Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. The retirement announcement brings to an end an illustrious career which lasted for 21-years. He had already retired from Test cricket in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup and now the 36-year-old has decided to retire from T20I cricket as well.
After smashing a 28-ball 54 in a Pakistan Super League match for Peshawar Zalmi in Sharjah, Afridi dropped the bombshell that he was retiring from international cricket. Afridi said:
“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.”
Afridi, nick-named ‘Boom-Boom’, was a firm favorite of fans all around the globe. He announced his arrival on the international scene by scoring a 37-ball one-day century against Sri Lanka in only his second match to set a world record that was unbeaten for 18 years.
Afridi expressed his desire for a farewell match after the T20I World Cup in 2016 but selectors with a view to build for the future decided not to select him in the squad again.
Afridi finishes his international career having played 27 Test matches scoring 1,176 runs with the highest score of 156 and 48 wickets. He played 398 one-day internationals with 8,064 runs, the highest score of 124 while taking 395 wickets. His T20I CV saw him play 98 matches with 1,405 runs and 97 wickets.