“I will take the retirement decision before me nation,” said Afridi at the toss in match against Australia.
The T20 skipper lost the toss with Australia opting to bat first. Afridi too said batting first was a good decision, but he added that winning match was more important than winning toss.
Pakistan are required to beat Australia today with a big margin to keep their chances alive for qualification to the semi-finals.
‘World Cup for Afridi’
Veteran batsman Shoaib Malik vowed Thursday that Pakistan would go all out for a surprise victory against Australia at cricket’s World Twenty20 to give their “big brother” Shahid Afridi a winning send-off.
The big-hitting Afridi, who no longer plays Test and one-day cricket, has been hinting heavily that he will retire after the ongoing tournament after being heavily criticised for Pakistan’s disappointing showing.
Pakistan have lost two of their three group matches and another defeat against Australia in Mohali on Friday will snuff out any lingering hopes of a second World T20 title.
“This is going to be Afridi‘s last World Cup. I respect him a lot, he is like an elder brother to me,” Malik said at the pre-match press conference.
“Nobody will be happier than me if we can win this World Cup for Afridi.