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Shahid Afridi steps down as Pakistan T20I captain

Shahid Afridi steps down as Pakistan T20I captain
Shahid Afridi had poor Asia Cup and ICC World T20 tournaments.
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Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has stepped down as the captain of the Twent20 International team after the team's exit from the ICC World T20 in India.

During the Super 10 phase of the tournament, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan stated that Afridi will be replaced as the captain of the T20I side after the World T20.

However, in a statement, Afridi revealed that he is relinquishing the role on his own accord and also said that it was a great honour to have had the chance to lead Pakistan in all the three formats.

“Today I wish to inform my fans in Pakistan and all over the world that I am relinquishing the captaincy of the T20 Pakistani team of my own volition,” Afridi said in a statement.

“On this day, I thank Allah (SWT) for His Kindness and Mercy which enabled me to discharge my leadership duties, to the best of my abilities, for the sake of the honour and prestige of my motherland.

“For me it was a great honour to lead my country in all three formats of the game.”

The 36-year-old also thanked the PCB chairman for giving him the chance to lead Pakistan and further disclosed that he intends to play for Pakistan in the shortest format.

“My profound thanks to the PCB and its chairman Mr. Shahryar Khan Sb, who gave me the honour to lead the national team.

“I would also like to inform that InshaAllah I intend to continue to play the game for my country and league cricket etc, and request my fans to kindly keep praying and supporting me for my best future performances for Pakistan (as a player); and in all other arenas of the game, world over.”

Earlier this week, in separate reports on ESPNcricinfo, it was revealed that both Pakistan’s coach Waqar Younis and team manager Intikhab Alam were highly critical of Afridi’s captaincy in the shortest format of the game.

Between 2009 and 2016 Afridi led Pakistan in 43 T20Is and secured victory in 19 matches and also captained the team in the 2010 ICC World T20.

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