Facing criticism for Pakistan’s dismal show in the ICC World Twenty20, Shahid Afridi on Sunday stepped down as captain of the team but will continue to play in the shortest format of the game.
The Afridi-led Pakistan failed make it to the semifinals of the World Twenty20 in India, where his comments also drew the ire of former players.
The 36-year-old all-rounder and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had hinted that World T20 could well be his last as skipper.
“Today, I wish to inform my fans in Pakistan and all over the world that I am relinquishing the captaincy of the T20 Pakistani team of my own volition,” Afridi said in a statement, released on his twitter account.
“On this day, I thank Allah (SWT) for His Kindness and Mercy which enabled me to discharge my leadership duties, to the best of my abilities for the sake of honour and prestige of my motherland. For me it was a great honour to lead my country in all three formats of the game,” Afridi wrote in his statement.
Afridi, however, asserted that he will be available for selection as a player in the team even though PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan has made it clear that the all-rounder is no longer a surety in the side.