BOOM BOOM AFRIDI TO OPEN-UP THE SECRETS IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY- “GAME CHANGER”
Shahid Khan Afridi, a former Pakistani Captain, and an all-rounder has revealed the unopened secretes in his book “Game Changer” which is an Autobiography of his personal as well professional life.
He had been writing this book for the past 2.5 years and in which he has discussed personal life, his relations with his other legendary co-players, spot-fixing scandal and other stories that had hurt him.
Afridi says that he is a competitive person and is very passionate whether he is on the field or off it.
He in his book has disclosed that his real age was 19 at the career start not 16 as mentioned in the records.
“I was just nineteen, and not sixteen as they claim. I was born in 1975. So yes, the authorities stated my age incorrectly,” the all-rounder writes.
He further declares that his joining the cricket team was just to fulfill his boredom which later becomes a career.
“I just started playing cricket because I was bored and tape ball is actually the only form of cricket that is entertaining. That’s why when I started playing hardball cricket, I actually started off as a bowler, given that you’re not mindlessly expected to slog in hardball cricket as you are in tape ball,” he writes in autobiography.
Moreover, Afridi has shared his history with former captain Waqar Younis in his book, saying,
“Unfortunately, he hadn’t let go of the past,” he writes about the former pacer. “Waqar and I had a history, dating all the way back to his tiff with Wasim over the captaincy crown. He was a mediocre captain but a terrible coach, always micromanaging and getting in the way, trying to tell the captain – me – what to do… It was a natural clash and it was bound to happen.”
The Boom Boom Afridi has also shed light on his tussle with former batsman Javed Miandad which read as,
“The tussle had started even before the series kicked off. Miandad had developed a strong opinion against me… in fact, the day before I went to bat, Miandad didn’t even give me any net practice. So I had to practice on a stringed ball, alone, away from my teammates. That was the cloud of angst and embarrassment under which I was playing my first Test against Pakistan’s greatest rival.”
Afridi has stated in an interview that he was very glad when an educated player- Salman Butt was being groomed for leading his side but was terribly shocked on what he did.
He in his book has written about the 2010 spot-fixing scandal involving Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, and Mohammad Amir, claiming to have the knowledge of it in advance that according to him was shared with the team management but remained un-pondered.
He says that Mazhar Majeed had given his telephone to a shop for fixing and the businessperson ended up being his companion of a companion. The retailer had demonstrated the messages of Mazhar Majeed for Pakistani cricketers. He said that he demonstrated the evidence to the group the board yet they didn’t make any move, including that he likewise imparted the messages to Waqar Younis. The administration was either apprehensive or it thought about the nation’s picture. Yawar Saeed communicated his powerlessness over the messages and did not approach me for their duplicate.
He said that Abdul Razzaq likewise had communicated his questions over Salman, Amir, and Asif.
Additionally, Afridi has also written about an Indian batsman- Gautam Gambhir in the book, saying,
“Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh, poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude.”Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman and James Bond.”
Afridi has also commented about the World Cup-winning captain-turned-prime minister Imran Khan in his autobiography which states,
“From his peace overtures (I quote his first speech, about Pakistan taking two steps towards peace if the Indians take one step – an approach I personally believe in too) to opening the Kartarpur corridor and releasing the Indian Air Force pilot shot down by the Pakistanis in February 2019 – peaceful relations with India are essential. Both countries, even the subcontinental region, will flourish.”
He has further added,
“However, Imran Khan must do more about Kashmir. We have to resolve that issue. We have to save the Kashmiri people, and we must involve them in the peace process. Nobody in the Indian subcontinent has suffered or struggled more than Kashmiris,” he says. “So many resources go into guarding this territory. So much goes into policing the Line of Control. So many mouths can get fed, so many minds can be nourished if India and Pakistan resolve the Kashmir issue through a Kashmiri-owned, Kashmiri-led peace process.”
Moreover, he writes that he believes “Imran Khan is relatively more flexible than Modi Ji” and that “he has already proven this”.
“Imran Khan is now the elected prime minister of Pakistan. We have to give him the respect that a prime minister deserves. We have to make things work. As for his vision, I don’t have any doubts about Imran’s integrity or the goals he has set to achieve – a vision that he calls ‘Naya Pakistan’, the new Pakistan. The real question which bothers me, though, is his team selection.”
“We all know that he [Imran Khan] didn’t personally like a lot of players who played under him. We all know he had an abrasive, confrontational, take-no-prisoners style of leadership. But he never got personal… By the way, they say that Khan, now prime minister of Pakistan, runs his cabinet the same way,” reads his autobiography.
The official launching date of the book as per Afridi’s Tweet goes as 4th May 2019, Saturday.