Lahore: Pakistan on Monday axed Shahid Afridi from their 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy following the allrounder's below-par performances in South Africa and a domestic competition.
The 33-year-old, who still holds the world record of fastest one-day century - off 37 balls made against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996 - has not taken a single wicket in his last six one-day internationals.
Undoubtedly the most popular player in Pakistan recently, Afridi has hit just two half-centuries in his last 15 one-day innings, while managing a mere 70 runs and three wickets in four matches for his domestic side this month.
He was also dropped from the one-day squad for last year's tour of India before making a comeback to the team for the limited-over series against South Africa in March, where his top-score of 88 came in a losing cause....more
11:55 PM, Apr 29, 2013