Under-fire Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi took to twitter to announce stepping down as Twenty20 captain but said will continue to play the shortest format after his team’s disastrous World Twenty20 campaign where they failed to reach the last four.
The writing was very much on the wall for Afridi as both head coach Waqar Younis and team manager Intikhab Alam gave scathing remarks about his captaincy in the World Twenty20 and the preceding Asia Cup.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had already decided that Afridi will be replaced as captain, a final decision is likely on Monday.
“Today I wish to inform my fans in Pakistan and all over the world that I am relinquishing the captaincy of the T20 Pakistani team of my own volition.”
Afridi said he cherished playing for Pakistan.
“For me, it was a great honour to lead my country in all three formats of the game,” he said, requesting his fans to continue supporting him during “future performances for Pakistan as a player and in all other arenas of the game the world over”.
In a glorious career Afridi took 97 wickets in 98 Twenty20 games — the most by any bowler in the shortest format and scored 1405 runs. He was player of the tournament in Pakistan’s runners-up finish in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007.
He then anchored Pakistan’s semi-final and final win in the 2009 edition. He replaced Mohammad Hafeez as T20 captain in September 2014.