KARACHI: Dashing all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi has said on Sunday that he will quitting from One-day Internationals (ODIs) after the 2015 Cricket World Cup (CWC) being staged in Australia and New Zealand from February 14, 2015.
However he said he wanted to win the 2016 World Twenty20 in India before retiring from the game.
Shahid Afridi, who led Pakistan team in ODI series against New Zealand after hamstring injury to Misbah-ul-Haq, performed creditably with the b at and ball against Kiwis.
He told reporters here that he wanted to go out on a high rather than being asked to leave.
“I am the first Pakistan player to be able to announce his retirement properly,” Afridi said. “I always wanted to do this having seen the problems faced by other bigger players in the past. It was not an easy decision to take and I think many of my seniors also found it difficult to go out at the right time.
“I want to go out of ODIs with self-respect and with my fans wanting more from me. But no one is indispensable in cricket and I am sure sooner or later someone will take my place in ODIs as well.
“I have informed the Pakistan team management about my decision but not the cricket board as yet. Having taken a decision it is a big burden off my mind and I am confident I will be able to focus on giving my best in the World Cup.”