19 Oct 2011

Pakistan's Afridi makes retirement U-turn

7:16 am on 19 October 2011

Five months after annoucing his retirement from international cricket former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi say he's ready to play for his country again.

The 31-year-old announced his retirement in May after the Pakistan Cricket Board headed by Ijaz Butt, sacked him as one day international captain following their tour of West Indies.

A report from Pakistan's tour manager had said Afridi had serious differences with head coach Waqar Younis and walked out of team meetings twice on the tour due to selection issues.

Younis resigned as head coach after the recent tour to Zimbabwe while Butt completed his three-year tenure earlier this month.

The government has appointed Zaka Ashraf as the PCB's new chairman.

Afridi says now that the board and team management set-up has changed he is available for national selection again and believes he still has a few years of cricket left in him.

He says the previous board and team management didn't allow him to enjoy his cricket for Pakistan.

Afridi, who has played in 27 tests and 325 ODIs, has had a controversial career and was banned and fined twice by the International Cricket Council.