Afridi steps down as Pakistan T20 captain


Shahid Afridi has stepped down as Pakistan Twenty20 captain but is eager to continue playing for his country.

The veteran all-rounder had said he would consider his future after Pakistan won just one of their four Super 10 matches to miss out on a place in the World Twenty20 semi-finals.

Afridi and coach Waqar Younis came in for criticism as a result of that failure, which followed a poor showing at the Asia Cup.

The 36-year-old revealed on Sunday that he will still be available for selection for his country, but will no longer lead the side in the shortest format.

He said in a statement: "Today I wish to inform my fans in Pakistan and all over the world that I am relinquishing the captaincy of the T20 Pakistani team of my own volition."

Afridi added: "For me it was a great honour to lead my country in all three formats of the game. My profound thanks to the PCB and its chairman Mr Shahryar Khan Sb. who gave me the honour to lead the national team.

"I would also like to inform that InshaAllah I intend to continue to play the game for my country and league cricket etc."

PCB chairman Khan revealed during the World T20 that he was under the impression Afridi would retire after the tournament and said the spinner and destructive batsman may lose his place in the side even if he decides against ending his Pakistan career.

Afridi was appointed as T20 captain for the second time in 2014 as successor to Mohammad Hafeez.