Shahid Afridi should only play Test cricket

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Only four days after returning to Test cricket, Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi, has again announced his retirement with the typically odd yet straightforward statement:

“My temperament is not good enough for Test cricket and we need a proper batsman or a proper bowler.”

Only yesterday we were remarking how Test cricket shows Shahid Afridi at his best; at his most Afridi-ish. You don’t want to see Shahid Afridi batting in a Twenty20 match or in the powerplay overs of a one-day match, you want to see him when he has to bat out time on the final day of a Test match on a wearing pitch.

That’s when Shahid Afridi’s exceptional. That’s when he stands out.


  1. Go tell him, your majesty.

    And please please please publish a verbatim trascript of the meeting.

  2. Is it the typical Pakistani announcement where he will be playing the very first test they play after his “retirement”

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