Pakistan’s maverick all-rounder Shahid Afridi has bid adieu to his international career after serving his country for almost two decades. The explosive batsman had already brought down curtains on his Test career (in 2010) and One-Day Internationals (after 2015 World Cup), but continued playing in Twenty20 Internationals.
His last T20 appearance for Pakistan came during the World T20 in 2016 before he stepped down as captain after a dismal outing for hi team. However, he did not quit the game immediately and slender hopes of continuing his career.
The 36-year old made the announcement after his heroics in the Pakistan Super League match between Peshawar Zalmi 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 after scoring a brilliant 28-ball 54 against the Karachi-based outfit.
“Now my foundation is important for me. I have played with seriousness and in a professional way for my country,” he added.
A fan favourite for his explosive batting, Afridi made his ODI debut in 1996 before becoming a worldwide sensation after blasting a 37-ball one-day century against Sri Lanka in only his second match to set a world record that was unbeaten for 18 years.
Fondly known as Boom Boom, he is the only other all-rounder after South Africa great Jacques Kallis to have a double of 10000 runs and 500 wickets in international cricket. He has scored 10,645 runs and picked up 540 wickets in 523 international matches.