Shahid Afridi retired from One Day Internationals last year and also retired from Test cricket six years ago. But, he is looking forward to making his ODI comeback into the Pakistan team.
Shahid Afridi was not featured in the ongoing boot camp ahead of Pakistan’s tour of England which will starts from July. After Pakistan’s exit at the group stages of the T20 World Cup 2016, he lost his captaincy.
“It was disappointing that people lied and tried to drag my name in the mud,” he told AFP.
“We played badly and lost but it was not correct to blame one man only. It was a collective failure.”
Afridi said that he was looking forward to returning to Hampshire for the first time since 2011. “It will help me force my way back in the Pakistan Twenty20 team and I will always be ready to play for my country,” he said.
Afridi was the star player in the T20 World Cup win in 2009 but his recent form is very poor. He had scored just 107 runs in his last 10 matches at an average of 13.4 and took just 7 wickets in his last 10 matches at an average of 36.
“I have played for Hampshire before and enjoyed the stint and I am going to have another blast this time around as well,” he said.
Pakistan will play four Tests, five ODI’s and a T20 International match on their tour to England.