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Afridi promises to review ODI career

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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 11:12 [IST]
 
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Afridi to review ODI career again

Karachi, Jun 21: After Pakistan series loss to Sri Lanka, the dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said that he would like to review his international limited overs career, keeping in mind the need to groom youngsters ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

The 32 year old cricketer managed to collect just 28 runs off the four matches, as one match was abandoned and claimed just three wickets at an expensive average of 48.66 as Pakistan were handed a 3-1 series loss as the hosts played extremely well to register their first triumph in 15 months.

"Our performance was not as such as we were expecting," said Afridi.

"Now I want to consult my elders and then decide on my one-day future. I will have to sincerely review where I stand as far as my performance is concerned."

Afridi has played 347 ODIs for Pakistan and scored 7,068 runs and has claimed 347 wickets so far. The talented all-rounder holds the record for the fastest century in ODIs. His 37-ball ton against Sri Lanka in 1996 is considered as one of his best innings till date.

Currently Afridi is undergoing a rough patch, as he has not been very effective with bat and the ball. If the series against Sri Lanka was a disaster, series against England was also the same for Afridi, as he grabbed just three wickets in the ODI series.

He further added saying that he has to take a decision on his ODI career at the earliest.

"I will make a decision soon but I have yet to decide on retirement. I will continue playing Twenty20 cricket if I leave one-day. I want to leave the stage for youngsters so that Pakistan can have a good team by 2015," said Afridi, who retired from Test cricket in 2010.

Talking about the team's loss to Sri Lanka in the ODI series, he said Pakistan lost due to poor fielding.

"We lost mainly because of poor fielding. This has been our weakness ever since I started playing cricket, so we need to overcome that problem."

Afridi, who guided Pakistan to the semifinal of ICC World Cup 2011, had some issues with the then Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt after being removed as ODI captain and this was followed by Afridi's retirement from all forms of the game, but changed his decision after Zaka Ashraf replaced Butt as chairman of PCB.

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