<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Shahid Afridi promises fightback to regain spot in ODI squad" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130501165309.jpg" title="Shahid Afridi promises fightback to regain spot in ODI squad" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Shahid Afridi stated that he still has a lot to offer for the Pakistan team and will continue for few more years © Getty Images</p> </div> <br /> <strong>Karachi: May 1, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Struggling all-rounder <a href="/tags/Shahid-Afridi/post" target="_blank">Shahid Afridi</a> vowed on Wednesday to work hard to return to the Pakistan team after being axed from the 15-man squad for the <a href="/tags/ICC-Champions-Trophy/post" target="_blank">ICC Champions Trophy</a>.<br /> <br /> "Being in and out is a one-off thing. It happens to every cricket player and I will soon stage a comeback because I believe in hard work and performance, so I don't want to be bitter," said Afridi.<br /> <br /> The big-hitting all-rounder was earlier dropped for the one-day series against India in December-January before returning for the five one-dayers against South Africa in March.<br /> <br /> He failed to get a single wicket in the 3-2 defeat to the Proteas but was the second top run-scorer with 126 behind <a href="/tags/Misbah-ul-Haq/post" target="_blank">Misbah-ul Haq</a> on 227. "I am still better than most," said Afridi.<br /> <br /> Asked about reports in Pakistani media blaming captain Misbah for his ousting, Afridi said, "It's captain's will if he wants a player or not but I wish him and the team the best of luck for the Champions Trophy." Afridi said he wanted to play cricket with pride and respect.<br /> <br /> "I know I have ample cricket left in me and I can represent Pakistan for the next few years. It's not unusual that players get dropped but I appeal to my fans to pray for me," he said. Afridi, who has 7,201 runs and 348 wickets in 354 one-days, defended his lack of wickets in one-day internationals.<br /> <br /> "When I was taking wickets, people used to say that I am not scoring runs and now it's the other way round," he said. "I know where to improve and I will show improvement soon.<br /> <br /> "I will never become a burden on the team and walk away if I am not up to the mark," said Afridi who will play Twenty20 cricket for English county<a href="/tags/Hampshire/post" target="_blank"> Hampshire</a> in July.<br /> <br /> Pakistan's chief selector Iqbal Qasim said Afridi's career was not ended. "We don't believe that a dropped player is over the hill. Afridi's career is not over, he can stage a comeback by performing well at the domestic level like all other players," Qasim said on Monday.<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> will attend a tune-up camp in Abbottabad from Friday before heading to Britain, where they will warm up against <a href="/tags/Scotland/post" target="_blank">Scotland</a> and Ireland before featuring in the eight-nation Champions Trophy in England from June 6-23.