Lahore, Oct 5: Former Pakistan cricketers urged veteran Shahid Afridi to retire from international cricket with immediate effect following his poor form in the World T20 as Pakistan failed to chase 140 in the semifinal against Sri Lanka at Premadasa stadium in Colombo on Thursday.
Considered to be the best allrounder for Pakistan a couple of years ago, has been criticized for his dismal performance as he scored a mere 30 runs off 6 matches with a highest score of 14, includes two golden ducks in the tournament at an average of 6.00.
The all-rounder has claimed 4 wickets off 6 outings with 1/20 being his best this season, at an average of 42.75 and a strike rate of 36. This further suggests that the all-rounder looked totally out of touch.
Former cricketer and bowling coach, Aaquib Javed also insited on Afridi's retirement and also suggested that it would have been ideal if he had retired after World Cup 2011.
"I think when Pakistan lost in the 2011 World Cup semi-finals, Afridi should have taken a decision on his retirement then," former Test pacer Aaqib Javed said.
"It appears as if we keep on selecting him hoping he will perform like he did some years ago but it is not happening. Afridi and some other players need to take a decision on their retirement," he said.
"Limited overs cricket is for young blood and fresh legs. Unfortunately we carried a lot of players in our team whose role were uncertain in the team,' added Aaqib.
Former cricketers Basit Ali, Shafraz Nawaz, Mushtaq Ahmed all voiced their opinion on the recent downfall, as Afridi has not been performing well which suggest that he has to take a call on his international career immediately.
"He is occupying a key position in the team and it is time the selectors now start looking for his replacement," Nawaz said.
"Afridi is a very senior player and very committed but he had a back problem before this tournament. He was carrying it and it affected his performance," Mushtaq said.
Having announced his retirement a couple of times, Afridi returned to international cricket last year. Now, with former cricketers also urging Afridi to retire immediately, it remains to be seen if the all-rounder takes a call on his international career.