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Shahid Afridi: The Story of Pakistan's Greatest Ever Cricketer

Shahid Afridi

Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi was born in Pakistan on March 1, 1977, and he was a Pakistani cricketer and captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. Afridi was known for his leg spin bowling and his right-handed batting style.

Afridi made his One-Day International debut in 1996, and his Test debut in 1998. He won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 tournament as a player of the match with an unbeaten 54, and he led his country to the semi-finals of the 2011 Cricket World Cup before losing out to India. In Tests, Afridi only led one side before resigning under pressure and retiring from that format. With selection for West Indies after that edition of the T20 world cup, he announced his retirement from international cricket on 19 February 2017 without playing any matches at all since then due to injury which caused him to retire from active play. After meeting selected players for a charity match against the West Indies series shortly after so re-signed with Pakistan’s international history on 31 May 2018.

Afridi has represented many teams during his time in Pakistan. He played for teams in the Pakistan Super League, Indian Premier League, T20 Blast, and the Lanka Premier League.

Away from cricket, Afridi runs his own charity in partnership with UNICEF called the Shahid Afridi Foundation which provides healthcare and education facilities for victims of the 1979 Revolution. He also joined forces with UNICEF during the 2019 Coronavirus pandemic to provide relief work in Balochistan. This led to him contracting COVID-19 and being nominated among the top 20 most charitable athletes of 2015.

Personal and early life

In his autobiography, Afridi claimed that he was born in 1975. But later on, Afridi clarified that the year in his autobiography was incorrect and the date he was born actually 1980. It was also previously reported that he was born in Khyber Agency which is Pakistan in 1980.

He belongs to a family of Sufi pirs and his grandfather, Maulana Muhammad Ilyas, was a well-known spiritual figure in Bhutan Sharif. His other grandfather, Sahibzada Abdul Baqi, was given the title Ghazi-e-Kashmir for his efforts during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947–1948.

Afridi has five daughters and his eldest daughter, Aqsa, was engaged to cricketer Shaheen Afridi. In 2021, Afridi publicly announced his daughter’s engagement/engagement announcement.

Domestic career

Afridi, who at the age of 16 began playing for Pakistan’s under-age cricket team, helped Karachi Whites win a second straight title and took 42 wickets in 5 matches with an average of 9.59. Later that year, he played for them in the National First Class League where he had some moments of glory during his Leicestershire County Cricket Club contract including scoring 295 runs at an average of 42.14 and taking 11 wickets at 56.45. After that, Afridi went on to play 11 one-day matches for Leicestershire when they were in contention to win the County Championship before going on to sign a bounty management deal with The Stars Group so eventually ending in this career where he’s now making full use of his cricketing experience. In a semi-final of the C&G Trophy, Lowes scored 95 not out off 58 balls to help beat Lancashire by 7 wickets

T20 franchise career

IPL career

He played for the Deccan Chargers in the inaugural IPL season. In 10 games, Afridi managed to score 81 runs and picked up 9 wickets. He did not play in the second edition of IPL due to tension after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Pakistan Super League

Daren Sammy became captain for the 2016 season of PSL and now, in 2017, Afridi resigned as captain and handed it over to Daren in order to bring more international games for Pakistan. With a 30-run win over Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar won their second title. After the end of the season, he left and joined Karachi Kings as a player/coach in 2018, who acquired his rights in the 2019 PSL draft. In the 2020’s draft, however, Multan retained him as coach ahead of the 2021 PSL which resumed after being delayed due to a terrorist attack in Quetta. He then announced that it would be his last outing for Pakistan Super League when he joined Lahore Qalandars on loan from Quetta Gladiators for a year. However, he later withdrew after being advised by doctors to stop playing.


Other Leagues

In 2004, Shahid Afridi signed with English county side Kent to play for them in 20 T20 matches. In 2009 and 2010, he played for Southern Redbacks and the Ruhuna Royals but later had to return when his wife needed medical attention.

Afridi signs with Northamptonshire for the 2015 T20 Blast. Afridi then proceeded to reach the final of that season, making it all the way to the final before being acquired by Rangpur Riders for Time 2016 Bangladesh Premier League.

Shahid Afridi was in the third season of the Caribbean Premier League with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. He was included in Jamaica Tallawahs’ squad for the sixth edition of the Caribbean Premier League but had to withdraw after tweaking his knee.

In 2018, Afridi was chosen as an icon player and Captain by the Paktia Panthers in the first season of the Afghanistan Premier League in June 2019, he was drafted by the Brampton Wolves franchise team in the Global T20 Canada tournament. Despite the upcoming cancellation of this tournament, for the sixth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, he was included in the A+ category and signed by Comilla Victorians. He later won a contract from Dhaka Platoon in November 2019 and has since been selected by Galle Gladiators in October 2020.

In July 2021, he was playing for Rawalakot Hawk for the first edition of the KPL. He was also the Brand Ambassador of the KPL Initially, he was playing for Muzaffarabad Tigers but later he leave Muzaffarabad Tigers and Rawalakot Hawks and win the title for his team On 26 July 2021 Afridi joined Kathmandu Kings XI to play in EPL

T10 franchise career

Afridi has been chosen to be the ambassador of the newly inaugurated T10 League in UAE and he was signed on to play for Team Pakhtoons and given the captaincy. He also signed a similar contract again in 2019 but after not receiving NOCs from the PCB, he wasn’t offered a salary. Afridi followed with a new contract to captain Qalandars in 2020, signing another deal as an icon player.

Afridi was chosen as the brand ambassador for an upcoming cricket league in Qatar called QPL 2019. In this league, players are divided into regional teams, instead of individual players.

He signed for Bangla Tigers in 2021–22 T10 League

Afridi launched his own T10 league called the Mega Stars League In 2022

International career

Early years

In 1996, Afridi was drafted into the ODI team as a replacement for Mushtaq Ahmed Pakistan became one of the highest scoring teams in ODIs with 370. Afridi made his debut on 2 October and played in one match where he batted at number three. In the following match against Sri Lanka,

Afridi broke a record by scoring 100 runs from 37 balls,

but this was end when Corey Anderson scored one hundred for the New Zealand cricket team.

In the third game, Afridi made his test debut on 22 October 1998. By this point, he had already played 66 ODIs and scored two international centuries. Pakistan win the first match by 12 runs but lost the second match to draw the series.

increase in importance 

In March 2005, Afridi made his presence felt with an outstanding all-around performance,

scoring a quick-fire fifty-plus in the second innings and taking five wickets including Tendulkar to help Pakistan to win the game. That month culminated in another masterstroke –

Afridi scored 100 off 45 balls against India,

sharing the record for the fastest century in the history of ODI cricket. For most of 2005, he was more consistent than ever with his batting and bowling.[99] Then Pakistan coach, Bob Woolmer, helped Afridi

fully capitalize on his scoring potential by improving his shot selection and giving him freedom over his batting attitude.

On November 21, 2005, the Pakistan Cricket Board suspended Shahid Afridi from the English tour for three games and two more one-day internationals because he hit the ground with his foot when playing on English soil. Because of this, a bowler was penalized for that incident and the cricket referee was suspended for six months after an ICC hearing.

In 2006, Afridi announced their retirement from Test cricket in order to focus on limited overs matches

and the 2007 Cricket World Cup. He said he would consider reversing his decision with the World Cup. Since January 2005, he played ten Tests, averaging 47.44 with 7 wickets. On April 27, 2006, he reversed his decision, saying that “[Woolmer] told me that I am one of the main players in the team and squad and that Pakistan really needed me”. England won the four-match series 3-0; before traveling to England for a tour in July/September, Afridi played for Ireland as an overseas player in the C&G Trophy in six matches scoring 128 runs and taking seven wickets; England won 3-0.


Shahid Afridi Pakistan won the World Twenty20 in 2009, captain Younis Khan retired from T20 cricket.

CEOs subsequently announced that Shahid Afridi had taken over as captain of T20 games

with the potential option to become permanent captain later. However, on January 31st, 2010, Afridi was caught on camera biting the ball. He later pleaded guilty to ball tampering and his punishment was a two-game ban.

By 2010, Afridi was made captain of the national team in all 3 formats.z

He had also captained Pakistan during their first test against Australia.. Later that year, Afridi scored 31 runs at Lords to help his team in the first innings. rash stokes take the wicket of afridi After the match, he announced his retirement from Test cricket again when he said that his lack of temperament caused his poor performance. After three cricketers from Pakistan were implicated of wrongdoings, former captain Shahid Afridi denied allegations that he was approached to fix a game and was instead reinstated as captain.. The International Cricket Council (ICC) did not take action against him.

Conditional retirement and return

Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket, but an out-of-court settlement with the PCB reinstated his NOC. With support from Pakistan’s captain, he decided to return and play again.

In 2013 in Guyana, during the first ODI match against the West Indies Afridi scored 76 (55). In July 2014, he played for the Rest of the World side in a Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord’s.

Afridi decided to end his international cricket career after a loss to Australia in the quarter-finals of the

2015 Cricket World Cup.

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