One of the most attacking all-rounder of Pakistan, Shahid Khan Afridi has recently stated that he would be ready to retire from international cricket the day he feels that he has become a burden for his team.
Of late, Afridi has announced his retirement from One Day International Cricket after the World Cup. Pakistan was eliminated from the quarter final stages of the World Cup when they were defeated by Australia.
Afridi had retired from test cricket in 2010. He recently announced of the fact that he would only continue playing T20 cricket and would rather focus on building a strong enough team for the World Cup to be held in 2016 in India.
Afridi stated that the fact is that the senior players are letting the team down. He also added that they can not expect to win much with their current poor form. He also mentioned of the fact that he wants to lead from the front and if he feels that he is going to be a burden, then he would rather quit the format well before the ICC World T20 to be held in India the next year.
He also mentioned that Pakistan cricket is going through a tough phase and if the senior players do not contribute then the problems would only increase. He also said that they need to experiment on youngsters and form a potent combination before the World T20. But for that they need the support from the experienced pros.
Pakistan is having a horrendous tour in Bangladesh. They were whitewashed by the Bangladeshis in the ODI series where they were defeated by 0-3. Also, they were defeated in the lone T20 International game which added the woes for the visitors.
Afridi has led Pakistan in four T20 internationals since October, 2014 and Pakistan has lost in three of the encounters. Also, Afridi went wicketless in the T20 international against Bangladesh.
Afridi finally mentioned that they need an all-rounder who could hit hard. And that would sort out the situation to some extent.