New Delhi: The Shahid Afridi retirement saga finally the part where the protagonist needed to invoke the right and wrong to reclaim what's rightfully his.
The veteran super-star, who has won many matches single handedly for Pakistan, asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday to give him a farewell match so that he could retire in a befitting manner.
“A farewell match is my right,” Afridi told a private news channel on Wednesday. And according to a report in The Dawn, the 36-year-old also confirmed that he has indeed talked to PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan about the proposed farewell match.
But the celebrated all-rounder and former former captain found himself left out of the squad for the three matches, and with that all the speculations of a farewell series ended.
Meanwhile, PCB executive committee chairman Najam Sethi said they hope to give Afridi a graceful exit.
“We are still waiting for Shahid Afridi to get a date from him for the meeting,” Sethi was quoted as saying by The Dawn.
Afridi now plays only in the T20 format, and reportedly, he has not been included in the preliminary list of players who will be given the 12-month central contracts next month.
After making his international debut in 1996 in an ODI match against Kenya, Afridi established himself as one of the biggest match-winners for Pakistan.
He is known for his attacking batting, and legbreak googly. He has played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 98 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan.