With his long cricket career pretty much in its final phase, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has expressed interest in playing a role in Pakistan cricket administration in the near future.
The 40-year old, who made his debut in international cricket way back in 1996, brought down curtains on his international career after the 2016 T20 World Cup. However, he has continued to play franchise cricket. He was recently seen in action for Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2002.
The Pakistan legend is definitely at the fag end of his playing career and he is now eyeing a role as an administrator. However, he did make it clear that it is not an immediate goal and he is happy to continue playing franchise cricket.
“I haven’t thought too much about it (joining PCB) right now, but yes, why not?” Shahid Afridi told PTI.
“Someday, I would like to play a more prominent role in Pakistan cricket and give something back to the game. I would do anything to see Pakistan cricket at the top of world cricket in all formats,” he added.
He further spoke about the current Pakistan team. Shahid Afridi said that he was happy at the current form of the Pakistan team and said that new Test skipper Babar Azam should be allowed to settle into his job. Babar was recently named as Pakistan’s permanent Test captain and the upcoming tour of New Zealand will be his first assignment.
“Babar has a good T20 captaincy record too, so let us give him a chance and see if he is capable of handling the pressure of captaining Pakistan,” Afridi said.
Meanwhile, Shahid Afridi will be seen in action in the upcoming Lanka Premier League. He will lead Galle Gladiators in the five-team competition. The inaugural edition of the LPL is scheduled to start on November 26.