Mirpur: Hitting out at his critics for questioning his place in the Pakistan team, all-rounder Shahid Afridi said he would quit the game the day he feels himself a burden to his team.”I will sideline myself, the moment I start thinking that I’m becoming a burden on my team. I will not let anyone an opportunity to talk. As long as I’m fit and give my life to cricket, I’ll continue playing the sport,” Afridi told reporters ahead of Pakistan’s Asia Cup summit clash against Sri Lanka.
“I want to give something to my country with my performance. There is no such thing that you will score runs with the bat every day. I’ve given my focus to bowling as well. I want to get myself ready in such a way that I deliver to the team, be it in batting or bowling,” he said at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Afridi had to face a lot criticism for his inconsistency as many experts back home in Pakistan had questioned his place in the team. The 34-year-old replied at his critics with a 34 not out against India and a 25-ball 59 against Bangladesh to take the defending champions into the Asia Cup final.
Asked to rate his two latest knocks, Afridi said, “There are many reasons that I won’t like to rate them but both of them were very important for me as well as for the country.”Afridi said he knew best what he was doing and he did not need a coach.
“As I’ve said earlier also, having played at this level for so many years, I don’t need a coach. Mein apna coach behter hoon (I am better off with coaching myself). I know what to do and what not to do. It’s about having the right people to back you and support you.”
Meanwhile, Afridi’s impressive batting in the ongoing Asia Cup has reportedly raised his team`s hopes of regaining the title of the upcoming World T20 tournament.According to the Express Tribune, Pakistani Test and ODI captain Misbah-ul Haq, who will not be a part of the team in the World T20, said that Afridi`s current form would be crucial for the team in the event as he is the main player of the team, for which his confidence and form will be their biggest plus.