I Have Not Put Pressure On Pcb Regarding Farewell Afridi
Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan all-rounder, has said that he hasn't put any pressure on the Pakistan Cricket Board to give him a farewell from international cricket. Responding to media reports that the board could give him a chance to retire during the upcoming series against West Indies in the United Arab Emirates, Afridi maintained that the top players deserved to leave the game on a high.
"I have put no pressure on the Board nor they on me but whatever happens it will be good and set new precedents," Afridi said on Thursday (September 15). "I have always noted that in Pakistan there is no tradition of players retiring gracefully, even the big names. Every player wants to go out on a high and I am no different."
Afridi, who has already retired from Tests and One-Day Internationals had continued to play Twenty20 Internationals and led Pakistan in the World T20 earlier this year. Even though he had earlier suggested that he would retire after the mega tournament, the 36-year-old just relinquished captaincy and stated his desire to continue representing Pakistan in the T20 format. But the selection panel, led by former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq didn't consider him for the England tour which put his future in doubt.
After having already consulted Inzamam, Afridi has now hinted that his retirement is around the corner. "Players must exit respectfully since the ones who serve the country with distinction deserve honour," he said. "I have had a discussion with Inzi Bhai who is an elder to me and we will do what is beneficial to both Pakistan cricket and my own self."
He also urged the board to communicate in advance with the senior players so that they can 'retire gracefully and with dignity.' The first T20I against West Indies will be played on September 23 in Dubai.