The Pakistani all- rounder, Shahid Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket on Sunday (February 19th). The 36-year-old player had already quit Test cricket back in 2010. He had already quit One- Day Internationals after World Cup 2015. Though he went on to lead the side in Twenty20 Internationals and now he has announced retirement from International cricket.
The announcement came soon after the Pakistan Super League match between Peshawar Zulmi and Karachi Kings, in which Afridi blasted a brilliant 28-ball 54. “I have said goodbye to international cricket,” Afridi said in Sharjah. “I am playing for my fans and will continue to play this league for another two years but it’s goodbye from international cricket.
“Now my foundation is important for me. I have played with seriousness and in a professional way for my country.”
Shahid Afridi last played for Pakistan in March 2106, when Pakistan crashed out of the ICC World T20 2016 in the group stage. His cricket journey was full of ups and downs. The player made his debut in 1996 and has scored 10,645 runs and picked up 540 wickets in 523 international cricket matches and finishing as Pakistan’s most successful players. The only other all- rounder to reach his level is Jacques Kallis who have a double of 10000 runs and 500 wickets.
He has made some ground- breaking records. Those includes scoring century in 37 balls which remained a record for almost 18 years. He further developed into a bowler also who could bat.
After stepping down as captain of Pakistan international cricket team in April 2016, Shahid Afridi said goodbye to international cricket as well.
“I have said goodbye to international cricket,” said the all-rounder, who played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 98 T20s.
Afridi, who said he will continue playing domestic T20 cricket, added: “I am playing for my fans and will continue for another two years.”