Afridi out

Tasneem Khalil

Tasneem Khalil

[Shahnawaz Alam, Sports Desk.] Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan all-rounder, has pulled out of the South Africa Test series. He indicated that it would be very difficult and affect his performance if he fasts and plays during the holy month of Ramadan. Afridi was the player of the tournament in South Africa Twenty20 Cricket World Cup with 91 runs, at the strike rate of 197.81, and 12 wickets at the economy rate of 6.72 to lead the Pakistan spin attack. The Pakistan squad for the first test will be announced Friday.

Afridi said “I asked the Pakistan board to allow me to skip the two Tests against South Africa because it would be difficult to fast and play in Ramadan,” Afridi told news agency AFP. The PCB is said to have accepted Afridi’s request.

Afridi dismissed suggestions that he had withdrawn because of his poor show in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 against India. “We lost the final due to poor batting and I apologized to the fans for not doing my part in the final but that did not influence my decision of not playing Tests.”