I had no issues with the team: Afridi

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 13:17 [IST]
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I had no issues with the team: Afridi

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has condemned rumors that his decision to quit the Test captaincy and retire from the longer version of the game was due to problems with his teammates.

There were media reports after his retirement announcement that Afridi had a tiff with his teammates and that a 'group" in the team was conspiring to replace Afridi with opener Salman Butt.

"I have no problems with anyone, neither am I unhappy with anyone. My decision to retire from Tests was not an emotional one," Afridi told the media after returning home from England.

Afridi had stunned Pakistan cricket fans when he announced his decision to retire from Tests after leading the team in the first Test against Australia at Lord's earlier this month. Pakistan had lost the match by 150 run margin before Afridi had made the announcement.

The Pakistan cricket Board(PCB) had to appoint opener Salman Butt in his place as Test captain for the matches in England but Afridi said he plans to continue playing ODIs and T20s as skipper and will join the team later on in England.

"I didn't take an emotional decision. I took it after much thought. I realized after the Test I was not able to adjust to Test cricket so I took the decision."

"I took the decision in the larger interests of the team because I didn't want to continue playing in a form of cricket to which I was not adjusting," Afridi said.

The flamboyant all-rounder was playing his return to Test Cricket after four years at Lords before he decided to make it his final Test match of his career.
He had said that his temperamental incompatibility in the longest format of the game was the main reason for his retirement.

Afridi made it clear he had all the support of the team behind him as captain and senior player.

He supported the decision to elevate Salman Butt to the role of test captain.

"I think Butt is a good choice because he has now been playing for some years and has a good sense of cricket," he said.


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