Tuesday 18 October 2011 

Shahid Afridi Set For Another Comeback?

Shahid Afridi Set For Another Comeback?
Shahid Afridi Set For Another Comeback?
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Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has reportedly made himself available to play One-Day International cricket once again.

The 31-year-old declared himself retired from all international cricket following a tour of the West Indies when he was dropped as captain following disagreements with then coach Waqar Younis.

However, he had stated that should changes be made to the management of cricket in Pakistan, he would rethink his decision and he now appears to have done so following the removal of Ijaz Butt as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman.

Butt was replaced by prominent banker Zaka Ashraf last week.

"Since the board chairman has changed, I take back my retirement decision and am available to play for Pakistan," Afridi has been quoted as saying to reporters in Pakistan.

"I had said I will never play with Butt as chairman, so things have changed now."

Pakistan are currently in the United Arab Emirates where they play Sri Lanka in three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 International.

Afridi played a starring role as Pakistan won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and captained Pakistan to the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup.

He has played 27 Tests, 320 One-Day Internationals and 43 Twenty20 Internationals for his country.

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