Shahid Khan Afridi is a Pakistani professional cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. Afridi is considered a legend in Pakistan’s cricket history and widely regarded as one of the greatest big-hitters of all time.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked Afridi to retire gracefully, although the player can continue to play in foreign leagues and domestic cricket.
The former Pakistan captain has insisted that he wants to continue playing cricket and is available for national selection.
“Apparently the board and national selectors don’t agree and feel that Afridi should retire gracefully, although he can continue to play in foreign leagues and domestic cricket,” one PCB source said.
The source said after the T20 series against the West Indies, Pakistan will not be playing another T20 international until next April so they want to reach a conclusion with Afridi for the coming series.
“The plan is to talk to Afridi and explain to him that since the selectors are now building a new T20 squad for the next World T20 there is no place for him. He will be offered the chance to be included in the Pakistan squad for the T20 series against the West Indies as 16th player and play in the matches,” the source said.
Pakistan will play three T20 matches against West Indies on September 23,24 and 27 in UAE.
Represented Pakistan in 98 T20is, Afridi bagged 97 wickets and also scored 1405 runs at an average of just over 18.
He also captained green shirts in 43 matches, losing 23 and winning only 19.