Pakistan's Shahid Afridi announces retirement from international cricket: Reports

20 February 2017, 11:52 AM
File photo of Shahid Afridi (Getty Images)
File photo of Shahid Afridi (Getty Images)

Legendary Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career, according to reports in a news agency.

The 36-year-old star had already quit Test and ODI cricket but still skippered the Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships in India.

Afridi had been a fan favourite since he burst onto the scene in 1996, striking a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in only his second match to set a world record that was unbeaten for 17 years.

Nicknamed ‘Boom-Boom’, Afridi became known as a bowling all-rounder in the second half of his career and was instrumental in Pakistan’s early successes in Twenty20, including their 2009 victory.

He captained the Pakistan Twenty20 team during the 2016 world championships in India, but stepped down as skipper after the tournament.

Afridi finishes his international career having played just 27 Test matches which yielded 1,176 runs with a highest score of 156 and 48 wickets.

He played 398 one-day internationals with 8,064 runs, a highest score of 124 while taking 395 wickets with his leg spin.

His Twenty20 international career saw him play 98 matches with 1,405 runs and 97 wickets.

First Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 06:49 AM

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