Afridi to retire from Test cricket

Published: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 11:18 [IST]
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Afridi to retire from Tests

London: Pakistan Skipper Shahid Afridi announced retirement from Test cricket for the third time after Pakistan lost to Australia at Lords yesterday.

Afridi, 30 will retire after next week's second Test match against Australia in Leeds. He was making a return to Test cricket after four years and he made his decision based on his performance in the match against Australia.

Pakistan lost the match by 150 runs with a day to spare, their 13th consecutive defeat against the Australians. Afridi made a breezy 31 runs in the first innings off just 15 balls and failed in the second innings, lasting just four deliveries before he was caught in the boundary off the bowling of Marcus North who finished off with six wickets.

"I was not interested in playing Test cricket but the cricket board just asked me," Afridi said. " I think my temperament is not good enough for the longer format of cricket."

"I have a side injury, I am struggling with injury as well so I think that's it, " added Afridi who indicated he may not be a part of the Pakistan team for the second Test against Australia.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has accepted his resignation as skipper of Pakistan Test side but he will continue to lead the T20 and One-day side as according to PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt who seemed to be surprised by Afridi's call.


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