Former Pakistan cricket skipper, Shahid Afridi has charted out his future plans, by saying that he plans to join politics to serve his country. The flamboyant player is also involved in many charity works and wants to focus on it for the time being.
In an interview with BBC Urdu, Afridi also said that he has no plans to make a comeback to the 50-over format. He retired from the format at the 50-over world cup in 2015.
Afridi also said that many people have advised him not to join politics, but he believes that a politician is a servant of the people and thus he should serve people. The 36-year-old also said, that he is currently involved in a lot of charity work, and this allows him to give something back to the society.
He also said that the Shahid Afridi foundation is keen to establish a school for the less privileged.
“I wish to continue playing limited-over cricket, whether it is at a national or domestic level or leagues, I think I am fit for the game,” he said.
Afridi is currently playing for Hampshire in the NatWest T20 blast. One who never minces words, the Pakistani legend has also questioned the format of the league which is underway in England.
He wants the format to be crisp and short, and not sandwiched between County and Championship matches.
“I’ve already talked to a few officials, that we should organise it and finish it in a month. It’s not easy playing one game then a four-day game then another T20, but as a professional cricketer, you can adjust yourself.”
He is not the only one who has questioned the scheduling the format, as both Darren Sammy and Jos Buttler too have come out and raised serious questions about the effectiveness of the county structure, which in many ways have fallen behind the many leagues all around the world.