Shafiq Afridi, a 15-year old boy from Khyber Agency’s area of Jamrud, wants to use his extraordinary height of 7 foot 6 inches in basketball court to make Pakistan proud at the international stage.
If the son of a poor farmer Umar Khan Afridi, breaks into the scene of international basketball, he will be the second tallest player of the world behind Manute Bol, who stands almost 7 foot 6.75 inches. However, the young Pakistan is still in growing age, so he can match Bol’s 0.75 inch margin and can stand as the tallest basketball player of the world.
Shafiq, who is a student of fourth grade, is always the centre of attraction where ever he goes. He heads to Jamrud Sports Complex to hone his basketball skills, other players who train there, want to be in his team as his height helps the team dominate their opponents.
His coach believes that height plays a big advantage in this sport, average height of basketball players is 6 foot 5 inches and the 15-year old clearly stands taller than that, so he can be a handy player .
Shafiq has eight siblings and none of them is as tall as him.