The best pictures as Shahid Afridi signs off in style at Lord's

Waseem Ahmed 23:20 01/06/2018
Shahid Afridi acknowledges the crowd after his final innings.

Pakistan veteran Shahid Afridi bowed out from international cricket for one final time with Thursday’s Hurricane Relief T20I between the West Indies and the ICC World XI at Lord’s.

Afridi, who retired from international cricket last year, returned to the big stage for one final time in a T20I which sought to raise funds for the cricket stadiums in the Caribbean damaged by the spate of hurricanes last year.

The 38-year-old was chosen to lead the ICC World XI after pre-designated skipper Eoin Morgan was ruled out of the clash with a fractured finger.

Led by a 58-run innings from Evin Lewis, West Indies put up 199-4 on the board in their 20 overs after batting first at Lord’s.  Afridi chipped in with the wicket of Andre Fletcher with his leg-spin as he finished with figures of 1-34 from his four overs.

In reply, the World XI were bundled out for 127 runs inside 17 overs with pacer Kesrick Williams picking up three wickets. Afridi’s final innings in international cricket was a short-lived with the all-rounder being dismissed for just 11 runs by Ashley Nurse.

Afridi was given a guard of honour by his ICC World XI team-mates as he walked into the field for a final time. The veteran Pakistan all-rounder played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is over the course of his illustrious career.

He also donated a generous sum of £20, 000 through his Shahid Afridi Foundation towards the Hurricane Relief.


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