Shahid Afridi to quit ODIs after World Cup 2015

Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi announced on Sunday that he will retire from One-Day International (ODI) cricket after the World Cup next year. The tournament, which will start on February 14, will be held in Australia and New Zealand.

The 34-year old who quit Tests in 2010, made his decision to known to public through Twitter. In a series of tweets, he wrote:

“Thank you so much for all your support and prayers throughout my ODI career … it means alot to me … love you all!”

“My 18 years’ dream dedicated to Pakistan. First ever player (respect) to have taken such a hard decision but (it) will pave way for many new talents.”

“My journey has seen many ups and downs but I am feeling satisfied that I am leaving on my own terms.”

“I am happy about my achievements and records but the only regret I have is losing fastest ODI century record.”

Afridi has been a key player for Pakistan since his debut in 1996. He also captained the Pakistan team to the semi-final in the 2011 World Cup. In his very second ODI, Afridi hit the fastest century in October 1996 against the then World Champions Sri Lanka in Nairobi. The record stood for more than 17 years before New Zealand’s Corey Anderson broke it in January this year.

Afridi has scored 7870 ODI runs at an average of 23.49 and a strike-rate of 116.29. Added to it, he has also taken 391 wickets, the sixth-most in ODIs.