Shahid Afridi ends Big Bash contract despite clearance

He wants to prove his worth in the national side and get his form back to justify selection.

updated: November 19, 2012 19:46 IST
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Karachi: All-rounder Shahid Afridi has ended his contract with Australian Big Bash side Sydney Thunder despite being cleared to play in the Twenty20 league by Pakistan.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had earlier refused the former captain, along with star spinner Saeed Ajmal and batsman Umar Akmal, permission to play in the league before reversing its decision on Monday following a request from Australian cricket authorities.

But Afridi insisted he would rather play in Pakistan's domestic league as he struggles to recapture the form that made him one cricket's best all-rounders in limited overs but which has deserted him in recent times.

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