[dropcap]S[/dropcap]hahid Afridi born as Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi is also famously called Boom Boom Afridi. Currently he is playing in PSL as a captain of team Peshawar Zalmi.
He came into this world in 1980 on 1st March and is a great former cricketer of Pakistan. The dashing Shahid is widely known for outrageous batting style. The cricketer belonged to Pashtuns Afridi tribe. He is married with his tribe’s girl and havefour lovely daughters.
Shahid Afridi’s International Career
When he was sixteen, Shahid got drafter into ODI team as leg spinner replacement for badly injured player named Mushtaq Ahmed. At the tender age, Afridi turned out to be the youngest and energetic player who scored ODI century. After appearing as a young player on international scene, Shahid participated in three match test series in 1998 against Australia. By this time, he had played at least 66 ODIs.
In year 2001, Shahid signed contract for representing Leicestershire. He scored 95 which were the highest score from around 58 balls in semi finals of C&G Trophy for helping Leicestershire defeat Lancashire. Derby shire cricket club hired Shahid for playing them in first 2 months of English cricket season 2003. Afridi signed contract with the English county in 2004 for playing them in 3 twenty matches along with single tote sport league entry.
Spices About the Brilliant Character
Afridi was completely banned for two ODIs and test match for intentionally destroying the pitch during three test matches against England. Camera captured him scrapping boots on pitch. Afridi therefore begged later as he was guilty on his act. Shahid announced temporary retirement in order to focus on ODIs and particularly on World Cup 2007.
Afridi was also charged in 2007 for bringing game into discredit as he thrust the bat at the spectator who actually swore at Afridi after getting dismissed.
The cricketer was given four game suspensions which is considered as the least possible ban on such an offense. This meant that he won’t be able to play first two world cup matches of 2007.
Afridi and PCB didn’t go for any appeal to remove the ban though they felt that punishment was extremely harsh.
Return and Retirement of Shahid Afridi
On 30th May, Afridi took conditional retirement in protest which was against the treatment of PCB. PCB suspended Shahid’s contract and fined him around $52,300 and revoked the NOC that allowed him to play Hampshire. He put forward a petition at Sindh High Court for overturning the sanctions. Afridi withdrew the petition after settling his issues outside the court and PCB reinstated Shahid’s NOC. When PCB’s contracts got renewed somewhere in August, Afridi was permitted to lapse.
In 2011, Afridi was the only player who scored half century and took five wickets in ODIs two separate events. In 2014, Shahid played for Rest of World side at Lord’s in Bicentenary Celebration match. He announced his own retirement from the ODI cricket soon after World Cup 2015 when Pakistan got defeated by Australia in quarter final and eventually lost the battle.