Pakistan news April 3, 2016

Afridi not retiring from T20Is, but steps down as captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Shahid Afridi has decided not to retire from T20 internationals following Pakistan's exit from the World T20, but he has stepped down from captaincy in the format.

"Today I wish to inform my fans in Pakistan and all over the world that I am relinquishing the captaincy of the T20 Pakistan team of my own volition," Afridi said in a statement. "I would also like to inform that InshaAllah I intend to continue playing the game for my country and league cricket etc, and request my fans to keep praying and supporting me as long as I play for Pakistan or for any other league team all over the world

After the 2015 World Cup, Afridi, 36, had announced his intention to retire from international cricket following the World T20 in India. Earlier this year, however, he stated he was facing "huge pressure" from family and friends to not do so.

Afridi was heavily criticised as a leader following Pakistan's poor performances in the recent Asia Cup and the World T20. Pakistan's only victories in eight games across those two tournaments were against UAE, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Subsequently, a report from the coach Waqar Younis said the players "felt confused with what the captain was telling them to do" The team manager Intikhab Alam said Afridi was an "absolutely clueless" captain.

Afridi had succeeded Mohammad Hafeez as T20 captain in September 2014. He won 11 out of 24 matches in that time. His batting and bowling form has also been dipping recently. Over the past 12 months, he has averaged 14.61 with the bat and 34 with the ball. Overall, he has led Pakistan in 43 matches, won 19 and lost 23.

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