Wanted to quit international cricket when Shoaib Malik became Pakistan captain: Shahid Afridi
Former Pakistani allrounder Shahid Afridi makes a bold comment on Shoaib Malik. He revealed that he wanted to quit international cricket when Shoaib Malik became captain of the Pakistan team in 2009.
Shoaib Malik was appointed captain of the Pakistan team in 2009. And Pakistan team had won the T20 world cup 2009 under his captaincy. But According to Shahid Afridi, there was a lack of teamwork in his captaincy and the team spirit wasn’t at its best.
In a recent interview with Samaa Tv, Shahid Afridi said,
“I decided not to play cricket anymore. Shoaib Malik had become the captain and there was a lot of politics going on within the team.”
Afridi also clarified the Dressing room Incident:
Shahid Afridi also opened up on dressing room controversy when Shoaib Akhtar hit his teammate Mohammed Asif with a bat. In his autobiography, Shoaib Akhtar also blamed him for his action against Asif.
Akhtar writes in his autobiography, “Afridi was aggravating the situation and I swung the bat at both of them. Afridi ducked, but Asif couldn’t get out of the way, the bat struck him on his thighs and he collapsed. I had lost it. I had never behaved like this, especially in the dressing room.”
Shahid Afridi is the only player to hit 4 consecutive sixes in every format of cricket
Test : 6⃣6⃣6⃣6⃣ to Harbhajan
ODI : 6⃣6⃣6⃣6⃣ to Bhandara
T20 : 6⃣6⃣6⃣6⃣ to Sameen+Dawson
T10 : 6⃣6⃣6⃣6⃣ to Wahab Riaz@SAfridiOfficial @TEAM_AFRIDI @dheetafridian__ @usmansatti476 pic.twitter.com/EcyxzjDq4z
— Imran Ali 🇵🇰 (@ImranAli__10) April 23, 2021
However, Shahid Afridi clarified the incident and said, “Asif had sided with me in a joke which enraged Shoaib and all this happened. But Shoaib has a very beautiful heart.”
During the interview, He also revealed that when he played under 14 and 18, he used to sleep in his kit as cricket was everything for him.
“When I played under 14 and 18, there was only cricket in my all life. I used to sleep in my kit if I had a match the next day because I didn’t want to be late. There was no social media at that time, so people showed my pictures in Dawn and Jang to my father and said his son was indeed up to something good.” He stated.