Pakistan all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, has denied claims that he is facing fitness problems, after speculations emerged that he had injured his shoulder.
The all-rounder, stated that he would continue playing for Pakistan in ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals, until, he is able to give 100 per cent to the squad.
“The talk about me having fitness problems is rubbish. I have played Pakistan for the last 15 to 16 years almost injury free. The day I feel I can’t give 100 per cent fitness and performance to the team I will stop playing myself” Afridi said.
Afridi, has just come off being named Man of the Match in the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh at Dhaka, where he made a quick-fire 32, while also chipping in with a wicket.
He was extremely pleased with his performance in the Asia Cup final, and said: “Every player goes through a lean patch. I went through it and I myself was keen to do well in the (Asia Cup) final and I came through it well and I am very happy with my performance in the final.”
He also added that the day he started to feel as if his international career was starting to go downhill, was the day that he would retire from ODIs, and solely concentrate on Twenty20 Internationals.
“I will only continue playing ODIs until my presence is beneficial for the team. I will quit ODI cricket the moment I feel that I am no more at the peak of my game. After that I will just concentrate on T20 matches” he said.
The 32 year old, was also involved in an altercation at Karachi airport, just after the team had returned from the Asia Cup, where he repeatedly punched a fan, who had allegedly pushed Afridi’s daughter to the floor.
Afridi, later apologized for his actions, but, said that after seeing his daughter on the floor, his emotions got the better of him.
However, the Pakistan Cricket Board, refused to get involved in the matter, stating that it was a personal issue of Afridi’s to handle.
With Afridi dismissing any injury and fitness claims, many Pakistan fans will be relieved, and are hoping that he will be able to continue producing great batting and bowling performances for many years to come.