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Afridi quitting tests after heavy Pakistan defeat

 Pakistan's Shahid Afridi reacts during the 3rd day of the first test match against Australia at Lord's cricket ground, London, Thursday July 15, 2010...
 Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi looks out from the pavilion on the 4th day of the first test match against Australia at Lord's cricket ground, London,...
 Pakistan's Shahid Afridi makes his way back to the pavillion after the fall of his wicket during the 4th day of the first test match against Australi...

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Pakistan's Shahid Afridi reacts during the 3rd day of the first test match against Australia at Lord's cricket ground, London, Thursday July 15, 2010...

Britain Pakistan Australia Cricket

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi looks out from the pavilion on the 4th day of the first test match against Australia at Lord's cricket ground, London,...

Britain Pakistan Australia Cricket

Pakistan's Shahid Afridi makes his way back to the pavillion after the fall of his wicket during the 4th day of the first test match against Australi...

Captain Shahid Afridi says he is quitting test cricket after leading Pakistan to a 150-run loss against Australia on Friday in his first test in four years.
Afridi made the surprise announcement minutes after the match at Lord's. He said he will play the second and last test at Headingley next week only if he can overcome a side strain.
He said he wanted to remain available for one-day internationals and Twenty20s.
"I was not interested in playing test cricket but the Pakistan Cricket Board asked me to have a go," Afridi said. "At that time there was no other choice so I said I would give it a go. But my temperament is not good enough for test cricket so I will play my last test in Leeds."
Afridi contributed to Pakistan's 14th consecutive test loss to Australia by scoring only a 15-ball 31 and, on the last day, 2 when he tried to hit match-winning spinner Marcus North into the stands for six only to be caught on the midwicket boundary.
"I decided to quit this game when I was walking off," he added. "In one-day and Twenty20 I am enjoying myself and you can get a result in one day.
"I always say a captain should show an example to the team but I didn't show a good example. So if a captain can't play test cricket like this it's best for him to leave."
Afridi, a legspinning allrounder, gave up tests in 2006 while he was still wanted so he could concentrate on the shorter forms of the game.
In 27 tests since 1998, he's scored five centuries, averaged more than 36, and taken 48 wickets.
But it's in ODIs and Twenty20s he's excelled, with unrivaled strikes rates that make him a crowd-puller. He was the player of the tournament at the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, and led Pakistan to the title last year.
As a replacement test captain, Afridi said he's recommended vice-captain Salman Butt for the four-match series against England this month. He also said the experience of ousted former captain and batsman Younis Khan would be important in English conditions.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt told The Associated Press that a decision on the new captain would be made later on Friday.
"The decision by Afridi is not a surprise to me," Ejaz Butt told AP. "He had communicated to the manager that he was not well in this job. We will decide later on the new captain."
Even Afridi's counterpart was taken aback by the decision announced at the after-match ceremony.
"That has surprised me as well after he has just played his first test in four years here," Australia captain Ricky Ponting said.
"I don't know exactly what's happening. Funny things happen around the Pakistan side so that's what they have got to deal with. All we can do is focus on our own game."


Updated : 2021-08-04 21:58 GMT+08:00