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Pakistan's Afridi rules out retirement

AAP logoAAP 26/12/2016 Laine Clark

Retirement is not on Shahid Afridi's radar despite an eight month-long snub from Pakistan selectors.

The 20-year veteran has vowed to play on, denying speculation he is still holding out for a send off game for Pakistan.

Afridi, 36, last played for Pakistan as skipper of their disappointing Twenty20 World Cup campaign that concluded in India in April.

There were rumours that Afridi would receive a farewell game during Pakistan's T20 series against the West Indies in September but he was again overlooked.

Still, Afridi has not ruled out an international return despite again missing out on Pakistan's current tour of Australia.

"I don't think my career is over and I am enjoying myself and I will continue to play at the highest level," Afridi told reporters in Pakistan.

"As far as Pakistan selection is concerned that is for the selectors to decide."

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi recently told the Press Trust of India he was still on good terms with Afridi and hinted that a "glorious farewell" may still be on the cards for the veteran allrounder.

But Afridi said he didn't want one.

"I have played 20 years of international cricket for Pakistan and not the PCB," he said.

"And I am not dependent on anyone for a match.

"The love and support I have got and get from my well wishers and fans is enough reward for me."

Afridi burst onto the international scene at 16 when he hit a 37 ball ODI ton - a world record at the time.

He has played a staggering 398 ODIs for his country.

Afridi retired from Tests in 2006 to concentrate on limited overs cricket.

He made a one-off return in 2010, taking his tally to 27 Tests.

Afridi has kept busy as a T20 player, signing with Hampshire in the UK domestic T20 tournament after being overlooked for Pakistan's England tour in July.

He also played for Ranpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League this year and had been hopeful of earning a 2016-17 Big Bash League contract in Australia.

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