Expected news is not breaking news: Twitter reacts to Shahid Afridi's decision to continue playing T20Is

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was expected to make a major announcement after his team's campaign in the ICC World T20 came to an end.

He did end up making the announcement. However, instead of announcing his retirement from international cricket as he had hinted before the marquee T20 event, Afridi stated that he would continue to play T20Is for Pakistan, although he would step down from the role of the captain.

The 36-year-old Pakistan all-rounder, a veteran of 398 ODIs and 98 T20Is, had announced in April last year that he would retire after the sixth edition of ICC's premier T20I tournament. However, in February this year, he further confused fans and experts by saying that he was reconsidering his decision to retire.

Pakistan World T20 captain Shahid Afridi during a news conference in Kolkata where he said he feels more loved in India tan even in Pakistan. AFP

Pakistan World T20 captain Shahid Afridi during a news conference in Kolkata where he said he feels more loved in India tan even in Pakistan. AFP

Facing criticism for Pakistan's dismal show in the ICC World Twenty20, Shahid Afridi today stepped down as captain of the team but will continue to play in the shortest format of the game. The Afridi-led Pakistan failed make it to the semifinals
of the World Twenty20 in India, where his comments also drew the ire of former players.

The 36-year-old all-rounder and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had hinted that World T20 could well be be his last as skipper.

"Today, I wish to inform my fans in Pakistan and all over the world that I am relinquishing the captaincy of the T20 Pakistani team of my own volition," Afridi said in a statement, released on his Twitter account.

His announcement was met by a flurry of responses on the microblogging website. While there were some who praised Afridi for his decision to continue serving Pakistani cricket, there were those who ridiculed him for failing to make up his mind for good, and making constant u-turns when it came to his career.

Check out some of the best tweets from Sunday evening, starting with the responses from his team-mates and some statisticians:











Well, now that Afridi is back in action, let us wish him all the very best for the one-off T20I against England that is to take place in September this year.

Updated Date: Apr 03, 2016 17:45 PM

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