Will Quit If I Am A Burden - Shahid Afridi
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said that he will retire from international cricket the day he feels he is a burden on the team.
The 35-year-old who now only plays Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan wishes to mould a strong Pakistan squad with an eye on the World Cup next year.
“I want to lead from the front, and if I feel that I'm going to be a burden, then I will quit the format well before next year's ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in India,” said Afridi who leads Pakistan in T20Is.
The all-rounder stated that the failures of the senior players had affected the team’s performances in a big way.
Earlier this month, Pakistan suffered a 3-0 whitewash against Bangladesh which was followed by a defeat in the one-off T20I match.
"The fact is that the senior players are letting down the team.
“We can't expect to win much with our current poor form.”
Afridi is aware of the crisis Pakistan is going through at the moment and urged the senior players to up more responsibility in the future.
With just one format to focus on, Afridi seems determined to build a team for the World Cup next year but added that it will not able possible without the help from the seasoned players.
"Pakistan cricket is going through a tough phase.
“If the seniors don't contribute then the problems would only increase.
“We need to experiment with youngsters and form a potent combination before the World Twenty20, but for that we need the support of the established players.”
The T20 captain believes that the absence of a clean hitter is affecting Pakistan’s momentum in the shorter formats of the game.
With a lot of slow-paced batsmen in the line-up, Afridi feels that Pakistan desperately needs an aggressive hitter who can float in the batting order.
"We need a big-hitting all-rounder.
“We lack stroke players in the team who can play big shots at any given time.
“We need to sort this issue.”
Having quit from Tests in 2010, Afridi recently announced his retirement from One-Day Internationals after the World Cup.
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