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Afridi in line for Lord's Published: 23 May 2010

Charismatic Pakistan all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, has signalled his availability for Test cricket - making it highly likely he'll be at Lord's again this summer.

Afridi had previously withdrawn himself from Test cricket, the 30-year-old insisting he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Now, with Pakistan struggling under the pressure of an on-going ICC Anti-Corruption Unit investigation into their tour of Australia, Afridi says: "I feel my country needs me."

With his national side currently playing 'home' Test matches away from Pakistan, Afridi looks set to return to Lord's this summer.

Pakistan play three times at the Home of Cricket this year: as the 'home' team when they take on Australia in the MCC Spirit of Cricket Test match from 13-17 July; then as the away side against hosts England in an npower Test (26-30 August) and in a NatWest One Day International, under floodlights, on 20 September.

Afridi and Pakistan may, quite rightly, feel right at home at Lord's. Last summer their conquered the world here, winning the ICC World Twenty20 Cup 2009.

It was talismanic Afridi's man-of-the-match performance in the Final, against Sri Lanka, that clinched the victory in an impressive tournament showing from the all-rounder.

"It has a very hard decision for me because I have wanted to devote more time to my family and playing all forms of the sport the year round has not been my cup of tea." Afridi said.

"That is why I avoided Test matches, but after speaking to my family I have decided to resume playing Test matches because it is the need of the time."

They'll not face many tougher tests than against the Australians and England at home. Afridi's return could be another example of his impeccable timing.


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