He is one of the most iconic international cricket of all times. Being a darling of millions in Pakistan and worldwide for his courageous hard-hitting, out of the groud sixers and a signature celebration after claiming a wicket, Shahid Afridi has launched his book and it is already attracted mixed reaction from the public.
The book has created a lot of controversy in Pakistan and India. In Pakistan because of his actual age, bashing other senior cricketers and in India for the selection of words in the book about cricketer Gautam Gambir.
Here are some important things you need to know about his book ‘Game Changer’.
1- His Actual Age:
Lala, as they call him in Pakistan smashed a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in 1996. He was given a credit for being the youngest cricketer to achieve this milestone at the age of 16. Now, he has clarified he achieved the milestone at the age of 19, not 16.
“For the record, I was just nineteen, and not sixteen like they claim. I was born in 1975. So, yes, the authorities stated my age incorrectly” Afridi writes in “Game Changer”.
Years later, his record of the fastest century was first broken by New Zealander Corey Anderson and then dashing SouthAfrican player and captain AB De Villiers.
2- He does not like Imran Khan’s leadership style:
His statement about Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is being debated worldwide. He says, IK had abrasive style leadership and this is how he is with his Government too.
Also voicing his opinion about his former captain and teammate Waqar Younis, Afridi says, Waqar Younis was a mediocre captain and terrible coach. Afridi also writers, he always performed well under the late coach Bob Wolmer.
3- Gautam Gambir:
Gautam collided with Afridi while taking a quick single in an ODI cricket match between Pakistan and India and both exchanged a lot of words, Afridi signaled Indian batsman to go to the other end.
“I remember that run-in with him in 2007 tour when he completed a single while running straight into me. The umpires had to finish it off or I would have,” says Afridi.
“Clearly we had a frank bilateral discussion about each other’s female relatives.”
4- Javed Miandad is a small man:
Afridi has openly criticized Pakistani batting legend and coach Javed Miandad. He says I and Javed never went along well and Javed always disliked me. He calls Javed “a small man” in his book.
“He hated the way I batted. Javed’s attitude towards me touched a new low. Before the post-match ceremony, he pulled me aside and said ‘Listen, you’d better make sure you thank me in the presentation. I couldn’t believe it, says Afridi and that day, I lost my respect for Pakistani coach”.
Petition has been filled in Pakistani courts to stop Afridi book form hitting book stores. Many former crickets have spoken in favor and against Afridi after learning the remarks made by the ex Pakistani cricketer in his book.
Shoaib Akhtar has spoken in the favor of Afridi, weighing in, the faster bowler says;
Whatever @SAfridiOfficial has written about harsh behavior from seniors, reality was much more than that. He should have said more.
Actually he should have said it 20 years ago. If he did at the right time, he wouldn’t have had to write a book today. pic.twitter.com/ISpK8VqG6t
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 9, 2019
Another former Pakistani opening batsman has tweeted against Afridi saying;
I am utterly amashmed from what I have heard and read so far regarding this new book of Mr Afridi, someone who has lied about his age for 20 odd years now decides to come clean and name and blame some of our living legends
— Imran Farhat (@imranfarhat1982) May 6, 2019
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