Yes Twitter, Shahid Afridi is retiring again. This time, for real… or is it?
Social media cracks up as Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi makes his fourth announcement in 10 years on quitting international cricket.cricket Updated: Feb 22, 2017 18:40 IST
Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from international cricket… yet again. Naturally, Twitter has erupted in jokes around the cricketer who’s officially 36 years old and has a 21-year career.
In all these years, Afridi has made more news for his age and retirement plans than for his sporting achievements. He first announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2006, and was quick to withdraw the announcement. In 2011, he again announced retirement, only to come back within months. Once again, he spoke of quitting one-day international cricket after the 2015 World Cup, but then shelved his retirement decision in favour of the T20 format, appearing in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.
To this latest announcement on retiring from international cricket, Afridi has added that he wants to play in his country’s domestic league for two more years. Is anyone taking his announcement seriously? This is how Twitter reacted:
Shahid Afridi has now succesfully resigned thrice under the reigns of Yousuf Gilani, Nawaz Sharif and Parvez Musharraf.— Dead Mau5hi (@AdvancedMaushi) February 20, 2017
"Shahid Afridi" announcing international retirement is same as "31 December k baad Set Top box lagana anivarya hai".— IMRAN KHAN (@imranmkkhan) February 20, 2017