Its the end of an era folks as Shahid Afridi has at last bowed to the unavoidable and finally said goodbye to International cricket.
The sweeping decision on the legendary allrounder’s part comes more than 20 decades following his debut for Pakistan. Afridi said farewell in some style, after a blistering 28-ball 54 for Peshawar Zalmi almost broke the hearts of the Karachi Kings fans who saw their team get over the line just marginally.
The issue of his not declaring his retirement, truth be told, had turned into a thorny one. A year ago, the PCB director Shaharyar Khan, said he had achieved a concurrence with Afridi that he would venture down after the World T20.
In any case, before the competition and amid the inaugural PSL, Afridi uncovered that he was reevaluating his retirement. So once he didn’t declare his retirement after the World T20, another determination board of trustees under Inzamam-ul-Haq essentially quit picking him.
For some time Afridi implied at needing a goodbye match, or arrangement, with the goal that he can leave the amusement “on a high” and “smoothly”. That, in any case, didn’t work out and it would appear to be currently that Afridi has put the matter to rest.
“I have said goodbye to international cricket. I am playing for my fans and will continue to play this league for another two years but it’s goodbye from international cricket. Now my foundation is important for me. I have played with seriousness and in a professional way for my country.”
It was in the most limited configuration, in any case, that he discovered most prominent eminence. He was an instrumental piece of Pakistan’s initial achievements in the organization. He was player of the competition in the principal World T20 in 2007, in which Pakistan lost barely to India in the last.
Furthermore, he was the focal entertainer when they went one better in the 2009 World T20 in England. It was around his dazzling catch in a diversion against New Zealand that Pakistan’s competition turned. Furthermore, for poise, control and convenient effect, he has never bettered his inside and out exhibitions in the semi-last and last of that occasion.
Such was his capability in those early years of the arrangement that even as he calls time now, he leaves as the most noteworthy T20I wicket-taker, only three shy of 100 wickets. Furthermore, no one has played more than his 98 T20Is.