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‘Finally retired’ Shahid Afridi wants to play farewell match in Lahore

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Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi speaks at a press conference prior to a practice session at The Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on March 22, 2011. The West Indies will play Pakistan in their quarter-final match March 23 in Mirpur. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN

Karachi : Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, has expressed desire to play his farewell match in Lahore.

Afridi is representing Peshawar Zalmi in the ongoing second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and is looking focused on winning a play-off match against Quetta and securing a place in the final which will be played at the headquarters of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Earlier, Afridi was in constant touch with the PCB for a rousing send-off, but the matter did not materialize.


The flamboyant all-rounder also hailed the decision to host the PSL’s final in Lahore, saying that it was a well thought out decision of the country’s cricket board and the Punjab Government.

“Decision to hold PSL final in Lahore is massive and I am really looking forward to it,” the Dawn quoted Afridi as saying.

Afridi, however, refrained from commenting on the statement by former great and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, who opposed the hosting of PSL final in Lahore.

Afridi said he “is not at same stage [as] Imran Khan”, adding all must contribute to the success of the PSL final in his opinion since the decision has been taken now.

On Monday, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed that the final match of the PSL will be held in Lahore on March 5 as scheduled.

The doubts over whether the PCB should hold the PSL final in Lahore rose following the February 13 suicide bombing in which 13 people were killed.–ANI

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