Afridi’s ‘Game Changer’ opens up controversies


Newly launched biography ‘Game Changer’, based on Pakistan’s former flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi’ cricketing career and personal life, has opened up so many controversies.

Pakistan’s former finest all-rounder has revealed so many things in his biography written by renowned journalist and his close friend Wajahat Khan.

Afridi stated that former Test cricketer and coach Javed Miandad didn’t like him and tried to finish his career.

The 39-years-old former cricketer recalled the 1999 tour to India where Javed Miandad coached the national side. He said that Miandad tried a lot to kick him out of the team and also didn’t allow him to take part in the team’s net session prior to the first Test against India.

Moreover, the then coach Miandad asked Afridi to say good about him in a post-match ceremony after scoring 144 runs on his Test debut at Chennai against the hosts in the firt Test.

“You have to thank me in the presentation and in the interview as well. Tell them how I helped you grow,” Afridi quoted Miandad in his book.

Afridi further revealed that the legendary batsman Miandad didn’t like his batting style and often forced him to change it.

On the other hand, Afridi called former Test cricketer Waqar Younis a ‘Terrible captain’ and said that in 2003 World Cup Pakistan lacked strong leadership.

“Politics in the dressing room led the national team down. Waqar was made the captain in World Cup 2003 but the senior players wanted Wasim Akram to lead the side. In result, Waqar failed to lead the side strongly and we gave up easily so many times in the mega event,” the book reads.

It is pertinent to mention here that Afridi is well-known among cricket fraternity due to his exceptional talent on the field. One of the heartthrobs of Pakistan’s cricket, Afridi has started teh second inning of his life through a welfare foundation ‘Shahid Afridi Foundation’ with an aim to promote social causes including health, education in Pakistan.