Pakistan's hard-hitting batsman Shahid Afridi believes Twenty20 cricket would prolong his international career.
"The introduction and immense popularity of Twenty20 cricket has made me believe that my international career would prolong," said Afridi after he clobbered five fours and a six in his 10-ball 28 in Pakistan's five-wicket victory over England at Bristol on Monday.
"This is not a new format for me, in particular, because I have been playing this version of the game for the last 10 years," Afridi told a private television channel.
England are credited with the invention of Twenty20 cricket although his version of the game is being played in Karachi since mid-70s.
Afridi, before being picked for national team in 1996, was a regular feature of Twenty20 cricket that was played during the month of Ramadan. It is still considered as a best time pass during Ramadan afternoons.
"I enjoy this cricket because it's fireworks from the very start. This format is gaining popularity because it is the quickest cricket and the spectators get their money worth.
"After all, you like to watch limited overs cricket for rapid action. "I would have loved to face more than 10 balls at Bristol but I promise my attitude would have remained the same.
I love to disappear the ball in the stands," Afridi said on the eve of the first one-day international of the five-game series that starts at Cardiff on Wednesday.
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