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Shahid Afridi Returns to International Cricket

Uzair Rizvi,  BeyondHeadlines

All-rounder Shahid Afridi on Tuesday reversed his decision to retire from International cricket, saying he wanted to play for Pakistan since the Chairman of the cricket board has been replaced.

Afridi is available for selection for Pakistan in the limited-overs formats. He announced his retirement from International cricket in May after having stripped of the captaincy following a public spat with Coach Waqar Younis.

“I didn’t as such retire. I only said I will not play under the previous board but now people are changed-exactly what I wanted, so I am available for the selection,” he said.

Waqar Younis stepped down as coach after the last tour to Zimbabwe owing to personal reasons  while Zaka Ashraf took over as the new chairman of PCB after completion of Ijaz Butt’s three-year tenure.

There was no word from PCB on Afridi’s announcement but former players welcomed his decision to come back.The-dashing all-rounder took his country to the semi-finals in the 2010 World Cup.

Currently, Pakistan is playing a full-fledged series in UAE against Sri Lanka; his return might prompt the selectors to consider him for the ODI and T-20 Squad.

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