Pakistan’s T20 captain and seasoned all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said that senior members of the national cricket team should either step up their game or step down themselves to give a chance to new budding players, media reported.
Following an unimpressive performance during the World Cup and the sole T20 International match played between Pakistan and Bangladesh, the mercurial all-rounder offered to retire from all formats of the game saying he ‘did not want to be a burden for the team’.
The 34-year-old had recently bowed out of ODIs with his dreams unfulfilled as Pakistan crashed out in the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals against Australia.
His comments follow Pakistan’s 0-3 ODI whitewash, and a loss in the only T20 international played during the ongoing tour of Bangladesh.
He had earlier called upon fans to be patient during the team’s ‘rebuilding’ phase.
Following the drubbing of the Green-shirts at the hands of Bangladesh, Pakistan cricket has been said to be at it at its lowest ebb in international history with Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shahryar Khan admitting that the country’s entire cricketing structure was flawed.
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