Shahid Afridi Will Retire One Final Time—When He Does
What he said:
“The next time I retire will be the last time.”
Shahid Afridi is clear that when he next intends to retire, it will be final.
The former Pakistani skipper announced his conditional retirement following differences with former PCB President Ijaz Butt and then coach Waqar Younis.
“I stopped playing because of Butt. He has gone now and I am back. I am fit and want to play. The next time I retire will be the last time.”
On the changes in the PCB’s composition:
The new chairman’s impressive. He’s run a lot of companies, so he knows how to manage people and I hope it will be a good change. Butt was poor during his tenure. If you look at the things that happened, it’s clear he didn’t do a good job. I think he needs to have some rest – he is in his seventies – he is an old man.
Zaka Ashraf is the new PCB chairman.
What he really meant:
“Next time, the one after that, and the one after—they’ll all be final, conditionally.”
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