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Afridi Hopes To Have A Farewell He Deserves

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With gossips overflowing on the likelihood of one last rebound to the international cricket for Shahid Afridi, the previous cricket superstar has underlined that cricketers who serve the nation for long stretches deserve to have an awakening send-off and in like manner he plans to have one in the T20I design.

While speaking to a local newspaper, Pakistani all-rounder maintained that he has discussed his future plans with Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq and the two have mutually discussed their plans ahead. “We don’t have a tradition of retiring players gracefully, which makes it tough for them to decide when to call it a day since we all have a desire of exiting on a high.” Afridi said.

Further he added, “Players must exit respectfully since the ones who serve the country with distinction deserve honour. I have had a discussion with Inzi Bhai [Inzamamul Haq] who is an elder to me and we will do what is beneficial to both Pakistan cricket and my own self.”

The former captain has requested the Pakistan Cricket Board to be designated to a greater role, so he can help players reach agreeable decisions during the time of their retirement, as the PCB plays an essential role when it comes to the determination of the future of the players. “I have always asserted that the Pakistan Cricket Board is like the head of the family and rather than communicating through media, we need to have a close knit relationship with PCB officials.”

The 36 year-old who made a record 98 appearances for the men in green in the T20I format including participation in all the six WorldT20 events played to date once stressed that he had every intention of quitting the game at the end of the prestigious tournament held in India earlier this year but the poor performance of the team quashed his hopes of a ‘happy ending.’ “I wanted to retire after the WorldT20 in India and unfortunately it didn’t pan out the way I or my fans had wished since we bowed out in the first round.”

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