Pakistan cricket all rounder announced his retirement from International cricket on Sunday (February 19). Afridi had already quit from playing Test Cricket in 2010 and ODI after 2015 world cup, but continued playing for Pakistan in T20 internationals.
The sudden announcement came from the cricketer after the Pakistan Super League (PSL) match between Peshawar Zulmi and Karachi Kings.
“I have said goodbye to international cricket, i am playing for my fans and will continue to play this league for another two years but it’s goodbye from international cricket,” said Afridi in Sharjah.
“Now my foundation is important for me. I have played with seriousness and in a professional way for my country,” he added.
Afridi had caught everybody’s attention in his very second match only, where he scored ODI century in 37 balls against Srilanka.
Afridi finished his international career having played only 27 Test matches, in which he scored 1,176 runs and took 48 wickets. He played 398 one-day internationals and scored 8,064 runs, and took 395 wickets and his T20 international career saw him play 98 matches and score 1,405 runs and take 97 wickets.
As soon as Shahid Afridi announced his international cricket retirement, twitter was filled with messages about his retirement trolls and age. Most often Afridi was made fun of for his age.
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) March 19, 2016
Bye bye Afridi. You joined cricket when you were 18, played cricket for 21 years and now you are 23 yrs old. That is a brilliant inning.
— Rahul Raj (@bhak_sala) February 20, 2017
— Alia Bhatt (@Miss_AliaBhatt) February 20, 2017
“How many times have you embarrassed your nation and family?”
— BinBenzema (@tiwanaldo) February 18, 2017