KARACHI (AFP) -Dashing Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi announced Sunday he would retire from one-day cricket after next year’s World Cup but continue to play Twenty20 until 2016.
The 34-year-old led Pakistan for the last three one-day internationals in the series which they lost 2-3 against New Zealand this month, after regular captain Misbah-ul Haq was ruled out due to injury.
He smashed a match-winning 61 in the first match and followed that up with 55 and 49.
“I will retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup,” Afridi told a press conference.
“I wanted to leave on the peak. I think it’s the right time to leave so that my place goes to a youngster and there are very talented players in Pakistan.”
Australia and New Zealand will co-host the World Cup from February 14 to March 29.
The swashbuckling batsman hit the fastest one-day hundred off just 36 balls in only his second match, against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996, a record which New Zealand’s Corey Anderson broke earlier this year.
Anderson made a 35-ball hundred against the West Indies.
Afridi holds the record for most sixes in one-day internationals with 342, and is the only player to have hit more than 400 sixes across all three formats of the game.
He has hit 49 sixes in Twenty20 cricket and 52 before his retirement from Tests in 2010.
As a leg-break bowler he has 391 wickets in 389 one-day internationals. His tally of wickets in Twenty20 cricket stands at 81.