The mood in Karachi Kings’s camp was high on Thursday, besides being the undefeated team in the Pakistan Super League, but also because it was the birthday of their most popular player Shahid Afridi.
Soon after the practice team manager Naveed Rasheed invited all the players, team staff and ARY news team to the cake cutting ceremony as the media got a real shock of their lives and a great opportunity.
Afridi, now 38, cut the cake and after getting the first taste of it, gave bites to skipper Imad Wasim, director Rashid Latif and head coach Mickey Arthur.
“It’s nice to have your birthday celebrated by the team and I am thankful to ARY for providing this opportunity,” said Afridi, who revealed he doesn’t celebrate birthdays.
“Usually I don’t celebrate the birthday but since I am with my teammates who care for me and wanted it to be celebrated so I am grateful to them. For their love and affection that they remembered me,” said Afridi.
Millions around the world have taken to twitter and facebook to send a message to the great and popular allrounder who served Pakistan for almost 20 years.
“My message to the fans is to keep supporting me, keep supporting Pakistan and keep loving and supporting Karachi Kings,” said Afridi.
Imad said Afridi has been the livewire of the team.
“Its great to celebrate Shahid bhai’s birthday,” said Imad. “He has been the soul and heart of Karachi Kings and we all wish him the best in his life and cricket.”
Head coach Mickey Arthur praised Afridi.
“He (Afridi) is a great human being and a team man to the core,” said Arthur. “We value him a lot and this is a great occasion and we all wish him the best in his life.”