Shahid Afridi is a big name in Pakistani cricketing history and present however things did not go according to plan for the superstar. The Pakistani cricket team saw themselves at the end of poor performances and resulted in them being knocked out of the T20 World Cup.
In accordance with this, Lala decided that it was time not to hang his boots but this Sunday left the captaincy. This comes after a lot criticism the star faced as the manager saying that he had no clue what was going on. Afridi said,
“Today I wish to inform my fans in Pakistan & all over the world that I am relinquishing the captaincy of the T20 Pakistani team of my own volition.”
Afridi was given the task of captaining the side till the World Cup and began this journey in 2014. Afridi did pretty well in 2010 when he was captain and took the team to semifinals but he tenure as captain ended. Thus far, Afridi has led the Pakistani team in 43 matches and won 19 matches, losing 23 and one match had no result.
“For me it was a great honour to lead my country,” he said. “I intend to continue to play the game for my country and league etc., and request my fans for kindly keep praying and supporting me for my best future performances for Pakistan (as a player).”
The Pakistani team was under a lot of criticism after they won only one game and that too against a weak Bangladeshi side whom no one gave a chance to qualify.
Intikhab Alam had this to say, “Much to our chagrin (Afridi) was a captain in his farewell event after a career spanning nearly 20 years, yet absolutely clueless in terms of on-field tactics and off-field leadership.”
On the other hand, head coach Waqar Younis said
“We lost to New Zealand, Asia Cup and the World T20 due to poor captaincy. Over several occasions, I had made it clear that Shahid Afridi was not performing with the bat, ball or as a captain but I was not listened to.”
“Today, I, Shahid Afridi, apologise to the whole nation for not being able to fulfil the hopes of myself and my team,” is what Afridi said in response to the team’s exit from the World Cup.