Shahid Afridi has lived in Karachi since childhood and has played all his cricket from Karachi © AFP
Shahid Afridi has lived in Karachi since childhood and has played all his cricket from Karachi © AFP

Karachi: Pakistan‘s flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi today moved from Karachi to Lahore to begin his preparations to regain form and confidence before the World Twenty20 in India next year. The national T20 captain will be based in Lahore with his family until the World T20 in a bid to focus completely on cricket. Afridi has lived in Karachi since childhood and has played all his cricket from Karachi with his family business also based in the city. “I just thought this is the time to simply focus on regaining my best form and preparing the team well for the World T20,” he told reporters at a function in a school before he departed later in the day for Lahore. “In Lahore I can train properly at the National Cricket Academy and focus completely on cricket without any distractions,” he said. Australia should not have cancelled Bangladesh tour over minor issues, says Shahid Afridi

Earlier, the Pakistan T20I skipper, criticised Australia‘s decision to call off their Bangladesh tour citing terrorism fears, saying Monday that while security was paramount tours should “not be cancelled over minor issues”. Australia scrapped its two-Test tour of Bangladesh last week after official warnings that militants may attack Western interests. The head of the Bangladesh Cricket Board Nazmul Hassan said measures to tighten security should have satisfied any safety concerns, telling reporters in Dhaka that while many countries face such terror threats, “it never stops cricket”. Afridi echoed that statement on the sidelines of a visit in Karachi to meet Pakistan and Bangladesh’s women’s teams, as reported by AFP.