Pakistan news May 23, 2014

Afridi to assess ODI future after World Cup

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Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has said he will assess his future in ODIs after the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Afridi hasn't played Test cricket in four years but is a regular part of Pakistan's limited-overs squads.

"The 2015 World Cup is very important for three-four senior players," Afridi said in Lahore. "I've always said that my cricket is attached to my fitness and performance. But maybe I will retire from one-day cricket and carry on playing T20 format, I will take the final decision after seeing my performance in 2015."

Afridi is presently taking part in a month-long camp along with Pakistan's other probables and he reportedly injured his back while training. The first portion of the camp focused on fitness and now the players are being put through fielding drills.

"I've been playing cricket for the last 18 years, I have attended lots of camps but no doubt this camp is very tough," Afridi said. "Credit goes to Mohammad Akram [national academy coach] and his team for the way they have organised this camp. I am fit though there is some stiffness, but that is with every player. It's good for all the players who are attending this camp, and even if they don't get a central contract they will realise they have to touch a certain level and maintain it."

Pakistan are led by Misbah-ul-Haq in Tests and ODIs but they do not have a T20 captain at the moment, after Mohammad Hafeez resigned following a poor showing at the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh. Afridi said leading Pakistan was an honour, one he had enjoyed during the 2011 World Cup, when Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals.

"Captaincy isn't a bed of roses," Afridi said. "It's an honour for players. I have forgotten lots of things that happened in the past [removal from captaincy when Ijaz Butt was PCB chairman], but whatever happened, I didn't wish to be the captain. I don't play to survive in cricket, whatever cricket is left in me I want to give it back to my country."

Afridi said he was looking forward to a fresh start with Pakistan's new coach Waqar Younis, with whom he had differences during a previous term. "If Vicky [Waqar] bhai or Shahid Afridi didn't learn from their mistakes, we can't move forward. We should all forget it and move forward for the good of the country."

When asked for his opinion on the turmoil in the PCB leadership, with Najam Sethi and Zaka Ashraf involved in a legal tussle, Afridi said, "It tarnishes the image of cricket and the country. I think cricket and cricketers should not suffer from such things, that's it."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • on July 21, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    shahid afridi is a superstar n I am waiting to see afridi batting n I am a big fan of afridi and I want to see afridi for play at least for 5-6 years at least

  • spellbinder76 on May 27, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Shahid Afridi and Younus Khan are the two players who should be considered for the role of captain for ODI.

  • Z.Saleem on May 27, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    When Wasim Akram (my all time fav cricketer) retired, I became really sad and didn't followed any Cricket for 6 months or so, and would feel the same when this guy Boom Boom retires (he is a Legend - like Wasim) and as Cricinfo says 'Cricket is not cricket without Afridi - and the World will not see another box office player like him' - very true!

  • on May 26, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    @t20cric,u r comparaltively r8..but i am telling that if pak plays only for 15 matches a year then it may take a long time but look at him,dont u think he is still able to to play for 5 more years.also it is really harsh pak plays 10-15 matches a year.it is true that they play a lot more less than all those 3 but they play almost similar no of matches as the their counterparts such as NZ, WI do.if pcb somehw able to arrange a few home series especially against SL,ZIM nd may be AFG nd negotiate with ecb nd ca so that they play some matches at their turf,then obviously it is not quite impossible for afridi to play all those matches...nd also if u really want to see himi regain his fastest ton then definitely he must bat a little up in the order and the pitch has to flattest. it think atleast on one point u may agree with me nd that is apart from kallis,he is the other guy playing before 90s nd his pos. in his team comparatively certain compared to that of kallis.thats why i hv told so.

  • t20cric on May 26, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Whenever Afridi does retire not only Pakistani cricket fans but cricket fans all over the world will be sad that he is leaving because it will be hard to find someone else like him. Even though Anderson has taken Afridi's famous record people still love Afridi with Anderson being relatively unknown. I hope he can play for the rest of his career with the kind of form he was in during the Asia cup 2014. Afridi should try to end his ODI career with a bowling average lower than 30 and batting average higher then 28. Or if he can manage it then switch his ODI bowling and batting averages (if he can do this then he's truly a great) and finish with 500+ wickets.

  • t20cric on May 26, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    @Abdullah Al Mamun: That's quite a lot you have planned there for Afridi. I for one do really want him to get back his record for fastest century and retain it until he retires from cricket. The thing is that if you want him to play more matches than Tendulkar & get 10000 runs + 500 wickets it will take him a long time. If you check just this year we have 3 ODIs vs SL, 3 ODIs vs AUS and 5 ODIs vs NZ. Thats not so makes only 11 ODIs more this year for him. If Afridi played for a Big3 team then he could easily get those records but Pakistan don't play as much as those other teams. Afridi's currently 34 right now so he'll have to play til 40 to get these records at a rate of about 10-15 ODIs per year.

  • on May 25, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    he should play cricket atleast for another few years.he is only player to break the on of the records of sachin and that is the most number of matches.He is 85 odi short nd to be equal to sachin in terms of playing matches.also he should retire from t20 after playing t20 wc and concentrate more on playing bcoz a person usually looses strength with his age nd t20 is usually not for old guys.and if he improves his batting nd bowling a little then it is not impossible for him to scoree 2381 runs and get 122 wickets in those 85 matches so that he could become single allrounder to have 10000 runs and 500 wickets which will also lead him to become 2nd pakistani and 3rd as a whole to grab 500 wickets.moreover if afridi wants to give a try to regain his previous record of making fastest hundred, he should come and bat a little up the order and ofcourse the pitch has to be flat. it is up to pcb that hw they utilize afridi whether play lower order or top order batsman.

  • on May 24, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    love lala on field off field ......a great personalty a true pathan,

  • saifkhanBD on May 24, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    El_Toro_Loco. I don't think, it's necessary to place such comment. Afridi has fans among many nationalities, even my Indian mates enjoy watching him bat. We have to learn to enjoy the game in the sprite and appreciate others as well. Cheers.

  • on May 24, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Let's defer the talk of retirement for now Shahid Khan Afridi :) Concentrate on your fitness and stay healthy. I want you to play, like you did during the Asia cup. Salaam from India :)

  • on July 21, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    shahid afridi is a superstar n I am waiting to see afridi batting n I am a big fan of afridi and I want to see afridi for play at least for 5-6 years at least

  • spellbinder76 on May 27, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Shahid Afridi and Younus Khan are the two players who should be considered for the role of captain for ODI.

  • Z.Saleem on May 27, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    When Wasim Akram (my all time fav cricketer) retired, I became really sad and didn't followed any Cricket for 6 months or so, and would feel the same when this guy Boom Boom retires (he is a Legend - like Wasim) and as Cricinfo says 'Cricket is not cricket without Afridi - and the World will not see another box office player like him' - very true!

  • on May 26, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    @t20cric,u r comparaltively r8..but i am telling that if pak plays only for 15 matches a year then it may take a long time but look at him,dont u think he is still able to to play for 5 more years.also it is really harsh pak plays 10-15 matches a year.it is true that they play a lot more less than all those 3 but they play almost similar no of matches as the their counterparts such as NZ, WI do.if pcb somehw able to arrange a few home series especially against SL,ZIM nd may be AFG nd negotiate with ecb nd ca so that they play some matches at their turf,then obviously it is not quite impossible for afridi to play all those matches...nd also if u really want to see himi regain his fastest ton then definitely he must bat a little up in the order and the pitch has to flattest. it think atleast on one point u may agree with me nd that is apart from kallis,he is the other guy playing before 90s nd his pos. in his team comparatively certain compared to that of kallis.thats why i hv told so.

  • t20cric on May 26, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Whenever Afridi does retire not only Pakistani cricket fans but cricket fans all over the world will be sad that he is leaving because it will be hard to find someone else like him. Even though Anderson has taken Afridi's famous record people still love Afridi with Anderson being relatively unknown. I hope he can play for the rest of his career with the kind of form he was in during the Asia cup 2014. Afridi should try to end his ODI career with a bowling average lower than 30 and batting average higher then 28. Or if he can manage it then switch his ODI bowling and batting averages (if he can do this then he's truly a great) and finish with 500+ wickets.

  • t20cric on May 26, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    @Abdullah Al Mamun: That's quite a lot you have planned there for Afridi. I for one do really want him to get back his record for fastest century and retain it until he retires from cricket. The thing is that if you want him to play more matches than Tendulkar & get 10000 runs + 500 wickets it will take him a long time. If you check just this year we have 3 ODIs vs SL, 3 ODIs vs AUS and 5 ODIs vs NZ. Thats not so makes only 11 ODIs more this year for him. If Afridi played for a Big3 team then he could easily get those records but Pakistan don't play as much as those other teams. Afridi's currently 34 right now so he'll have to play til 40 to get these records at a rate of about 10-15 ODIs per year.

  • on May 25, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    he should play cricket atleast for another few years.he is only player to break the on of the records of sachin and that is the most number of matches.He is 85 odi short nd to be equal to sachin in terms of playing matches.also he should retire from t20 after playing t20 wc and concentrate more on playing bcoz a person usually looses strength with his age nd t20 is usually not for old guys.and if he improves his batting nd bowling a little then it is not impossible for him to scoree 2381 runs and get 122 wickets in those 85 matches so that he could become single allrounder to have 10000 runs and 500 wickets which will also lead him to become 2nd pakistani and 3rd as a whole to grab 500 wickets.moreover if afridi wants to give a try to regain his previous record of making fastest hundred, he should come and bat a little up the order and ofcourse the pitch has to be flat. it is up to pcb that hw they utilize afridi whether play lower order or top order batsman.

  • on May 24, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    love lala on field off field ......a great personalty a true pathan,

  • saifkhanBD on May 24, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    El_Toro_Loco. I don't think, it's necessary to place such comment. Afridi has fans among many nationalities, even my Indian mates enjoy watching him bat. We have to learn to enjoy the game in the sprite and appreciate others as well. Cheers.

  • on May 24, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Let's defer the talk of retirement for now Shahid Khan Afridi :) Concentrate on your fitness and stay healthy. I want you to play, like you did during the Asia cup. Salaam from India :)

  • on May 24, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Lala can Destroy the bowling of any team...have u not seen in asia cup???lala should b the captain,it will b very gud for pakistan cricket

  • El_Toro_Loco on May 24, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    @ siddhartha87: Yeah & he can still single handedly destroy your team india any day. Nuff said!

  • on May 24, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    So is he sure he will be selected for the World Cup?

  • on May 24, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    I hope he carries on playing for few more years. He has shown, that he still has what it takes to perform with the bat and bowl. Furthermore, his passion for the game and his love for his country, is also wonderful. There is not a single mark about his integrity and commitment to Pakistan cricket, which is commendable. Even in our family, he is loved among other Pakistani greats such as; fazal mahmood, Hanif, I. Khan etc. From an Indian fan :) Khuda hafez.

  • on May 24, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    he should retire now, we have enough young talent coming, time to move on for a future superstar. players such as Gohar Ayub, Karamat Ali, Sami Aslam..

  • saifkhanBD on May 24, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    If you ask any Bangladeshi fan about favourite Pakistani Cricket players, than most will name; Imran, Waqar, Wasim and Afridi. Most of us, growing up not only followed Pakistani team but loved the players as well. Even now, after BD the Pak team is my favorite. To me, Afridi is very similar to Wasim Raja, both were dashing and exciting players, who made Cricket enjoyable to watch. I hope, Afridi stays fit and keeps playing for few more years. Lots of love Lala, from Auckland.

  • on May 24, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Cricket is not Cricket without Afridi. Like me many people sees Cricket only for seeing him playing in the field. All Pakistani legends on 90s like as Anwar, Washim Akram, Wakar, Inzamam, Yousuf are already says good bye to cricket. Without Afridi it would be impossible to see Cricket. So please Afridi never says quiet to Cricket after world cup. I hope you should play 2019 world cup.

  • on May 24, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Many says Afridi is irresponsible cricketer, but they are all wrong.. they shud go back WC2011 n see his commitment out der.. He s very true n matured cricketer wit no bias.. anyhow we love our country (India) winning all games, But whenever Afridi is on the field he jus pull us all to love him.. Great Performer and Good Human being on the land of Pakistan

  • on May 24, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Lala has now been a mythical figure :) He has earned almost everything in limited overs cricket. I hope he will be inform for WC2015 as we need his batting skills too alongside his exceptional bowling. Hope you will get a better treatment when you will retire :) All the best #BoomBoom

  • chintu2005 on May 24, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Shahid Afridi...... You are a true legend and honest cricketer and this one is directly from India. Always loved your game and antics to win the match whether it was your bowling, batting. your signature pose will be missed along with tapping of your feet after hitting six.

  • on May 24, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Whenever I hear or Afridi talk about his retirement I become sad. And I tell you guys one thing that day will be one of the very sad moment in Cricket History of Pakistan when Lala will announce his retirement. And we will miss you so much Lala and u will rule over our hearts till we watch Cricket. Love u Lala.

  • on May 24, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Lala I know you are very honest person & player very sad to hear that you thinking for retirement but honestly Pakistan cricket won't be fun without you good luck God bless you

  • on May 24, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Lala I know you are very honest person&player very sad to hear but honestly can't imagine Pakistan cricket without you please do whatever is best for you I'm been your big fan & will be forever good luck lala be your best God bless you

  • siddhartha87 on May 24, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    yeah Afridi and Chandurpaul are only two players of "glorious 90"

  • on May 24, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    I think the caption should have been that "Shahid afridi the only cricketer left today who has played cricket in glorious period of 1990s" the last man standing of our childhood

  • getsetgopk on May 24, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Yep Lala, the time is near now. I saw him during the game against Bangladesh where he had back problems just towards the end of the game when he had already won us the game. He has been an extremely fit cricketer throughout his entire career, hardly missed a game because of fitness issues. He wasn't fit throughout the whole WT20 but played his part. The good thing of a younger age is that you recover very quickly of cramps but as you grow old, these cramps takes months to recover from. That is one thing you can't beat, age.

  • on May 24, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    u r champ lala. u won us amazing match against India so u r star thanks for 18 years and a world cup

  • saifkhanBD on May 24, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Lala, keep yourself fit and work hard. You have many fans among Bangladeshis as well. Looking forward to seeing you play in my native city (Auckland), in the upcoming world cup. All the best.

  • CaseyWilliamOZ on May 24, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    even as an indian i love him. still remember his fast century in india.

  • bul98 on May 24, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    Cricket would not be same once S.Afridi retires. The lala is heart of PAK cricket and will be missed big time.

  • on May 23, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Will miss u a lot . . . U are a living Legend

  • on May 23, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Lala there is nobody like and will never be but plz keep on playing as long as you think you are fit to play. Our best wishes will be with you

  • sdgdjhsfsd on May 23, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    wish you all the best in the future a great player

  • on May 23, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    i think it will be the last of many of these players. misbah, afridi, hafeez , gul, and may be ajmal. i hope they can end it up on high.

  • on May 23, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    SKA deserves to be the Captain for #WC2015 .

  • sam_m on May 23, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Hasn't he retired and unretired several times now?

  • on May 23, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    I'd rather he assessed his future at 2025. It wouldn't be fun without him.

  • on May 23, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Pakistan cricket wouldn't be fun without Shahid Afridi in the squad.

  • on May 23, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    lala you are heartbeat of new generation and of course of Pakistan 's people please focus on your game. best of luck to the features

  • AAMARFATH on May 23, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Oh sad news... Afridi should play beyond world cup....

  • on May 23, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Lala whenever u will be going every one will be missing u, u brought a lot of happiness in our country we love #NotToBeReplace

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  • on May 23, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Lala whenever u will be going every one will be missing u, u brought a lot of happiness in our country we love #NotToBeReplace

  • AAMARFATH on May 23, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Oh sad news... Afridi should play beyond world cup....

  • on May 23, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    lala you are heartbeat of new generation and of course of Pakistan 's people please focus on your game. best of luck to the features

  • on May 23, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Pakistan cricket wouldn't be fun without Shahid Afridi in the squad.

  • on May 23, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    I'd rather he assessed his future at 2025. It wouldn't be fun without him.

  • sam_m on May 23, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Hasn't he retired and unretired several times now?

  • on May 23, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    SKA deserves to be the Captain for #WC2015 .

  • on May 23, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    i think it will be the last of many of these players. misbah, afridi, hafeez , gul, and may be ajmal. i hope they can end it up on high.

  • sdgdjhsfsd on May 23, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    wish you all the best in the future a great player

  • on May 23, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Lala there is nobody like and will never be but plz keep on playing as long as you think you are fit to play. Our best wishes will be with you