Pakistan news April 30, 2015

Afridi seeks 'happy ending to career'

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Shahid Afridi - "I have made up my mind, but before that I want to also groom a future captain and vice-captain for this format with the board's support" © AFP

Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi is hoping for a "happy ending" to his international career, and is targeting the World Twenty20 trophy next year in India. In December last year, Afridi announced that he would retire from ODIs after the 2015 World Cup, but said he would quit international cricket altogether only after the 2016 World T20.

"I want to not only play but also captain the Pakistan team to the T20 World Cup title," he said. "Who does not want a happy ending to his career? I am looking at that in the T20 format. I never thought I would be at this level and play cricket for Pakistan team. I have made up my mind, but before that I want to also groom a future captain and vice-captain for this format with the board's support."

Afridi, 35, has appeared in 78 T20Is, besides 27 Tests and 398 ODIs. He announced his retirement from Test cricket during Pakistan's tour to England in 2010 after captaining the side in just the first Test at Lords. He bowed out of ODIs following Pakistan's quarter-final defeat to Australia in the World Cup in March.

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