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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New Zealand President XI beat Pakistan in warm-up match 25 Jan 2015
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq century went in vain even after Pakistan’s full-fledged national team scored formidable 313 runs as second string New Zealand Board’s President XI thrashed Pakistan‘s bowlers and achieved the target with six wickets in hand in 49.2 overs. Pakistan batted first in the warm-up match and was reduced to 2-9 in the third over after experienced players Mohammad Hafeez
Razzaq lashes out at Waqar for his exclusion from World Cup squad 22 Jan 2015
LAHORE: Pakistan out of favour all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has lashed out at the national team’s head coach Waqar Younis for launching a campaign against established senior players. “Till Waqar is the coach I will never be considered for a comeback to the national team,” Razzaq was quoted as saying Wednesday. “For some reason since Waqar became head coach he had
Misbah unlikely to play in World Cup 2015 21 Jan 2015
ISLAMABAD: Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq‘s presence in the ODI’s against New Zealand and in the 2015 World Cup is doubtful due to the hamstring injury he had suffered in a match against the Kiwis last month. Talking to APP (news agency), a PCB official said Misbah hasn’t played even a single match after his injury due to which he is unlikely to
Pakistan cricketers embark on World Cup mission 21 Jan 2015
Lahore (Pakistan) – The Pakistan cricket team left on a World Cup mission Tuesday with their first destination New Zealand where they play two one-day internationals before taking part in the mega event. Paceman Junaid Khan had to pull out hours before departure because of a leg injury and was replaced by another fast bowler Bilawal Bhatti who will depart
Tough without Ajmal, says Pakistan spin coach 16 Jan 2015
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan’s spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed Friday admitted it will be tough to find the right balance without ace spinner Saeed Ajmal suspended due to an illegal bowling action. Pakistan will be without Ajmal at this year’s World Cup starting on February 14 after the off-spinner withdrew following his failure to completely alter his action. Ahmed, a
Will play cricket till I am fit and in-form: Younis 15 Jan 2015
Pakistani cricketer Younis Khan dismissed speculations that he would follow Shahid Afridi and captain Misbah-ul-Haq and would also announce retirement after World Cup, but the player said he will continue to play as long as he is fit and in form. “As far as my retirement from cricket is concerned, I will continue to play till there is cricket in
Pakistan adds Sohail and Yasir, retains suspended Ajmal in central contracts 14 Jan 2015
Karachi – Pakistan cricket authorities on Wednesday retained the suspended spinner Saeed Ajmal while also adding the newcomers fast bowler Sohail Khan and the leggie Yasir Shah in their list of central contracts. The 37-year-old Ajmal is under suspension for illegal bowling action since September last year and will appear in a reassessment test in Chennai, India on January 24.
Misbah to quit one-dayers after World Cup 12 Jan 2015
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq said Sunday he will quit one-day cricket after the World Cup although he will continue to play Tests. Misbah, 40, becomes Pakistan’s second senior player after Shahid Afridi to announce his one-day retirement after the World Cup which is being staged in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29. “It’s
Fast bowler Sohail Khan undergoes dope test 10 Jan 2015
Fast bowler Sohail Khan who got surprise tap to be included in Pakistan’s squad for world cup, has been made to undergo a surprise dope test, a private tv channel reported on Saturday. Khan has been asked to go for A and B sample tests. The anti-dope samples were collected at National Stadium. It should be mentioned here that the
Afridi should open rather than Sarfraz during World Cup: Miandad 9 Jan 2015
Karachi: Pakistan former legendary batsman Javed Miandad believes sending Sarfraz Ahmed to open during World Cup will harm the in-form batsman and instead experienced Shahid Afridi should take the responsibility of an opener during the big event. “The selectors have named just two specialist openers in Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad. Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed is among their plans to get promotion
We have selected the best available players: Moin Khan 7 Jan 2015
Pakistan cricket team selection committee chief Moin Khan on Wednesday announced 15-mmeber Pakistan cricket team squad for World Cup 2015 here at National Stadium. The selectors overlooked prolific Fawad Alam while in an unexpected move named pacer Sohail Khan a part of the squad. Moin said that the team was picked after consultations with head coach Waqar Younis and skipper
Pakistan include leg-spinner Yasir in World Cup squad 7 Jan 2015
Karachi – Pakistan Wednesday included inexperienced leg-spinner Yasir Shah in their 15-man squad for next month’s World Cup, hoping he can fill the gap left by Saeed Ajmal who withdrew due to an illegal bowling action. Ajmal, who has led Pakistan’s attack in all three formats of the game since 2009, was suspended in September because of problems with his
Kohli too emotional as team leader: Afridi 3 Jan 2015
KARACHI: Pakistan’s flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said that Virat Kohli is “too emotional” as a leader and it will take him some time to fill in the captaincy void left by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from Test cricket. Afridi said he was a big fan of Kohli’s cricketing skills but the Indian needed to improve as a leader of
Adored Afridi leaves vacuum for fans – and advertisers 31 Dec 2014
Karachi – If fan following was a yardstick of greatness in cricket, Pakistan’s colourful all-rounder Shahid Afridi would probably be ranked his country’s greatest ever player. Ever since he hit a 37-ball hundred in only his second one-day international — against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996 — Afridi has been a cult figure in Pakistan. His announcement last week

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