London, July 14: Veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said there is no talent in Pakistan and he wants to continue playing the game.
Afridi, who stepped down as Twenty20 International captain following Pakistan's poor showing in this year's World T20, said he is still availabe for selection in the shortest format.
In an interview to "BBC Urdu", Afridi, who made his international debut in 1996, said there was no talent in Pakistan at the moment which could excel at the international level.
"There is a lot of talk of talent in Pakistan. We talk there is big talent in Pakistan but sorry (there is) no talent. There is no such level of talent which the cricket world demands now," the 36-year-old Afridi said on Wednesday (July 13).
When further queried who is to blame for this whether it is the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) or someone else, he said he will only speak after retirement.
"I am centrally contracted (with the Pakistan Cricket Board). I can't talk openly now. I might get a notice tomorrow at my home. At this stage it is difficult for me to talk. I will speak after my retirement," Afridi, who has played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 98 T20Is, said.
With paceman Mohammad Amir set to play his first Test today (July 14) at Lord's since serving a 5-year ban for spot-fixing, Afridi said British media was putting pressure on the youngster.
"British media always puts pressure on guys who do well. At a very young age, Amir has been a tough guy. He is mentally tough. I hope he will live up to the expectations. I know there will be pressure on him on the field and also from the crowd. He is a strong boy and he will not wilt under pressure," Afridi said.
Afridi said he had spoken to chief selector, former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and was ready to wait for his chance to represent Pakistan again.
"I was never a liability to the team. I have played with respect all throughout and will leave the game with respect. I wanted to build a good team (Twenty20) and leave but I felt that if these players can play, I am better than them and I too can continue. So I gave up captaincy (after World T20) and as a I player I am better than others.
"I have no issue (if not selected). I had a chat with Inzi bhai (Inzamam-ul-Haq) and told him give chance to youngsters and you can ignore me. But if you feel I can play, you can pick me," he said.