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  1. LAHORE: After his stunning catch against rival team Quetta Gladiators, former captain Shahid Khan Afridi said that at his age he runs away from fielding but today he especially requested to be on fielding. Karachi Kings defeated Quetta Gladiators in the second match of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League. Shahid Afridi played a crucial role in the wining of his team by catching the ball at the boundary, hit by Umar Ameen. At the end of the match, Afridi in an interview said that good fielding cannot be done without enjoying it and at his age, he tries to avoid fielding. Afridi said that he wanted to field at the boundary himself and thought if there is a possibility of a boundary catch then he will do it. He further said that in the T20 format, one always has to be ready for fielding.
  2. 'Boom Boom' Afridi caught a stunner in the deep to remove Umar Amin for 31, as Karachi Kings opened their PSL season with a victory against Quetta Galdiators. DUBAI: All-rounder ?Boom Boom? Shahid Khan Afridi still appears to be supremely fit and at his peak, despite being just a few days shy of his 38th birthday. But, after a stunning catch for Karachi Kings in the second match of Pakistan Super League 2018 against Quetta Gladiators on Friday, the former Pakistan captain?who turns 38 years old on March 1?admitted that he may have finally 'come of age'. Karachi Kings successfully defended their target of 150, restricting Quetta to 130-9 to claim a 19-run victory in their season opener. Afridi?s stunner of a catch at the boundary to remove Umar Amin for 31 not only stunned the audience but played an important part in the team?s confident victory in the season opener. Speaking after the match, Afridi said that he now often ?runs away from fielding at this age". He said that a cricketer cannot field well unless he enjoys it too. But at his age, he said, he mostly tries to avoid fielding. "Today, I had wanted to field on the boundary myself, hoping for a catch to come my way," said Afridi. He said the catch helped the team come back into the match and Kings were eventually able to beat Gladiators by 19 runs in their season opener. He added that in the T20 format, it was important that a player is always ready for fielding. Team-mates congratulate Afridi after an athletic catch fielding in the deep for Karachi Kings.
  3. This picture of Shahid Afridi with an Indian fan during Ice Cricket tournament in Switzerland went viral, after Afridi told her not to fold away the Indian flag, earning praise both sides of the border Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has called for cricket to be used as a tool to improve relations between India and Pakistan and for politics to be kept away from sports. Cricket has been a victim of the tense relations between the two neighbouring countries, who have not played a full bilateral series since 2007. ?Due to lack of international cricket between the two countries, we now play either in the ICC tournaments or the events such as Ice Cricket,? Afridi told Wisden India, as he shared his recent experience of playing alongside Indian cricketers in an exhibition tournament in Switzerland. ?I believe politics should be kept away from sports. It should rather be used as a tool to improve relations between the countries. Sport is something which can play a big role in bringing peace,? he stressed. Afridi captained the Royals in a two-match T20 series which was played in sub-zero temperatures in the Swiss Alps. Among the stars who featured in the tournament were Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, and Ajit Agarkar. ?It was nice to meet and play with players from India after a long time,? Afridi reminisced. ?That was something very positive about the tournament and I think it should continue. Both countries should also be playing international cricket against each other.? Apart from a short limited-overs series in India in 2012-13, Pakistan and India have not met outside of World Cups, World T20s or Asia Cups. Afridi, who continues to be in blistering form in T20 cricket, said he is focused on the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League, which starts in Dubai from February 22. ?I have started to practice for the PSL. I have reduced my other activities and am focusing more on the PSL. Hopefully, the upcoming season will be good for me,? said the all-rounder, who will be in action for Karachi Kings for the first time. The PSL action will return to Pakistan towards the end of the tournament, with Lahore set to host two playoffs and Karachi ready to hold the final. ?The situation in Pakistan is much better now,? said Afridi. ?It?s good to know that cricket is returning to Pakistan. This year, there will be two playoffs in Lahore and then the final in Karachi. It?s going to be a huge moment for the people of Karachi. It?s a positive sign and message to the world.?
  4. Shahid Afridi and Virat Kohli pictured during practice together/File photo Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi believes Virat Kohli?s ?controlled aggression? has taken the Indian team to new heights. ?The way Virat Kohli is taking the Indian team ahead, he is doing a fantastic job,? Afridi said on the sidelines of the inaugural match of the St Moritz Ice Cricket tournament 2018 in Switzerland. The explosive all-rounder pointed out that there is no harm in adopting the policy of controlled aggression. ?Controlled aggression is always good. One should be aggressive, Virat has it in him. If you look at [MS] Dhoni then he is very cool-minded and relaxed. Everyone has their own nature. Virat has his own style to lead his team and controlled aggression is acceptable,? Afridi said. ?If you take everyone ahead together, if the captain supports the young players or those in troubled times, he also earns respect.? Shahid Afridi with his fans in the Swiss Alps Asked about his future in cricket, Afridi said his focus remains on playing T20 tournaments around the world. ?For me, I want to concentrate only on the [T20] leagues, wherever they are. Be it England, Australia or Bangladesh. But I also have a bigger cause, working with my foundation [Shahid Afridi Foundation].? On the persisting tensions between India and Pakistan, Afridi said sportspersons serve as ambassadors of their countries. ?We [sportspersons] are ambassadors from our respective countries. We should look to do positive things. [Politicians should do what they are supposed to], but I think we can play a bigger role for both the countries.? ?I have always maintained that the better the relations are between India and Pakistan, ham bohot saare dushmano ke mooh par thappad marenge [we will deliver a blow to those who are against us],? he added. Afridi terms cricket on ice an exciting experience Royals won the match by six wickets and chased the target in 15.2 overs On Thursday, Afridi-led Royals beat Sehwag's Diamonds by six wickets in the first match of the St Moritz Ice Cricket tournament, with Afridi hailing the experience of playing cricket on ice as "exciting" It was a big challenge to run around wearing so many layers of cloths, he said at the end of the match. ?Experience was totally different.. I enjoyed playing cricket on ice, good thing is that all the big stars from all the major countries are here,? Afridi said in the post-match press conference.
  5. Shahid Afridi Royals vs Virender Sehwag Diamonds ll Cricket On Ice 1st Match Full Highlights
  6. Man-of-the-Match Shaheen Shah Afridi took 6 for 15 A magical spell by the young sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi skittled out Ireland for 97, handing Pakistan a nine-wicket win in the 10th match of the U19 Cricket World Cup at Whangarei on Tuesday. Ireland, batting first, were bowled out for 97 after man-of-the-match Shaheen Shah bagged six wickets for a mere 15 runs, helped along by skipper Hassan Khan who took three for 16. Pakistan chased down the target within just nine overs for loss of one wicket. Zaid Alam stayed not out at 43 off 19 balls and Hassan Khan was on the crease at 27 off 21. The victory comes as a big boost to the Green Shirts after they lost to Afghanistan in the World Cup opener on Saturday.
  7. During his playing days, Virender Sehwag never cared about the match situation, the opposition or even the bowler at the other end. All he cared about was smashing the ball hard enough so that it sailed over the ropes. He always believed in scoring big and fast. And, most of the time, the Nawab of Najafgarh pretty much managed to do that. Almost five years after his retirement, Sehwag gave his fans something to cheer for when he returned to the cricket field in the highly-anticipated T10 League tournament. But, while many would have thought the former Indian cricketer would go hammer and tongs, the right-hander was undone by another veteran star without even opening his account. Pretty special pic in the context of regional politics - cricket transcending boundaries.. let's try to keep it this way...#T10League pic.twitter.com/cw7EFVdGC2 — Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) December 14, 2017 Leading the Maratha Arabians, Sehwag failed to lift his team to victory and eventually lost against the Pakhtoons by 25 runs. While Sehwag and his team witnessed a nightmare on the opening night of the 10-over-a-side tournament, the Shahid Afridi-led Pakhtoons revelled in the heroics of their captain. Shahid Afridi First Ever Hat-Trick In #T10 #Cricket League 2017 | Maratha Arabians vs #Pakhtoons | #Sharjah Cricket Stadium | #Pakistan #Australia #PakhtoonTeam #India #Bangladesh #England #SouthAfrica #NewZealand #Zimbabwe #Westindies #SriLanka #T10CricketLeague #Pakistani pic.twitter.com/gXhR26BUqu — Akhunzada Khan (@PakistaniOnline) December 15, 2017 Afridi, who called time on his international career in 2016, didn't just enthral his fans by returning to the pitch, but he did so in style. The former Pakistani cricketer claimed a brilliant hat-trick in his first three balls in the tournament. Coming into the attack in the sixth over, the 37-year-old got Rilee Rossouw out caught at wide long-on to claim his first scalp of the game. On the very next delivery, he rapped Dwayne Bravo on the pads right in front of the stumps to make it two for two. On a hat-trick, Afridi faced fierce Sehwag but even he was unable to read the in-dipping slider before walking back into the hut with a duck against his name. Shahid Afridi hat-trick with his first three balls in T10. Rossouw, Dwayne Bravo, Sehwag. Obviously — Paul Radley (@PaulRadley) December 14, 2017 Alex Hales fought a lone battle for the Maratha Arabians with an unbeaten 57 off 26 balls but with only one other batsman from his team reaching the two-figure mark, the England batsman couldn't save his team who were reduced to just 96/7 in 10 overs. It's almost 2018 and Shahid Afridi is still the highlight of the night.. Lots of love @SAfridiOfficial.. Never change.. â¤ï¸ — Kukkoo (@LeenaAlvi) December 14, 2017 Adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant performance, Afridi was quizzed by Ramiz Raja during the presentation ceremony on creating the magic even at this age. "What do you mean still performing at this age, I am still young," said Afridi with a chuckle. Ever since T10 was announced there was a great buzz and anticipation around how the now -new shortest form of the game would be received ! Change being the only constant, we may be entering a new era of entertainment. Btw I still love test cricket ð — Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) December 15, 2017 Despite the short format of the games, the smash-and-grab style tournament seems to have ignited some decent fanfare. Around 11,000 of the 14,500 seats at the Sharjah Cricket stadium were filled with fans who were eager and later elated to see the likes of Afridi and Sehwag mark their return to cricket.
  8. Afridi being presented a check by CM Punjab LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday donated Rs50 million on behalf of the provincial government to former captain Shahid Afridi?s charity ?Shahid Afridi Foundation?. Afridi met with Shehbaz Sharif, who applauded the cricketer?s efforts in areas of health and education and presented a check of Rs50 million for the foundation to build a state-of-the-art hospital in Thar. The chief minister said there is a strong need for the private sector and the government to work together for improvement of health, education and other social sectors. He encouraged the private sector to come forward to support initiatives for social good, and assured of the government?s support. Afridi thanked the chief minister for the donation and lauded his efforts in the health and education sector. ?Chief Minister [Shehbaz Sharif]?s services in areas of health and education are worthy of praise,? the all-rounder said. On Monday, Afridi inaugurated a school as part of a project by Shahid Afridi Foundation in Lahore. Discussing his plans for the development of the country, he said he wanted to give back to the society and make health and education his priority areas. ?My people have given me so much love over the past 20 years, now it?s time for me to give back,? he said.
  9. Shahid Afridi and Eion Morgan. Photo: File DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will introduce a new cricket format when big hitters Shahid Afridi, India's Virender Singh, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara and England's Eoin Morgan feature in a T-10 league in December. The ten-over-a-side matches will spread over 90 minutes in Sharjah, the details of which were announced here on Tuesday. Twenty20 cricket was introduced in England in 2003 while the first international Twenty20 match was held between Australia and New Zealand at Auckland in February 2005. Since then the shortest format ? the other two are five-day Tests and 50-over internationals ? has become the most popular amongst the fans around the world. The league's president Salman Iqbal hoped the idea will kick off. "Everyone has played T-10 cricket on the streets and this will give more fire to cricket and will be a big step forward and people will definitely enjoy it," said Iqbal. The tournament will be as swift as the format, lasting just four days from 21-24 December with former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan also featuring. Afridi, who retired from international cricket last year said he was thrilled at the idea. "When I was told of the idea I was thrilled and requested that I want to play," said Afridi, famous as Boom Boom for his big hitting. England's current one-day and Twenty20 captain Morgan was confident that T-10 cricket will have an impact. "The whole concept is exciting," said Morgan. "We all remember when the first time Twenty20 cricket was played and since then it (twenty20) has impacted the other formats. "If this new idea takes off then I am sure it will also impact the other forms of the game." The four teams will be selected through drafts later this month. Misbah said the new formats will be easy for ageing players as well. "It's an exciting idea and a good thing for players like me," said 43-year-old Misbah who retired in May this year. "It will need just ten overs of batting and then fielding and at this age, I can afford that."
  10. Former Pakistan T20i captain Shahid Afridi. Photo: File LAHORE: Flamboyant all rounder and former t20 skipper Shahid Afridi said on Monday that inclusion of Indian players in the World XI team for Independence Cup would have given a good message to the world and sports can resolve disputes. In an interview to BBC, Afridi said that the visit of World XI players for Independence Cup is an important development for the return of international cricket to Pakistan; he gave the credit to Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi and his team for their efforts to being international cricket back in the country. He added that the people of Pakistan love cricket and they want to see international cricketers playing in front of them. Get to know the World XI Meet the 14-member star-studded World XI team, led by South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis Pakistan welcomes World XI as international cricket comes home The 14-member World XI side ? led by South Africa's Faf du Plessis ? will play three T20 matches against Pakistan The former skipper said that the cricket grounds in the country were not being utilized properly from last eight years. International Cricket Council's (ICC) World XI players arrived at the Haj Terminal of Lahore's Allama Iqbal Airport amid tight security in the wee hours of Monday morning. The team ? currently comprising 13 members, with the exception of Samuel Badree ? departed from the airport to their hotel at Mall Road. Badree is expected to arrive later in the evening. Upon arrival, Andy Flower ? the coach of World XI ? said he was hopeful to play a good series against Pakistan. "It's great to be here; we're looking forward to seeing a lot of you watching the great cricket we put on the show," said Flower. "We've had a warm welcome. Thank you very much," he added. The 14-member ICC World XI side ? led by South Africa's Faf du Plessis ? is scheduled to play three T20 matches in Lahore on September 12, 13, and 15. Tickets for the first match of the much-awaited Independence Cup ? slated to be held on September 12 ? have already sold out, although fans are trying their best to get their hands on the tickets for the second and third matches.
  11. LAHORE: Pakistan's former t20 skipper Shahid Afridi on Tuesday refused to attend the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) event scheduled on September 14 at Lahore. Afridi expressed his refusal during a phone call with PCB Chairperson Najam Sethi. The flamboyant all-rounder will be playing the Afghan Cricket League (ACL) from September 11. Afridi is the only Pakistani player signed to play the ACL. Currently, Afridi is in the United Kingdom to play the Twenty20 Blast ? representing Hampshire. Previously, Afridi has turned down an offer for a farewell from the board, citing personal commitments. He was offered a farewell event by Sethi during a meeting in Dubai on April 23. Afridi last played for Pakistan in 2016 during the World T20 in India. Following Pakistan's early exit from the tournament, Afridi desired for a proper farewell match, which he couldn't get. Later, in an interview to Geo.tv in December last year, Afridi had given up his desire and confirmed that he had already played his last game and wasn't looking for a farewell anymore.
  12. Former PTI leader Ziaullah Afridi addressed a press conference in Peshawar on Tuesday. Photo: Geo News screen grab PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan was fooling people of other provinces in the name of merit, said a former minister of PTI, Ziaullah Afridi, referring to the party chief?s speech in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi. While addressing a news conference in Peshawar on Tuesday, Ziaullah spoke about the Bank of Khyber scam, saying Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak was involved in illegal hiring in the bank, while Imran was saving his back. ?Khattak is involved in loss of billions of rupees of the bank,? Ziaullah said. ?Although Imran says he does not interfere in the affairs of the bank, but he and Khattak are concealing each other?s corrupt activities.? Ziaullah, who was the minister for minister and mineral development in the KP government, was dismissed over charges of corruption in his department. During his news conference, the ex-minister alleged Khattak to be involved in illegal mining as well. About Bank of Khyber Managing Director Shams-ul-Qayyum, Ziaullah said he was illegally appointed. ?Jamaat-e-Islami chief Siraj-ul-Haq is requested to voice the illegal activities of the Bank of Khyber managing director.? Jamaat-e-Islami, which is in coalition with PTI in the KP government, is the party to which KP Minister for Finance Muzaffar Said belongs. The finance minister is the one whom the Bank of Khyber administration has alleged of pressuring them and making illegal appointments. ?Siraj-ul-Haq is letting Bank of Khyber drown [just] to save his seat,? Ziaullah said. Therefore, the former minister added, he will conduct a sit-in outside the Ehtesab Commission, demanding Imran and Khattak to present the KP finance minister for accountability. Regarding his affiliation with PTI, Ziaullah said the KP Assembly records had him mentioned as an MPA of the party. The former minister said he has not decided to join any political party but would do so after consultation. The BoK scandal surfaced in April 2016 when its managing director levelled many allegations of interference in the bank?s affairs against the KP finance through newspaper advertisements. The minister responded by publishing advertisements in the newspapers to clarify his position. He also levelled counter-allegation against the Bank of Khyber's managing director.
  13. Pakistani cricket start Shahid Khan Afridi on Friday reacted to the ongoing storm of allegations in the country after a member of the National Assembly Ayesha Gulalai alleged her party chairman Imran Khan had been making advances and sending her indecent messages. Afridi posted on microblogging site Twitter, asking, "Is politics in Pakistan only about mudslinging on each other?" He added that we must all be responsible and take control of ourselves. "We must think about our future generations," he wrote before adding "it is our responsibility to improve Pakistan's image but instead we are making a joke out of ourselves globally." He appealed to the media in particular not to give coverage to those hurling allegations on Pakistan in each other and to adhere to their core responsibility. Since the moment Ayesha Gulalai made her startling revelations, social media has been vilifying her, hurling accusations and insults at her. There have been threats promoting an acid attack on her and even razing her home to the ground. The situation reached such a point that Gulalai appealed for security in light of the threats, resulting in Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ordering round the clock security for Gulalai and her family.
  14. KARACHI: Former captain Shahid Afridi has termed Pakistan?s win in the ICC Champions Trophy as one which will go down in the history books. Speaking to journalists after attending an event here on Tuesday, Afridi said: ?What Sarfraz and his team have done will go down in history. When miracles happen they are remembered for a long time.? Afridi added that only a few people had expectations from the team to reach the semi-final. ?They won the trophy and I would like to congratulate the entire country and in my opinion, the way the Pakistani people treated those cricketers with respect, love and the way they were welcomed is the most important thing for me.? More needs to be done The former skipper stated that more needs to be done to improve the state of Pakistan cricket and there should be no complacency with this win. Afridi called for an improvement in the structure, pitches, umpiring and equipment moving forward. ?We should not think that after winning one trophy we have conquered the world. A lot needs to be done in domestic cricket. Winning and losing are part of the game as we saw with Australia and New Zealand. Consistency is the most important thing. There needs to be a system to ensure that Pakistan keeps winning trophies.? Pakistan the lowest-ranked team in the tournament shocked the world when they defeated India by 180 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday. Since the victory, there have been celebrations all across the country and the cricketers have been given a hero?s welcome upon their return home. This was Pakistan?s first ICC ODI tournament win since the 1992 World Cup. The team also had success in the T20 format, taking home the World T20 title in 2009.
  15. After scoring a tons of runs, Shahid Afridi was clean bowled for not knowing the full form of LBW! He recently appeared at a Television show on a popular Pakistani channel, where the host tried to explain him ‘Leg Before Wicket’ is the full form of LBW. A clueless Afridi blamed the host for making the abbreviation up. © Twitter The anchor of the show tried his best to explain the word using actions. Instead of guessing the word spontaneously, Afridi took his headphones off and blamed the anchor for making him guess an incorrect word. Well, we now know the secret behind Pakistan’s consistent performance on the field. Why did you do this Afridi? Why? © Twitter Hats off to the confidence of this guy, who has been a part of the cricketing world for 21 years. While he holds a record for the most wickets taken; this makes us wonder how he managed to get so far? He also added that he has heard this term for the first time. Seriously? After this golden video surfaced online, Twitter, one of the savage online platforms, was not going to stay silent. As usual, they came out in full force to troll the Pakistani cricketer. Afridi don't know what does "Leg Before Wicket" means 😂 pic.twitter.com/cNoBvc43sK — Ammar Ashraf (@AmmarAshraf) June 13, 2017 Kashmir? Aur inko kashmir chahiye — Martyr4luv (@bravimg) June 14, 2017 Go ahead guys. If Afridi can play cricket without knowing what LBW means, you can also mention Excel under your skills on your CV. — Shumail (@Shumyl) June 13, 2017 The Retirement troll had to be there. Afridi doesnt know what lbw is after 2 decades of cricket and people expect him to know what retirement means pic.twitter.com/IfnOvD5rtj — R (@reviewero) June 14, 2017 Neither are we I am not even surprised. pic.twitter.com/5VS9HE1J2p — Osama. (@ashaqeens) June 13, 2017 Well…. Now it is like, you are studying Electrical Engineering and don't know about what Electricity is. DFM — Farooq Qureshi (@its_Alano) June 13, 2017 I know, right? Imagine Afridi played for 21 years and still does not know what LBW stands for!! MY GOD!!!!! #Afridi #LBW — Infructuous (@emzeday) June 14, 2017
  16. LONDON: Former cricket all-rounder Shahid Afridi said it would be a mistake to write off Pakistan after they proved they remain arguably the most unpredictable team in international cricket by trumping South Africa. Three days after being steamrolled by arch-rivals India, Sarfraz Khan and his team mates upset South Africa in a rain-hit match on Wednesday to revive their Group B campaign in Birmingham. Consistency has never been their strong point but Afridi, who featured in Pakistan´s five Champions Trophy campaigns, said the win has the potential to transform the young side. "It is heartening to see Pakistan play the way it did and I hope it continues its good work and brings smiles on the faces of our passionate cricket fans," Afridi wrote in a column for cricket governing body website. "I also feel that Pakistan shouldn?t be ruled out of title contention anymore. The win today can make this side do some amazing things in the tournament. Once again write Pakistan off at your own peril," he added. Paceman Hasan Ali led Pakistan´s improved bowling performance against South Africa, claiming 3-24 to help restrict the Proteas to 219-8 in 50 overs. Pakistan were 119-3 in 27 overs, 19 runs ahead under the Duckworth-Lewis method - which governs such weather-hit contests - when rain intervened to give them their first win in the tournament. Afridi was particularly impressed with 23-year-old Hasan Ali, who walked away with the man-of-the-match award. "I don´t recall Pakistan fast bowlers delivering match-winning performances in recent years, hence Hasan?s three-wicket spell made me really happy. "He is a mature bowler for his age, has decent pace and the ability of seaming the ball while he can also make the old ball reverse with impeccable control. "Pakistan conclude their Group B campaign against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday.
  17. Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi ? File Photo. LONDON: Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is to return for a third spell with Hampshire after signing to take part in this season's English Twenty20 Blast, the south coast club announced Thursday. Nicknamed ?Boom Boom? for his aggressive big-hitting, the 37-year-old is also a highly effective leg-spinner in cricket?s shortest format, with his 97 wickets in 98 matches a Twenty20 international record. Shahid Afridi pays tribute to #MisYou Afridi has joined the list of former greats who paid tribute to the duo saying that he want to say thanks to both the players for their selfless services for the game Shahid Afridi declines offer for farewell match Shahid Afridi last played for Pakistan in 2016 during the World T20 in India Afridi had previous stints with Hampshire in 2011 and 2016 and the club?s director of cricket Giles White said: "We?re thrilled to welcome Shahid back to the club for the coming T20 Blast campaign. "He?s been an important part of our success in the short form of the game in previous seasons and we feel his talents fit well with the current squad."
  18. Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi ? File Photo. LONDON: Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is to return for a third spell with Hampshire after signing to take part in this season's English Twenty20 Blast, the south coast club announced Thursday. Nicknamed ?Boom Boom? for his aggressive big-hitting, the 37-year-old is also a highly effective leg-spinner in cricket?s shortest format, with his 97 wickets in 98 matches a Twenty20 international record. Shahid Afridi pays tribute to #MisYou Afridi has joined the list of former greats who paid tribute to the duo saying that he want to say thanks to both the players for their selfless services for the game Shahid Afridi declines offer for farewell match Shahid Afridi last played for Pakistan in 2016 during the World T20 in India Afridi had previous stints with Hampshire in 2011 and 2016 and the club?s director of cricket Giles White said: "We?re thrilled to welcome Shahid back to the club for the coming T20 Blast campaign. "He?s been an important part of our success in the short form of the game in previous seasons and we feel his talents fit well with the current squad."
  19. Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has recalled fond memories of his friendship with several Indian cricketers, but noted Gautam Gambhir as an exception saying that the veteran opener had still not got over on-field altercation the two had a few years ago. In an exclusive column on the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the lead up to the heavyweight clash between India and Pakistan in the Champions Trophy on June 4, Afridi said he has always enjoyed good relations with Indian players. Unlike popular perception, players from both nations get along very well off the field, the all-rounder said. “Contrary to popular belief, India and Pakistan players get along very well. Of course, there are exceptions like Gautam Gambhir, who dare I say isn’t the friendliest,” Afridi wrote, referring to an ugly spat the two had on the field years ago. “We are unlikely to be found together at a coffee shop anytime soon. We had a heated exchange on the field some years ago and it made headlines all over the world. While I have moved on in life as I feel these things are part and parcel of the game, Gautam for some reason can’t get over it. Good luck to him!” Ugly spat between Afridi and Gambhir, AFP/Getty Images Gambhir had collided with Afridi on the pitch during Pakistan’s tour to India in 2007 while attempting a run, after which the duo exchanged abuses and the umpires had to intervene to de-escalate the situation. Afridi said he has enjoyed excellent relationships with Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh. “The three are one of my best mates and we have some wonderful memories together from the times when both the sides used to play and tour each other on a regular basis.” Afridi shares lighter moments with Indian players “In the early days of our careers, we used to hang out together quite a lot and also spend time at each other’s homes. Now, all of us are married and, as such, responsibilities and the priority lists have changed. But whenever we catch-up, we meet with warmth and love, and remember our good times together,” the 37-year-old wrote. Afridi also had some glowing words for India captain Virat Kohli and said he cherishes the gesture the skipper showed by gifting him an India shirt signed by the team last year. “Another player I admire and respect from the present lot is Virat Kohli. He has a fantastic cricket bat in hand and an even a better heart in his supremely fit body. Thank you to you and the entire Indian team for a wonderful farewell gift @imVkohli. Respect superstar, hope to see you soon pic.twitter.com/DGz8aMs1Xv — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 21, 2017 “I will always remember him for the gesture he showed when he gave me an India cricket team signed shirt following our match in Kolkata in the ICC World Twenty20 2016. This shirt sits prominently in my collection and will always remind me of not only my matches and visits to India, but my excellent relationships with most, if not all India cricketers.” Read more: Afridi thanks Kohli for 'wonderful' farewell gift Afridi also recounted moments from India’s tour to Pakistan, when he invited the entire India team to his Karachi residence. That experience ended up as one of the funniest and most embarrassing memories he has. “I recall during one of India’s tours to Pakistan, I invited the entire India team to my Karachi house. We prepared special Pathan-style rich food, full of lamb and mutton dishes. When the food was served, there was a complete silence in the room and my Indian friends were looking at each other. At that point, I realised that my honourable and respectable guests don’t eat that type of food! “Quite a few of them were vegetarians, and so, we had to urgently replace the food with Daal (lentils) and vegetables dishes. It was quite embarrassing for me to not know about the dietary requirements of the guests since our similarity of culture made me take many things for granted. That was a funny memory of my ‘hospitality’ for the Indian team.” Afridi said it was sad the two teams were not playing each other often anymore due to the prevailing relations between the two neighbours. "Hopefully, the situation will improve soon so that the old friends can reunite to relive old memories,” he wrote.
  20. Just like Real Madrid and Barcelona in football, India and Pakistan share a rivalry like no other in international cricket. Their clashes are full of tempers soaring at an all-time high alongside some exciting and aggressive cricket. The two cricketing giants might be fierce enemies on the field, but when they are off it, the cricketers from both sides share mutual respect for each other. So much so that when Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi hung his boots up earlier this year, the Indian side sent him a Virat Kohli jersey signed by the entire team which read, "To Shahid Bhai, best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you". Virat Kohli's shirt, signed by Indian team, for Shahid Afridi, with a message "always a pleasure playing against you." pic.twitter.com/KexlCjTNeZ — Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) April 15, 2017 Be it Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni or even Harbhajan Singh, Afridi, during his glorious cricketing career, always shared a good rapport with Indian cricketers. But, despite his camaraderie with the other cricket stars, there is one particular Indian batsman with whom Afridi would not be found in a coffee house with, ever. © Twitter And, we aren't really surprised to know that he is none other than Gautam Gambhir whose infamous on-field exchange with Afridi during the 3rd ODI between India and Pakistan at Kanpur in 2007 is now a testimony to the excitement their clashes generate. "Contrary to popular belief, India and Pakistan players get along very well. Of course, there are exceptions like Gautam Gambhir, who dare I say isn't the friendliest," said Afridi. "We are unlikely to be found together at a coffee shop anytime soon. We had a heated exchange on the field some years ago and it made headlines all over the world. While I have moved on in life as I feel these things are part and parcel of the game, Gautam for some reason can't get over it. Good luck to him," he said. © Twitter Apart from his rift with Gambhir, Afridi was all praise for the Indian captain who is also his favourite amongst the current crop of Indian cricketers. "Another player I admire and respect from the present lot is Virat Kohli. He has a fantastic cricket bat in hand and an even a better heart in his supremely fit body. I will always remember him for the gesture he showed when he gave me an Indian cricket team's signed shirt following our match in Kolkata in the World T20," he revealed. © Twitter "This shirt sits prominently in my collection and will always remind me of not only my matches and visits to India, but my excellent relationships with most, if not all India cricketers," he concluded.
  21. KARACHI: Pakistan's star all-rounder Shahid Afridi, while responding to his fans during a live interview on Monday, said, "It is too late now" to play a farewell match. The star cricketer came live on Facebook and Twitter to interact with fans and answered their queries. Asked about his best ODI and Test innings, he replied the innings in Kanpur and Test innings against India, in which he hit 141 runs, were the best. About his worst moment, the all-rounder recalled the moment he tampered the ball by biting it. He said there were a number of happy moments throughout his career mentioning the 2009 World Cup he can never forget. Questioned by a fan as to what made him come to charity, he said that it was his father's demise and that he wanted to do some good deeds for late father. While responding to a fan, he also praised India's Virat Kohli for his outstanding performances and aggressive style of playing the game. Afridi also urged Pakistani politicians to keep individual differences aside and unite in favour of the country. The star all-rounder answered a lot more; here is complete interview of him:
  22. India and Pakistan’s cricket teams are always completing against each other, but they keep the rivalry for the field only. When Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi announced his retirement, the whole Indian squad signed the national jersey of their captain Virat Kohli and gifted it to Afridi. The shirt carried a message in Kohli's handwriting which said, "To Shahid Bhai, best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you." The incredible and heartfelt gesture was very well received by fans in India and Pakistan, even Shahid Afridi himself loved the gift and took to Twitter to post a ‘Thank You’ note. Thank you to you and the entire Indian team for a wonderful farewell gift @imVkohli. Respect superstar, hope to see you soon ? pic.twitter.com/DGz8aMs1Xv — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 21, 2017 Even Virat Kohli was very quick with his response. @SAfridiOfficial It's a pleasure to have gifted something of importance and a lasting memory @SAfridiOfficial God bless you with everything in life See you ? — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 21, 2017 And people on Twitter were really happy with this emotional exchange. @SAfridiOfficial @imVkohli Being indian we miss u during india pak fabulous future match.. shahid u played fabulously — Bhanu pandey (@bhanupandey) April 21, 2017 @imVkohli @SAfridiOfficial ? pic.twitter.com/Y1MDb4FWnD — ????‼™ ? (@d_magnificent05) April 21, 2017 @imVkohli @SAfridiOfficial Massive respect from Pakistan. You are the best batsman in the world and a great role model. I hope we get to see a lot more from u. — Ali Alamdar (@AliAlamdar) April 21, 2017 @SAfridiOfficial @imVkohli Great gesture ☺ — صبا ? (@Saba_Sayss) April 21, 2017 @SAfridiOfficial @imVkohli Love knows no boundaries. Great to see it. Sports have the ability to narrow the gap btw the two Nations #IndPak. — Bhat Salfi (@Bhatsalfi7) April 21, 2017 This really proves that cricket indeed is a gentleman’s game.
  23. India and Pakistan share a rivalry like no other in international cricket. The two countries absolutely love cricket, and whenever they lock horns, it creates a unique aura, both inside and outside the stadium. Whether it's the 2011 World Cup semi-final between the two teams attracting over 988 million viewers or the fact that the tickets for their 2015 World Cup match were sold out within 12 minutes, the Indo-Pak rivalry generates a lot of excitement amongst anxious fans as there is never a dull moment in the match. But, over the years, the political stands of the two countries over cross-border tensions took a hit on their cricketing ties. The last time India and Pakistan locked horns in a bilateral series was back in 2012 for 3 ODIs and 2 T20s. © Twitter And since then, the two teams have only clashed with each other in ICC events. But, while they appear to be fierce competitors on the field, the players from both the sides share mutual respect and a cordial relationship off the field. And Team India's recent goodwill gesture is a testimony to that. The Indian cricket extended a hand of support to Pakistan's former captain and one of their most iconic cricketers - Shahid Afridi - after his retirement from international cricket. © Twitter The Indian squad signed the national jersey of their captain Virat Kohli and gifted it to Afridi after the Pakistani cricketer announced his retirement earlier this year. Virat Kohli's shirt, signed by Indian team, for Shahid Afridi, with a message "always a pleasure playing against you." pic.twitter.com/KexlCjTNeZ — Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) April 15, 2017 The shirt carried a message in Kohli's handwriting which said, "To Shahid Bhai, best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you." The image of the shirt was recently uploaded to Twitter by a Pakistani journalist who snapped a quick snap of the said shirt. The Kohli jersey carried signatures of the Indian captain, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah, Suresh Raina, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, and then coach Ravi Shashtri. © Twitter The 'Boom Boom' cricketer announced his retirement from all formats in February this year. He had previously retired from Test and ODI cricket but continued to lead the Pakistani T20I side until the 2016 World T20. After the tournament, Afridi stepped down as Pakistan's T20I captain. His retirement at the age of 36 brought an end to a 21-year international career during which he played 27 Test, 398 ODIs and 98 T20I games. @faizanlakhani good to see that players of both nations respect each other. — amir sohail (@amirsohail392) April 16, 2017 @faizanlakhani Good gesture by @imVkohli .thanks man — کشمیری مسلم (@pk_kashmiri) April 15, 2017 @faizanlakhani @faizanlakhani Not a gr8 fan of kohli & Indian cricket but this made me to love them. It shows cricket is gentlemen game with no boundaries — Muhammad Fawad (@iamFawadanjum) April 18, 2017 @faizanlakhani The message says it all. Pleasure playing against you not with you.Those who have played with Afridi know what that means @ShujahatAzim — IB (@Imran_Bukharey) April 16, 2017 @faizanlakhani Heart warming gesture! — Salman Saeed (@salman_539) April 16, 2017 @faizanlakhani that is what its all about kohli he is not just good player he also khows how to respect greats like Boom boom or ABD — usama iqbal (@roman52613212) April 17, 2017
  24. Shahid Afridi, who is currently struggling to find a spot in the Pakistan team, expressed his solidarity and support for the region of Kashmir and the people residing in the violence-affected areas. With India and Pakistan at loggerheads over their respective political stands on Kashmir since partition, the region and its residents have been exposed to various incidents of infiltration and cross-border terrorism that has resulted in innumerable casualties of both soldiers and civilians. Calling for peace in the region, Afridi said: "Kashmir has been suffering from brutality since past many decades. It’s high time this issue shd be resolved which has taken infinite lives". Kashmir has been suffering from brutality since past many decades.its high timethis issue shd be resolved which has taken infinite lives.1/2 — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 5, 2017 "Kashmir is heaven on earth & we can't be oblivious to the pleas of the innocent. #iStandWithKashmir #KasmirSolidarityDay," he added. Kashmir is heaven on earth & we can't be oblivious to the pleas of the innocent. #iStandWithKashmir #KasmirSolidarityDay 2/2 — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 5, 2017 But, the tweets of the Pakistani all-rounder apparently didn't go down well with the Indian twitter users who had their own piece of advice for Afridi. @SAfridiOfficial Bhai ap Pakistan ki fikar Karo, India ki nahi — Being MEN (@shakeelcc) February 5, 2017 Dear @safridiofficial ur govt's inaction &terrorist like #hafizsaeed #lakhvi #masoodazhar r main accused of brutality.. — im_krish (@im_krish23) February 5, 2017 @SAfridiOfficial.. Cricket khatam to politics, Do you know the capital of Pakistan? Apna ghar sambhalta nhi aur dusro ke ghar me taak jhaak — irshad ahmad (@IrshadIrsahm28) February 5, 2017 @SAfridiOfficial pehle worldcup mein India se match jeeto..kashmir ka masla hum faujiyon pr rehne do — Ghatak (@balisandeep89) February 5, 2017 @SAfridiOfficial tum Pakistani itna kayo rote hokashmir ke bare main agar tumhari niyat theek hoti to aaj Kashmir free hota — Sunil (@Sunilkath) February 6, 2017 @SAfridiOfficial ..Please know ur history and only then speak on politics....research genocide in Bangladesh??? — DocTendo (@prastendo) February 6, 2017 @SAfridiOfficial first stop bloodshed and live happily with your own people then think of Kashmir — Sanjay G.Varu (@SanjayGVaru) February 6, 2017
  25. India and Pakistan share a rivalry like no other in international cricket. If the 2011 World Cup semi final between the two teams attracted around 988 million television viewers, the fact that the tickets for the India-Pakistan match in the 2015 World Cup were sold out in just 12 minutes highlights the buzz their rivalry tends to generate. The extensive communal violence and conflict that marked the Partition of British India into India and Pakistan in 1947 and the subsequent Kashmir conflict laid the foundations for the emergence of an intense sporting rivalry between the two nations who had erstwhile shared a common cricketing heritage. And, over the years, the situation has probably worsened amid cross-border tensions. While the two nations remain at loggerheads, their political stand continues to affect the sports. But, despite the limitations at hand, the cricketers from both the sides share mutual respect and hold great admiration for each other. And, Harbhajan Singh's video message for Shahid Afridi is a testimony to that. Harbhajan singh supporting Peshawar Zalmi by ViralVideosinCricyy The Indian off-spinner, who is currently eyeing a comeback in the team, wished the Pakistani cricketer and his franchise Peshawar Zalmi best of luck for the this year's edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Bhajji has had a great camaraderie with 'Boom Boom' Afridi. The two cricketers have shared great moments (including heated exchanges) on and off the field which seems to have strengthened their bond over the years. Peshawar Zalmi, lead by Darren Sammy, will kick-start their PSL campaign against Quetta Gladiators on 25 February.