PESHAWAR: Former Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi on Sunday made himself available for selection, ruling out talks about his possible retirement from the game.
“I don’t think my career is over and I am enjoying myself and I will continue to play at the highest level. As far as Pakistan selection is concerned that is for the selectors to decide,” the 36-year-old Afridi was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India.
Earlier this year, Afridi announced to quit the game after the World T20 in India, but changed his mind as Pakistan fared poorly in the mega event. He quit the captaincy, but announced to continue playing as a player.
Afridi’s change of heart had prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan to go on record saying there was an agreement that the swashbuckling all-rounder will hang his boots after the World T20.
Later in the summer, Afridi was not selected for the only T20 against England. Media was told that before taking this decision, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had a chat with Afridi and that it was the all-rounder’s call that youngsters should be given a chance.
Before Pakistan’s series against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates, PCB’s executive committee chairman Najam Sethi said the board was grateful for Afridi’s services for the country and that he will be given a “befitting send-off”.
But the all-rounder, who was the star in Pakistan successful World T20 campaign in 2009, was overlooked for selection in the T20s.
Yesterday in Peshawar, Afridi was not much pleased with the PCB’s efforts in arranging for a farewell match for him. Instead, he was highly critical of the board.
“I have played 20 years of international cricket for Pakistan and not the PCB. And I am not dependent on anyone for a match. The love and support I have got and get from my well wishers and fans is enough reward for me,” he said.
Afridi retired from Tests in 2010 and from one-day internationals in 2015.