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Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from international cricket following an illustrious career that spanned nearly 21 years.
Afridi retired from Test cricket back in 2010 and walked away from ODIs in 2015, but he had continued playing Twenty20 Internationals until the end of last year’s World Twenty20.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, Afridi stepped down as Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain and was subsequently dropped from the national team.
The 36-year-old tried to get back into the Twenty20 squad and even looked to feature in a farewell series, but nothing materialised and he has now accepted that his international career is over.
“I have said goodbye to international cricket,” Afridi said in the United Arab Emirates, where he is currently representing the Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). “I am playing for my fans and will continue to play this league for another two years but it’s goodbye from international cricket. Now my foundation is important for me. I have played with seriousness and in a professional way for my country.”
All in all, Afridi played 27 Tests and scored 1,716 runs, which included five centuries, at an average of 36.51. He also took 48 wickets at an average of 35.60.
Afridi also appeared in 398 ODIs, amassing 8,064 runs, which included six centuries, at an average of 23.57. As for his bowling, he claimed 395 wickets at an average of 34.51.
The Khyber Agency native also represented his country in 98 Twenty20 Internationals and accumulated 1,405 runs at an average of 18.01 and 97 wickets at an average of 24.35.