Afridi denies retirement plans in case of CT failure

Updated: 13 September 2009 14:16 IST

Shahid Afridi rubbished reports of a planned retirement if he fails to do well in the upcoming Champions Trophy.

Karachi:

Rubbishing reports of a planned retirement if he fails to do well in the upcoming Champions Trophy, Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday said he would never put his career at stake for just one tournament.

There were reports in the media on Saturday that Afridi was planning to retire if he did not click in the Champions Trophy but the all-rounder said there was no such thought on his mind.

"I never said anything about even thinking about quitting the game. The Champions Trophy is a tough tournament and we will be trying to put in our best efforts," he said.

Afridi, who has played in 26 Tests and 281 one-day internationals besides 24 Twenty20 matches, said he was determined to do well in the Champions Trophy starting September 22.

"I know one can't be successful all the time in every match. So there is no way I am going to put my career at stake in one tournament. Like a professional cricketer I want to do well in the Champions Trophy but not retire if I am unsuccessful," he said.

"I have had bad patches in the past and I have successfully overcome them. Till I am enjoying the game and playing for my country, I want to carry on," he added.

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