Shahid Afridi

Shahid AfridiSahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi (Urdu: صاحبزادہ محمد شاہد خان آفریدی) (born 1 March 1980 in Khyber Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan), popularly known as Shahid Afridi (Pashto: شاهد ‏افریدی), is a Pakistani cricketer. Between 1996 and 2011, Afridi played 27 Tests, 325 One Day Internationals, and 43 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for the Pakistani national team. He made his ODI debut on 2 October 1996 against Kenya and his Test debut on 22 October 1998 against Australia.

He is known for his aggressive batting style, and holds the record for the fastest ODI century which he made in his first international innings, as well as scoring 32 runs in a single over, the second highest scoring over ever in an ODI. He also holds the distinction of having hit the most number of sixes in the history of ODI cricket. Afridi considers himself a better bowler than batsman, and has taken 48 Test wickets and over 300 in ODIs. Currently Afridi is the leading wicket taker in the Twenty20 format taking 53 wickets from 43 matches.

In June 2009, Afridi took over the Twenty20 captaincy from Younus Khan, and was later appointed ODI captain for the 2010 Asia Cup. In his first match as ODI captain against Sri Lanka he scored a century however Pakistan still lost by 16 runs. He then also took over the Test captaincy but resigned after one match in charge citing lack of form and ability to play Test cricket; at the same time he announced his retirement from Tests. He retained the captaincy in limited-overs form of the game and led the team in the 2011 World Cup. In May 2011, having led Pakistan in 34 ODIs Afridi was replaced as captain. Later that month he announced his conditional retirement from international cricket in protest against his treatment by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB); in October he reversed his decision and joined the team in a series against Sri Lanka in November.

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Williamson hits century as New Zealand level series 17 Dec 2014
Abu Dhabi – Kane Williamson hit a brilliant hundred as New Zealand won the fourth day-night international against Pakistan by seven runs in an exciting finish in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Pakistan went ahead with the match despite calls to postpone it after the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar on Tuesday which left 148 people dead, 132 of them students. Both teams observed a two-minute silence and wore black armbands as a tribute to the victims. Williamson’s 105-ball 123 steered New Zealand to an imposing 299-5 before Younis Khan’s first one-day hundred in six years got Pakistan agonisingly
New Zealand bat in fourth one-day match 17 Dec 2014
Abu Dhabi – New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat in the fourth day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. New Zealand left out James Neesham, Anton Devcich and Nathan McCullum from the line-up of the third one-day match which they lost by 147 runs in Sharjah, bringing in Daniel Vettori, Adam Milne and Dean Brownlie. Pakistan, who lead the series 2-1, left out fast bowler Wahab Riaz and out of form Asad Shafiq and brought in all-rounder Anwar Ali and batsman Nasir Jamshed. Pakistan won the first and third matches while New
Waqar desperate to shed Pakistan’s ‘unpredictable’ tag 15 Dec 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Coach Waqar Younis is desperate shed the “unpredictable” tag that dogs his Pakistan side ahead of this week’s final two one-day internationals against New Zealand. Pakistan routed New Zealand by 147 runs in the third day-night international in Sharjah on Sunday two days after losing by four wickets in an unimpressive show in the second match. With Pakistan leading the five-match series 2-1, Waqar wants consistency in the final two matches in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Friday. “We have to remove that tag,” said Waqar on Monday. “The effort is to develop a good
Shehzad, Afridi star as Pakistan crush New Zealand in 3rd ODI 15 Dec 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Opener Ahmed Shehzad hit a swashbuckling hundred and Shahid Afridi made a fiery 55 and took three wickets to lead Pakistan to a crushing 147-run win over New Zealand in the third one-dayer in Sharjah on Sunday. Shehzad’s 120-ball 113 created the foundation of Pakistan’s biggest-ever total against New Zealand of 364-7 before they dismissed the Black Caps for 217 in 38.2 overs to go 2-1 up in the five-match series. Pakistan won the first game by three wickets in Dubai while New Zealand took the second by four wickets, also played in Sharjah. The
Misbah fined, Milne censured after ODI 13 Dec 2014
Dubai – Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq was fined 15 percent of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision and Kiwi bowler Adam Milne was reprimanded for using obscene language during a one-day international in Sharjah. New Zealand won the match by four wickets on Friday to level the five-match series at 1-1 after Pakistan took the first game in Dubai. Misbah also hurt his hamstring while fielding and is now doubtful for the third match, also in Sharjah on Sunday. “Misbah was fined 15 percent of his match fee for… showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during
Misbah in doubt for third New Zealand ODI 13 Dec 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Pakistan coach Waqar Younis Saturday admitted skipper Misbah-ul Haq remains doubtful for the third one-day international against New Zealand after he hurt his hamstring. Misbah fell awkwardly while chasing a shot in the third over of New Zealand’s innings during the second day-night international in Sharjah. New Zealand won the match by four wickets to level the five-match series at 1-1. Pakistan won the first match by three wickets in Dubai on Monday. Waqar said Misbah remains doubtful for the third match, also in Sharjah on Sunday. “Misbah has a hamstring issue and he will
Hafeez lifts Pakistan to 252 in second ODI 12 Dec 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Opener Mohammad Hafeez hit a solid half-century as Pakistan made 252 all out in 48.3 overs in the second day-night international against New Zealand in Sharjah on Friday. Hafeez hit a 92-ball 76 with nine boundaries and a six while skipper Misbah-ul Haq chipped in with a 65-ball 47 to rescue Pakistan from a shaky 20-3 after they won the toss and elected to bat in Sharjah. Pakistan lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first game in Dubai by three wickets. With his place under threat after his suspension from bowling over an
Sohail happy to help suspension-hit Pakistan 9 Dec 2014
Dubai – Pakistan newcomer Haris Sohail Tuesday showed confidence he can help his team’s bowling which has been hit badly by the suspension of ace spinner Saeed Ajmal and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez. The 25-year-old bowled ten overs for 39 runs before hitting an unbeaten career best 85 to anchor Pakistan’s three-wicket win in the first one-day international against New Zealand in Dubai on Monday. His left-arm slow bowling enabled Pakistan to overcome the loss of Hafeez who was suspended on Sunday over illegal bowling action. On Monday, Hafeez played as batsman only with Sohail coming to the rescue as fifth
Pakistan beat New Zealand by 3 Wickets in first one-day 8 Dec 2014
Newcomer Haris Sohail batted with maturity during his maiden one day international half-century to steer Pakistan to a three-wicket win in the first day-night international against New Zealand in Dubai on Monday. Full Scorecard: 1st ODI Pakistan vs New Zealand in Dubai Dec 8, 2014 The 25-year-old left-hander scored 85 off 109 balls and added 110 for the seventh wicket with veteran Shahid Afridi (who hit a 51-ball 61) to rescue Pakistan from a precarious 124-6 and turn it into a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Pakistan, set a daunting 247-run target, were struggling at 40-3 before Sohail added
New Zealand beat Pakistan to level Twenty20 series 5 Dec 2014
Dubai – New Zealand fought hard to beat Pakistan by 17 runs in the second Twenty20 international in Dubai to level the two-match series at 1-1 on Friday. Set a challenging 145-run target Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals with opener Ahmed Shehzad (33) and captain Shahid Afridi (28) the only ones who stayed long enough to raise any hopes of a win. Pakistan won the first match — also played in Dubai — by seven wickets on Thursday. This time their chase was chaotic as New Zealand bowled with precision and fast bowlers Jimmy Neesham finished with 3-25 and
Sarfraz stars in Pakistan’s Twenty20 win over New Zealand 4 Dec 2014
Dubai – Opener Sarfraz Ahmed made a career best 76 not out to guide Pakistan to a comfortable seven wicket win over New Zealand in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in Dubai on Thursday. Chasing a modest 136-run target, Pakistan were lifted by Ahmed’s 64-ball innings which had eight fours and two sixes as they completed the win in 19.1 overs for a 1-0 lead. The second and final Twenty20 will also be played in Dubai on Friday. Ahmed added a quick 51 for the first wicket with Awaiz Zia who made 20 with two boundaries and then continued
Gul & Irfan return boost Pakistan for New Zealand T20s 3 Dec 2014
Dubai – Paceman Umar Gul and Mohammad Irfan‘s return is a huge boost for former world champions Pakistan ahead of two Twenty20 internationals against an under-strength New Zealand starting in Dubai on Thursday. The 30-year-old Gul is back after suffering from a knee problem that has kept him out of international cricket since the World Twenty20 competition in Bangladesh earlier this year. His inclusion will help Pakistan cope with the absence of ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who is suspended from international cricket after his bowling action was found illegal in September. Gul is the second highest wicket-taker in the shortest
Pakistan cricket chiefs apply for reassessment of Ajmal’s action 3 Dec 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan cricket chiefs said Tuesday they are seeking a reassessment of Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action which was deemed illegal in September, in a bid to clear the star off-spinner before next year’s World Cup. Ajmal was suspended from bowling at international level after a bio-mechanical analysis of his action which was reported as suspect during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in August. After placing him in a corrective programme, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it was ready to have his action re-tested by the International Cricket Council (ICC). “We have sent an email to the
Gul, Younis return in Pakistan’s limited over squad 1 Dec 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Paceman Umar Gul and batsman Younis Khan returned to Pakistan’s squads for next month’s Twenty20 and one-day series against New Zealand in United Arab Emirates, officials said Sunday. The 30-year-old Gul had his career derailed by a knee operation last year and in his return early this year he failed to impresss. Pakistan’s chief selector Moin Khan said Gul and Riaz’s return will bolster the squad for the two Twenty20 matches in Dubai on December 4 and 5. The Twenty20 will be followed by five one-day internationals. “Gul and Riaz are making comebacks from injury

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