy material. He should, however, be groomed for the job, and should remain as the vice-captain.

    Shoaib Malik being an all-rounder is the ideal replacement for Afridi at Headingley. Malik could be handed the captaincy for that test alone.

    A decision could be made for the four tests against England after recalling Yousuf, Younus and Mishbah.

    I hope the Pakistan selectors act in the best interests of the team and the country.

    Afridi will continue to impress us in the one-day games.

  • brownfeatures on July 17, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    Lose one test and run away, not much of a warrior is he? Most adult men are capable of adapting to their circumstances but not this child Afridi. I can't for the life me understand all the comments backing this guy who only a week ago was the saviour of the team and just what Pak cricket needed. Subcontinental "fans" can bash Australia all they like but at least they care about the game and take their part in it seriously. And for the odd posters who find test cricket "boring", i absolutely agree that in your own backyard(India et al) 600+ run fests on flat tracks are mind numbing, so thanks for contributing to that, but there was nothing boring about watching Aamer and Asif bowl to the Aussies!

  • Drew2 on July 17, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    bharath74 you are absolutely correct. How can a nation with such tallent continue to waste that talent and not see the reason why. This has been going on all of my life, probably longer. Pakistan should have been one of the top teams on many occasions, but there is always something going on the unsettle the side. Only under imran Khan's captaincy have we seen the talent properly harnessed.

  • skkh on July 17, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    Everything about Pakistan cricket is a joke. They have talent there is no doubt of it but factionalism and self prestige combined with ego goes a long long way.

  • zingzangspillip on July 17, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Of all the Pakistan batsmen, Shahid Afridi is the most talented. All he needs to do is make an effort to hold himself back and play a proper Test innings. This decision removes all the respect I may have had for him, since it proves he doesn't care about his country.

  • LIONOFALLAH on July 17, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    just because of dirty politics of seven player who revolvet against muhammad yousf and younis khan we lost the test so we need both players .i think afridi try his best to win the test match but unluckey .his retirment from test cricet is 100 % corrct he should avalibel for odi and t20 good luck to afridi ALLAH bless you

  • reality_check on July 17, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Well done Afridi. When going got tough you decided to pack it in. Couldn't even last a tour... tsk tsk. On a serious note... why did Afridi even agreed to be a captain? It's not that he just landed from Mars and has no idea what test cricket is like. I don't blame the players as much for these fiascos haunting the Pakistan cricket for the last few years. It's the incompetent and totally inept PCB management. They can't even tie their shoe laces without falling over let alone manage a cricket team. Don't these people realize what kind of a joke they are turning Pak cricket to be.

  • Januka on July 17, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    Afridi was never captian-material. He's neither emotionally stable nor does he have the cricketing intellect to captain the side. PCB should be much more serious about this issue. You can't pick people randomly for captaincy. Instead, they should nurture captaincy in budding captain-material players. It's a process that takes a few years. The best example is Ricky Ponting. He was nurtured as the Aussie captain for a long time and when the right time came he was made the captain. You can't have politics and be objective at the same time. PCB... pick one!

  • GreenCrazy on July 17, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    This is not a good decision on this situation. But Afridi is the best forever. We need you in ODI's and T20I's. Bye Shahid... :(

  • Whisperofdeath on July 17, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    Pakistan board and cricketer are bunch of jokers. If Afridi wanted to retire, he should announce that after the Australian series not like as soon as lost i am retiring. This is not gali or mohallah cricket, you have to look to your country pride as well. It seems like, he just wanted to be a captain and now he will ever be called as former capt in the books. He has serious metal illness, the people who make decision in abrupt are mentally unstable, One cannot say he is loyal or honest. He is not matured enough to be leading position. Pakistan board or Mr Ijaz Ahmed is already a famous joker around the world. This is has been openly said international. God bless Pakistan and God bless Pakistan 11 jokers oops Cricket

  • on July 17, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    It was seen in his style of bating though... he know how to play carefully but he was playing only aggressive shots.... this decisian of retirement was seen already...

  • NeilCameron on July 17, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Afridi's first class record (Matches 111, Bat 31, Bowl 27) indicates that he certainly has talent for the extended game and 27 Tests over 12 years is probably not enough time or opportunity to cement it.

    If anything I think Pakistan's circumstances over the past decade have badly affected the careers of many of its players. I think it is sad that Afridi will retire from Test cricket and I hope he changes his mind. He is too good a player to lose. PS I am an Aussie supporter.

  • on July 17, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Good decision! and i think .. salman butt have to be the chosen one!!! but one day and t20 should belong to afridi .. and i am so happy that yasser hamid is back !! hope is plays the next test .. =)

  • Wasim_Faruki on July 17, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    This is a brave decision, but what about the thinking of one man show runner, Mr. Ijaz Butt, due his immature behavior cricket is suffering. to save cricket, we need able management to run the affairs of cricket

  • soorajiyer on July 17, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    I was kind of expecting this. If Salman Butt and Azhar Ali had seen Pakistan through - I am not sure we would be reading this particular retirement news!

    Salman Butt - what a player! I just hope PCB doesnt ruin him by giving captaincy. He is probably the best test player for pakistan right now!

    What is Yasir Hameed doing? Get him in!

  • h4haseeb on July 17, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    i don't know how to react about Afridi's decision, but one thing is for sure, he understands that his technique doesn't suit test cricket, maybe he could have taken this decision before deciding to captain the side... but i would say this is something very rare in international cricket, to speak about yours weaknesses in front of media is something very unique

  • FOOD4THOUGHT on July 17, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: In retrospect, waqar younis, ijaz ahmad and shahid afridi have been victims of pakistan managments failures. I urge you not to follow the same pattern of failure by keeping SHOAIB MAILK and ABDUL RAZZAQ out of the squad for the next test. It so mind-boggling to see two most talented players sitting out side and we are playing two new to find talent. A.R and S.M. are the best and experienced all-rounders pakistan have.

  • on July 17, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    This is serious stuff..remove the big butt, bring back the 2 Ys or pakistan lose test staus..I am not joking, its seriously is going that way

  • FOOD4THOUGHT on July 16, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: At the begining of 1992 world cup, 80% of the warm-up matches, same % of world cup mathes were lost by the same team and the captain but the great khan & co never surrender to their fear. when titanic sunk its captain did not abandoned the ship because thats what professional are expected to do. YOUNIS KHAN is a person who sincerely deserve to be the captain and SHAHID AFRIDI knew it well. As a professional athelete, shahid afridi must fulfill his obligations to lead the team throuhg the series.shahid afridi is pride of pakistan and must gather his troops to win the battle.

  • Tom_Bowler on July 16, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    I thought there was a lot of humilty in Afridi's statement. Good luck to him and good luck to Pakistani cricket. As an English cricket fan I would love to see a Pakistan team fit to match those of Imran, Javed, Wasim and Waqar.

  • on July 16, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Credit where credit is due - Afridi has delivered at Twenty20 cricket against Australia where he can play his natural attacking game - and at least has the vision to realise he does not have the patience for Test cricket - as demonstrated today trying to blast a six when occupying the crease conservatively was necessary.

    I was disappointed with the way he chucked his wicket away today, as with five wickets in hand, Pakistan had five sessions to score 220 runs - a tall order but not impossible, Australia failed to defend a total close to that against an inferior West Indies side in 2004.

    Without the wagging tail of the Australian 2nd innings, this match could have been very different. Fair play to Shahid Afridi for speaking the truth, I say hand the captaincy reins over to Kamran Akmal or Danish Kaneria.

  • Itchy on July 16, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    @BalldiƱho II: Reasons why these players have 'retired' from test cricket Shane Bond - too injury prone Shaun Tait - not up to test standard Brett Lee - too old and too injury prone Shoaib Ahktar - no longer good enough Kieron Pollard - completely overrated Shahid Afridi - too stupid (and probably prefers the taste of the white ball!)

  • Itchy on July 16, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    About two test matches too late!

  • dsig3 on July 16, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    At least he is honest about it. Even if he made 0 and bowled 5 overs I thought he led pakistan quite well. I am surprised he has retired again. Better than the last few captains from pakistan. At least the guys follow him.

  • Legaleagle on July 16, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    1 less cheat from 1 format of cricket. Thank God for that!!

    He was never fit for Test cricket to begin with. In other formats as well, he is a fluke player. If he hits the ball then it works other wise he fails. Look at his consistency. People who are declaring him as great should think about CONSISTENCY. Look at his average. He knows, he will make way more money with ODI and T20.

    A very selfish decision but a good one for cricket.

  • on July 16, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    I think boom-boom has made a radical decision. It's evident that he's more a one day and 20/20 rather than a test player, but he should not let 1 match determine his test career. And besides his captaincy was quite impressive in the sense of getting his players to work as a team (because I haven't heard of anyone batting another one in the dressing room since he was made captain) He should look at Ganguly for example, he got dropped as a captain!

  • jmey97 on July 16, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    afridi is a waste of time, always has been and always will be. Australia are awesome. 150 run WIN!!!

  • Tiptop32 on July 16, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    In the first place I don't see a Afridi a test player forget about test captain. So I think he made a quick good decision for the betterment of test cricket.

    I think every player in Pakistan cricket can retire as former captain. They keep changing captain every series now :-) The frequency of changes are increased. Even if we don't follow Pakistan cricket for a year, and look back we will be surprised that it has so many changes in a short span of time which could have happened over a period of 5 years for another cricket team. PCB is a very good example of worst administration. Pakistan cricket always entertains both on and off the field.

  • Indianbybirth on July 16, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Well Well Well........How did he become hero. He should be carrying this team on his shoulders.....he is an international cricketer and a experienced player. Pakistan has great talents and unfortunately they are not keen on setting things right. Looks like players like Afridi wants to write history by agreeing that he is not test player and believes in leading by example. Not long ago he was caught for ball tampering and rubbing his foot on the pitch. Too much

  • on July 16, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Same old story.Why Mr.Ejaz Butt still there.He should enjoy his life can a person 80 years old can perfom.He is becoming a laughing stock for the whole nation and around the world.ICC don;t want talk to him anymore.I have made some contact with ICC official while i was in T/20 world cup in Carribean.PCB employees only their for position and money.They don't have vision and plan for next 10 years.They will make a mess and then they leave.Shahid Afridi is the only person can lead the side.Salman Butt cannot lead the way we change captain like changing cloth everyday.Why talent and good people leave pakistan because insecure feeling.I love to do so much for pakistan but we were not treated right and give chance to represent pakistan.We don't learn from the past.Pakistan sports only survive when we accept everyone is a pakistani and immigrant from other countries.We have everything but we don't let the system work is all about me not we or as a nation.Where we heading it is time to act .

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 16, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    Sigh...Afridi, this was his last chance to show some maturity and responsibility but then again...only he knows how he feels I guess and its better to give it up than go in 1/2 hearted.

  • on July 16, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Afridi had the chance to step up his game! Show everyone that he is indeed a great player! Show everyone he can get pakistan cricket back to the top like Imran Khan did. Why is he just running away from this opportunity?! He is wasting this chance to get his name down deep in history because he can do it. He has all the attributes required! A little patience is required thats all! Come on Afridi you can do it! Do not give up!

  • Vikram_Rathore on July 16, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    QUITTER... He is setting a wrong example for the youngsters.

  • RAVI_BOPARA on July 16, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    SHAHID AFRIDI SHOULD NEVER HAVE ACCEPTED THE CAPTAINCY BEFORE THE SERIES HAD STARTED. HE IS NOT THE RIGHT MAN FOR IT. THEY SHOULD HAVE MADE SALMON BUTT CAPTAIN IN AUSTRALIA WHERE THE PAKISTAN TEAM SUFFERED BADLY. BUT I RECKON SALMON BUTT WILL HAVE A FEW YEARS AS A CAPTAIN NOW!

  • hazeltine on July 16, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    GREAT that Afridi is going to retire. I was hoping that he would retire and not play at Headingley, where hopefully, Pakistan will get a captain that wants to fight for the FIVE DAYS of a test match even if they lose, instead of a pathetic captain like Afridi who treats test matches like it was some form of a joke!

  • xrpm on July 16, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    afridi u are best u r very sincere for pakistan

  • on July 16, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Good decision bad timing .. Afridi you Rock ma Boi !! but not the right time for it..

  • botswanajv on July 16, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    This is a management problem. I wonder if PCB takes anytime to think before it decides a captain. This is a national side and captains represent the people of the nation as well. PCB has got some real thinking to do before they choose a player as a captain. They need to work with the chosen captain on his public relation skills, man management skills etc or send the person to school if needed. Short-fused, speak-before-think, language-challenged .... person (s) will only bring disrepute to the country. I am sure if PCB puts its mind and heart to the issue, it can find a few good players with cricketing talent and who love the game for what it is, to be groomed for the role of a captain. If nothing works, talk to IMRAN KHAN.

  • shafiqhamid on July 16, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    The Cricketing talent that Pakistan possess has never been in any doubt - ask any of the cricket playing countries and they will tell you how envious they are of what Pakistan keeps coming up with - Umar Akmal, Mohamed Amer are just some of the more recent finds.

    The problem in Pakistan is with Cricket administration - Mr. Zardari (less said about him the better!) is happy with Ijaz Butt to run PCB and poor Mr. I Butt would struggle to run a bath! Politics being involved in sports has never been a good idea and never will.

    In order to qualify running a cricket board - you either MUST have some common sense or extensive modern day cricketing background. A little of both would be ideal.

    Mr. Izaj but very clearly doesn't have common sense (or any sense) and having played a few matches in the late 1950's doesn't help him at all. He is clearly arrogant and just wants a position of authority and has no love for the game.

    Afridi did the right thing and should have never listened to brainl

  • m0se on July 16, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    It is wrong for Afridi to retire from test cricket (again). There have been test matches that have been won by Pakistan because Afridi created an extra hour or two. He's only been captain for 1 test match and he's quitting.

  • bharath74 on July 16, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    Most Pakistani players are selfish, and dont respect their country. I think Afridi, even if he thinks he is not good, he should have captained for an year and should have handed over the capataincy once the team is set. PCB and players are constantly unsettling the team, how can u expect them to win when players dont even understand eachother. It is Team effort not Individual effort that wins a match.

  • bharath74 on July 16, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    PCB will make S Butt as the captain, he wiil be removed after one or two series as former players believe that he is not good, then they will make Kamran Akmal as captain, then remove him after two series, then make Umar Akmal as the captain, then remove him as former players are not happy, this whole saga continues.

  • 504Loki on July 16, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    So much for wining habit, too much talent and not enough patience

  • on July 16, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Well done Afridi.That should be the spirit.If you feel you cant perform well than you should not carry on with it.Hats off to Afridi.Keep yourself available for ODI's and T20, as Pakistan needs you. Please PCB act sensibily and replace Imran Farhat also as he is not fit to be a Test Opener.bring in Mohammed Yousuf and Yasser Hamid in the team to strengthen the batting. Act now to avoid further humiliation.

  • on July 16, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    How irresponsible can the man get? Pak is supposed to be on the cusp of a new begining with a new captain and a (somewhat) new team. While he is not a test player by his own admission, would it have killed him to stick on and complete the test series instead of making this into a circus. Now Pak will be totally distracted in the next test and another hiding is in store.

  • on July 16, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    It's a hasty decision. Pakistan is losing its way back into a reasonable cricket attitude.

  • on July 16, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    I fail to understand how many no. of captains Pakistan would produce. It's not about Pak/Pak cricketers issue. It's a PCB Which is making things worst. They should give a kind of confidence to pak captain that this is a transition time, we would expect a kinda failure. Then their captain would concentrate how to improve and he may think where they were wrong. That sort of analysis would help them to improve. I though Afridi would do it. But again the count starts from zero.

  • Lahori_Munde on July 16, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    I can't believe some of the people are praising Afirdi for his decision. The reality is that he pushed Pakistan cricket back in shambles. He was retire and he unretired and came back to test about a month ago. How phony his big talks and bravado were. This man Afridi is one of the biggest jokers in cricket.. Lets see what happens next, fun and more fun..

  • on July 16, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    I must say Afridi has taken the right decision,but I will remember him for helping Pakistan to win the Chennai test match in 1999, and Banglore in 2005, one with bat and other with ball. Shameful Ijaz butt should ask Younis to join Pakistan team and captain it as well and let Salman concentrate on his batting only for now. Afridi should also not be included for the leeds test match because he himself said he is not good enough at test level. I remember when Waqar was the captain he once said that he is NOT A TEST MATERIAL, we all knew that...and I am glad afridi has realized that. Good luck afridi and thanks for being honest..lesson for all of us.

  • Indiangazza on July 16, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    At this rate, it would not surprise me if Zardari makes his test debut as captain...The governament administration is a joke...cricket administration is a joke..

  • Lahori_Munde on July 16, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    What a joke. Sounds typical Pakistan cricket? Yes, such drama makes Pakistan cricket extremely unique. Afridi was retired from test, then why unretired himself and accepted test captaincy? PCB along with the enitre cricketing world know how Afridi plays his cricket. How in the world PCB accept him back as test player and even appoint him as Captain? Pakistan Cricket just came out of big fiasco and one would have expected PCB to make thoughful decision now for a change. but nope, something just never changes.. ahh.. speechless

  • on July 16, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Very nice done by afridi ........... We love you all captain...............

  • a.s.r on July 16, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    HUH! a day before Javed Miandad met Mr. President and after that Afridi resigns... POLITICAL MOVE... every man in the PCB wants his pet to be the CAPTAIN, It's Miandad who met the president DON'T be surprised if FAISAL IQBAL is sent to ENGLAND or even made the captain.

  • Umair_Arif on July 16, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    This is something really wrong u cant be so coward to leave the series in between if u were so truth with yourself and nation either u should have not taken up this responsibility or if taken u shouldn't have left in between this is really against the sports man spirit or even your ancestry of being pathan

  • on July 16, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    sad for Pakistan cricket becasue after afridi retired pakistan would have only 2 senior player and they will play 4 tests against England. It would be disaster for Pakistan Bring M Yusuf, Younis, Sami, Irfan, Rana, Malik, Razzaq and Misbah back in test squad for England. if they not do that it would be disaster for Pakistan cricket history. Afridi should not run away he has to fight, Look his test cricket average is about 38 so i don"t think that test cricket is not suitable for Afirdi. He is one of the best cricketer ever in histroy. BOOM BOOM AFRIDI

  • stationmaster on July 16, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    No great loss to Pakistan, he is right, he shouldn't be playing test cricket, they are better without him in this form of the game.

  • Malikkakezai on July 16, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    I think this decission show the politics in board & team. Its a same politics which is Continuously carry on from long time between Lahore & Karachi. And all time the strong rolling group belong to lahore.Politically they fail the captain from any other group.

    If i am wrong, please check record how kamran brothers & also The Great Butt sb Out in last 10 Macthes.

    Decission is yours

  • on July 16, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    what i think is that he had tried to play politics.. he knows that board will surely reject his decision and will ask him to stay as a captain in the team.. this will help him because whenever someone will ask him why did you step in as a captain in test cricket he will surely answer him that the board ask him to do so.. maybe he is trying to blackmail board,he could ask for younis khan...

    pakistan cricket board is a bunch of those peoples who dont love pakistan..

  • nathluvcricket on July 16, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Congrats Shahid for a brave and honest decision. In such a competitive world no one risks about his own position. I am an Indian and a fan of Pak Cricket. Today no one doubt about pakistan cricket is full of talent as many excited players are coming. But to play in England you need a mental stuff. I think the experience matters most. Bring Yusuf, Yunuis and Shoaib Malik so it remove all internal politics. Lets allow player to concentrate on sport only. You can introduce new players in subcontinental series where they can adapt and will ready to travel international. For the sake of good future of Pakistan remove politics (Specially Izaz butt) from Pak Cricket.

  • on July 16, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    wish Chris Gale would do the same

  • on July 16, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Hi im from Bangladesh... Good to hear that Afridi is set to retire from Test Cricket... I think he's not a fit player to play longer version cricket. Yet not Salman Butt needed to be the captain of Pakistan team. I would suggest Younis Khan is to be back again and take over captaincy from Afridi atleast for 1 year or so... im saying this because Salman Butt need to learn more, if pak gave him the opportunity then he might not able to be a good captain... He's definately a future prospect for pak. But i truely believe Younis khan should be back. Even though he's now in England, Ijaj Butt should bring him back.. And also i feel for Mesbah ul Haq, what a fine player he is.. He also should bring back in test squad.. My opinion for Pak... Please select players like: 1.Salman Butt, 2.Imran Farhat, 3.Younis Khan, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Shoaib Malik, 6.Misbah ul Haq, 7.Kamran Akmal, 8.Mohammad Aamer, 9.Umar Gul, 10.Mohammad Asif, 11.Danish Kaneria/Saeed Ajmal.

  • cricsecular on July 16, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Really disturbs cricket loving fans especially Afridi didn't give a few more chances for himself. But he shouldn't have taken this decision though he is honest. I am worried and remember Younis story here and where is Younis now with PCB difficulties. But lets take some positives from the Test such as PAK Bowlers destroyed Aussies, Butt destroyed Aussie bowlers, Azhar Ali stood up to certain extent, Umar Amin is trying, Kamran was good, etc. So, for the next Test onwards bringing Yousuf, Younus, Yasir would definitely going to boost PAK Test team under the captaincy of Butt/Younis. Unfortunate things happens everywhere but there are few idiots/terror commenters here enjoying whats happening around PAK cricket those people are the ones behind some denials for the PAK cricket home matches. But you got to understand PAK is a cricket talent factory just to let you know as Apple iPhones or Google Android or so, for e.g. Amer and Akmal but there will be some defects those will be fixed soon.

  • matrix66 on July 16, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    I am glad he retired. I never considered him a cricketer in true sense. Only one or two records including the fastest century in one day cricket. He had zero patience as a batsman and no techniques at all. Javed Miandad when he was a coach tried his best to get some patience in his playing style but finally gave up. People say that was his style, and we can see where that over aggressive style took him to. Pakistan Cricket needs to be saved right now. For God sake get rid of the current domestic cricketing infrastructure and groom cricket from prmary school level to University level. Get rid of the dept. style of cricket. And, get rid of current PCB administrative infrastructure. What the hell a president of a country knows about a sport that he's the chief patron of the cricket board? Unless they make some effective drastic changes, the cricket in Pakistan would die down soon.

  • Anam on July 16, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    @Kiran Acharaya: Afridi is not the worst test player because he is NOT a test player...he announced that 4 years ago and havent played test cricket in the past 4 years first of all...second of all he HAD to captain the team for tests now since pcb banned yunus for whatever dumb reason ( i think its all political but whatever) they can think of...just like they overturned maliks ban they shud overturn yunus's too because seriously its about time. We have no speicalist batsmen in our team as of now. Where was Malik in the 1st test anyway?...i appreciate afridi coming out so honestly and its a good decision...maybe bring faisal iqbal (i know i know hes no good) but better then not having any specialist batsmen...and also add yasir hameed...but bring back yunus more so then anything...

  • on July 16, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    it all comes down to fitness level mentally and physically.

  • Pak-cricket on July 16, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    INFACT IJAZ BUTT proved what Malcolm said is based on facts.. Ijaz but you are indeed a jocker

  • Umair_umair on July 16, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    I feel pain. Afridi has no right to play with our emotions. Just when team was looking fine; he created another Drama. Pproblem with Younis, Yousaf and Afridi; big ego, only care about themselves. Thats why now I rate Inzamam, Wasim, Waqar, Saleem Malik, Javed Miandad , saeed Anwar very highly. They faced even more clashes, insults and allegations within themselves and with boards, and faced difficult times, but they never gave up, by annoucing retirements ... Whole nation was with Afridi. Even if we lost, we felt betterment. We wanted to stick with Afridi. There were positives. But he left his ground so early. Coward. On his personal performance. He was a mature test player 4 years ago, Runs Wickets, see his record. Now after 4 more years of cricket, he lost his temperament? He could have even played as a bowler in Tests,,, better than Kaneria. He got 5 for in his first test. His batting was always a plus. Imagine, This guys once opened in tests. What have you done Afridi

  • gung-ho on July 16, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    afridi is a pile of drivel. why is anything he says/does is news-worthy? he's got the mental make up of a 18 yr old.

  • on July 16, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    afridi shd seek advice from shewag.. for mentally prep req for a test match. If a player is good enuf to play one form of cricket he certainly is capable of playing all forms of cricket.. Whether he wants to or not remains the question ?

  • on July 16, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Another farce from Pakistan cricket. Given I nod, I can even lead them from outside.

  • demon_bowler on July 16, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    What planet is the PCB living on that it seriously thought Afridi was the right man to captain the side in English conditions? He has an abysmal record in this country, where you actually have to bat rather than just swish across the line. To say nothing of his appalling disciplinary record; he can't control himself let alone a headstrong team like Pakistan. Then again, even an apparently level-headed man like Younis Khan had trouble leading them!

  • Lahori_Munde on July 16, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    What a joke. Sounds typical Pakistan cricket? Yes, such drama makes Pakistan cricket extremely unique. Afridi was retired from test, then why unretired himself and accepted test captaincy? PCB along with the enitre cricketing world know how Afridi plays his cricket. How in the world PCB accept him as test player and even appint him as Captain? Pakistan Cricket just came out of big fiasco and one would have expected PCB to make more caculated and thoughful decision now for a change. but hope, something just never changes.. ahh.. speechless

  • Chicagoan on July 16, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    This is ridiculous!! He did not even tried to fight. Absolute Give UP!!!! Well, I wish Pakistani selectors can use some common sense when selecting the Team. God Bless Pak-team!!!

  • on July 16, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    I am glad he did not waste any time and immediately announced it. Clever stuff!afridi is not a test player....

  • rohan8579 on July 16, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    First of all Pak Cricket is in deep HOLE, then Afridi comes as Captain, then the Big shorts like Wasim/Waqar/Imran/Miyandad praises the decision, then there comes 1st Test match, the 1st Day, pak swing bowling does wonder, then all the FANs of this CIRCUS praises Afridi (he is best, he is so straight forward and blah blah), then comes 2nd Day where Afridi comes like BOOM BOOM and goes like fizle fizle, then on 4th day PAK looses, the moment after loosing again in Circus there is twist of "Fearless, Motivated, Straight Forward, with clean Communication" Captian retires on shameful defeat from Aussies... Well Well, Pak crick looks Stupid, hapless, surrendered, and defeated by their OWN players... THE MOST SELFISH DECISION to SAVE HIS OWN FACE.... JUST UTTER NONSENSE....I hope and WISH for PAK Cricket, that this selfish man should retire or KICKED out from ODI & 20-20 too, very soon, or else PAK get prepared for similar BACK STABBING from this Selfish man in near future... FUNNY PCB

  • on July 16, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    no way for Shahid in test cricket. this is one of best stupid decision of Shahid Afridsi in cricket..

  • on July 16, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    I bit surprised the way he back to the test team after 4 years and then in one test match he decided that he is not fit into this format. The questions is doesn't he realize the thing before he plays this match? I am just wondering within a single match how he decides that he is not fit for this format. Weird decision. Not even ready to wait until the series complete !!

  • ams2a on July 16, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Afridi is a honest man....

  • on July 16, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    There is a big question. He took the responsibility very confidently but why he didn't apply himself as batsman or as a bowler ? We know his batting style doesnot fit for Test but his Bowling is damn good, But there were no sign of application, resposibility & seriousness in his performance as a captain or as a senior player What's wrong with Afridi ? I Think Afridi was right in his statement that Allah give me two ears ....... Absolutely right he has No Brain between his ears. Such a shameless , disgraceful, defeatist player Afridi is . I was a big fan of Afridi from years but this act of him really disgraced himself & his Nation. He accept the captaincy in Test as challenge very braverly but immediately surrenders very cowardly, Such peoples really disgraced their religion also by their non-professionalism & attitudes.

  • Amar_bw on July 16, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Well thought decision from Afridi. All the best to him for ODI and T20s. This also shows why people such as Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Gavaskar, Allan Border, Ricky Ponting are great people who played over 100 tests with great physical fitness and quality performance. People should also appreciate especially Tendulkar's efforts for such a great consistency.

  • Sach_is_Life on July 16, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Wat a way 2 retire...So much for his pre match talk abt how he is ready to play Tests if his country needs him..and leading this young Pak team blah blah..To b frank ..I'm really disappointed with this decision..I really think that he is the right person to lead this Pak team right now ..I'm really impressed with his captaincy in both T-20 n ODIs and I think he'll be another Imran 4 Pak or atleast Pak's MSD..but this is very sad..Anyway..all the best 4 ur future Bhoom Bhoom..!

  • on July 16, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    best bowling alrounder? Aditya, you are dreaming matey! He is a 20-20 player and that is it. He is a useful bowler and a slogger, nothing more

  • ahmadhk on July 16, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    be afridi! be very afridi! love you afridi =)

  • Usama54 on July 16, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    what i can say i m in a lot of stress & pain after his retirement !!!!!!!!!! now where i will find that spark which afridi brings with his captaincy !!!!!!! I have no team to support how can i support pakistan team with such results my pakistani friends how much we will suffer first we suffered the loss of younis khan & now afridi az captain is any 1 other than afridi or younis who deserves captaincy ??????????????? well salman butt will be very early !!!!

  • MadCricter on July 16, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Very sad to see another Pak great crumble to the demand & pressure of Test cricket. What kind of message is this giving to the youngsters, that their senior players just abandon them so abruptly, after talking to the press about confidence etc. They build all of that, and one failure, they are ready to abondon, and label themselves as unfit or someone else forced them to take up the responsibility. Being an Indian, and grew up watching arch rivals Imran Khans, Miandad's, Akrams etc., I am a huge fan and took inspiration from Pakistan's killer instict & fighting spirit. But the last 5-6 years has been one disaster or another debacle... in leadership, ruffle between team members, illogical board & selection decisions, abrupt banning, firing & reinstating... not to mention the scandolous murder of their coach in WI. Pak cricket has become a joke. One loss, and people begin to announce retirement, discontentment, and if none of those... then come allegations of match-fixing... it is crazy

  • Rajesh. on July 16, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    What a joke Pakistan cricket is becoming...........

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    I think this is emotional decision, no doubt that he is not an ideal player, but is the best man who can Captain Pak team, i think if he had given some time the situation may have improve. Clarke is not scoring at all in T20s but he hasnt quit. We donot need Afridi as a player in team but as a leader. Imagine Pakistan team under the command of Salman Butt!

  • ArishaG on July 16, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Respectfully stating when was he ever 'good enough' for test cricket at all? Totally agree with teh comments posted by Osman_Siddiqui

    This is disappointing. Why bail out before the series is over?? Or are we having a 2-test series??

    - A disgruntled Pakistani fan.

  • ayaz.gill on July 16, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    He is really good player of limited over cricket but his decision is right because it is dificult to b patient in test ckt by agressive player like him . He should be focused on limited over cricket.

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    If Afridi was uncertain of playing Test cricket - he should have mentioned it before he took over the captaincy for such a crucial series. What has he learnt over the past 4 days which he did not know already? I do not think the decision was as selfless as he'd like us to believe. Either he shouldn't have taken up captaincy in Tests or persevered for a few more tests and tried to adapt to the format before quitting. The whole flip-flop will go down as another farce in Pakistan's current crisis and is obviously a setback to the fans!

  • HaroonAfaq on July 16, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Now every1 is happy, it's a right decision, & after 2day's miserable show I should say the same, but should I? Few years back, GREAT Shane Warne said; this type of talent can score 8000 runs, can take 300 wickets & can grab 150 catches in test cricket, BUT IF HE PLAY FOR AUSTRALIA! Problem isn't in the Player; problem is in the System of Pakistan Cricket which destroyed the talent of this guy. He is the combination of 2 greats. Like Kumble Tall high arm action, nippy, quicker through air & like Shane Warne drifting the ball in to the right handers. His own off spinner & faster balls can be combined to make him the most lethal bowler of test cricket, but we as nation loose every bit of it. He can be the Garfied Sobbers of Pakistan Cricket. Nobody realized how talented, committed, devoted & hard working Cricketer this guy is. I will always praise this guy as one of the greatest & most under-achieved cricketer of all times. I will always miss him in test Cricket. We LOVE U BOOM BOOM!!

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    I think he is not test player he is one day & more t20 player.. So he took the right decision....

  • Faisal142 on July 16, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    I think Afridi took the right decision..he should start concentrating more on One day Internationals....

  • Murtaza90 on July 16, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    a slap to those who think Afridi should be test captain..! the player himself knows he cant play test cricket..! good decision Afridi :) time for the likes of Naved Yasin (highest average in first class) and Farhat should be replaced by Azeem Ghumman who has opened really well in domestic circuit

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    it was inevitable the moment he was handed over the test captaincy..but its funny he has to announce it after losing the test

  • Murtaza90 on July 16, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    i slap to all those who think Afridi should be test captain... the player himself said that he do not have temperament for test cricket ... good decision Afridi :) have increased respect in my eyes... time for players like Naved Yasin( highest average in PAkistan first class) ... and please get rid of Farhat and replace him with Azeem Ghumman

  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on July 16, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Alright. Cool. So...when are you coming OUT OF retirement?

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Its better 2 walk off rather than being kicked out! Clever stuff Afridi! Scrutiny was just around the corner but he has made sure that tommorow morning news headlines speak on his side.

  • vikas_raik on July 16, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Afridi was honest and i liked it.But i belive he shouldnt have come back at the first place.pakistan badly needs the services of misbah and yonus to solidfy the middle order.

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    god.. its sad! but never the less its for the better atleast hes being honest with himself,the problem with butt maybe that the pressure may affect his performnce which always tends to happen wid pakistan! i think he gets bored :) dnt blame hes the type to come in play a few big shots and just go! mashallah hes been a good captain in the last few months just wish him al the best in t20 and odi! good luk 2 salman butt to..

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Afridi tried his best to win the match but the luck was not with him and we all know that he is not test cricketer i think he done well for the pakistan cricket and for himself

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    I love boommmmmmmm boommmmmmmmmmm afridi this is a rong afridi plzzzzzzzzzzzz back on test matchs i am sure u will won the 4 test agisnt england plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz boommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Frustrating that a player so gifted can give up so easily. As he himself showed in the Asia cup, he's more than capable of playing a proper innings. To get himself out twice in the space of 20 balls and then say he just can't do it seems pretty weak to me....surely his concentration must be better than that????

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    THE COMMENTS GIVEN BY AFRIDI.. U REALLY NEED GUTS FOR SAYING THE TRUTH WHICH HE DID.. EVEN HIS BODY LANGUAGE WASNT LOOKING GREAT THE WAY HE LEADS THE SIDE IN T20S AND ODIS.. HE IS JUST ALL OVER THE PLACE. WITH BALL BAT FIELD EVERYTHING.. ITS A GOOD DECISION TAKEN Y HIM U NEED PLAYERS LIKE YOUNIS AND YOUSAF... ITS BETTER FOR HIM TO LEAD THE SIDE IN SHORTER FORMAT RATHER THEN TEST.. I TOTALLY AGREE WITH HIM.. HE IS GOOD CAPTAIN AND PLAYER AND HE SHOULD BE THERE FOR A LONG PERIOD CAPTAINING IN BOTH T20S AND ODIS. BEST OF LUCK SHAHID AFRIDI FOR THE ODIS AND T20S AGAINST ENGLAND..

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    that was really grt and honest decision.

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    This is a good decision in the favor of pakistan cricket..He never deserves place in pakistan test cricket team..This is not a brave decision but somebody forced him to make this decision. I think for better future of pakistan cricket PCB should have to call Yunis khan back and give yasir hameed a chance to open the innings..20-20 is not the game from where your team is judged. You have to play test well then only you will be known as a good team. In short Afridi never deserves place in Test side. He is neither batsman nor bowler in tests..In test you need to forced batsman to play which is not possible for Afridi as he is not give enough flight to ball. He is just a hitter nothing more than that which is waste in tests...So its really good for Pak cricket that afridi decided not to play test no more........

  • Allan716 on July 16, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    What are you guys talking about? Honesty? This is a complete CYA statement from Afridi. How can you accept a role and job if you knew right from the start that you cannot do it. These are top professionals who are paid good money to make the sport competitive. Afridi's cricket is terrible for the Test context. What does he mean that the board said take a chance and see how it goes. He has further confirmed that the PCB are a bunch of jokers and almost anyone can be captain of Pakistan. It is only a matter of time before Umar Akmal is made captain given the politician that he is...

  • _Kiran_ on July 16, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Afridi has amazing commitment. He did put the country's interest first of winning games. Hats off. Over the years he has grown into a mature cricketer!! Go Afridi, I wish you played for India!! Kick some Aussie butt now!!

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Muhammad Yousuf has been called by PCB....

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Very good and straight decision

  • lucyferr on July 16, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Kudos to Afridi for being honest and blunt enough to say that his temperament and Test cricket are unmixy things. It's more proof that Test cricket needs to go away. I mean, who do people like to watch? Boring Test players moving at the pace of government, or cool unpredictable firecrackers like Afridi? Great move, Afridi! Test cricket is for those who don't have the temperament to play the short, superior form of the game - those who can't play at a speed worth watching. Leave Test cricket for the boring cricketers.

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    he is honest...thats y announce retirment from test cricket,

  • jani_nasir on July 16, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Heh, I really wished he would change his temperament but I guess there is a limit to Afridi's patience. But at least he has been honest with his decisions from the start. I am liking Salman Butt more and more. He has really taken his game plan to a new level and improved his batting recently. He should be given a chance. What do you guys think?

  • hoodbu on July 16, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Najib Ul Rehman Malik hit the nail on the head:

    "Right decision at wrong occasion. he should have sit aside and let Butt lead the next match. after that he should have announce his retirement. Good Luck to Butt."

  • luvindia on July 16, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Poor attitude. Fear of facing the press & public. He sounds or weak strong based on his performance, which shows that he lacks in leadership skills. He failed in his first test as a leader. Let us see how he reacts to forthcoming series.

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    We people are sick of these jokers which are spoiling pakistan cricket.It seems to be a political decision to divert attention of people from the manner of defeat in 1st test.There was no planning how to win the test match.It seems that these bunch of jokers just came there for a vacation.After dismissing the Australians for 250 how they played in the first innings then after dismissing 8 Australians batsmen for 200 odd runs and then leaking 126 runs to tailenders is not easy to digest.Then again giving 6 wickets to a part timer is totally unacceptable.Loosing after fighting is another thing but loosing without any planning and will is just rubbish.These cricketers don't care about millions of Pakistani fan around the world.

    Also on Faisal Mirza you don't have to salam pathan our brothers but slam these jokers(Younis and Afridi) whcih ran away as a leader.I have also few doubts over Umar Akmal approach he doesn't seem to be a test material at all.

  • NO_MORE on July 16, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Well this was inevitable. Afridi is a good man. He said that he'll try to prove that he is a good captain. If he could not, he would say "Khuda Hafiz" translation: Adios! I am happy that he stuck to his word. Respect! Don't know why people are "disgusted" or "shocked". Butt might be the fifth captain since 2009? oooh! aaah! really? that's not news mate. Thats pakistan cricket and i love every bit of it!

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Hats off to Afridi. A right decision at not so right time.

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    No afridi, its bad decision, its not honest, this team needed a father figure, a never say die attitude, a person that doesn't care what other says, A person that others can relate to, a person that is honest to admit his mistakes, and try to learn from it. I hope you play next match, score a hundred and feel more at home with this format.

    You ll never walk alone, I know its LFC's song and i am their huge fan, but right now i could not thing of any other thing to show you my support.

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Well to be honest , Afridi had a team which was balanced at all. He's not responsible for losing this game. look at the statistics of the two teams ..... look at the batting averages of both teams' players. Australia has 3 batsmen whose average is over 50 per inning. 3 batsmen whose averge is more than 40 per inining

    Pakistan has 1 batsmen with only 6 matches, Umar Akmal whose average is over 40s who is failed in this match. 4 players have average of more than just 30s(b/w 30 to 33).

    The statistics tells us about the selection quality of our PCB. The failed players has been utilized this match where Pakistan could easily have a lead of at least 50 Runs in the first inning and the picture of match would not be a target of 440 but , it would be a target of less than 220.

    Bad luck for Afridi who took captaincy when there's not a single experienced batsmen whose average is over 40s or 50s tat would challenge Aussies. Blame goes to PCB and its selector!

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Well it is right decision, but the there one positive fact attached to this particular match, that Young Lads, both Azhar and Umar Amin score and helped in building partnership, though it does last long but they tried. If Afridi realized, then why not Imran Farhat...... he is the one on the top order who fails on every seeming pitch.

    And one thing more, Afridi should check the next match despite of his decision, take Shoaib Malik back in team in place of Imran Farhat, coz only difference was ONE Batsman. i think Shoaib Malik can do better than Imran Farhat......

    thinkin as neutral, Afridi should give another try........just to impower young lads, like Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali

    I liked the way two youngesters, Azhar Ali and Umar Amin, responded.....and they are good to be in squad, even ten times better than Yasir Hameed and Imran Farhat......

    Pakistan fought hard, thats what we wana see and the winning will come into Pakistans pocket very soon if these young lads sparks....

  • NewYorkCricket on July 16, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Why take it in the first place? Do you really need a test to figure out?

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    It is very very sad news for cricket lovers, so many people including commentators, news reporters and even people have criticized Shahid afridi and his team for under performing. No body backed them up on the test, new players so what, this is learning curve so be it. 2nd innings performance was pretty good from Pakistan. The team spirit is looking good.

    I watched the test match very closely and all the time the commentators (as always) were very critical of pakistan, this is not new thing. They do not see what team has come up against the aussies, instead of appreciated Afridi for leading such inexperienced team every one is so impatient and critical.

    I pray Aridi does not retire and and ask every Afiridi fan to support him, though he has said himself that he wants to retire, but I believe there certainly something fishy behind cuz this is just the 1st test, 5 more tests to go. Pakistan and Afridi will do good, we need to give this team some breathing space, then results will come

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    It shows u that playing test cricket is no joke the fact that shahid afridi is probably the best bowwling allrounder in tests cant even bowl 10 overs in a test speaks volumes about the difference in levels of limited overs and test.

  • Himayun on July 16, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    It is ironic that all of a sudden it just dawned on Afridi that he does not have the temperament of Test cricket! After playing so many years and accumulating a mediocre average, it was always an open secret that he does not have a place in any test team. However, both Afridi and the board did not know about his temperament and mediocre test record!

    However, this team of mediocre players having averages in low 30's needs a couple of solid batsmen of the class of Yusuf and Younus. Yusuf has a batting average higher than every batsman in the history of Pakistan. Younus is not far behind. However, they would rather offer a place and captainship to cricketers who have pathetic records and averages. Way to go Pakistan. These mediocre bunch of clowns have lost the first test but this is just the beginning and not the end!

  • Nasir_Mahmood_Malik on July 16, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Firstly the board has once again shown its juglary. It should better be called Pakistani Circus Board. They cannot spend 6 months without astonishing the whole world with their amusing acts.

    Secondly, I had a lot of respect for Afridi until now but now I don't. The way he played in this game it appears he was asked to captain the side on gun point. And by underperforming and playing foolish strokes he feels that everyone will hail his decision, temprament and all that. The thing is, even in recent T20 championship Pakistan was able to win, he showed how responsibly he can bat. And his bowling in recent two years has been improved more than anybody else might ever have achieved. He looks threatning in his 4 overs of T20s even.

    All in all,it was a good effort, but sorry I was not fooled by that.

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    afridi is de worst test player i v ever seen...................

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    I can't believe a player in this era can be so honest about his own limitations. Hats off Mr boom-boom. He could have easily lingered on in this Pak team for another 2 yrs but made a good decision. If a Test captain doesnt enjoy the format - his team will reflect it.

    As an Indian, I can only hope some of our players show this honesty. Mr Yuvraj Singh do you have something to confess too?

  • rayfanatics on July 16, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Agree with Usman Zubair. Why is the timing of these decisions so bad? But then again not surprising.

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Its easy to capatain a side full of world beaters but if you don't have the players, then its tougher. However, someone still has to do the job. It seems to me that no-one is willing to capatain Pakistan in the tough times. Pakistan cricket still seems very mcuh about the individuals and not about the team. So Afridii concluded he couldn't do a job as a player. Well, we kinda knew that. However, he was aksed to do a job as captain. Did he try to do that job, or did he simply go through the motions and walk away? How does Pakistan cricket get back to where they belong if none of the senior players (Afridi,Yousuf, Younis, Malik) are willing to put team goals ahead of their own egos?

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Shahid Khan Afridi... possibly the biggest egg-head I've ever heard of... He can play T20 and One Day cricket pretty well but when it comes to tests where no money is involved: No, I am retiring... He should never play cricket again! He is not only destroying the format of Test cricket but he is making cricket revolve around money - IPL, T20 and all that rubbish. His taken the Pakistan team and turned it into a "boom boom" team.. "Boom Boom" = "Big money.."

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Em not agree with shahid decision I would give him a run as a Pakistani Captain for 4 years and I am sure in this period his captaincy would improve our ranking in test matches ODI and T201nt and salman butt is not a right candidate for test captaincy if afridi won't agree for test captaincy than YOUNIS KHAN OR MOHAMMAD YOUSIF should be Test Captain

  • M_Faraz_Ansari on July 16, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    An honest decision for the betterment of the National Test side and his performance in limited overs cricket.

  • R00ster on July 16, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    have to give credit to Afridi for being honest with himself and with the team , although i do he can be useful in test cricket batting at number 8 as a all rounder. But if his heart is not in it , as he mentioned, than he made the right decision

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    He is a good player if he stabilizes his mind n quite a handy bowler too.... but he was definitely not captancy material.I doubt if he had da respect leave the cricketing world but from the dressing room firstly because at the end he was a slogger.Wud hav loved to see him bat in test matches though.... I remember witnessing a brilliant 50 of his in a test match at bangalore during 2005 and taking 2-3 wickets too.I wud really like him to open the innings but alas its up2 him 2 decide

  • cricket_is_my_life on July 16, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    At the end of the 3rd day, when Pakistan was 114 for 1, I was just thinking the following. If Pakistan has to win, Afridi has to do something. I was also planning how things should go. Up to 270/280 for 5 or 6, Butt has to hang around with the company of the newcomers like Azhar, Umair, Akmal brothers and by then half of the 4th day would have been over. Then it would be a matter of another two hours if Afridi plays like Afridi. But alas! suddenly he retired. I think his self-assessment is wrong. He can play test cricket. I remember how Miandad made him play in the 1999 historic Chennai test second innings. Before announcing his retirement, he should have looked back to that innings just once. I think he could have done it. Pakistan needed a test captain as entusiastic as Afridi. I think Butt will be another sleeping captain like Shoaib Malik. If Afridi sticks to his decision, the best thing should be to bring back Younis Khan. He should be the best person to lead Pakistan in tests.

  • GlobalCricketLover on July 16, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    This guy was bound to bite the dust from day1...Only PCB can think he is worth a try. This is a classic case of people not understanding what each format of cricket demands. Afridi was never fit to play test cricket as a player forget being the caption! I think PCB must be holding some sort of record for the wierdest decisions of all cricketing nations...not to mention the recent u-turns of the bans, selectors (other than chief selector) not involved in selection matters etc.. Also I can't believe how some of the those commented use the words 'honesty' and 'afridi' at the same time! The funny comment from @subz is totally valid.

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Jeez... Isn't this the 3rd time he's called it quits?

  • mrcruizy on July 16, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    a briliant decision. an honest man. sincere to his job and country. and i salute u afridi. and as for those criticising every thing that comes thier way. shahid answered almost almost every single question or criticsm pointed at him atleast in this forum. (1). he said he personaly didn't want to play test but was made to play just because board wanted to have a single captain for all formats and wanted him to give it a try if he is happy he stays if not he ll leave..(2). he said openly in an interview with cricinfo that he ll step down the day he feel he is burden and of no service to the team.atleast he kept his words.atleast he is doing it for the sake of country.had he not stepped down yousaf wouldn't have been called up thats for sure.(3).this man is realy realy realy working in a very postive way to rebuild this lost team and his decision will certainlly play an important role and will gain more respect from his players..God bless u Afridi..long time since we got an HONEST CAPTAIN

  • VancouverPunekar on July 16, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Honest comments like this,especially from sub continent player, are a rarety.

    Way to go-Afridi...

    Sameer Pune, India

  • Black-Panther on July 16, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    This is slap on Pakistani Cricket Fans & all others (mainly Former Pakistani Legends) who welcomed PCB's decision to give Afridi leadership in Test Matches. He shouldn't have taken responsibility to lead the side when he wasn't sure whether he can play this format or not. He should have just played as a player. Anyways, whatever the case it is, this Pakistani Cricket Drama is now as common as soap opera in any other country. God Bless You Guys for upcoming Test against Aussie and then whole series against England.

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I am glad he did not waste any time and immediately announced it. Clever stuff!

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I am glad he did not waste any time and immediately announced it. Clever stuff!

  • Vishal_Warriors on July 16, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Shahid Afridi . The BOOM BOOM Afridi , What today he has shown is his true character , his modesty and honesty. I have never seen a cricketer accepting the reality that he is not upto the mark of test cricket. I have not seen much cricketers even accepting there own weakness, they hang there boots with there own share of reasons , Afridi will always be know for his Fastest Century when he stepped in the international Cricket, He might not be technically so sound but he always had that confidence to hit the ball hard sadly though in the recent past he lost his touch in battin and rather became much more as an leg spinner but he would definately regain his lost touch with his bat soon in ODI and Twenty20s , He ll still be a dangerous player in Shorter formats and he should continue his captaincy in the shorter version of the game for sure.

  • KEVIN_DRAVID on July 16, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Knowing AFRIDI as a player over the years this decision surprised me a lot. Yes he may be correct in saying that he dont know that whether to attack or defend. If he goes out of test in this manner people say that he ran away from responsibilites. He might have done this after showing that he can play this format. When you go out after a bad performance it doesn't look good on a player like AFRIDI . In his 14 year career no body pointed a finger towards his commietment towards PAKISTAN cricket. My advice for AFRIDI is Give your best performance in 2nd test. Help PAKISTAN to win the test and level the series 1-1. ALL THE BEST AFRIDI.

  • Taahaa on July 16, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Afridi really surprises every one by taking abrupt decision

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    oh well, we saw it coming, didn't we? now who's next and for how long? Given security issues and T20 risks and complete mismanagements of pakistan Cricket, Test cricket IMHO will de dead in Pakistan in 10 years, which would be a bloody shame.

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    good decision if he is not comfortable then he shouldnt play and his battting is not right for test cricket and it is too risky

  • manasvi_lingam on July 16, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Not a good decision at the moment. He should have completed the tour, since he is senior player (with over 250 ODIs experience, the max in the team) and then announced his retirement. And I think he does have enough to offer as a bowling all-rounder but we should leave the decision upto him.

  • chaitanyagoa on July 16, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    It is a very good Decision by Afridi to Retire from test cricket... It was never his piece of cake and this decision will make a good for the pakistan team. The one ting that concerns me is the announcements pakistani Crickers/PCb make in the middle of tour. Why cant they wait for the Tour to get over? Why don't they understand the kind of psychological impact such decisions have on the lesser members of the team. The Caption should never leave the ship in the Middle of the Ocean. Can he?

  • Vindaliew on July 16, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    I've seen Afridi retire before, and frankly, I agree with him - he doesn't have the mentality for test cricket. I would have been keen to see him open with Butt, though, kind of like a pinch hitter in the mould of Jayasuriya or Greatbatch, whip a quick 50 and get the momentum going. That's what Australia tried with Watson, and see how well he responded. Sometimes not having to wait your turn to bat can do wonders if you're not the calmest person around. When I play I know the worst part is waiting for your turn to bat, but I was never good enough to open for my team. Afridi certainly has the talent.

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Time and again he impresses me with his honesty and his clean intentions.

  • Dawud on July 16, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    What a joke. Just because it's Afridi he is not getting lambasted for this idiocy - which he should be.

    What does he mean he doesn't have the temperament? Is he 30 years old or 3? He should just grow up and behave like an international cricketer.

    An absolute disgrace. And this is from someone who goes to watch Pakistan whenever he can and is a big fan of his.

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Afridi is more fizzle fizzle than boom boom.

  • InMyLife on July 16, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    If this was going to be the case, why on earth was he appointed? I don't often agree with Malcolm Speed but his description of Ijaz Butt as a "buffoon" was pretty accurate - if a trifle too kind. I wonder if a day will finally dawn when Mr Butt says something or does something that demonstrates that he has more braincells than teeth? Unless the sentence begins with the words"I am resigning..." then it's worthless.

  • EddyM on July 16, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Afridi was told to resign from Pakistan. Miandad had a meeting with the president and Afridi was told to resign or he would be recalled. His statement is just for the media.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    That was one of the big bulnder which PCB made while appointing Afradi ss a cptain of the side, the man out of tuch with test format, and he even addmitted in his interview that he don't like to play Test matches. There is no choice but to give chanceSalaman Butt to lead the side. I recomend that he should be appointed captain immediately for three format of games(Test/ODI/20/20 games) and should be cntinue new upto World cup. and Umar Akmal shouldbe his deputy, for the long future of Pakistan cricket.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Again drama, I think ICC should give award for most dramatic and off field entertaining team of the year. Pakistan will no doubt be the winner for years. Come on why you decided to play test and to lead team and now just after one match why are you stepping down. This is funny but nothing new for Pak cricket, match fixing, team unity, team groups and politics, banning players and then taking it off. A good entertainment but bad reputation for country, better you be in news for good things.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Afridi is more fizzle fizzle than boom boom.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    much appreciate afridi for being honest about his temperament. i have always felt he was good enough for tests though he chooses to think otherwise. he averages 35 which i feel is good considering the way he bats. one gets the impression that he is a little hasty in announcing his retirement. it only means he is taking the easier way out. he only needed to look at sehwag's game to sort his own out. he has a lot to offer to pakistan cricket and should reconsider his decision. if he sticks by it, i feel umar akmal is a good choice. appointing salman butt is a recipe for disaster.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    come on man, Afridi is really hurt by the performance of the batting line even though he also failed but he should be more motivated now to beat Australia. This is really bad for Pakistan cricket.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    I think it's a very good deision, he has been a dangerous batsman in ODI and the 20 twenty format. I'm sure he will go on to serve his country and entertain the crowd in the short form of the game!

  • MZahid on July 16, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I've long been of this opinion that if I were to captain a team including Afridi, I would make a deal with my counterpart and exchange Afridi's innings for 10 runs and would be optimistic that some of the captains would consider this deal. This is the wisest decision Afridi has ever made to not to play test cricket; he is simply not capable of it.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Accepting the truth is good for Afridi career because he can play short game only not for test level. Because every ball to lift for six it is not easy bowlers are also talent they will not to bowl every delivery loose. In test match you must to calm and wait for loose deliveries. First you stay on crease so long then you can make huge score.

  • Pak-cricket on July 16, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Dont Know This is a good decision... If u were not mentally raedy why you accepted it ...but we can Say What Malcolm Speed said About Ijaz Butt and PCB...He described Ijaz Butt, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, as a "buffoon" and cricket in Pakistan as "a basket case". .... then Stupid Abdul Qadir Said PCB should Protest Againt him in ICC,,,Mr.Qadir,he Showed Us the mirrior.. What if we see the truth.. is not Malcolm's problem ,,, the problem is, we dont accept that we make fun of ouselves in the world by making such decesions.. the main peblem in Team's tour of Aus was Shoib malik,, he is acbk in the team but those who deserve are Out.. Ijaz your BUFFOON... I would say worse than this ...

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Accepting the truth is good for Afridi career because he can play short game only not for test level. Because every ball to lift for six it is not easy bowlers are also talent they will not to bowl every delivery loose. In test match you must to calm and wait for loose deliveries. First you stay on crease so long then you can make huge score.

  • sazzzal on July 16, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    i would have loved to see him carry on playing this format of game..But its his decision...and i hope this will not slump pakistan cricket further down

  • kaiser1 on July 16, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    it is a wise and honest decision by Afridi. I'm expecting him to show his potential once he has relieved himself from the burden after the 1st test. He may come back stronger in the last test against Australia and this may bring best out of him and Pakistan may yet bring the best result in the series decider and may catapult the Aussie onslaught and stop the string of defeats spanning 14/0 to 14/1. Good luck to him. May Allah bless him.

  • Alexk400 on July 16, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Afridi is matured!. It is good to see honest view of himself. I hope indian selectors and india learn to look honest about their bowling strength and selection. Out of 1 billion indians these bozo selectors can't find tall athletic bowlers. They keep going to midget weak bolwers who say after every over "ouch it hurts".

    I really think it is all connected to lack of professionalism or lack of risk taking by selectors.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    There goes another merry go round of Pakistani captaincy. I will not be surprised if by this time next year Umar Akmal is made the captain.

    Afridi and the top guys knew he does not have the caliber to play test games then why appoint him? We know how he plays, so does the Pakistani administrators. Pakistani cricket has become a laughing stock in world cricket from all this drama they display at the change of a hat. Talent takes you only so far what they lack is discipline and that too by bucket loads

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    hats off to u afridi u rocks atleast u r not greedy of captiancy u should be captain of t20 and one day.

  • RADB on July 16, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Afridi never really came across as a test cricketer. His bowling often seems too defensive, and his batting is where his temperament is fully exposed. Even the likes of Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum are capable of building a long innings, but it's much harder to picture Afridi doing it.

    I wonder if he'll keep playing domestic first-class cricket. But more than that, I wonder why he accepted the test captaincy in the first place if he didn't think he was good enough.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    A very good decision but not at the right time. Pakistan team needs some experience to guide them ahead of 2nd Test. Afridi is really the man where there are no seniors in the team at the moment. Pakistan needs his bowling and his experience. Butt i think is a very promising prospect for captaincy but this is very early. PCB should leave Butt to concentrate on his batting rather than distracting him with new job.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    I QUIT watching cricket....

  • batusai666 on July 16, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Shame on you Afridi! Once again you've proven that you're not good enough for the rigours of Test Cricket. I know that Pakistan cricket has it's lion's share of problems - both on the field and off - but i'm growing increasingly tired and just a little fed up of Pakistani captains (and others in the team) complaining and quitting at the first sign of trouble....like little babies. I'm sorry, but what ever happened to the spine of Pakistan?

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Need the two Ys immediatley, even one of them would have made a difference in this game. Now with team in need of a captain the time is right to bring back Younis and Yousuf.

  • drcardio1980 on July 16, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    A heart breaking dicision at very odd time.Cricket lovers of my country are stupid enough to follow these unstable characters.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Graceful of him to admit that he wasn't up for playing Test cricket, bring in Fawad Alam.

  • Lahori_Munde on July 16, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    What a joke. Sounds typical Pakistan cricket? Yes, such drama makes Pakistan cricket extremely unique. Afridi was retired from test, then why unretired himself and accepted test captaincy? PCB along with the enitre cricketing world know how Afridi plays his cricket. How in the world PCB accept him as test player and even appint him as Captain? Pakistan Cricket just came out of big fiasco and one would have expected PCB to make more caculated and thoughful decision now for a change. but hope, something just never changes.. ahh.. speechless

  • lugujaga on July 16, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    here we go again i dont want to say i told you so .... but i told you so... the pcb is a joke and pakistan team will always be a joke if rational decisions are not made by the pcb. the savior of pakistan test cricket is none other than mohamed yousef ... i repeat the savior of pakistan test is mohamed yousef. pakistan have decent enough bowling to compete with any team but they need that one special batsman like yousef to have a chance in the batting their are two cricket boards at the moment that are fighting for the worst in the icc and that is the WICB and the PCB based on the dumb decisions they make when it comes to picking their teams and running their cricket . MOHAMED YOUSEF AND YOUNIS KHAN WILL HAVE TO COME BACK IN THE PAKISTAN TEST SETUP INORDER FOR THEM TO HAVE A CHANCE AGAINST THE BETTER TEAMS SUCH AS AUSTRALIA OR ENGLAND... AFRIDI DO NOT HAVE A THINKING HEAD ON HIS SHOULDER, HE SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST TRY TO PLAY A CAPTAINS ROLE.. TO THE PCB YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW .....

  • Ibtsam_Butt on July 16, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    It doesnot make any sense at all. We knew he had limitations with respect to test cricket and he knew it too. If he had to retire after losing first match, then why did he accept it in first place? All the way long he was talking about not winning and losing but this being a learning experience for the youngsters and now he says he is not suited to test cricket. Surely Afridi you cannot expect your team to win test matches straight away, then why retire? As from what i saw till now, he is a better test captain from Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yusuf, Younis Khan etc. He should take his decision back and show more guts. As much as your shot was brainless, your decision to retire is also.

  • hmia1001 on July 16, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Hopefully PCB will persist with salamn butt for at least few years from now on!

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    much appreciate afridi for being honest about his temperament. i have always felt he was good enough for tests though he chooses to think otherwise. he averages 35 which i feel is good considering the way he bats. one gets the impression that he is a little hasty in announcing his retirement. it only means he is taking the easier way out. he only needed to look at sehwag's game to sort his own out. he has a lot to offer to pakistan cricket and should reconsider his decision. if he sticks by it, i feel umar akmal is a good choice. appointing salman butt is a recipe for disaster.

  • jaku1988 on July 16, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    I think it is a brave deciesion.we hope he will give suitable performance in t20 and ODI

  • kdcricket on July 16, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    This is one of the most candid admissions I have seen in the competitive world of cricket. Afridi's decision should be respected although timing could have been better, considering the kind of impact this decision might have on the rest of the team.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    a wise decision skipper specially after the way you played in this match, there is no harm in admitting this format is not your cup of tea give the task to some one who is capable for this format, your decisison shows maturity and responsibility. in fact it would increase the respect you command from the team and the fans.

  • vparisa on July 16, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Why Afridi Why??? Just when i thought you are moulding a great young team, things are back to square one. I am an Indian but i love watching Pakistan team play, especially their bowlers. Its a total disappointment. A great test match vs India without Shahid Afridi will not be..Two steps a head and one step back for Pakistan Cricket team. Seriously disappointed!!

  • xrpm on July 16, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    what are u doing afridi this is not fair

  • magd2992 on July 16, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Vale, Boom Boom. Long may you prosper in the T20 arena.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    That was not a bad decision- He was not the sort of person entitled to be test captain- He is a fast player of the ball and he knows his way in the shorter forms of Cricket. But Tests are just not his thing. We all know he is a bit of a slogger and yes, someone in very good form a bowler or a batsman with leadership talent should be captain, like Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal or Maybe a bowler Umar Gul or Mohammed Asif- It should be someone experienced.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    "I wasn't interested in playing Test cricket but the board asked me to go and take a look as they didn't have a choice.

    A BIG FAT LIE

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Afridi never was good enough to be a Test player and its noteworthy that he's finally admitted it. In fact, had he belonged to any other country he wouldn't have made it to its national team in any format of the game.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    This is what Afridi said before the start of series. "If down the line I become aware that I am not a good captain, or not a successful one, and the team is unable to make any use of me as a captain, I will not chase it. If I don't have the ability then I will leave it on my own I did not ask anyone forcibly to give me the captaincy, nor will I forcibly captain the team. If I am good I will prove it through my performance. If I am not good I will say khuda hafeez [God be with you].

    Well done Afridi

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    wll wll thats look very bad for pakistan cricket not good move from afridi he shulda take his time / but i think butt will be good to replace afridi lets see

  • orlurmsana on July 16, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Personally for me, its a very strange decision. In fact i am shocked because afridi was one factor that could revive test cricket in pakistan not primarily in the form of results but could generally invoke an interest in test cricket for the people much more than anybody else could. Its a shame that he is disappearing as soon as he came on the screen but thats exactly the way cricket is in pakistan. Nothing could be said and nothing could be predicted. I think this will further plunge cricket in pak into a deep quagmire. Its a sad story of affairs in pakistan cricket. But there is one positive thing always about these sad sagas, u generally know that this story is still better than the one to follow.

  • lightsun on July 16, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    and the circus continues......

  • saads11 on July 16, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    that's a strange decision.everyone needs time to get back into test match groove.its true that his captaincy was pathetic (bringing himself in the 13th over of the innings, not bringing umer gul to clean up the tail in the 2nd innings, setting fields on the boundary for hussey in the first innings) but still no one is a born leader. he should've thought long and hard about it. i think its an immature and hasty decision. pakistan setup has been preparing for this tour for such a long time organizing training camps and everything. that was the time afridi should've decided if he wasnt capable enough for test matches. handing over captaincy to salman butt in the middle of the tour wont reap any fruits. heard mohammad yusuf is coming back for the second test. lets see how he performs.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 16, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Thanks afridi for doing good to test cricket. You really deserve an applause for doing this good cause.

  • YaserPrince on July 16, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    GOOD DESCION I think Abdual Razzaq Should Be TEST TEAM CAPTAIN

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Wow i mean he shouldnt captain in test cricket but in t20 n ODi hes a very good captain i hope pakistan can get a better captain for test series inshallah pakistans bowlers are very talented and pakistan seems to have a good future except they just need better batsmen and i think yunis khan should come back for the series against england anyways PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I really wish I could get this across to Shahid Afridi. Please rethink!!!

    Just for argument sake, think about it from this point of view, lets compare his performance with Australia's captain. In both the innings Afridi scored more than Ponting. In both the innings Afridi contributed with the ball, but Ponting couldnt. Yet did Ponting think of leaving test cricket!?!

    And about captaincy, this was a very tough task with young players having little or no international experience. And on top of that this was also Afridi's first test match after four years! Loss was inevitable, no sensible unbiased man would put his money on a young inexperienced team, against the aussies who already have a splendid test record against Pak.

    It would be very unfair for anyone to put the responsibility of the loss on Afridi. He should not at all take this match to his heart! This emotional decision could be the greatest loss to cricket!

  • LordOfCric on July 16, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    What a wise decision that is. I must be thankfull to Shahid Afridi by ruling himself out of test cricket than Board penalising him. Test cricket is truly not for Shahid Afridi. I was so disappointed when board and all senior players supported him to be a test captain. I knew he couldn't give the boost to Pak team in Test cricket. He is ideal for T20 n ODI, but not for test.........

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    It's a shame to Pakistan Cricket. Stepping down from captaincy is not the solution...do we have anyone else who can lead this team? I don't think so. Afridi should fight it out in the middle and not run away like this.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    well...duno bout his decision ..v knw he is emotional but still cnt understand ... atleast he is nt lik shoaib malik nd yousuf who die after captaincy !! He is a man of his words !!

  • 2.14istherunrate on July 16, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Just a few frames oin and the plot of the whole soap opera that is Pakistan cricket has gone into total meltdown again. Pakistan cricket seems half run by a semi enlightened Boddhisattva( the ability to pick up nobodies out of street crcket and turn them into the most memorable household names is a good example) and half by a longterm inmate on a very secure ward in a mental instution. Occasionally Mr Ordinary puts in an appearnce but it is only a bit part. Afridii is mercurial even by the lofty standards of mercuriality that Pakistan sets. Next week he will be penning an autobiography voicing his desire only to play in Tests and how the captaincy was the best job he ever had. Enter stage right Messrs Younis Khan and Yousuf for the next act. Or has anyone got a better script?

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Yet another blunder by PCB, if afridi was not willing to play test why he was made captian of test ? Afridi did all his best to show he is not a test player just to proof he don't wana play test. And in all this Pakistan lost a test match. One more worst thing is that now every one knows afridi is not willing to play test match, still he would captian next match. This is really bad ...

    Salman Butt likely to be next test captian

  • Raki99 on July 16, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Afridi and Test Cricket dosen't go well.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    great decision from Shahid Afridi..........But PCB Should bring back Younas Khan and Muhammad Yousaf..............i love to see Muhammad Yousaf and Younas Khan

  • zohaibf3 on July 16, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    It's harsh... it's really harsh. despite being poor batting lineup for the test side... it's harsh.. i got alot of courage for this team and support it very till the last minute. .. but it's harsh... m not the big fan of Younus though.. But in strong favor of younus to be returned in international cricket and as a Capten for test side atleast... Remember this format is called test. ... this is totally a Test of temperament and all things related to cricket... Salman is not doubt a good player.. But not a capten..PCB's problem is that they Pick the captens like picking 11 players for the tour... Not good. and it's Failure of PCB.... especially the Chairman that requires keep on changing the captens to Hide blunders of PCB.... m in a fear of loosing a test cap from Pakistan..... :(

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Afridi gave up, he doesnt deserve to play cricket at all ! He himself points out that his temperement is not right... Work on it then !

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Good decision.As he'd said his temperament is not good enough for test.

  • anilkp on July 16, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    What hurts Pakistan cricket most is "knee-jerk reactions": from administrators, politicians, coaches, selectors, captains and players. This is such a young side and is so talented. Everyone knows talent is nothing without experience. Afridi's young boys need experience as much as Afridi-the-captain needs experience. He is the best one to lead, this defeat notwithstanding. The world did not expect them to win before the game began, and that is what Waqar told, that the series will be a good course of learning. And, one (expected) defeat, and the Captain breaks down! Afridi, I do not care what the reason is, but this decision of yours is in line with all poor decisions that Pakistani cricket personnels have been taking for decades now. The cricket fans over the world expected you to guide, not quit. This is nothing but frustrating, disappointing, and hopeless.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Right decision at wrong occasion. he should have sit aside and let Butt lead the next match. after that he should have announce his retirement. Good Luck to Butt.

  • dumaaas on July 16, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Right decision, right time. If you are not satisfied and happy of what you are doing in your profession walking away is the only logical choice.

  • pratadd on July 16, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    afridi has been a very good allrounder. as a bowler, he was very quick, and cannot be scored off easily. this suits him to t20 and odi format where everyone's looking for runs. but in tests, ppl can defend, thus he isn't the obvious choice. and as a batsman, the boom boom afridi tag that he earned, is only because of his once in a year innings that he plays sometimes. he scores very quickly, which eventually became his weak point..

    well, another great player bids farewell to tests....there are very few players like sehwag and afridi who can make a test look like a t20. although not a purist, he still entertained..

    hope there is someone who can really play like him, and save test cricket

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    first of all I would like to appreciate afridi that he shows honesty. he is dam good player for shorter formats (20-20 and 50 overs) but in test i don't think he has any place in the side. playing at number 5 or 6 in test cricket is not which fit to afridi. we need someone who have better temperament and a big heart as well ... lets see who's the next captain. also i would like to mention that pakistan need Younis and Yousf in the test matches as soon as possible.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Refreshing to see such honest appraisal of his own limitations from a cricketer. Afridi knows that he's not a test player, and there's no shame in admitting that because he's world class in the other forms of the game. This allows him to happily concentrate on the formats that he's comfortable with, while the Pakistani test team can now concentrate on grooming a long term test captain in Salman Butt. Provided malcontents like the Shoaibs Malik and Akhtar don't undermine him, of course.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    I am an Indian and I'm proud to say that Shahid Afridi - no matter which format he plays in or what he does in that - will be my hero (well, not like a Rahul Dravid type of hero but nonetheless..)

    He might not have huge monumental batting records against his name (he does have a handful relating to the craziness of the batsman though), but at the end of the day, I'm sure he'll be remembered as one of the best entertainers of the game - a rock star of cricket, if you will.

    As a fan, I've loved watching (and reading and hearing) him destruct the bowlers for years - from starting as a 16-year-old till date. Sure he's nothing like the most talented, technically correct cricketer nor did he exhibit the sharpest cricketing brains on field, and yes, he'd definitely not be considered the best example for the goodwill of sport, but there's this something about his personality, an aura, that make you like him.

    Sounds cliche but he's one of those guys who u can love or hate but can't ignore.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    an excellent decision.......i congratulate Afridi for making a decision which is not only correct, but also exemplary in the context of the not-so-revered tradition of retirement of cricketers in the sub-continent. I still don't understand why Younis/Yusuf are not in the team as captain/vice-captain, in any order.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    A wise decision he made but i want to ask one question if he knew abt all the prblms he mentioned so why he returnd back if he personly thnks this is not his game so why he took that retirement back its a big question and reall unseriousness displayed by him

  • bolthaa on July 16, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Pak cricket, cricketors and administrators are very difficult to understand. The history shows all examples. It is very difficult to make sense out of the decisions made. Afridi is no exception and is following Yusuf. SO PLEASE DONT SPEND BRAINS IN TRYING TO JUSTIFY OR UNDERSTAND PAK CRICKET. I am giving a comment to request others not to read much into the decision made by PAK cricket. IT IS INDEED AWESOME TO WATCH PAK PLAYING CRICKET BUT NOT TO INFER ANYTHING FROM THEIR DECISIONS..

  • subz on July 16, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    I am sad that no body is going to dug up the pitch or eat the cricket balls in the future

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    What nonsense. Why did he take it in the first place? He batted attrociously in the 2 innings and that was not a good example to set to other players, bowled badly too but I think he was active in the field and used his bowlers sensibly and that makes me think that he has the makings of a good captain. But after just one TEST, he resigns? that I do not understand, he needs to give himself and the team a chance to gel and move on. Yoy cannot win all the time and you cannot lose all the time but continuity has to be created and that is not happening.

  • Stark62 on July 16, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    I am so disappointed. :(

    Personally I believe he can become a successful test player but unfortunately he doesn't believe in himself.

    Also, this was his first test match after 4 years and there would have been a lot things going on in his mind like how do I get him out, field placing, who to bring on and when etc. But overtime he would have adjusted and started concentrate on his own game but he didn't give himself time.

    Good luck in the near future BOOM BOOM AFRIDI!!!!

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Although he is quite justified in retiring from Test cricket..I didn't expect him to show back to the team once he had accepted the responsibility..m disappointed.

  • AbhiPro on July 16, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Hmm . . . Pakistani cricket never ceases to surprise. "My temperament is not good enough for Test cricket and we need a proper batsman or a proper bowler." Didn't Afridi know ALREADY that he is not suited for Test cricket? His batting at Lord's was a joke. It was an embarrassment to watch him bat. What was he trying?

    "I was not very keen to play Test cricket but the board asked me to see how I felt." How he felt!!! Jesus, its the Test captaincy of the Pakistan team, not an assignment to lead a club second XI. Our beloved Test format will die a silent death if such a horrendous attitude prevails.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Patience is definitely not a virtue that Khan Shahid Afridi has. 1 Test and you are announcing retirement. Don't know what to say more about this situation. Is this a Star TV soap opera or Pakistan Cricket. Will this pave the way back for Younis Khan who is already in England playing county cricket.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    very sad .. he cud ve carried on 4 a few more yrs ..

  • m.a.khokhar on July 16, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    This is bad decision by Afridi. He should ve give himself a fair chance.. but he s honest cricketer.Pakistan could ve still win this test if afridi and Akmal brothers show some decent perfomance and patience... He captained his side very well no doubt about that, very good feild changings and bowling cahnges.. I really appriciate him as a Captain on the feild it was just his irresponseble Batting which let him down... Anyhow good luck for Pakistan team now becouse after very long time we had great aggressive Captain now he s no more its really sad .. Good luck Pakistan Long live Pakistan

  • s0ldier on July 16, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    PAK cricket - never short of drama - Just 1 test and he quits? And finally he himself admits that he doesn't have the temperament to play test cricket - Thanks to the almighty that infused this self realization in Afridi! Test cricket is the pinnacle and it's not Afridi's cup of tea who doesn't have a technique to bat - he just slogs. As Ponting said that Aussies will sort him out in a short time - he's correct - else, what can explain his slog to deep midwicket in the 2nd innings? PCB should be ashamed of their decision to appoint Afridi as test captain. All the lofty statements Afridi and Co made prior to the test series went into the drain in less than 5 days!

  • pakspin on July 16, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    HERE we go again......>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>...........................................................

  • pirzada-jilane on July 16, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    I think afridi did well because he is not good a player for test cricket. He did very well. He have to do his work in T20 and ODIs. He is realy good captin for ODI and T20. Salman butt is good choice for Test cricket. Let see

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    i m proud of u afridi u r our hero u r our lion at least u r not greedy of captaincy game is won by brain not from heart sumtimes u have to surrender u RoXx

  • Shanky123 on July 16, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    True cricketers are those who can adapt in all condition, Test,Oneday 20-20 etc, Example - Sachin. wise decision taken by Mr. boom Boom to retire as he knows his limits.

  • Osama_Siddiqui on July 16, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    What a mighty slap in the face of all those who supported his Test captaincy, Wasim Akram and Imran Khan included. I don't know whether to be disgusted, disappointed, or just plain glad to see the back of such a defeatist attitude.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    I hope we don't see him back again...What a disrespect to Test Cricket he is, nonetheless I see his sincerity in this decision! A good one,

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    plz afridi don't do that,take back your decisions,we need a captain like you,plz dont do,we always pray for your better batting and bowling......we always love you

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    No!! he should'nt retire from test cricket!!!!

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    his last words are golden and lesson for other cricketers.... "If down the line I become aware that I am not a good captain, or not a successful one, and the team is unable to make any use of me as a captain, I will not chase it. If I don't have the ability then I will leave it on my own ... I did not ask anyone forcibly to give me the captaincy, nor will I forcibly captain the team. If I am good I will prove it through my performance. If I am not good I will say khuda hafeez [God be with you]. "

    he proves hes good.... he might b great even.... its just tht test cricket might not be his thing... he has shown in one days playing responsibly, some one just needs to tell him k stay calm and play as in one dayers no need to attack like a jungle... :P

    all hail... i hope theres a new face capt not again malik or others...

  • MKEdude on July 16, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    At last, a wise decision from Afridi... I guess it was not a surprise after his (disappointing) performance against the Aussies in the first test..

  • frankintoronto on July 16, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Reminds of the 80's when India could not beat West Indies at all, for years. I believe WI won like 23 straight matches..so 14 is not too bad for Pak against Aus.

  • Naeem.Akhtar on July 16, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Well decision Afridi.

    Sorry, Test can not be ODIs or T20s.

  • Prabhu.J on July 16, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    bored off hearing about his retirement, he know tat he is not fit for real test cricket. why to experiment n spoil his game n name ;)

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Shahid Afridi Must not get retirement from test cricket

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    HAHAH THE LONGER VERSION

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Its alwayshas been self respect shown by Khans of Pakistan.... I salam our Pathan brothers for their great service to cricket as well as Pakistan

  • xrpm on July 16, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    what are u doing afridi this is not a spirit of sports be a man u can do well INSHALLAH we beat aussie in the next match at leeds

  • CricketingStargazer on July 16, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Picking Shahid Afridi was always going to be a brave appointment and one that could either work or fail spectacularly. In both innings he was out batting the way that only Afridi can bat. I can understand that he must feel bitterly disappointed after the match and particularly the way that Pakistan seemed to be going so well and then suddenly folded, in part due to him throwing his wicket away. Maybe tomorrow he will feel that he has been a bit hasty. However, when a captain resigns after 3.5 days in the job you have to wonder if you made the right pick in the first place.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    I think this is a good decision.

  • SzlyAr on July 16, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    That's some weird way of running away from Test Cricket! But, ironically, he isn't suited for this format of the game. Having said that, I still doubt if he could not suit to the 'test' of cricket then would he able to play the role of a basher all the time?

  • Jeewan81 on July 16, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    I think that its fare decision made by Aff since he doesnt make any impact on test cricket. So he may pay more attension on ODI & T 20s.

  • Manush on July 16, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Yet another sad commentary on Pakistan Cricket and poor handling by the selectors. Despite his talents, on his own admission he is not suited to lead the team especially in the longer version. If he is handled well, without doubt a very big asset and talent.Last year he was on the top of the world with his great performance. He should not have accepted the post. Now he has put the team and the country in to big embarrassment. In an evenly poised match bad temperament of Pakistan batsmen in both the innings spoiled a very good opportunity to beat the Australians. Excellent bowling efforts went down again by poor batting and capped by Afridii's resignation drama.

  • NO_MORE on July 16, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    The Drama and Entertainment that is Pakistan Cricket! Love it!

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    It is shocking though I always thought it was just a dress rehearsal for Butt to take over because senior Butt's aganda has always been to make Salman the captain. But the manner they did it, and the trickery the used to fool the nation is baffling! Shame on you Afridi for being a part of this cunning plan.

  • Pavan_2020 on July 16, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Atleast he is honest! Good Decision.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should have been banned for 1 year after his ball biting incident. PCB does not take serious actions against players who show ill discipline in the field. Pakistani players are like our nation's ambassadors. PCB cant stick to their decision. There is alot of corruption. There should be a big backup player for every single player in the team. Like australia always has great players waiting in cue for their turn. Shahid Afridi made a hasty decision just like younis khan, because both are pathans.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Well Shahid Afridi should do that..droping Misbah and shoaib in the side has created a loss.....youngsters will only give momentum....thats it..but senior expierence shld always be there.......he had better players...i would say the PCB is responsible.......who are playing who has got better ego game..........shame on Ijjaz butt....Yasir hammed,Shoaib Malik,Kamran Akmal,Salman Butt, Umar Akmal,Danish Keneria,Shahid Adridi, Md.Ammer,Umar Gul,Md.Asif,Saeed Ajmal-a very balanced side,with two spinners three pacers and two leg spinners,plus a seven man batting squad takes away the losing risk

  • Imad_K on July 16, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    The PCB are one big joke anyway. All those experts and Pakistani fans who have no clue about cricket love to talk a great deal - "Oh Pakistan will do this, Afridi will do that etc." So what did Pakistan do guys? Afridi should never have been picked for tests anyway - because he is just one slogger and he himself has admitted he doesn't have the temperament for Test cricket - I respect his honesty. Ask any batsman to bat like Afridi and once in 50 games they too will score. Pakistan still don't fail to disappoint - getting out to two part time bowlers. However, at least they don't seem to be throwing their wickets away like that have been doing for years - hitting the ball straight in the sky and picking the only fielder with 50 yards. The only batsmen that look reliable in this side are S Butt and the Akmal brothers. The team really need to bat with more responsibility and stop giving their wickets away, build partnerships, spend more time at the crease and stop being 30/3 etc.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    LOL , ofc always expect the unexpected frm the Paki Cricket Team. Anyway i dont agree with half of afridi's statement "we need a proper batsman or a proper bowler" , Pakistani team has the best bowlers out there, but the batting line has to be improved. PCB needs to get more players like Umar akmal and kamran akmal.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    This is Worst ever decision By Afrid... Test form can not seen in 1 match (and after 4 years break).. this is worst for Pakistan for 2nd test.. he should dicide after 2nd test and 4 england tests...

  • zippydingdong on July 16, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    The Pakistan Cricket board and selectors need an overhaul.How they let Afridi lead a potentially good team is beyond me.He has disgraced himself on many occasions with bad sportsmanship and hasnt got any common sense when it comes to test cricket or captaining,hes been made look good by the bowlers.Please Pakistan sort it out this has been going on way too long!

  • longhit60 on July 16, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    brave dicion make by afridi.

  • Alii_bukhArii on July 16, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    I don't want him to leave this post from test. Though his performance wasn't that great but he put some spirit in the team. We cant say that it was a one sided game. They played well, and it was the first game under his leadership, they will improve in next game inshAllah. If its like this that a captain has to perform all the times, look at Pontings score in this match. The difference is just that he is the captain of wining side on the end!

  • zashrafi on July 16, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Oh what a shame!! Ever heard captain leaving the ship mid journey. Where is the pride of Pathan. today my head is hung low.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Tragic n realistic... Its just he realistic about his role and helping the team to perform better as a test unit.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    i think that is the better designee he took,

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    so sad (( he could have applied himself in tests also

  • oczak on July 16, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Good riddance!! All PCB board members should also be fired

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    khuda hafeez here is used as " good bye" we say it when we depart. Khuda hafeez Afridi , u have made a right decision , so unselfish of you. As we don not have younis khan who was a good captain , i think salman butt deserves it , hes been around for a long time now .

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Shane Bond, Shaun Tait, Brett Lee, Shoaib Ahktar, Kieron Pollard.... now Shahid Afridi. One less Star Cricket playing the games most BORING format

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Like the line says it was "inevitable". We never saw Afridi as a test batsman. He is a entertainer, performer. He can turn the game upside down like no one else can do(I don't mean no one). All said and done Pakistan are again left with no option for captaincy. Salman Butt I think cant handle the odds of ponting and team.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    afridi is good in t20 ODI only he can't play test bcoz he hits every ball and then go within 15 balls 30 noooooooo

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Good decision to concentrate one-day and Twenty20

  • mohsinusa on July 16, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Very good decision from Afridi. Let's see how Ijaz Butt responds, this would be his another failure. Someone should kick Ijaz Butt's butt.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    i am sure when english people heard about this series they thought to themselves "The circus is coming to town"...

  • abhi_cricinfo on July 16, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    So after every big match there is shock waiting for Pak fans.

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  • abhi_cricinfo on July 16, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    So after every big match there is shock waiting for Pak fans.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    i am sure when english people heard about this series they thought to themselves "The circus is coming to town"...

  • mohsinusa on July 16, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Very good decision from Afridi. Let's see how Ijaz Butt responds, this would be his another failure. Someone should kick Ijaz Butt's butt.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Good decision to concentrate one-day and Twenty20

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    afridi is good in t20 ODI only he can't play test bcoz he hits every ball and then go within 15 balls 30 noooooooo

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Like the line says it was "inevitable". We never saw Afridi as a test batsman. He is a entertainer, performer. He can turn the game upside down like no one else can do(I don't mean no one). All said and done Pakistan are again left with no option for captaincy. Salman Butt I think cant handle the odds of ponting and team.

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Shane Bond, Shaun Tait, Brett Lee, Shoaib Ahktar, Kieron Pollard.... now Shahid Afridi. One less Star Cricket playing the games most BORING format

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    khuda hafeez here is used as " good bye" we say it when we depart. Khuda hafeez Afridi , u have made a right decision , so unselfish of you. As we don not have younis khan who was a good captain , i think salman butt deserves it , hes been around for a long time now .

  • oczak on July 16, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Good riddance!! All PCB board members should also be fired

  • on July 16, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    so sad (( he could have applied himself in tests also