Afridi may reconsider T20 retirement


Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi will reassess his future in international cricket following the World Twenty20 after "huge pressure" from his friends and family to play on.

Afridi only plays T20 cricket after retiring from the Test and one-day formats in 2010 and 2015 respectively.

His aggressive batting style and dangerous leg spin bowling make Afridi a thrilling player to watch in T20 action, the 35-year-old leading the format's international wicket-taking records with 91 while scoring 1313 runs at a strike rate of 149.37.

Afridi - who will play for Hampshire in the T20 Blast next season - had planned to step away from the international arena after the World T20 in India.

However, a lack of quality coming through to replace him has made the skipper question his future.

"There is a lot of pressure on me that I shouldn't retire from T20," he told ESPNcricinfo. "That I can play on, and as such there is no real talent coming through in Pakistan whose place I am taking.

"For a while now there is a lot of pressure from my family, a lot of pressure from my friends, including my elders, who say there is no need for me to retire from Twenty20. 

"That is a huge pressure. For now, in truth, I am focusing only on the World Cup. That is a huge challenge for me.

"First I want to see where Pakistan stand in the World Cup. Whether I am capable of taking the team forward on the back of my performances. I want to check where I am standing myself. 

"As far as playing goes my fitness is zabardast [awesome]. Energy is also there. I can play cricket. But I would be able to tell things clearly after the World Twenty20."

Since his T20 debut in 2006 Afridi has played in all five editions of the World T20, and was instrumental in Pakistan's 2009 success, when he made half centuries in the semi-final and final.