Afridi says Bye Bye
Hyderabad: Boom Boom Titled Pakisthani legendary Cricketer Shahid Afridi announced his retirement on Sunday at Peshawar. Afridi, who held World record for more than 14 years in smashing fastest hundred( 37 Ball) in ODI said that he played with seriousness and in a professional way for his country.
His 21 years relation with International cricket gave Pakisthan team a glow from the debut against Kenya in 1996. This leg spin all-rounder played a crucial role in 2009 World Cup victory. His rapid fire of 36 ball century against Kenya, only second match of his career made fans expected fireworks every time he was in crease. But he could not keep up to the mark as he glittered for few times which made his glory faded away as time ran and led to his downfall.
There were controversies hit in the cricket life of this all rounder who was banned in 2005 for tampering pitch with foot in a match against England in Faisalabad. He was also banned in 2010 for tampering ball against Australia in 2010 at Perth.
Afridi retired from tests in 2010 and from ODI’s in 2015. He was captain for T 20 World Cup held in 2016 who stepped down after Cup due to miserable failure of team.
“I have said good bye to International cricket, I am playing for my fans and will continue to play leagues for another 2 years”, Afridi said before announcing retirement from International T 20.
Afridi played 398 ODI’s with 8064 runs and 395 wickets, 27 test matches with 1176 runs and 48 wickets. His T 20 career ended with 98 matches, 1405 runs and 98 wickets.