Shahid Afridi has withdrawn his international retirement and says he is available for selection for Pakistan in the limited-over formats. Afridi had announced his retirement from international cricket in May after having been stripped of the ODI captaincy following a public spat with coach Waqar Younis.
He had, however, said it was a ‘conditional’ retirement, stating that if there were changes in the PCB and the team management, he would consider playing for Pakistan again. Since then, Waqar Younis has quit as coach of the national team, and Ijaz Butt has been replaced as PCB chairman by Zaka Ashraf. Afridi said he had not really retired but had only said he wouldn’t play under the previous (Ijaz Butt-led) board.
“I didn’t as such retire,” Afridi told reporters in Karachi. “I only said I will not play under the previous board but now people are changed – exactly what I wanted – so I am available for selection for the country.”