Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi has been summoned by the Pakistan Cricket board following their loss to Australia that eventually ended their World T20 campaign. Pakistan lost their final match by 21 runs. Now, Afridi has been summoned to explain what went wrong while addressing his further participation in Pakistan cricket.
Pakistan before the start of the world T20 released a statement stating that he would evaluate his retirement decision following the conclusion of the World T20. It has also clear that Afridi has been the ‘One Man Army” of sorts for the Pakistanis in the current team. While he has promoted himself up the order and smashed the odd six, he has been Pakistan’s leading spinner. Currently the highest wicket taker for Pakistan in T20 internationals, Afridi will take a call on his international career after returning to Pakistan.
He ruled out his retirement speculation in the last match, where the 36-year-old stated that he is a fit cricketer, but the unit as captain. “I will announce it in my country. Whatever is better for the country, I will go with that,” Afridi said at the post-match ceremony in Mohali when asked if he was going to retire. “I will see my form. There is pressure, media pressure. As a player, I am fit. As a captain, I am not fit,” he also added after his side was beaten by Australia.
Afridi made his debut for Pakistan in ODI at Nairobi against Kenya in 1996. Since then he has announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2006 and has played 398 ODIs. Afridi has started his career as a bowler but got a reputation as a hard-hitting batsman.
Current Pakistan coach Waqar Younis also has come under the scanner following the dismal World T20 campaign. Prior to the start of the marquee tournament, there were some doubts regarding the extension of Waqar’s contract. He added, “Yes, I would say that Pakistan cricket is in a bit of a decline and we need to control it. We will have to look at our domestic cricket and infrastructure.”