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Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has revealed that he will retire from ODIs after the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
However, Afridi will continue playing Twenty20 cricket since he wants Pakistan to win the 2016 World Twenty20 before he calls time on his international career.
Afridi also made it clear that he wants to retire on a high rather than being dropped.
“I am the first Pakistan player to be able to announce his retirement properly,” Afridi was quoted as saying by Reuters. “I always wanted to do this having seen the problems faced by other bigger players in the past. It was not an easy decision to take and I think many of my seniors also found it difficult to go out at the right time.
“I want to go out of ODIs with self-respect and with my fans wanting more from me. But no one is indispensable in cricket and I am sure sooner or later someone will take my place in ODIs as well.
“I have informed the Pakistan team management about my decision but not the cricket board as yet. Having taken a decision it is a big burden off my mind and I am confident I will be able to focus on giving my best in the World Cup.”
However, Afridi also admitted that his one regret was losing the record for the fastest ODI century to New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson. Afridi set the record on his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in October 1996 before Anderson broke it in January this year.
“I am happy about my achievements and records but the only regret I have is losing fastest ODI century record,” Afridi tweeted.