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23 July 2019

Shahid Afridi announces retirement from International Cricket

Islamabad— Star Cricket all-rounder and former Pakistani captain, Shahid Khan Afridi, has announced retirement from international cricket. He has decided to quit cricket after his sheer disappointment with the leadership of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Afridi was earlier reported to be dejected over PCB’s decision to sack him as captain.

He was removed from captaincy due to his leakages of internal rifts in the Pakistani side especially the differences between him and coach Waqar Younis overt how to build team Pakistan. Afridi has expressed his dissidence over the way cricket matters are dealt with by the current cricket Board.  According to him, the inappropriate attitude of PCB was catalyst to his decision to quit cricket.

 “I am uncomfortable to continue my cricket, at least, under the auspices of the current cricket board. I do not think, I have done anything inappropriate that all of the sudden I was sacked. Obviously, everybody wants to play in a dignified manner.” He said.

Meanwhile, Aajaz Bhut has told that the remarks of Shahid Afridi were contradicting the code of conduct that resulted in his removal as captain. However, his doors to play for Pakistan were never shut according to the PCB head.

By all his gestures, it appeared that the board was disrespectful to the star player, Shahid Khan Afridi. That, however, is not a new thing in Pakistan. Almost, all the greatest stars of the country, excluding, Imran Khan have left the cricket in disappointment.

Afridi, throughout, his career has inspired millions of hearts across the world with his fearless cricket moves both in bowling and batting. There is hardly any modern bowler who did not get boundary out of Afridi’s bat. He made 1,716 runs in 27 test matches while scoring 6,695 at the average of 23.49. He has also taken 315 wickets in ODI matches. He is worldly renown for his biggest sixes and holds a record of highest number of sixes, 289, in limited-hour edition of cricket. He has scored a 100 of only 37 balls which thus far remains a world record.

Afridi was, without any doubt, one of the greatest entertainers in cricket history. He certainly deserved a dignified exit from cricket. (Dardistan Times Report)

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