Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced he will retire from Twenty20 cricket next year, putting an end to his stellar international career.
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Afridi retired from one-day cricket following the end of the World Cup in March, having already pulled the pin on Test cricket back in 2010.
However, the 35-year-old says he will continue to play both County and domestic T20 cricket for the time being.
“I will retire from Twenty20 cricket after next year’s World Twenty20,” Afridi is quoted as saying by AAP.
“I will continue to play county in England and a few Twenty20 leagues but my international career will end next year.”
Afridi says he hopes to leave international cricket on a good note during next year’s T20 World Cup in India.
“I want to finish my career with pleasant memories and had never thought I will play for Pakistan for so long,” said Afridi.
Afridi will be best known for his ability to attack at the crease, an approach that saw him break the record for the quickest-ever ODI century in just his second game.
His record stood for 13 years before it was broken by New Zealand’s Corey Anderson, who bettered Afridi’s record by one delivery to smash a 36-ball century.
Anderson’s record was then surpassed by South Africa star AB de Villiers, who it an incredible 31-ball century against the West Indies in January.