Pakistan news June 20, 2012

Afridi mulls ODI retirement after poor Sri Lanka show


Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has said that he may consider retiring from ODI cricket to give selectors a chance to build a strong, young team for the 2015 World Cup being held in Australia and New Zealand. Afridi struggled, with both bat and ball, in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, scoring just 28 runs from four innings and picking up three wickets.

He said that he would reassess his future after the team returned home from Sri Lanka in mid-July. "People expect a lot from senior players, so I must sincerely review my performance [in ODI cricket]," Afridi told ESPNcricinfo. "I want to step aside for new players [to come through], so that Pakistan can build a good team for the 2015 World Cup. But I must, first, check if anyone is ready to take my place in the team, so that my retirement won't be unfair to the team."

Afridi, who was dismissed for scores of 2, 17, 0 and 9 in the ODIs against Sri Lanka, said that even if he retired from ODI's, he would still continue playing the Twenty20 format. "[I had decided that] the day I became a burden to cricket I would walk away [from the game]. I am considering [whether or not to retire from ODIs] and would consult some senior players and friends before making a decision. But even if I retire from ODI's I will continue to play Twenty20 cricket."

Pakistan were shoddy in the field, in the ODI's, with several dropped catches and missed run-out opportunities, allowing Sri Lanka to gain the upper hand. Afridi attributed the 3-1 series loss to poor fielding. "Fielding has been our weakness ever since I started playing cricket," he said. "We didn't play as we expected, but Sri Lanka were strong in their own conditions. They used the conditions very well."

In the past Afridi had announced his retirement on a number of occasions. First, in 2006, he decided to take a temporary sabbatical from Test cricket to concentrate on ODIs. Then in 2010, he announced his Test retirement after Pakistan lost the first Test against Australia at Lord's. A year later he announced a "conditional" retirement from international cricket to protest against the way he was "humiliated" by the PCB, who had stripped him of his ODI captaincy.

Edited by Carlyle Laurie

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    play as an opner in odi...............

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Afridi, You are only 32 years old 4 God sake don't be making such mistake of retiring. You are one of the greatest all rounder in the Cricket with Mashallah more than 7000 runs in ODI and more than 300 wickets. You have plenty of cricket left in you and we have always seen you making a great come back in your form with outstanding bowling attack. I have a huge respect for you in the current team of Pakistan and not just me, so many of other Pakistanis thinks the same. Please DO NOT retire. Atleast play until 2015 worldcup, honestly I was looking you would play until 2019 worldcup but you really surprised me. Don't let down the ppl of Pakistan, work hard and inshallah Allah will help you get back in form and you will shine again. Once again plz DO NOT RETIRE.

  • Amjad on June 22, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    In my opinion, Afridi should frequently open & lead the ODI team to World Cup 2015

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Yes Afridi please, go ahead but pls pls pls dont take back this retirement,

  • Mohd on June 22, 2012, 5:00 GMT got a lot of cricket to offer...don't even think of retirement...if you continue playing a lot of record will be created....An amid Cricket Fan.....

  • Wicky on June 22, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @Bruisers,atleast he takes a break 4rm team n doesn't bcome a liability like majority of ur veterans.@Ahmed Hussain,i dn't know why some people like u bring shakib into league of all time bst alroundrs?what has shakib achievd? He z way behind afridi in bowlng abilits bt jst an above average playr as batsman who scores big against zim,namibia,bermuda etc.Can't u remembr great imran khan,Abdul razaq,imran z closest to sobers whil razaq was easily bst of his era.shakib z comparable to none of these.

  • akber on June 21, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    I reeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllyyyyy hope he doesn't retire, atleast play the 2015 world cup. Even if he is out of form, he'll always find a way to come back! Still, he makes an important statement that since his form with bat and ball (especially bat) is deteriorating, retiring will carve open a path for other youngsters to play and become superstars for Pakistan in the future. In the end, whatever you do Shahid bhai, I'll still have the utmost respect for you, as will many other Pakistani cricket fans!

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep. Afridi should lead and even sheeps like Umar Akmal, Hafiz and Misbah will become Lion. We have not found a replacement for Afridi yet so please Lala do not leave yet. Pakistan Cricket Needs you

  • Naveed on June 21, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    yes afridi got more odi wickets than warne, saqlain, & vettori but look at the average of .hell lot of difference .. thanks to his recent form in last 2-3 yaers plenty of 5 wkt hauls against associate's and weaker teams .. for me Afrdi is great entertainer on his day he can win the match .like the one against srilanka in uae..but it comes very rarely . great player in T20 format

  • Amna on June 21, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Great decision Mr Afridi... thumps up

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