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Shahid Afridi keen on joining politics


London: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has expressed his desire to join politics later in life but insisted that he would mainly concentrate on his charity work for now.

The 36-year-old also stated he had no intention of making a comeback to the One-Day Internationals from which he retired after playing in the 2015 World Cup. He was the leader of the side in the previous event in 2011 when Pakistan made it to the semi-finals.

“I wish to enter politics, however, some well-wishers have advised me against it. In my eyes, a politician is a servant of the people and he should serve people,” Afridi said in an interview with BBC Urdu on Sunday.

The leg-spinner all-rounder said he can also serve people through charity.

“I can also serve the people without entering politics through my welfare organisation,” he said and added that he wants to open a school for the under-privileged through his Shahid Afridi Foundation.

Afridi was also quick to blow away the talks of his retirement, stating he would carry on playing for the national outfit in the Twenty 20 format.

“I wish to continue playing limited-over cricket, whether it is at national or domestic level or leagues, I think I am fit for the game,” he said.

Afridi is currently representing Hampshire in England’s domestic T20 competition.


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