Shahid Afridi says he will never be a burden on Pakistan cricket

Shahid Afridi had to face a lot criticism for his inconsistency as many experts back home in Pakistan had questioned his place in the team. The 34-year-old replied at his critics with a 34 not out against India and a 25-ball 59 against Bangladesh to take the defending champions into the Asia Cup final.

updated: March 06, 2014 21:05 IST
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Mirpur: Hitting out at his critics for questioning his place in the Pakistan team, all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Thursday said he would quit the game the day he feels himself a burden on his team.

"I will sideline myself, the moment I start thinking that I'm becoming a burden on my team. I will not let anyone an opportunity to talk. As long as I'm fit and give my life to cricket, I'll continue playing the sport," Afridi told reporters ahead of Pakistan's Asia Cup summit clash against Sri Lanka here on Saturday. (Afridi hits third 18-ball fifty)

"I want to give something to my country with my performance. There is no such thing that you will score runs with the bat every day. I've given my focus to bowling as well. I want to get myself ready in such a way that I deliver to the team, be it in batting or bowling," he said at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. (Afridi says he had license to fire vs Bangladesh)

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