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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Pakistan cricket chief blasts Afridi over captaincy 14 Oct 2014
Karachi – Pakistan’s cricket chief Tuesday blasted an “irresponsible” Shahid Afridi for creating confusion around the team captaincy and said the popular big-hitting all-rounder could face disciplinary action. Afridi, who led Pakistan in the third and final one-day international against Australia after regular captain Misbah-ul Haq withdrew because of poor batting form, said a final decision should be made on who would lead the team. “Misbah or me, whoever is to lead Pakistan in the World Cup he should know it now,” Afridi said after Pakistan’s one-run defeat which handed Australia a 3-0 series win in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Smith, Johnson lead Australian rout of Pakistan in 1st ODI 8 Oct 2014
Dubai – Steven Smith scored a maiden one day hundred while paceman Mitchell Johnson took three wickets to help Australia beat Pakistan by 93 runs in the first day-night international on Tuesday. Full Scorecard: 1st ODI Pakistan vs Australia in Sharjah 2014 Follow Pakistan vs Australia 2014 Series Coverage on Smith, who had never scored a half-century in one-day games before, managed a sedate 118-ball 101 to guide Australia to a challenging 255-8 before bowlers exposed Pakistan’s fragile batting to bowl them out for 162 in 36.3 overs at Sharjah stadium. Johnson (3-24) combined with off-spinners Glenn Maxwell (2-29)
Australia bat in first Pakistan ODI 7 Oct 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Australia captain George Bailey won the toss and opted to bat in the first day-night international against Pakistan played at Sharjah stadium on Tuesday. Full Scorecard: 1st ODI Pakistan vs Australia in Sharjah 2014 Pakistan gave a one-day debut to left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar to shoulder the spin attack in the absence of Saeed Ajmal, who was suspended for an illegal bowling action last month and is not on the tour. At 35 years and 301 days, Babar is the second oldest Pakistani to debut behind Younis Ahmed, who played his first ODI at 39
Pakistan, Australia focus on spin for ODI series 6 Oct 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Pakistan and Australia will focus on spin when they start a three-match one-day series in Sharjah on Tuesday, despite the absence of top bowler Saeed Ajmal, who is suspended over his suspect bowling action. Pakistan will rely heavily on Raza Hasan and Zulfiqar Babar during this ODI series against Austarlia Pakistan have been hard pressed to compensate for the missing Ajmal, who has single-handedly won them matches in all three formats of the game in the last five years. He was reported for a suspect bowling action on Pakistan’s August tour of Sri Lanka and
Australia thump faltering Pakistan in Twenty20 5 Oct 2014
Dubai – Australia put on a clinical performance to beat Pakistan by six wickets in the one-off Twenty20 international in Dubai on Sunday. Full Scorecard: Pakistan vs Australia T20 Match 5th October 2014 Off-spinner Glenn Maxwell took a career best (3-13) and debutant Cameron Boyce (2-10) as Australia condemned Pakistan to their fifth lowest Twenty20 international total of 96-9 in 20 overs. Australia knocked off the target for the loss of four wickets in 14 overs with opener David Warner hitting a robust 39-ball 53 not out with four fours and three sixes. Warner reverse-swept Sohaib Maqsood for a big
Pakistan dismissed after dismal 96/9 in 20 overs in T20 against Australia 5 Oct 2014
Shahid Afridi’s new stint as Pakistan’s T20 captain got off to a horrid start as the green shirts batsmen imploded spectacularly in their one-off T20 against Australia being played at the Dubai International Stadium. A partisan capacity crowd backing the ‘home’ team Pakistan at the 25,000 seater venue was in for a rude shock as the new look top-order was sent packing inside the first 10 overs. When Afridi fell to debutant pacer Shaun Abbott in the 10th over of the innings the scoreboard read a miserable 46 for six. Saad Nasim, the Lahore Lions inductee in the team, top-scored
Pakistan bat against Australia in T20 clash 5 Oct 2014
Dubai – Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bat in the one-off Twenty20 international against Australia in Dubai on Sunday. Full Scorecard: Pakistan vs Australia T20 Match 5th October 2014 Pakistan are without their key spinners Saeed Ajmal (suspended because of his bowling action) and Mohammad Hafeez who was ruled out of the limited over series with a hand injury. Pakistan gave a Twenty20 debut to leg-spinning all-rounder Saad Nasim and also included left-arm spinner Raza Hasan. Australia gave Twenty20 debuts to Phil Hughes, Kane Richardson, Cameron Boyce and Sean Abbott. The teams will also play
Pakistan will miss Ajmal, says T20 captain Afridi 3 Oct 2014
Dubai – Pakistan‘s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi admitted his team will miss suspended ace spinner Saeed Ajmal when they meet Australia in Dubai on Sunday. The 36-year-old off-spinner is serving suspension on illegal bowling action and will not be available to play internationally until he is cleared after remedial work and reassessment. Ajmal has been an integral part for Pakistan in all three formats of the game, having missed only three Twenty20 matches since his debut, also against Australia at the same venue in 2009. He is the leading wicket-taker in all Twenty20 cricket with 85 in 63 matches, a
Afridi wants dignified exits for Pakistan seniors 29 Sep 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi said Monday the team’s senior cricketers should be given dignified farewells, after veteran batsman Younis Khan was unceremoniously axed from the one-day squad. Follow Pakistan vs Australia 2014 Series Coverage on An incensed Younis lashed out at selectors last week for not including him in their plans for next month’s series against Australia, a decision he learnt about only when the squad was announced in the media. The 36-year-old Test star, who has a history of making outspoken announcements, offered to step aside from all cricket for five months. The Pakistan
Mudassir, Nabil shine in HBL Inter-School cricket 26 Sep 2014
Mudassir Abbas and Mohammad Nabil produced sensational performances to guide their respective teams to convincing victories in Group G matches of the HBL Inter-School Cricket Tournament 2014. Left-arm spinner Mudassir Abbas took seven wickets for only 10 runs as Ebrahim Ali Bhai School trounced Fahims School System by 143 runs here at the Hussain Lawai Naya Nazimabad Stadium while all-rounder Mohammad Nabil followed up his knock of 45 with a five-wicket haul to power Khan Secondary School to a massive 222-run victory over Qamar-e-Bani Hashim School here at the TMC Ground. The tournament is being organized by the Pakistan Veterans
Pakistan launch crackdown on bowlers with suspect actions 26 Sep 2014
Karachi – Pakistan on Thursday suspended 16 domestic bowlers with suspect actions, a senior official said, in a major crackdown against chucking following the ban of ace spinner Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal was suspended earlier this month after he was found to straighten his elbow up to 43 degrees, well above the prescribed limit of 15. The ban jolted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) into action to avoid further international embarrassment. “We have 29 bowlers reported for suspect bowling actions in the current home cricket season and half of them were reported twice, so we have banned around 16 from domestic
Pakistan announce T20 and ODIs squads against Australia in UAE 24 Sep 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan Wednesday dropped experienced but out-of-form batsman Younis Khan from the one-day squad for next month’s limited-over series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates. Follow Pakistan vs Australia 2014 Series Coverage on The Pakistan Cricket Board selection committee headed by former captain Moin Khan announced separate squads for the only Twenty20 international in Dubai on October 5 and the three subsequent one-day internationals. The squad for the two Tests will be announced later. Younis Khan, 36, has had an extended run of poor form in the one-day format, with his last hundred coming in 2008.
Afridi among 12 fined in Pakistan for being out of shape 23 Sep 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan cricket authorities on Tuesday fined 12 players, including star all-rounder Shahid Afridi and batsman Umar Akmal, for failing to meet fitness standards. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) set tough new fitness guidelines in June, warning that failure to stay in shape would lead to players having their salaries docked. A PCB spokesman said the players were assessed against the guidelines earlier in September, and the 12 who failed would lose 25 percent of one month’s salary. “An assessment of 29 players’ fitness was carried out between September 6 and 8, and 12 players did not meet
Shahid Afridi inaugurates HBL Inter-School Cricket Tourney 19 Sep 2014
All-rounder Shahid Afridi, the newly appointed Pakistan T20 skipper, inaugurated the HBL Inter-School Cricket Tournament 2014 in a colourful ceremony here at the Karachi Gymkhana Cricket Ground on Thursday. More than five hundred students from the participating schools were present with their placards in the inauguration ceremony which was also attended by Younis Khan, an ex-Pakistan captain, Test Player Asad Shafiq and former cricketers, Jalaluddin and Abdul Raquib. Aman Aziz Siddiqui, Head of Strategy & Investment, HBL, in his brief speech, announced that his bank will be making the Inter-School Tournament a national event with the collaboration of the Pakistan

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