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Afridi’s retirement talk surprises cricket circles

Shahid Afridi’s sudden announcement that he is contemplating one-day retirement to focus on Twenty20s has caught Pakistan’s cricket fraternity by surprise and raised questions about what is happening behind the scenes in the national camp.
Afridi took everyone by surprise when, on returning home from Sri Lanka after playing in the one-day series, he said he was thinking about retiring from ODIs and just playing T20 matches.
“I will be consulting my elders and seniors and will take a decision in next few days. But definitely If I feel I am not contributing to the team in ODIs I don’t want to carry on doing nothing,” Afridi told reporters at the airport.
Cricket experts are viewing Afridi’s remarks in different ways with the general feeling being that the 31-year-old who was removed as captain of the one-day side last year after a dispute with the board is not comfortable and happy in the present team set-up.
“There is also a chance that Afridi might have sensed that the new coach Dav Whatmore is laying more stress on young players and wants to ease out the seniors slowly,” one analyst said.
But he pointed out that it is no secret that Afridi was disappointed when removed as captain after leading the side well.
“He was disappointed that he was not considered for the Twenty20 captaincy before the Sri Lanka and instead Mohammad Hafeez got appointed.”

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