Pakistan news October 18, 2011

Afridi withdraws retirement

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Shahid Afridi has withdrawn his international retirement and says he is available for selection for Pakistan in the limited-over formats. Afridi had announced a 'conditional' retirement from international cricket in May, after having been stripped of the ODI captaincy, saying he would return if there were changes in the PCB and the team management.

Since then, Waqar Younis has quit as coach of the national team and Ijaz Butt has been replaced as PCB chairman by Zaka Ashraf. Afridi said he had not really retired but had only said he wouldn't play under the previous (Ijaz Butt-led) board.

"I didn't as such retire," Afridi told reporters in Karachi on Tuesday. "I only said I would not play under the previous board but now the people are changed - exactly as I had wanted - so I am available for selection for the country."

His return to the team may not be immediate though, as Pakistan's interim chief selector Mohammad Illyas said there would be protocols to follow for the PCB to clear Afridi for selection. "He [Afridi] is good enough to play for Pakistan," Illyas told ESPNcricinfo. "But he needs to have clearance from the PCB before being available for selection. We will then seriously consider his selection for the team.

"I can't say that he is an automatic selection for the team but at the same time we never questioned his abilities as he has played an ample amount of cricket for Pakistan. We know that he still has cricket left in him. For the PCB, he was a retired player and wasn't available for selection. Today I learned through the media that he has withdrawn his retirement but as a selector I will have to check his status."

Pakistan will select their ODI squad for the series against Sri Lanka in the UAE after the second Test.

Afridi was speaking at the Karachi University Sports ceremony, where he was the chief guest, and was in a pleasant mood. He said he had remained match-fit, and was ready to return under whoever was captain. "I am fit and have continued my individual fitness routine to maintain both the form and fitness required for international cricket. As far as captaincy is concerned I never ran after it and I am ready to play under any captain."

Zaka Ashraf, the new PCB chairman, is a reputed banker in Pakistan, and Afridi said he was looking forward to a professional regime. "I took the decision not to play under the previous board on principle and still stand by it. Now, the management has changed. I learned that the new PCB chairman is very professional and I believe he can handle the PCB's functioning in a similar fashion to the way he has worked in the cooperate sector."

Afridi's issues with the previous board began during Pakistan's tour of the West Indies in May when he was involved in a spat with then coach Waqar Younis. Afridi spoke publicly about the feud, and was charged with a violation of the code of conduct by the PCB. Subsequently, Afridi was replaced as captain in the limited-over formats by Test captain Misbah-ul-haq, with Ijaz Butt saying the board had "solid reasons" to sack Afridi, which he would reveal when the time was right.

Afridi quit international cricket but played for Hampshire in the Friends Life t20 in England. He had maintained throughout that he wanted to play for Pakistan and would make himself available should there be changes in the board.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    good news for world of cricket though i am not a big fan of him cuz of his big mouth that he has but still he is an top quality international performer hopefully he gets selected for pak team and hopefully even gayle selected for wi he has rocked us indians with his remarkable performance in IPL now is time he gets chance to do that in international cricket

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | October 20, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Whatever you all people say I still want Afridi to be back in the team & retain his Captaincy !!!

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | October 20, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    I think the selectors will be puzzled whether to include Afridi or not in the team. He can not replace anyone from the test and 50 over teams. That leaves only place for him the T20. I think that blind hitting game will suit Afridi. His bowling will be useful too. My prediction, he will be included in the T20 team to make many Pakistani happy. And then he will try to bring back the trouble makers, Shoeb Malik and the Akmals. I know Pakistan's cricket for 40 years. Very unpredictable.

  • POSTED BY khanofpak on | October 19, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Boom Boom always rocks. I'll start following Pakistan cricket again. He is a bowler who can bamboozle any batsman and can hit any bowler out of the park.

  • POSTED BY gandabhai on | October 19, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    BOOM BOOM is more like' NO MORE' BOOM BOOM & OUT . Gayle , Warner , Sehwag & loads more better strikers make him look like' boom boom '. Pakistan cricket is doing very well without this poor performer.His ego will only disrupt the Pakistan team. Tell him to get on his bike .

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | October 19, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Afridi remains THE ONLY star left in the Pak team, and he is perhaps our best bet to have a captain blessed with leadership skills of knowing how to use a stick with carrots. He has had the ability to earn and command respect and hold everyone together as a group (a shadow of a hint what Imran Khan had in full bloom). With Shoaib Malik in the team and Umer Akmal hanging out there Afridi will have a tough to lead. But then again, the way things turn out in Pak cricket I won't be surprised to see Imran Farhat being made that "young, talented, promising youngster" of a captain that we have yearning after Misbah's exit.

  • POSTED BY AcrossTheSeam01 on | October 19, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    First of all, Afridi is a mess of a captain so he SHOULD NOT be captain, lets verse him with Misbah, this is proof with stats: Shahid Afridi, 54 Matches: 26 Wins, 27 Lost, 1 NR

    Misbah, 16 Matches: 12 Wins, 1 Lost, 3 Draws

    As you can see according to stats Misbah is a much better captain.

    Shoaib Malik, 56 Matches: 36 wins, 19 Lost, 1 Draw

    According to that Malik's much better than afridi

    So there is no reason afridi should be captain, he's a waste of space in the batting department, not getting past 40 runs in the previous 2 years and even though he is a VERY improved bowler Paksiatn already have a brilliant and large bowling department, woth 3 seamers and a ajmal AND the brilliant all-round hafeez, afridi will not fit in and is not required, he will ONLY cause more drama, I do support pakistan and the current team is probably the best or second-best team after 2003. But afridi will only cause upset and controversy and he will not fit in the squad

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    im an indian but i admire afridi because he genuinely wants his team to do well....under ijaz butt the team was struggling and afridi was the only who had the guts to go against him and look now all 3 ppl who were against afridi are no more part of the team...Waqar,butt and alam....and those of who have doubts over his ability pls check his stats for the past 2 years and give me names of ppl who have done much better than him!!!!!

  • POSTED BY MalikAftabAhmedAwan on | October 19, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    @HenrySlate: You are so right. I am Pakistani and agree hundred percent with you. Afridi is a useless cricketer and Pakistan team is performing much better without him. We dont need him in the team at all.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Afridi un-retires: gee, it must be Tuesday again...

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    good news for world of cricket though i am not a big fan of him cuz of his big mouth that he has but still he is an top quality international performer hopefully he gets selected for pak team and hopefully even gayle selected for wi he has rocked us indians with his remarkable performance in IPL now is time he gets chance to do that in international cricket

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | October 20, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Whatever you all people say I still want Afridi to be back in the team & retain his Captaincy !!!

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | October 20, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    I think the selectors will be puzzled whether to include Afridi or not in the team. He can not replace anyone from the test and 50 over teams. That leaves only place for him the T20. I think that blind hitting game will suit Afridi. His bowling will be useful too. My prediction, he will be included in the T20 team to make many Pakistani happy. And then he will try to bring back the trouble makers, Shoeb Malik and the Akmals. I know Pakistan's cricket for 40 years. Very unpredictable.

  • POSTED BY khanofpak on | October 19, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Boom Boom always rocks. I'll start following Pakistan cricket again. He is a bowler who can bamboozle any batsman and can hit any bowler out of the park.

  • POSTED BY gandabhai on | October 19, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    BOOM BOOM is more like' NO MORE' BOOM BOOM & OUT . Gayle , Warner , Sehwag & loads more better strikers make him look like' boom boom '. Pakistan cricket is doing very well without this poor performer.His ego will only disrupt the Pakistan team. Tell him to get on his bike .

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | October 19, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Afridi remains THE ONLY star left in the Pak team, and he is perhaps our best bet to have a captain blessed with leadership skills of knowing how to use a stick with carrots. He has had the ability to earn and command respect and hold everyone together as a group (a shadow of a hint what Imran Khan had in full bloom). With Shoaib Malik in the team and Umer Akmal hanging out there Afridi will have a tough to lead. But then again, the way things turn out in Pak cricket I won't be surprised to see Imran Farhat being made that "young, talented, promising youngster" of a captain that we have yearning after Misbah's exit.

  • POSTED BY AcrossTheSeam01 on | October 19, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    First of all, Afridi is a mess of a captain so he SHOULD NOT be captain, lets verse him with Misbah, this is proof with stats: Shahid Afridi, 54 Matches: 26 Wins, 27 Lost, 1 NR

    Misbah, 16 Matches: 12 Wins, 1 Lost, 3 Draws

    As you can see according to stats Misbah is a much better captain.

    Shoaib Malik, 56 Matches: 36 wins, 19 Lost, 1 Draw

    According to that Malik's much better than afridi

    So there is no reason afridi should be captain, he's a waste of space in the batting department, not getting past 40 runs in the previous 2 years and even though he is a VERY improved bowler Paksiatn already have a brilliant and large bowling department, woth 3 seamers and a ajmal AND the brilliant all-round hafeez, afridi will not fit in and is not required, he will ONLY cause more drama, I do support pakistan and the current team is probably the best or second-best team after 2003. But afridi will only cause upset and controversy and he will not fit in the squad

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    im an indian but i admire afridi because he genuinely wants his team to do well....under ijaz butt the team was struggling and afridi was the only who had the guts to go against him and look now all 3 ppl who were against afridi are no more part of the team...Waqar,butt and alam....and those of who have doubts over his ability pls check his stats for the past 2 years and give me names of ppl who have done much better than him!!!!!

  • POSTED BY MalikAftabAhmedAwan on | October 19, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    @HenrySlate: You are so right. I am Pakistani and agree hundred percent with you. Afridi is a useless cricketer and Pakistan team is performing much better without him. We dont need him in the team at all.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Afridi un-retires: gee, it must be Tuesday again...

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    not even news happen everyday with pakistan cricket ,. some one retire everyday and next day unretire ... keep it up

  • POSTED BY HenrySlate on | October 19, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    I have been watching cricket for the last 20 years. So I can safely say I have seen most of the matches Afridi has played against India. And I can't recall more that 3-4 match winning innings. Still people say Indians are jealous of him. Here is my take on this. He has played 64 ODIs against India in last 15 years. Compared to his overall average of 23.49 he averages 25.15 against us. Anyone willing to say that's a great performance against arch rivals? And in bowling he is so pathetic against Indians. Overall bowling average 34.22, against India it is 56.68. So how does he always perform against India? 3-4 significant innings out of 64! Stop worshiping this over-hyped cricketer and start praising the guys who are doing so good against the lankans in UAE. They are the future and can do without such thinking that Pakistan team is nothing without him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Darn, was rather hoping he might extend his stay at Hampshire next year.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Sad, he is back, now whole team combination and atmosphere will be gone. It is only sponsors' pressure and his desire to make more money, as, no chance in IPL and srilanka league is cancelled. And sponsors will pay if he is playing in team. But sorrily team is much better without him. And I am sure if zaheer abass became CEO of PCB, not a chance for him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    I am expecting an retirement words from him very soon.... drama begins and never ends....

  • POSTED BY wasim_007 on | October 19, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Reinstate Afridi as Captain...Bring Back Yousuf (Yohana) and give farewell series (match at least) to Gem Akhtar....Long Live Akhtar!!! Long Live Afridi!!! Long Live Classic Mohammad Yousuf.....then only I can say PCB is doing good....

  • POSTED BY bestsetpk on | October 19, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Only a Pakistani can understand,what he has done was gud for removing ijaz butt.I respect him and will always do,.if you can not admire him plz show some respect to him.he is a wonderfull bowler and sumtimez allrounder

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Oh! Did not we all know this? This proves that maturity does not necessarily improve with age.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | October 19, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Good to see past PCB chairman out, Afridi can take some credit possibly, along with Miandad. But, I do not think he should come back right away. He has credibility issues, ball biting, giving up captaincy in the middle of tour, grouping etc. Certainly, he can be brought back as a bowler only, not as batsman and definitely not as Captain. Pakistani cricket fan should not be crazy to bring that crazy person too soon. Youngsters should be given longer time to justify their positions too. Is not Mohammad Yusuf a much better player than Afridi?. you do not need hit and miss cricketers. Misbah and Yunus are good leaders and let them build a team first.

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | October 19, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Well said @adilfarhan - He only retired on conditional terms saying he doesn't want to play undr Ejaz Butt & Butt is no more that's why he came back. So, whats a big fuss about it. If Afridi wouldn't have done all this drama, Pakistani government would definitely given an extension term to Ejaz Butt. Basically, some of the Indians (not all) dont like him coming back for Pakistan for action. that's why they are showing off their jealous feelings.

  • POSTED BY Empire-Of-Cricket on | October 19, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Its time for BOOM BOOM!!!! The fastest hundred record holder...we awaiting to see de same again...BOOM Again

  • POSTED BY luvPaKcric4ever on | October 19, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    You shouldn't blame Afridi for his retirement or withdrawing his retirement ... he naturally was upset after leading the team with such unity in the WC and then being kicked out of captaincy and blamed by Butt. He ofcourse shouldn't have retired, but leave that past. Boom Boom has returned back!!! Even if Pakistan is 1-6 and Afridi comes to the pitch the whole stadium with rock and dance and shout because Afridi is the charm of cricket, and the glory of Pak's cricket. WE LOVE YOU AFRIDI, WE LOVE YOU!

    The biggest fan of Afridi from PAKISTAN

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    He had said that he can't play as long as Butt is Chairman. Butt is not Chairman anymore, so he came back. Stop whining.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | October 19, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    @serious-am-i : LOL...(took me a minute to get it but hilarious!)

  • POSTED BY RaviKarri on | October 19, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    He will created a record for announcing maximum number of retirements in the coming 5 years. Same way he was stuck in 19 Years for about 5 Years+

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | October 19, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    No boom left in this 31 year old immature cricketer.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | October 19, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    Am I surprised? No.... Wish it was Mohammed Yousuf instead of this joker of a batsman (good bowler now though) who decided to come back

  • POSTED BY Kaze on | October 19, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    Why doesn't he just retire and stay retired, bloody show pony

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Its always a bonus for a team to have a player like Afridi, but the drama and game of Retirement Retirement should be stopped.................

  • POSTED BY Gilliana on | October 19, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    Zaka Ashraf must not allow Pakistan cricket to be a restaurant where people can walk in and out whenever they like. It would be unfair for a youngster who has waited so long and worked very hard to give up his place to someone who has had his opportunity and spurned it. I like and admire Afridi, but this is a new beginning for Pakistan cricket and it would be inappropriate to start the new era with the wrong foot forward.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | October 18, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    retirement is just a joke for some players. Ones who don't know the meaning of retirement must stay away from it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    what a joke again from afridi he should have to do this.. any way welcome him back once again

  • POSTED BY Okasha on | October 18, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Shahid Afridi,Welcome Back!...All the fans of Shahid Afridi are pretty happy...Afridi wanted to change that Ejaz butt's board and finally he did it that's why he will come back and when he was taking retirement he said that I would come back as soon as possible when Ejaz butt's board will turn off....Afridi is in prime form in bowling as well as batting

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | October 18, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    And so the drama continues....! Who's next? Razak or U.Akmal?

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Pakistani Cricketer plays more Retirement Retirement game more than cricket

  • POSTED BY KabaabRoll on | October 18, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Select this man immediately. I clear him.

  • POSTED BY Andrabi10 on | October 18, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    great boom boom is back but please no more messing around afridi and this time make 100s

  • POSTED BY adilfarhan on | October 18, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    why all the hate for Afridi? what's the fuss about his conditional retirement? I think he retired from test 2006 and then on board's request came back to lead and said on numerous occasions that if he felt he was a burden he will retire which he did! so what's the big deal about it? As far as his ODI retirement is concerned he specifically said he does not want to play under this management and will be ready to play if Management changes.. what part of this you guys don't understand? how many retirements are these? NOT nine or ten.. your short sightedness and weak memory stuns me, this guy has been a pure gem and an honest fighter from the beginning and you all are criticizing him for NON FACTUAL things!! Shame on you people. Mazhar Majeed says he wanted Afridi gone because he wont let them fix game, does that mean any thing to you? Wake up people and give credit when it is due!! Welcome Shahid, looking forward to see you in Action

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Afridi had mentioned CONDITIONAL RETIREMENT under the previous management..! Now the coach has changed and so is the Chairman. Hence, he's bang with a BANG! Missed you!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    what a joke....i reckon we would be better off without him

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Great, Now unleash the animal in your bat! ;)

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Nitin-- You DIDNOT just take Afridi's name in the same breath as Lara, Gilly and Warney... Come on. Afridi is a character alright, he no way is he even close to the names that you just took!

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | October 18, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Some of the people commenting here are stupid!

    He didn't retire permanently but that was his only way out from the diabolical butt's regime.

    Yes he came back in the Test arena but that was only because Pak were going through a crisis at that time and he was forced to captain Pak in Tests.

    Afridi will be vital for Pak's success in both ODI's and T20's. He has also hit some form with the bat by making 80 odd for Hampshire in the T20 semi-final in FLT20 and some solid innings with Karachi blues in the recently concluded Pakistan's T20 domestic competition.

    BOOM BOOM all the WAY!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    ok shahid welcome back, (for the 279th time) out of your retirement

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Retirement is a term used too freely by these guys who seem to think they own pakistan cricket. Yousuf has used the same ploy in the past and so has Afridi.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Second good news... First was Butt's withdrawal and second;''obviuosly! Afridi's return

  • POSTED BY TamilIndian on | October 18, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Good to see him back - but is he really BOOM BOOM like everyone is so gung ho about. Please see his stats on cricinfo.. here http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/42639.html?class=2;orderby=start;orderbyad=reverse;template=results;type=allround;view=match

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    @Asim Ali - And maybe some of these: boom fastest century and half century in ODI; boom single-handed match winner; boom 15 years, still going strong, fit as a fiddle; boom super cunning and vastly experienced ODI bowler; boom, THE CHARACTER that every game needs. Listen, don't get me wrong, nobody - and I mean NOBODY is bigger than the game. But then there are guys like an Afridi or a Lara or a Gilchrist or a Warne that make you wanna follow the game.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    @AlanHarrison - Troo, he is one of those players with whom you never wanna take your eyes off the TV - for their game or for the moments they might provide ;) @Sheikh Asfandyar - bro, I'm an Indian and, believe you me, I don't even worry about most players' stats nowadays for that's just superflous data and not of much use anyway. Yes, Shahid's developed into a smart ODI bowler off late. Yes, he has the ability to explode and win matches single handedly. Yes he might even have foxed Sachin or any other great batsman in the past.. but again, I'm not sure I am his fan because of any of these qualities. I am just the fan of the character that he is!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Go lala Go and unleash urself once again!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY ThatzMyView on | October 18, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Shahid afridi has that x-factor in him, he has got fans all round the world.. Afridi is one entertaining player even we indians like to see.. But pity on the way he has been treated by the PCB, wasting such a world class all rounder..

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Pakistan cricketers should know the meaning of RETIREMENT.

  • POSTED BY gunnerz on | October 18, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Instead of "Boom Boom", he should be called "Boom-erang" Afridi... He goes and suddenly comes back!! :P

  • POSTED BY vswami on | October 18, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    When Afridi says he retires, he means a toilet break.

  • POSTED BY luvPaKcric4ever on | October 18, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Welsome back Boom Boom Afridi!!! We love ya >>>lol

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | October 18, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Happy to know !! u are the best all rounder in the world atm Afridi!! Keep winning games for Pak ^^

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Master_Mind on | October 18, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    why afridi should be in? because he is most trust worthy and Honest.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    He is my best player, but i cant like his such attitude. He is making all these funny. He should have 2 think seriously before taking retirement. I think some players of Pakistan doesn't understand the meaning of retirement. Its really nice 2 have him back again. But such come n gone is funny 4 a player like him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    For cricket's sake, he should only play as a regular player based upon his preformances, and nothing else. He must prove his ability and dropped if he doesn't. Simple as that.

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | October 18, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Include him in the squad but do not even think about making him the captain ever again.....

  • POSTED BY AlanHarrison on | October 18, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    @Asim Ali: you forgot boom pirouettes in the middle of the pitch, boom pakistan's top wicket-taker in the world cup, boom bites the ball ...

  • POSTED BY Aura123 on | October 18, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Welcome Back Boom Boom. World of cricket was not the same without you :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Welcome back Mr Boom Boom. You are Indeed a champion and we want you back as a skipper. Chairman PCB Zaka Asharaf shahab should reinstate Afridi as Skipper

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Afridi shows he is straight forward person & as he stands own decision dat he won't play under previous board management, welcome back Shahid Afridi.... :-)

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    i can understand lots of indians not liking his come back as he always performed well against them and one of my friend pointing towards the recent indo pak semi i guess he should remember that afridi was the joint leading wicket taker having played one less game than zaheer and secondly a maseter batsman tendulkar was all at sea against him in the very same match ...and he is one of those international cricketers who pulls crowd to the grounds and who can deny cricket needs players like him ...and above all he is one of those few players who are unbuyable in these circumstances ...

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | October 18, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    I want Afridi back in the team. Dont feel like watching Pakistan team without him in the squad. I think he is a perfect captain. he is loyal, honest, hard working, patriotic & has those leadership qualities. People look at this, that he is the only player in Pakistan where the companies would like to invest on it. He has alot of followings & if PCB wants its public to get glued to the TV screens than they should definetely put him back & give him the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    welcome back boom boom pathan

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Boom retirement, boom return, boom slog, boom out, boom superman pose in the middle of the pitch, boom can't score runs to save his life, boom unreliable, boom selfish, boom unable to follow instrucitons, boom..........

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    welcom back afridi......boooooooooooooommm booooooooooooom

  • POSTED BY parkarab on | October 18, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Oh and when did he retire? There must be a disclaimer for all Pakistani's player retirements: "The retirement is valid until the player announces his comeback"

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | October 18, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    What's new? It is standard for Pakistanis to announce retirements at least five times…

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    to pakistani players announcing retirements is a sort of joke and who can trust afridi he keeps on changing his statements day by day after losing semifinal in mohali he said something and in pakistan his statement changed completely not a man of his words i dnt like him as a player too

  • POSTED BY jmoses on | October 18, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Pakistan players stand by their word and Afridi is the best living example of it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Very Very Good Decision by Afridi.... He is the MOST VALUABLE ASSET of PAKISTAN...

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Whatever People think of Him... He is Charm of Cricket. and any cricket Lover.. Loves to be Entertain then You always need Afridi in Ground. He might not bat wall. But he is really good bowler and he is excellent character in the Ground. Fielding everything.. i dont even look to score nor any news if he is not playing. i am really happy that he is back. Now i can watch Cricket. Welcome Back Boom Boom Afridi. my best wishes with you.with out you cricket is nothing. like without Messi no football. without Roger no Tennis...

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | October 18, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    THIS IS THE PROBLEM WITH PAKISTAN CRICKETERS. WHEN THE TEAM IS SHAPING UP WELL, AFRIDI HAS WITHDRAWN HIS RETIREMENT. NOW, IF AKTHAR ALSO WITHDRAWN HIS RETIREMENT, AGAIN PAKISTAN CRICKET WILL BE IN TURMOIL.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Hi ! Afridi(LALA) Welcome back to the Cricket World & let us See your Brilliant talent to the world Congratulation........

  • POSTED BY jrben on | October 18, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Hilarious! There are 3 things certain in life - Death, taxes and retiring pakistani cricketers coming back after a short period!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    well technically he is right, when he "retired" he categorically stated that he cant play in this setup, by setup we can assume he's talking about coach & chairman, since both have been replaced, he has every right to take his retirement back. Boom Boom Pakistan loves you :)

  • POSTED BY ABRAR-JANJUA on | October 18, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    its look like a joke that you announce retirement and then take back your decision.Retirement is Nation hobby for some players.

  • POSTED BY streetblader on | October 18, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    "BOOM BOOM" thats a funny name for a guy who "booms" maybe once in 10 years or more... When was the last time he so called "BOOMED" to win a game for his country on the "BOOMNESS" quotient...? get real kiddos, hez more like a "PUSSY-CAT AFRIDI" who can meow sometimes...

  • POSTED BY jimmy777 on | October 18, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    FIRST ICC SHOULD COME OUT WITH PROPER RULES FOR RETIREMENTS OF INTERNATIONAL CRICKETERS, WHAT AFRIDI IS DOING IS A BIG JOKE, DID'T HE FEEL ASHAMED OF HIMSELF, I FORGOT HOW MANY TIMES AFRIDI HAS RETIRED PREVIOUSLY!

  • POSTED BY Mann123 on | October 18, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Retirement in Pakistan cricket is a bit of a joke. Most players retire at least 3 times otherwise I guess they are not considered good enough players. Remember the recent retirements of Mohammed Yousuf, Shoaib Akhtar, Younis Khan, and now Afridi. I hope he does not try to create groups within team and contribute to good quality of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    conditional retirement!! LOL!! that's strike one. let's see how many times he announces retirement before he hangs his boots. Welcome back, Shahid.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    If and when Afridi writes his autobiography, an apt tile will be. "On, Off, On, Off and On again"

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Joker returns(Pakistan future will remain dark if the joher returnd)

  • POSTED BY waq007 on | October 18, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    in my view he is the perfect man who can lead the Pakistan team n Pakistan administration should groom a young and energetic player with Afridi as Pakistan team Pakistan team has a lot of talent and Pakistan can beat any team

  • POSTED BY Chabbu on | October 18, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Who says he's going to retire again next year? Any bets?

  • POSTED BY MalikAftabAhmedAwan on | October 18, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Any bets on when he will retire again? Next week? Next month. But that would be too long for Shahid for playing international cricket. Wish for the day when he retires once and for all to put and end to this farce.

  • POSTED BY paringogri on | October 18, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Wel come back Mr. Afridi...i have lost the count whichever form of cricket Afridi is in...he makes sure that ppl are entertained

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    I'm not the biggest Afridi fan- but have to admit the cricket world was poorer for his absence. He should walk back into the Pak team on bowling alone...

  • POSTED BY brlara on | October 18, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    How many times the pakistani players will retire and come back,, Imran khan has retired many times,, so as miandad, few times for Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq and now Afridi,,,, I think Inzamam the one who announced once and retired with pride,,,

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Welcome back afridi.. He is the only Pakistan player whom I want to see playing. And with out Afridi, pakistan team is nothing. Anyway this is good for Pakistan cricket. The number of people watching Pakistan cricket will definitely improve.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Hope to see Afridi in play the IPL 5 and in India's series with Pakistan

  • POSTED BY AlanHarrison on | October 18, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @ Nitin Bhandari: I'm with you on that. Boom Boom Afridi may hold the world record for risible retirements/unretirements, but life is certainly mroe interesting with him on the field.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    He has retired and come back umpteen times as is his wont. Might go back again and come in a couple of years.

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | October 18, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    as they say .... 'Cricket is not cricket without Afridi' this is true to the core. He is the one player in the World who will bring the crowd to the stadium even if he is the only reputed name playing in a team. Anywhere in the World you go, and you are a cricket Fan.....then 100% you are Afridi's fan! The man is honest, sincere, and will do his best to win all the games that he can (a bit irresponsible sometimes with the Bat though). We welcome you back to Cricket AFRIDI......there is no joy and excitement in watching cricket without U :-)

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    love it! welcome master blaster!

  • POSTED BY tanweeralam on | October 18, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    He should now be forced into retirement before he goes into another one. I do not think people of such temperament should paly in any format of game

    Its time to look forward and beyond afridi

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    com'on boom boom afridi...

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Afridi follows the tradition of Pakistani cricketers who 'retire' and then become available once again for selection. I am not at all surprised!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    yes luv to see Afridi in team..and those who said Afridi is not important...go and check the T20 county tournament stats...he is still the one man show...

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    welcome back boom boom afridi we were realy missing you, you are the star we love you we just want to see you back soon

  • POSTED BY Sachanand on | October 18, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    welcome back lala boom boom!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    I know this must be the Nth time but personally he's one of the players I will pay to watch regardless of what team they are playing for, who's winning, how they're doing..... or what sports it is :D

    Some people ask me how can I like the guy "despite" all that he does. And I tell them I don't --- I love the guy "for" all that he does!! Welcome back Shahid bhai.

    An ardent Shahid Afridi fan from India

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | October 18, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    welcome back again & again!!! and advance wishes for your next retirement and 'come back' too.

  • POSTED BY Free-Hit on | October 18, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    This is an excellent news, go on lala and rock the world again, cricket is not cricket without afridi neither is entertainment.

  • POSTED BY GHVF on | October 18, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Welcome Afridi you are an honest Player and Pakistani team needs some more honest like you, even Mazhar Majeed confirmed your honesty. Loosing or winning is part of the game. All the best.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    huuuuuu huuuuu wcback booooom booom!!!

  • POSTED BY AdeelBaba on | October 18, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    I totally disagree with the last comment that Pakistan does not need Afridi any more. Afridi is always needed for Pakistan. If you don't know anything about cricket please don't comment.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    huuuuuu huuuuu wcback booooom booom!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    We've been waiting Afridi. Hope you still got some boom boom left in you..

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Pak still need Afridi in the team. it was good decision not to play under ijaz butt or waqar younis. because they dont respect good and senior players. and Afridi said that he will come back when these two guys are gone. GOOD DECISION BY AFRIDI...

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi..the best bvowler of WC 2011..gud decision..he can play for another 5-8 years..gud luck and rock on with ur bowling and boom boom batting..

  • POSTED BY Vkinger on | October 18, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Welcome back Afridi...........

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    bring back AFRIDI and IMRAN NAZIR.... BOOM BOOM BOOM >>>>

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM NEEDS AFRIDI , AND ITS EXPERIENCE

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    @babagorof you have very very pooor memory dude, Afridi did nothing wrong here, when he announced that he isn't available to play he said that it is conditional on PCB management and Coach. NOw No waqar younis and no ijaz butt so he is making a comeback.. I wish if you ever had a boss like Ijaz butt so that you can imagine how miserable some ones life can be .....

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Well come back afridi must play ODIs he is the best player in the world.this is good news.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    i grew up 4 streets away from afridi and was a HUGE fan , but since i have seen how he puts himself above the national team and has shown dismal performances with the bat i don't think he justifies a place in the playing 11, i think he should stay retired and leave what little shine is left on his career that is honestly spiraling down!

    i think he needs to prove his mettle again in domestic cricket just like umar akmal, these talented players need to realize that there is no "I" in team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    I hope there won't be no more dramas now... Things are getting back on track..!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Appreciated. Welcome Back.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Deja vu anyone?

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    wel come back....Boom Boom

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    welcome back Boom Boom Afridi

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Welcome back hope 2 see u in action soon against Sri Lanka in UAE otherwise latest in the England series...

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    expected this, what else is new?

  • POSTED BY criclover112 on | October 18, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    All I am going to say is, Not surprised at all.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    you should also be gentleman mr ameen82.if u r not senseless person than just admitt his acheivments for pakistan as player as well as captain and take ur words back.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Happy to hear boom boom is back. Good news for cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    I dont think Afridi is required anymore for Pakistan. With Saeed, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik already in the team, who needs Afridi? We need to look and encourage for some Fast Bowling alrounder who would be available next world cup.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | October 18, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Hands up if you're surprised by this... anyone? No?

  • POSTED BY Usmanpak55 on | October 18, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    well afridi stood by his decision not to play till ijaz butt resign.afridi did nothing wrong instead he united the team and took the team to semi final of wc.he shud have been retained as captain

  • POSTED BY ameen85 on | October 18, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Shameless...... once you r retired better be at home and watch the games dont say that u withdra and wanna play again. Cricket is a gentlemens' game. so be a gentlement

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Yippppppppiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! Welcome back BOOM BOOM!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    well come back boom boom, we really need u in pakistan team.....

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    How many times has this guy retired?

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Welcome back, Afridi shd be atleast our Captain in T20's!

  • POSTED BY sabee66 on | October 18, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    well done welcome Afridi, we really miss you mate come back and boom boom again

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    boring, same old style, do something new Boom Boom!!

  • POSTED BY smartguy786 on | October 18, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    great news, back to the squad he still has maybe 4-5 years in him.

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | October 18, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Now that Afridi is back,when is he planning to retire again!What does this make,his 5th comeback after retirement or what! He must have a heck of a revolving door to retire and come back and then again retire like this! Can't you make up your mind??

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Who would have guessed it....

  • POSTED BY SeekingAlpha on | October 18, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    "withdraw retirement" is not a term found anywhere outside Pakistan. You can make yourself unavailable for selection, but how can you selectively retire?

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Wel come again! But be sensible and next time,it does not suit you.

  • POSTED BY ManishJadav on | October 18, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    ha ha ha.. nothing new for us..

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | October 18, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Why is it that most of the Pakistan Cricketers go to retirement more frequently than F1 racers go to pitstop. Anyways his presence in any format is good for Pak team provided he is 100% committed.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    WelcOme baCk lala <3<3<3<3 U =] HOPE u ll wOn mOre Games 4 Pak =]

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    I want to see boom boom in T20.........

  • POSTED BY FatBoysCanBat on | October 18, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    How long before he retires again?

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    hope to see soon afridi bowling leggies and smashing the ball in the crowd....wish u best of luck....

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    very good news for pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY bonx79 on | October 18, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Let the good times begin. Boom Boom is back

  • POSTED BY vampire.25 on | October 18, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    excellent decision shahid bhai.........u r d best in pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    now the ball is in pcb court to select him and if he gets selected then what about 2020 leagues in S.A and AUS.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Congrats, but, I feel that Afridi should realize his responsibility in all forms. Not just a bowler, but, a responsible batsman. A person holding many world records, should prove his job as said above.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    welcome back... We need boom boom....

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    I am glad. now let the boom boom begin!!!

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  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    I am glad. now let the boom boom begin!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    welcome back... We need boom boom....

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Congrats, but, I feel that Afridi should realize his responsibility in all forms. Not just a bowler, but, a responsible batsman. A person holding many world records, should prove his job as said above.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    now the ball is in pcb court to select him and if he gets selected then what about 2020 leagues in S.A and AUS.

  • POSTED BY vampire.25 on | October 18, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    excellent decision shahid bhai.........u r d best in pakistan

  • POSTED BY bonx79 on | October 18, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Let the good times begin. Boom Boom is back

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    very good news for pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    hope to see soon afridi bowling leggies and smashing the ball in the crowd....wish u best of luck....

  • POSTED BY FatBoysCanBat on | October 18, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    How long before he retires again?

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    I want to see boom boom in T20.........