Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, wanting to regain his batting form ahead of the series with India next month, has opted to return to domestic first-class cricket after almost four-years out.
“We understand he [Afridi] has been battling with his batting form and obviously he has to play good cricket to regain it,” a spokesperson from the HBL sports department told ESPNcricinfo. “Sadly there’s no limited-overs cricket being played presently and the on-going first-class tournament is the way out for him to get engaged to improve his dipping form.”
Afridi is presently in the middle of a serious form trough, showcased at the recent World Twenty20. He made only 30 runs in 6 games, and picked up 4 wickets at 42.75. In ODIs this season, he’s scored 182 runs in 16 games and taken 15 wickets at 43.13.
Pakistan’s exit from the semi-final in the World T20 has drawn criticism from a few ex- cricketers, with some accusing Afridi’s bad form as the main reason for the team’s failure to reach the final.