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Afridi denies quitting cricket if he fails to perform in Champions Trophy

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Karachi, Sep 14 (ANI): Pakistan vice-captain Shahid Afridi has denied reports of quitting the game in case he fails to perform in the forthcoming Champions Trophy event, scheduled to commence from the September 23.

Categorically denying reports appearing in the press which quoted him as saying that he may quit the game if he flopped during the mega event in South Africa, Afridi said he had no such plans and was determined to do well in the Trophy matches.

"I never said any such thing to anyone on Friday as reported in the press," the Dawn quoted him, as saying.

"I am a mature, professional cricketer who fully fathoms the trends and experiences the game has to offer. Obviously, I want to do well in the Champions Trophy, which is like a mini World Cup with all top teams participating," Afridi said.

He added: "I will be disappointed if I fail to deliver during the event. But I have no plans of giving up the game after that. In fact, I am enjoying the game more than ever now."

The charismatic all-rounder added that no player wanted to hang around for long if he was not succeeding at the top level and he was no different.

"Of course, when you are not performing at the top level you do feel awful and think about taking a break or calling it a day.

But by the grace of God, I have successfully overcome my lean patches in the past and have come back stronger," Afridi concluded. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, September 14, 2009, 15:09 [IST]
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