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20-Feb-2017 16:04:00 GMT
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Shahid Afridi announces international retirement

Sharjah: Pakistan all-rounder and former captain Shahid Afridi announced his international retirement after his 28-ball 54 for Peshawar Zalmi against Karachi Kings at Sharjah in the Pakistan Super League.

The 36-year-old said goodbye in fitting fashion as well, after a 28-ball 54 for Peshawar Zalmi that nearly pulled off a remarkable chase against Karachi Kings in the ongoing PSL.

Announcing his intentions of quitting from international cricket, Afridi said: “I have said goodbye to international cricket. I am playing for my fans and will continue to play this league (PSL) for another two years but it's goodbye from international cricket.

"Now my foundation is important for me. I have played with seriousness and in a professional way for my country.

Since making his international debut in 1996 against Kenya in an ODI, Afridi quickly established himself as a destructive batsman. He last played for Pakistan during the 2016 World T20 and ends his international career having played over 500 games and picking up nearly 550 wickets and over 10,000 runs.

As he alluded to in his announcement, Afridi will still continue playing domestic T20 cricket across the world for another two years and that will give his fans a chance to say goodbye to their hero.

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