Shahid Afridi Retires From International Cricket
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced he has retired from international cricket following a dispute with coach Waqar Younis.
It is the latest in a long list of crises to have hit the Pakistan team, from Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif being handed lengthy bans for spot fixing to Afridi being admonished for speaking out against Younis during the recent tour of the West Indies.
Late last year, wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider fled to the United Kingdom, claiming he was being pursed by match-fixers and prior to that, Younus Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Shoaib Malik were handed bans by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following a dismal tour of Australia.
Only Younus has regularly featured in the side since the bans were subsequently lifted.
Talking to news agency AFP, Afridi said: "Yes, I am now retired from all international cricket. I am dejected and hurt and whatever I said about the coach it was in the best interest of the team.
"Everyone should do his job and should be accountable for his work. The differences are not at a stage where they cannot be resolved."
Despite this, Afridi, who made his One-Day International debut as a 16-year-old in 1996, has left the door open to a comeback, adding:
"This current board treats players roughly and I will not play under this set-up. But if this set-up is changed only then will I consider coming back because I have always played for my people and will play for them."
Afridi has played 27 Tests, 320 One-Day Internationals and 43 Twenty20 Internationals for his country, until recently captaining the ODI and T20 teams as well as helping his side win the 2009 ICC World Twenty20.
He retired from Test cricket for a second time following the Lord's Test against Australia last year and is currently preparing to play for Hampshire as their overseas player in the Friends Life t20 competition which begins later this week.
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