|| CF Correspondent ||
It's somewhat a rare scenario for retired cricketers to reverse their decision of retirement to feature in national colors. The emotional attachment with the game makes it hard for anyone to say goodbye. Some took hours, while others returned after few years of desperation.
Cricfrenzy anticipates cricketers who made surprising International return reversing the retirement decision:
Ben Stokes, the English Test captain, had announced his retirement from ODIs in order to focus on Test cricket in 2022. However, he took a U-turn for the 2023 ODI World Cup in India. Stokes was contacted by the coach Mott and captain Jos Buttler for return and Stokes once again proved his love for the game.
Stokes shone in the final of the T20 World Cup 2022, helping England beat Pakistan and clinch their 2nd title in the shortest format of the game.
Ben Stokes played a crucial role in England winning their maiden ODI World Cup title in 2019, starring in the dramatic final against New Zealand at Lord's.
Tamim Iqbal’s sudden retirement decision shook the country’s cricket fraternity, but the former cricketer was forced to come out of retirement within 33 hours after special request by the board and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Tamim stepped down as the captain citing injury concerns which ruled him out of the Asia Cup, the latter is likely to make a return to the ODI World Cup 2023 after rehabilitation.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali had decided to step away from Test cricket back in 2021. However, a surprise situation arose in 2023 as he responded to an urgent call by captain Ben Stokes to join the team for the 2023 Ashes, replacing the injured Jack Leach.
During his return to Test cricket, Moeen achieved a significant milestone by taking over 200 wickets in the format.
Pakistan’s legendary Shahid Afridi's cricket journey has been quite a roller coaster ride. After stepping away from Test cricket in 2006, he surprised everyone by making a comeback in 2010, not just as a player but as a captain too.
Unfortunately, his captaincy stint in Test cricket lasted just one match before he retired from the format for good. In 2011, he announced his retirement from ODIs, citing disagreements with the team mangement. However, Afridi made another unexpected return to the ODI squad later that year, playing until the 2015 World Cup.
West Indies all-rounder DJ Bravo decided to take a break in 2018, but he surprised everyone when he changed his mind in 2020. He made a comeback to the T20 side, including the 2021 T20 World Cup. Despite his break, Bravo's impressive record of taking more than 500 T20 wickets speaks for itself. He continues to be a key player in T20 leagues around the world.
After Pakistan's loss to Australia in the semi-final of the 1987 World Cup, the iconic Imran Khan had initially announced his retirement. However, a turn of events occurred when President Zia-ul-Haq requested him to make a comeback to the team. Imran's decision to return proved pivotal, as he eventually retired five years later with the remarkable achievement of leading Pakistan to victory in the World Cup.