Afridi makes quiet return to cricket

Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Afridi makes quiet return to cricket

Karachi, Aug 12: Retired Pakistani player Shahid Afridi made a disappointing return to the cricket field as he scored just one run and took one wicket in the Ramazan T20 Corporate Cup tournament.

Afridi, who was last seen in action in Pakistan during a domestic event in October 2010, played for Habib Bank, which was shocked last night by the unfancied KESC team in the tournament, being organised by former captain Moin Khan.

Afridi has only played T20 cricket in England since retiring from international cricket last May in protest against the PCB''s decision to remove him as captain after the West Indies tour.

How popular the all-rounder remains with the public, despite his conflict with the cricket establishment and his retirement, was visible the moment he walked on to the field.

The crowd cheered and roared ''Boom Boom Afridi'' as he walked out to field with Pakistan captain Younis Khan, leading the star studded Bank side.

But Afridi was off color as he managed just one wicket and late while opening the innings was out in second over aiming for a trademark big shot.

"I don't care if he has failed but we want him back in the national team. There is no fun watching cricket without him," star struck teenager Ramsha said.


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