Afridi to reconsider international retirement


Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi has admitted that he is reconsidering his decision to quit international cricket after the World T20, which starts in India in March.

The 36-year-old Afridi said after last year's 50-over World Cup that he would call time on his career with the national team when the global competition in the shortest format comes to an end.

However, Afridi has revealed that he is facing 'huge pressure' from family and friends to continue on the international stage beyond the World T20.

Afridi told Cricinfo: "I am saying there is a lot of pressure on me that I shouldn't retire from T20. That I can play on, and as such there is no real talent coming through in Pakistan whose place I am taking.

"For a while now there is a lot of pressure from my family, a lot of pressure from my friends, including my elders, who say there is no need for me to retire from Twenty20.

"That is a huge pressure. For now, in truth, I am focusing only on the World Cup. That is a huge challenge for me. First I want to see where Pakistan stand in the World Cup.

"Whether I am capable of taking the team forward on the back of my performances. I want to check where I am standing myself. As far as playing goes my fitness is zabardast (awesome).

"Energy is also there. I can play cricket. But I would be able to tell things clearly after the World Twenty20."