Shahid Afridi withdraws retirement

Former Pakistan Cricket Captain Shahid Afridi has announced that he is ready to make a comeback to the national team after announcing his retirement from the game in May. He withdrew his international retirement and says he is available for selection for Pakistan in the limited-over formats.

Afridi who captained Pakistan to a semi final spot in the 2011 world cup had a publicized fall out with first Coach Waqar Younis and then with the former PCB chairman Ijaz Butt. Since then both Waqar Younis and Ejaz butt have both resigned from their respective posts.

He said “I didn’t as such retire. I only said I will not play under the previous board but now people are changed – exactly what I wanted – so I am available for selection for the country.

Afridi, one of Pakistan’s greatest attacking players, was sacked as captain by chairman Ejaz Butt in May after winning the series against West Indies in the Caribbean, prompting his conditional retirement.

He said at the time he could reverse his decision if the leadership changed. Banker Zaka Ashraf replaced Butt as the PCB chairman last week.

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