After the retirement of Ijaz Butt, former Pakistani skipper and all-rounder Shahid Afridi has reversed his decision to retire from international cricket, saying he’s ready to play for Pakistan. His decision came six days after the new Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Zaka Ashraf, assumed the office. Shahid Afridi who led the country to World Cup 2011 semifinal, said he is happy to play limited-overs cricket for Pakistan.
Afridi told reporters.
“Since the board chairman has changed, I take back my retirement decision and am available to play for Pakistan, I had said I will never play with Butt as chairman, so things have changed now.”
Last week, President Asif Ali Zardari appointed Zaka Ashraf as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) replacing Ijaz Butt, who had developed serious differences with Afridi in May 2011.
The 31-year-old all-rounder announced his sudden retirement from international cricket after being dumped as one-day captain following a row over the selection with team coach Waqar Younis on tour in the West Indies back in May.