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Afridi mulls ODI retirement after poor Sri Lanka show

Umar Farooq

June 20, 2012

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Shahid Afridi played a controlled innings, Pakistan v England, 3rd ODI, Dubai, February, 18, 2012
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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.

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Posted by   on (June 23, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Amjad.Khan on (June 22, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

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

Posted by wasim_007 on (June 22, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

LALA...you 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.....

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover 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.

Posted by pakflag 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!

Posted by   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

Posted by Naveed85 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

Posted by Bravo_Great on (June 21, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Great decision Mr Afridi... thumps up

Posted by Naveed85 on (June 21, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

best strike strike rate & most sixes also lets not forget record number of duck outs (2nd) even golden ducks and strike rate of 23 .lowest for any player batting in top 7

Posted by Sports4Youth on (June 21, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Posted by buz3 on (June 21 2012, 10:29 AM GMT) :- Fully agreed with you. He is probably one of the better spinners in world cricket today, add to that his razor sharp fielding these two qualities entitle him to play ODI's leave the batting as a bonus whenever it clicks.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (June 21, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Afridis bowling had suffered because of bad fielding and catching by the other players. He is the best fielder in the team. His fileding alone entiltes him place in te team. He can also be a match winner on a given day with the ball or with the bat or with both. If he retires early it will be a big loss to Pak cricket. I expect him to lead the team in WC 2015. It is time for old failures like Y.Khan, Misbah & U.Gul to quit from ODI.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Thank You Lala for your Consideration.. U did a great job, now leave That to Sum1 elz..

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

he already has retaired many time.,.....this is not 1st time for him...just making a joke....

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

@ RHGC, how can you call Afridi overrated, he can play in a team just as a legspinner, never mind his batting

Posted by miafridi on (June 21, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

None of the players played well in the recent series so blaming afridi will be childish. I think he should be played as an opener because our openers score 22-1 in 6-8 overs. On the other hand atleast we have 22-1 in 2-3 overs while playing afridi as an opener. Afridi is the right choice for captaincy as well. He lead a poor team to world cup semi final when no one expected it. He would have won the Semi final if the catches of tendulkar were taken. Afridi is by par the best player if utilized better.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 21, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

Afridi should always come to SL and play in the PAK team. It would help SL based on his current batting performances.

Posted by buz3 on (June 21, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

@ RHGC, how can you call Afridi overrated, he can play in a team just as a legspinner, never mind his batting.

Posted by MD.SFT on (June 21, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

I m indian but I can say that No one in Indian Team Like Afridi. Afridi,s must play till 2015 world cup.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

KP is set the example to our senior players like Misbah, Afridi & Y Khan. now its the time to follow the example. its time to gave the opportunity to Players like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafique, Ramiz Raja junior, Sibghat & Shahzaib hasan to prove their skills and remain their playing XI for Worldcup

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (June 21, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

One of the MOST OVERRATED PLAYERS in the history of the game alongwith SEHWAG WARNER GAYLE .

Posted by MD.SFT on (June 21, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

I read this articles Afridi mulls ODI retirement after poor Sri Lanka show. So far I think It is not time for Afridi's retirement but its time to retirement for Misbah and Yunus Khan. Afridi is 32 years old only. And he is well played cricket in Pakistan Team. No one All rounder in Pak team Like afridi. Afridi should play 2015 world cup.The Pak cricket selector discuss to welcome for Kamran and Abdur Razzak. And I think pak openinig is very poor. So Hafeez is not well for openinig.

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (June 21, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

I feel afridi still has lot to offer to PAK cricket. He is their best choice for ODI captain. He may be out of form now or SL pitches did not his type of fast leg spin bowling and Subcontinent players are good players of spin. I think Afridi needs to give himself more time. He is still young to retire. anyway you never know with afridi. He takes no time to declare and no time to come back as well :)

Posted by Tigg on (June 21, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

He's 32 now. Will he still be one of the best at 35? If he is willing to play as a pure bowler (which is what he's been for a while anyway). Drop him down to 9 in the order then he could last.

Posted by applethief on (June 21, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

On the contrary, he should take up Test cricket again, instead of dropping another format. And he's the only player in the team who's actually a decent fielder

Posted by sharj33l on (June 21, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

yup......his retirement will boost pakistani team:-)

what a waste of wicket he is

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

he should take a rest for a series and givn chnce to some one like raza to C the future of Pakistan ,,

Posted by addicted_to_chaos on (June 21, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

Guys relax...... he is just saying his mind, which always think of retiring all the time.... he will be playing for sure till WC2015...

Posted by azeesajid on (June 21, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Afridi should not consider retirement at this point of time.Pak team needs him very badly. and also there is not any new player available who can fill his gap in pak team. So lala plz.plz.plz do't quit befor world cup 2015.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Well we are listening this statement for quite some time, but I do reckon that Afridi should not been considered as a permanent member of the playing XI but yet he should be in their 15 man squad. Even he won't perform, let any youngster replacing his position. He can be vital in crucial circumstances & can strengthen the bench position.

Posted by ZahidAmmarMoeez on (June 21, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

If we analize last 3 and 5 year performance of Afride he is No.1 Pakistani Bowler in ODI and batting is other plus point when he blast. if he is successful in 1 out of 10 in batting that is acceptable ( He is Alway Man of the match when he blast). He is 2nd highest Man of the match (36) in Pakistan team after Wasim Akram (39).He is alway in top 3 fielders in Pakistani Squad, he drops very rare catches in his career. We must need in ODI squad to alive Pakistani cricket so pleaseeee don't consider before 2015.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

if you guys read this article carefully Afridi is thinking for retirement, he did not announce retirement, may be I am wrong in understanding but this is what I feel. Please keep is in mind that Afridi is great server of cricket but he is not slave of any one

Posted by Zeb1978 on (June 21, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

I don't want afridi to retire from ODI cricket so early. He is still useful for pak cricket especially in bowling. His presence in the field adds firepower to the team. He must play till 2015 world cup in Australia. Playing world cup in Australia is a dream for every cricketer. It will be one of the best tournaments just like the 1992 world cup and we want afridi to play in that tournament.

Posted by Khan.Amjad on (June 21, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Afridi should open for Pakistan & should be made the T20 & ODI Captain. he is a very good bowler. Even if he doesn't pick many wickets in a game, he tends to stop the runs somehow.

Posted by khurramsch on (June 21, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

i think its a 50-50 decision. He can play as a bowler in playing 11 & sometimes smash. main reason for saying this is that in england series, most of asia cup & sl his bowling was not upto mark but still he could be a bowler in playing 11. may be right for pakistan if he retires in sense that a proper batting allrounder can be placed in his boots as batting is what pak need more. new one may be good batting allrounder but so much good bowler - that s a question mark. kind of 50-50 for me.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan. I dont agree with Afridi's decision.. True is out of form, but it does not mean that he is too older. He is just 32 years. No doubt he is a master blaster and a superb alrouder although his fielding is not so great.

He has bowled well against Sri Lanka though he didnt pick more wickets. But PAk won the second T20 thanks to Afridi's batting and bowling against SL. Afriri should rethink about his decision.

Posted by Aspraso on (June 21, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Will somebody please teach Afridi -- what is the meaning of retire and how to retire. He has already "retired" more than once earlier !!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 21, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

He must retire as soon as possible. People like him is a burden for the team. He will perform once in an year only!.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

It angers me, when i witness a lack of respect towards a legend, Afridi is arguably one of, if not the greatest all-rounder in the ODI format. Career-wise he is the most successful spinner in the game after Murali respectively. Afridi also holds the record of having the highest strike rate in the history of the game, an accumulation of over 7000 runs with a strike rate of 113.79 demonstrates his destructive / game changing methods of batting. If one has the highest career strike in history and over 7000 runs, obviously the average will be low, especially if you realize that he is a bowling all-rounder (you can't expect players like Warne or Vettori to provide runs, note: Afridi pulled off batting records in spite of being a bowling all-rounder). Afridi has smashed the most number of Sixes in the history of International cricket as well. He also has the unique feature of holding the record for the fastest ODI hundred as well. Afridi can still contribute to Pakistan cricket heavily.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

...not only afridi but all senior players should be forcefully retired from all types of cricket ...they are a burden on pak team....

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

Afridi might be right as he is honest cricketer I have ever seen in Pakistan. But from my point view he is wrong. If he wants to reite then what Younis and Misbah are waiting for. Afridi is best bowler in ODI and T20. If even he can't bat well no matters. Let younis and Misbah get retired first. I would request Afridi not retire till 2015 world cup. I am the biggest fan of him and want to see him play more cricket. Love to watch LA LA, BOOM BOOM.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

Afridi mulls ODI retirement after poor Sri Lanka show

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

yes, you should walk away and give me a chance:)))))))))))))lol

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

afridi should open for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

I think Afridi take the retirement is good. he played 300 + matches and 31 year old. So we have teenage players lot of. So 2015 world cup is important for the Pak. So introduce new players to leave these players.

Posted by Khan.Amjad on (June 21, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

To all the people who think Afridi has done nothing for cricket - Read this article: http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/567955.html#

Posted by Khan.Amjad on (June 21, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

@Zahidsaltin - u r right... I bet the same team will perform entirelly difference under the Captaincy of Aggressive Afridi...

Posted by AmjadZork on (June 21, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

In the list of fastest ODI hundreds, his name appears three times in the top seven; in the list of fastest ODI fifties, he appears five times in the top 12. He is eighth in the all-time list of most ODI wickets, ahead of Shane Warne and Saqlain Mushtaq, and behind only Akram and Waqar Younis from Pakistan. In 2009, Afridi lifted Pakistan to the World T20 title, with Man-of-the-Match performances in the semi-final and final. In 2011, he motivated a scandal-weary side to the semi-final of the World Cup, and could well have taken them beyond had his team-mates snapped up any one of Sachin Tendulkar's four chances in Mohali.

Posted by AmjadZork on (June 21, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

@cricketeria - Let me tell you who Afridi is: Afridi's 36 international Man-of-the-Match awards place him tenth in the overall list, ahead of the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Chris Gayle, and Muttiah Muralitharan. In T20Is, he has collected more match awards (seven) than any other cricketer - proof of his match-winning abilities.He has hit more sixes in international cricket than anyone else, with no threat of being overtaken anytime soon, and has the the highest stike rate (by a distance) among players who have batted in at least 50 innings.

Posted by jtggrehhtrhtrht on (June 21, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

i always right one thing that is bring back mohammed yousaf if afridi retires i will have to right bring back afridi

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Afridi has to play till the world cup. He has not been utilized properly. Afridi should have been the captain for one day and t 20.

people who need to retire are younas and misbah .................

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (June 21, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

LOLZ , IS THIS ANOTHER SIGN OF TEMPORARY RETIREMENT .

Posted by sam_m on (June 21, 2012, 3:40 GMT)

oh not this nonsense again?

Posted by 9ST9 on (June 21, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

Nowadays , everyone "will continue to play Twenty20 cricket"... even if their arms drop off and cannot walk without a walking stick. Maybe the way to go is to , get all the oldies to play T20 - but then players will retire at age 23 and start playing T20.

Posted by ddrath on (June 21, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

i don't think no one would care if Afridi goes!! the simple reason is he does not make huge difference from bat.. he only in because of the unpredictability of his nature.. to take the game away... so they have to give chances to him to produce that.. otherwise he has retired from batting like @cricketeria said, i would say from even 2000.. and he doesn't understand retirement! 300 matches 23. average!! hmmm

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

He knows where the money is.

Posted by jst2smart on (June 21, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

it's all about money playing T20 all over the world .. making more then playing for own country IPL IS KILLING CRICKET ....

Posted by MeAsFan on (June 21, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

Very very good decision if you take it S. Afridi you have been great player for pakistan but now ur time is come to end coz now days u can not bat even as a lower down batsman and only as a blower pak team cannot afford you. So please leve gracefully after such a long & successful carrer. best of luck for ur T20 carrer..... CHEERS!!!!

Posted by avmd on (June 21, 2012, 1:42 GMT)

There is not much financial attraction in Tests and ODIs and Afridid will have enough time to make some more money by playing T20 all over the world. I have no problem with that, he has served Pakistan for many years and has entertained fans all over the world. Now, if he wants to make some more money for himself and his family at the end of his playing days, I have no problem with that. I wish him all the best.

Posted by cricketeria on (June 21, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

@anonyzious: cricket must mean nothing to you then. @Yasir Hussain: who cares if no one attracts the crowd. Ever heard of winning??

Posted by cricketeria on (June 21, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Afridi's basically been retired from batting since 2004 or so. It doesn't matter if he goes. Ajmal can take his wickets. Azhar, Misbah or Younis Khan can hit the lone six that Afridi won't be around to hit....oh wait, they can't, oh noes!! Bring back Afridiiiiii!!!

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (June 21, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

It is all because of captaincy issue. It was not a fair decision to make Hafiz as captain.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

its not good not bad he is best brst and best for pakistan andmfor himself

Posted by Just_love_it on (June 20, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

Afridi says retiring means coming back..one more time. Is he gonna retire from tests too ? I mean gonna play tests too in current series...since misbah is banned.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

stop thinking about retireing and focus on opening the innings with imran farhat afridi

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

Have seen enough 'retired today,available tomorrow' drama by Afridi in the past.i hope he gives it a serious thought,stick to his decision if he decides to go ahead with it and not succumb to the emot ional blackmail of the nation (people+politicians).all the best,Afridi.

Posted by GCKelly on (June 20, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

You must wonder about Afridi's desire to play cricket at all sometimes. Most players who have an average series will go away and work on their game, not start talk about retirement. With so much of this talk in the past, is Afridi just having a laugh?

Posted by Zeid on (June 20, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

Afridi was not 'dismissed' for 2, 17, 0 and 9. He threw away his wicket on each occassion...and which he has been doing so often...that a good innings from him is more of an 'exception' rather than normal. What a waste of talent. He should learn from likes of Gayle, Sewag, Tendulkar, Pietersen on how to to hit the bowlers.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

He must not retire as no one cn take his place in near future ....he is the only player in current team who attract crowd,,,.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

No Way! You cant leave before 2015 world cup!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

afridi plz dont retire.....

Posted by anonyzious on (June 20, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

Please no, no. Cricket would lose its meaning for me if Afridi retires...

Posted by Partyman on (June 20, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

Oh no, not again! He starts all over again!

Posted by pak78 on (June 20, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

retire in 2015 after world cup please lalla v love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

its not good not bad he is best brst and best for pakistan andmfor himself

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

Exactly Afridi should play till 2015 WC.

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (June 20, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

Afridi, you can NOT retire. Everyone goes through lean patches. You have done remarkably well for the team over the past 2 - 4 years, and of course before as well. You are just coming in to your prime in my opinion and you have about 3 - 4 years of good cricket left in you. You must must must stay with Pakistan and inspire the young ones to become legends and world beaters. We need world beaters like you. We do not want to see you go yet.

Posted by bhopinder on (June 20, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

I am great fan of Afridi especially his batting and attitude . he is really among few talents in cricket world -like ..Chris Gayale ..virender sehwag..david warner...everyone wants to watch ...very strong character ..raw talent .cricket world's attraction ..he is going through bad patch ..i think selectors unable to use his talent ...should be tried at opening slot consistently ..he will be more useful for team and difficult for opposition ...

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

afridi can easily play at least till the WC in 2015, he has been performing...just one bad series should not make too much difference.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

i think ,ha can play the W/cup 2015 and can become the leading wicket takers in ODI from PAKIStan !! THis is the only one bad series after his retirement comeback !! PAKISTAN batting misses abdur RAZZAQ magic in batting !! that'''s why we begin to critise on AFRIdI much...

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

Retire..come back..make money

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Another player retires from ODI to play T20!!! :(

Posted by CricketRockStar on (June 20, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Rather immediate retirement, he should start playing less ODI or rotation in order to give new one a chance plus groom them too.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

PPL of Pakistan will stop watching cricket without Afridi.

Posted by Bruisers on (June 20, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Oh well, here we go again. Mr. Afridi, we have seen enough retirements from you already. Stop making fun of the word 'retirement'.

Posted by wnwn on (June 20, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

He is still an excellent bowler on subcontinent type pitches and has a good economy rate nowadays. Maybe he is not that effective on pitches in England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand but he should retire after the next world cup.

Posted by golgo_85 on (June 20, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

He had a couple of bad series, that's all. It's the Pak management who need to mull over how they can put together a match winning XI and then utilise them appropriately. The reason behind Pakistan's bilateral series failures recently has mainly been Misbah's torrid captaincy. He also needs to make sure Ajmal and Afridi bowl in tandem in ODIs. Younis is gone and a fitting replacement will always be available, even so the core batting performance will always depend on someone like Afridi or some other allrounder. Since they don't want to give Razzak a chance anymore, Pak management must highly consider grooming a seam bowling allrounder who would affectively be a 3rd seamer - Hammad Azam has been cautiously underused so far but the guy looks immensely talented, under a different captain he would've flourished already. Pak need Afridi to carry on till WC2015 who on his day will take wickets on any pitch and will also score on any pitch and he had done so before in Australia.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Mr. Afridi!! The day u accept yourself as a No. 8 batsman (2nd spinner) whose main job is his bowling, u will justify your place and shut up your critics. The problem is that u want to come at No. 6 or 7 (ur batting record lately doesn't justify that). In pitches outside asia, u should be replaced by a medium pacer all rounder (Razzaq or his replacement). Sarfaraz (who was being pushed by you to become No. 8) should be given a last chance to establish himself as a No. 6 batsman. If he cannot, then its time for a new one.

Posted by superstar100 on (June 20, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

if i am not wrong he might retire one time earlier also now he saying he may retire once again . i dont know will it be loss or gain for pak ????

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 20, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

how many times will he retire from this format?I like the guy as a player but i think that players should take the honour of representing their country a bit more seriously than he does..he quits more often than i change my socks !!

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 20, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Afridi is just an average legspinner at best on sub continental pitches. He will be taken to the cleaners on the green pitches of Australia. As for his batting, his fantastic ODI average of around 20 will come down to single digits. Overall, a wise decision!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Afridi's retirement will be a huge loss for Pak cricket.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

If Afridi really retires then it will be a huge loss for Pak cricket. He is the only match winner in the team currently so if he retires then pak cricket is gonna struggle for long long time. Pakistan will never get replacement for Afridi nor they can get another Shahid Afridi. Hope to see him till next WC.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Hope he gets talked out of retiring because he is still a valuable asset to the team. He should continue to play until the 2015 world cup. Don't retire yet Afridi.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

I hope he is sincere and proves it. Cuz at the moment, he is a burden on the team. His performance in this series, in all three departments was very ordinary. No other all rounder can play in his place as he is an automatic choice for selection always. Hammad Azam is being denied of playing ODI cricket just because of Afridi. If Afridi and Razzaq both are not fully fit, the y only Razzaq is being denied of a place in the team ?

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (June 20, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

If you don't want to play. Retire. The world of global T20 teams made up of players from around the globe is beckoning. The first to create a truly unlimited foreign player league will be the all ruling tournament. National team cricket is becoming a monotonous cycle of repetition. Same teams vs same teams. Test Cricket should be protected and continued whereas all ODI/IT20 should be wiped out. Players are incapable of adjusting to ODI nowadays, they're all T20 players.

Posted by rukii on (June 20, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Cricinfo forget to ask for how long this retirement would stand ?. i can agree with mumbaiguy79 "Afridi's retirement depends on what side of the bed he wakes up. Move along, nothing to see here."

Posted by Sarthak1305 on (June 20, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Afridi instead of mulling over his retirment should mull over his role in the team, if he is playing as a batsman who can bowl, he should retire now, however he does form a great spinning duo with ajmal and add a few overs frm hafeez and that is a good enuf bowling unit and if he can score a quick fire 20-40 odd runs in the last 5 overs that should give pakistan a good boost at the end so if the PCB and the team management can manage him better as a player and as a mentor( possibly fr spinners and nt batsmen) then dont see y he shouldnt play till 2015

Posted by ahabib on (June 20, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

This is an excellent idea. I am impressed by Afridi's maturiity and unselfishness. Test cricket in Pakistan was helped enormously by his retirement and ODI cricket will also benefit. It will also be less stress for him given the enormous expectations of people and his weak abilities.

Posted by DaDaL0G on (June 20, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

Well !! He still has alot of cricket in him he should play till next Worldcup

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Cricket is not a cricket with out afridi.

Posted by Stark62 on (June 20, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

NO CHANCE!!

He has to lead Pak in the 2015 WC and he is the only person, that can bring the trophy home.

One series doesn't really matter and he bowled good too but some mistakes here and there cost him.

Misbah shouldn't even be in the side, Hafeez is mediocre at best, Malik has been tried and failed.

This would be a very selfish decision and not going to help Pak in any way.

Posted by mumbaiguy79 on (June 20, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Afridi's retirement depends on what side of the bed he wakes up. Move along, nothing to see here.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Afridi shouldn't retire right now because he can still contribute to the team. He is still taking wickets in bunches and if he is promoted up the batting order, he might be able to regain his batting form. Pakistan must place emphasis on building a team for the future, but they must have proper replacements and also a team, with mixture of youth and experience. Anyway, it will be really sad if he does decide to retire. He was one player, who make Cricket exciting to watch and play.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Emotionalll decisionn...bt considering 2015 world cuppp...his bowling wont be that much effective theree...and if continues battiingg llike he is doing noww...he should consider to implement his decision by the end of this yearr atleast...!!!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Afridi will be the leading wicket taker and run scorer in the 2015 cricket world cup.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

we are waiting for six no. 300 ...... AFRIDI

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

He have a lot 2 give pakistan as well as the world of cricket. I think he should not think like that cause that sort of thinking creates fear on his fans who have lots of trust and faith on him. He is a fighter and we know he will back strongly with his bat and bowl. He is only 32 and that sort of poor form comes in every players life even great Sachin Tendulker is not opposite of that. Please dont get me wrong but i am over confident about his upcoming blasting form cause i now he is Afridi and only he can do that. I am a bangladeshi but my fav cricketer is not Shakib. My fav is Afridi. And i better know, he have millions of fans like me in overseas. Please Afridi dont do that. We have fear of loosing you.

Posted by M.N.I.Rony on (June 20, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Don't go Afridi..we need you..plz plz

Posted by wiseshah on (June 20, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

another retirement drama king: first started by mohammad yousuf, then afridi and now kevin pietersen. But sachin, dravid, laxman never talks about it

Posted by makmakmak on (June 20, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

This guy is a real gem for Pakistan

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (June 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Afridi is a fighter, can't expect this sort of statement from him, he should rather consider himself a main part of the WC 2015 team!

Posted by ProdigyA on (June 20, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

mm didnt i hear that before? Only to unretire few months later. Whats the point.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Thank you Shahid Afridi for retiring from Cricket, after playing almost 350 ODI matches you decided you are reviewing your performance, if you had review it before then you should have retired 15 years ago.

Posted by Z.Saleem on (June 20, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Cricket is no cricket withouth Afridi, the team starts from Afridi and then we select the 10 players. He is a must, just make him the captain and see the turn-around in his performance, he is one of those people who performs their best when given responsibilities and his experience is such that it will be a huge loss to Pakistan if he quits the ODI. He is so fit that he can even play until 2015.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Not Pakistani but I respect this guy phenomenal talent and leader but I most certainly won't rate him as one of the best All-Rounders especially to the likes of Sobers, Kallis, Shakib, Cairns, Botham or Watson because his Test Record is poor and retired early from that format besides Afridi record (average) is not as good as these players I have mentioned, his statistics are impressive because he has played more games nothing else but overall an entertaining figure.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

dont get retire u will play havoc with team try to open ur best utilization is there to open the innings and ur the best bowler as well always give break through try to settle differences with missbah onb chair u r crowd puller

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

OMG. We Need Boom Boom For Next WC. Please Don't Let Him To Go..

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

It seems like Afridi is blaming himself for the Pakistan loss against Sri Lanka. Non of the players performed in the series well enough to win us the match. Neither Misbah, neither Hafeez, neither Younis and any body else is talking about the voluntary retirement from the team. Whats wrong with Afridi?????? Just concentrate on improvement in ur performance and produce the same bowling that was in World cup 2011. We dont need him as a batsman anymore..........

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

good decision.infact he shud ve taken this decision after the WC 2011.

Posted by Azweer on (June 20, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Afridi.............. First complete 300th sixes.... If u cant,,, then no body can.... dont bow out of ODI without completing that record....

Posted by ani. on (June 20, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

LOL From the article: " 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."..............lol another Drama

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

dont think about past series just relax and concentrate upcoming matches and pcb must take aaa action against to build aaa good wicket keeper who be handy with bat

Posted by vish2020 on (June 20, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

OH GOD!!!! are we seriously going to waste space on cricinfo.com, newspapers and other media sources to talk about Afridi and retirements?? This dude retires on monday, comes back on wednesday, gets into arguments with his coach or someone else and retires again on friday! and guess what will happen two days after? exactly!!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Shahid Afridi needs to play until 2015 world cup. I don't think this fantacy of 'new blood' can be implemented without putting all perspectives in mind.

There isn't a single player of his caliber, he is simply the best in the team as of now.

I would go one step further, for me even Younus Khan should be part of the team until 2015 world cup. He is too good of a batsman to be ignored on the basis of just one series.

Beyond those arguments, if i have to pick the best persons for the team who give their 100% and are totally commited to the cause, without wasting i second i would name Shahid Afridi and Younus Khan.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

no lala dont do this.......team needed you in 2015 world cup

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Afridi should focus on playing till the 2015 world cup. He is still very young at 32 he is 5 years younger than Mibah. The problem with Pakistan cricket is that it lacks vision. The captaincy should have naturally gone to Afridi instead of Misbah who is on the wrong side when it comes to age. But you never know instead Hafeez a self proclaimed professor got it for the 20 20s and he has i guess 5 ducks in his last 12 innings even though he is supposed to be a specialist batsman :)

Posted by yoongguns on (June 20, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

ya please go....batting is ur duty not bowling(sometime)..u deserve to be out of team....u batted well 1 in every 10 game....u good for 20-20 not for some mentally strong game such as test and ODI

Posted by arunrg on (June 20, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

There he goes again..only to come back later ;-)

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

NOOOO!!!! please don't retire AFRIDI!!!

Posted by the_Srikanth on (June 20, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Surely, you cannot be serious. Another retirement drama from Afridi. Why am I not surprised.

Posted by KelvinLTR on (June 20, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

when will he re-retire, if you know what i mean

Posted by Lakpj on (June 20, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

hahah how many times did he say this and how many times he retired and most importantly how many times did he come back from retirement? lolzz

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Nooooo... I had all these dreams of watching you lift the 2015 WC trophy at the MCG!! :(

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Why again?? Please be patient & concentrate on your performance..Boom Boom u r World's Best Allrounder!

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (June 20, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

another joke. He is saying this rubbish because he wants to make money in t20 leagues. he will only be 35 during 2015 wc and anyway u cant retire bcos of one bad series

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (June 20, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Well not like the first time he is thinking about retirement lol. I think he'll retire which will create an outcry in Pakistan among fans. So he will come back and say I came back because of the people. I think what he is doing is very cunning. He is out of form. If he keep playing like this than people will start to ask him to leave but in this way he can save his reputation. Man this Dude is very intelligent :D

Posted by Narbavi on (June 20, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Oh Shahid, not again?? Good luck!!

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