Islamabad - Pakistan's under-fire captain
Shahid Afridi on Wednesday issued a video message to supporters apologising for
his team's early exit from the World Twenty20, but remained silent on his
future following calls for him to retire.
Afridi, nicknamed "Boom Boom" for
his fierce hitting, has suffered a drop in form over the past two years and he
was unable to steer Pakistan through the group stages of the tournament in
The 36-year-old has been expected to make
an announcement on his future this week, but instead he took to Facebook and
Twitter to issue a one-minute apology to the cricket-mad country.
Pointing to the star on his Pakistan
jersey, he said: "For this star, and these colours, when I come to a
ground, I carry the weight of my people's hopes with me.
"Today, I, Shahid Afridi, apologise to
the whole nation for not being able to fulfil the hopes of myself and my
The 2009 champions have been widely
criticised by fans for a lacklustre performance at the World T20 with just one
victory, against unfancied Bangladesh, and big losses to India, New Zealand and
Like Afridi, head coach Waqar Younis is
also under intense scrutiny and he offered to resign while offering his own
apology at a press conference on Tuesday.
Afridi's video met with a mostly positive
response by fans posting on his Facebook page.
"Great cricketer Boom boom Afridi ..i
am Indian ..but I like afridi as sportsman..come on guys support them be with
ur team," said user Narayan Kawade.
Afridi has been a fan favourite since he
burst on the scene in 1996, striking a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in
only his second match to set a world record that was unbeaten for 17 years.
He became known as a bowling all-rounder in
the second half of his career and was instrumental in Pakistan's early
successes in Twenty20, including their 2009 victory.