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Latest newsAfridi ready to retire if replacement is available

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KARACHI: Shahid Afridi is ready to relinquish his place in the national team as soon as a talented youngster capable of dethroning him emerges.
In an exclusive conversation with Dawn News, Afridi stated that there was a dearth of talented all-rounders and the moment there was someone ready and able to take the responsibility, he would call time on his international career.
“I would quit as soon as a replacement for me surfaces, at present it seems there is no one who has the talent to play as an all-rounder and make a sustained impact at the international level, I have said time and again I would not block anyone good enough for Pakistan,” the all-rounder said.
Afridi rued the missed historic opportunity of beating the Proteas in a one-day international series.
“The seniors just did not perform well enough, we had a golden opportunity of beating South Africa and I feel that we let the team down at crucial times, hence the result was not in our favour,” he said after returning from South Africa.
He added that there was a good chance of posting big total in almost every match in South Africa because of the flat wickets which the batsmen should have taken advantage of.
The leg-spinning all-rounder, who had a barren run in the series especially with the ball, feels that the new ODI rules have hampered spinners and he is not the only one having problems.
“The new rules have made spinners negative, we are now looking at ways of stopping the batsmen from scoring runs with only four fielders outside the circle, and even someone like Saeed Ajmal is suffering since we are attacking bowlers by nature.”
However, Afridi feels that his bowling improved in the last match with his renowned drift returning, but he lamented his performance in the earlier part of the series


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