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'Shortly know To Shahid Afridi and His Game History'

“At the time when former skipper Shahid Khan Afridi is transmitting mixed signals about his return to the international scene, I feel that it is high time the dynamic all-rounder should review his decision,” he said in a statement here on Friday.

“During a domestic match, spectators turned up in huge numbers to see Afridi which is a testimony of his immense popularity and support. The public has given its verdict, now the ball is in Afridi’s court and he should respond positively,” said Rashid Latif.

“You can’t judge how much time is left in a player by his age; even in the present team a few players don’t seem to have too much time in their hands. The point is that Afridi is able and fit, therefore he should listen to the people’s call and make a comeback,” said the former wicketkeeper.
Shahid Khan Afridi شاہد خان آفریدی
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Personal information
Full name Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi
Born 1 March 1980 (age 30)
Khyber Agency, FATA, Pakistan(1980-03-01)
Nickname Boom Boom Afridi, Lala
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm leg spin
Role All rounder
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–present South Australia
2008 Deccan Chargers
2007–present Sind
2006 Ireland
2004 Kent
2003–04 Griqualand West
2003 Derbyshire
2001 Leicestershire
2001 Marylebone Cricket Club
1997–2008 Habib Bank Limited
1995–present Karachi
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I
Matches 27 306 39
Runs scored 1,716 6,431 630
Batting average 37.40 23.81 18.80
100s/50s 5/8 6/30 0/3
Top score 156 124 54*
Balls bowled 3,194 13,110 894
Wickets 48 288 48
Bowling average 35.60 34.88 18.80
5 wickets in innings 1 3 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 5/52 6/38 4/11
Catches/stumpings 10/– 101/– 11/–
Source: Cricinfo, 31 October 2010

Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi (Urdu: صاحبزادہ محمد شاہد خان آفریدی) (born 1 March 1980 in Khyber Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas), popularly known as Shahid AfridiPashto: شاهد ‏افریدی) is a Pakistani cricketer and current ODI and Twenty20 captain of the Pakistani national team in the international circuit. He made his ODI debut on 2 October 1996 against Kenya in Nairobi and his Test debut on 22 October 1998 against Australia at Karachi.

He is known for his aggressive batting style, and currently holds the highest career strike rate in the history of international cricket. He also holds the record for the fastest one day century which he made in his debut 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 One Day International cricket. In a survey taken in 2007, Afridi was named as the most popular cricketer in Pakistan.

Afridi started his ascendence to the captaincy in June 2009 when he took over from Younus Khan after that he was handed the ODI captaincy 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 test-match in charge citing lack of form and ability to play test cricket. 

He captained Pakistan in the following limited overs series against England and South Africa. Afridi after taking the captaincy has been publicly fighting with the Pakistan Cricket Board over who has the say in selection. Afridi and coach Waqar Younis criticsed the fact that they weren't consulted among the selection of the team for the October ODI series. Afridi became much happier with the selection when he was consulted for the 30-man world cup squad and the squad for the New Zealand series.

  1. Images for shahid afridi-

  2. Personal life-

    Afridi is from the Afridi tribe of the Khyber Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas near the Afghan Border and hails from a Pashtun family. He is married to his maternal cousin, Nadia, with whom he has two daughters, Aqsa and Ansha.

    Afridi calls for truce-
  1. With a need for viable 'home' Test venues, limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has urged the PCB to patch up relations with the England Cricket Board. Of Shahid Afridi it can safely be said that cricket never has and never will see another like him. To say he is an

    allrounder is to say Albert Einstein. 

    Ascending to the Captaincy (2009-2010):

    Shortly after Pakistan won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 the captain Younis Khan announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket the Pakistan Cricket Board subsequently announced that Shahid Afridi had taken over the Twenty20 captaincy. Shahid Afridi is Pakistan's second most successful captain in Twenty20 cricket. In March 2010 the board announced that Shahid Afridi had been appointed ODI captain in place of the sacked Mohammad Yousuf he led pakistan in the 2010 Asia Cup and during his first three matches as ODI captain he scored two centuries against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh he finished as the tournaments highest runscorer with 384 runs from 3 matches.
    On 25 May 2010, Afridi was appointed captain of the national team in all three formats, after he announced his return to Test cricket. After leading Pakistan in the Lords Test against Australia in July 2010, Afridi announced that the second Test at Headingley would be his last.

    Afridi has shown his disapproval of selection matters with the board as for the tour of South Africa in October 2010 as he had not been consulted for the selection of the players nor did the team managament Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed and Intikhab Alam Afridi released a statement to inform the media about these incidents and the board sent Afridi a notice telling him to "keep his mouth closed"

  2.  The squad did however suffer a major setback as Mohammad Yousuf one of the key senior batsman suffered a hamstring injury and missed 2–3 weeks this meant that he missed the limited overs matches After playing 4 matches against South Africa the series was drawn at 2-2 however the team suffered a major setback when Zulqarnain Haider went missing and this deflated team morale and eventually Pakistan lost the match and the series 3-2. After the series Shahid Afridi and Waqar Younis were consulted on selection of the team for the series against New Zealand and the 30-man proviisonal squad for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Despite this postive for Afridi negative continued to surround the rest of the team. When Mazhar Majeed (involved in spot-fixing with Amir, Asif and Butt) revealed that 4 more cricketers Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz and Imran Farhat were associated with him in fixing. Of the 4 two cricketers (Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat weren't selected for the NZ ODI series and Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz were named in the original squad.) Majeed also confrimed that he approched Afridi, Abdul Razzaq (cricketer), Younis Khan and Saeed Ajmal but all off them refused to be affiliated with him of his fixing menace. Worth mentioning is that the four names given above were not associated in the original scandal and that no disciplinary action have been taken against them by the sports governing body the International Cricket Council. 


    Career highlights-

    • On 4 October 1996, playing his maiden international innings, Afridi hit the fastest One-Day century off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Nairobi. His innings included 28 runs off one of Sanath Jayasuriya's overs, whose record he broke.
    • Youngest player in history to make an ODI century at just 16 years and 217 days with his 37 ball ton against Sri Lanka. It included 11 sixes and 6 fours.
    • Made a half-century from 26 balls and took 3 second-innings wickets in Pakistan's series-drawing Test victory against India in March 2005.
    • Holds the joint record with Brian Lara for the third fastest ODI century off 45 balls in April 2005 against India. This actually was the first match that witnessed the Indian cricketer-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri giving him the nickname Boom Boom Afridi.
    • Highest aggregate sixes scored in the 50-over game, and he the most sixes per innings record.
    • Scored four consecutive sixes off a Harbhajan Singh over in a Test match against India in January 2006, matching a feat that Kapil Dev achieved in 1990.
    • Was the first player to score 12 runs off one ball, by hitting the roof of the Millennium Stadium. This took place in a game of Power Cricket.
    • Holds four of the top ten fastest ODI half centuries, twice completed in 18 balls and twice in 20 balls. He has also scored a half century off just 21 balls.
    • Made 32 runs off a Malinga Bandara over in an ODI game at Abu Dhabi in 2007. He struck four consecutive sixes and it was the 2nd most expensive over in ODI history.
    • Is only the third player in ODI history to achieve the combination of 6000 runs, 100 catches and 250 wickets. The other players being Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya and South Africa's Jacques Kallis.
    • On 21 June 2010, batting in the fifth match of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh in Dambulla, he achieved the world record of hitting the most number of sixes in an ODI career, which was previously owned by Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka. In the same match, he scored his sixth ODI century, also the sixth fastest century in ODI Cricket coming off 53 balls. He ended at 124 off 60 balls, which became his highest ODI score. This was also his second century in the 2010 Asia Cup.
    • On 2 November 2010, in the UAE neutral series against South Africa, in the third ODI, Afridi broke the record for most sixes hit in all formats of the game. He beat Sanath Jayasuriya to the top spot with 353 sixes. He scored more sixes than Jayasuriya but also took less than 200 matches to equal Jayasuriya's record.

    KARACHI — Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi has called for the introduction of a system to review umpire decisions in one-day matches, saying that one ...

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    Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi says he will "set an example" when his side take on England in the second Twenty20 on Tuesday. ...

  4. Playing style-


    His general style of batting is very aggressive and attack oriented and has earned him the nickname "Boom Boom Afridi" for his fastest One Day International century just in 37 balls. Moreover, out of the six fastest ODI centuries of all time, Afridi has produced three of them. As of 21 February 2010, he has an ODI strike rate of 111.65 runs per 100 balls, the highest in the game's history. This attitude has been transferred to Test cricket as well, with Afridi scoring at a relatively high strike rate of 86.13 in Tests. He has an approach to batting that can change the tempo of a game and inspire the mood of an audience, as shown when a mass exodus of spectators occurred in Pakistan in late 2005 following his dismissal from the crease. 
  5. He hits many sixes long and high, favouring straight down the ground or over midwicket. A trademark shot is a cross-batted flick to the leg-side to a ball outside off stump. This explosive style has led to some memorable shots, most notably the first ever 12 in power cricket in 2002, where Afridi successfully hit the roof. However, his aggressive style increases his risk of getting out and he is one of the most inconsistent batsmen in cricket. This is reflected by the fact that he is the only player to score more than 6000 ODI runs at an average under 25.


    Afridi bowling his stock leg-spin delivery
    While he is renowned for his aggressive batsmanship, he is also a handy leg-spinner capable of producing a good mix of wicket taking balls. He has over 300 International wickets, most of which are from the ODI format. While his stock ball is the leg break, his armory also includes the conventional off break and a 'quicker one' which he can deliver at nearly 80 mph in the style of a medium-pacer. He bowls at a high speed for a spinner, resulting in lesser turn, and relying more on variations in speed. He occasionally sends down a bouncer to a batsman, which is very rare for a spin bowler. He has, on occasion, played in the team primarily as a bowling all-rounder as well, coming much lower down the batting order.
  6. Records and Achievements-

    Test Centuries-

  7. In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  8. The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
Test Centuries of Shahid Afridi

Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 141 2 India Chennai, India MA Chidambaram Stadium 1999
[2] 107 12 West Indies Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah C.A. Stadium 2002
[3] 122 18 West Indies Bridgetown, Barbados Kensington Oval 2005
[4] 103 21 India Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2006
[5] 156 22 India Faisalabad, Pakistan Iqbal Stadium 2006

  One Day International Centuries-

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
One Day International Centuries of Shahid Afridi

Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 102 2 Sri Lanka Nairobi, Kenya Nairobi Gymkhana Club 1996
[2] 109 65 India Toronto, Canada Toronto CSCC 1998
[3] 108* 146 New Zealand Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah C.A. Stadium 2002
[4] 102 204 India Kanpur, India Green Park 2005
[5] 109 294 Sri Lanka Dambulla, Sri Lanka Dambulla International Stadium 2010
[6] 124 296 Bangladesh Dambulla, Sri Lanka Dambulla International Stadium 2010


 One Day International five-wicket hauls-

No. Date↓ Ground↓ Against↓ Inn↓ Overs↓ Runs↓ Wkts↓ Econ↓ Batsmen Result↓
1 02000-10-27 October 27, 2000 Gaddafi Stadium  England &00000000000000010000001 &000000000000001000000010 &000000000000004000000040 5 &00000000000000040000004.00
  • ME Trescothick
  • N Hussain
  • GP Thorpe
  • C White
  • AF Giles
2 02004-09-14 September 14, 2004 Edgbaston Cricket Ground  Kenya &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000060000006 &000000000000001100000011 5 &00000000000000018300001.83
  • MA Ouma
  • TM Odoyo
  • BJ Patel
  • ML Patel
  • PJ Ongondo
3 02009-04-22 April 22, 2009 DSC Cricket Stadium  Australia &00000000000000010000001 &000000000000001000000010 &000000000000003800000038 6 &00000000000000037999993.8
  • BJ Haddin
  • SR Watson
  • A Symonds
  • CJ Ferguson
  • NW Bracken
  • SR Clark


  1.  KARACHI: Pakistan's former leg-spinner and chief selector Abdul Qadir has criticised one-day captain Shahid Afridi for taking his bowling for "granted".

    Afridi, who in his last 18 ODI appearances managed 19 wickets at an unimpressive average of 45.05, is presently in New Zealand with the Twenty20 squad and is also expected to lead the national side in the 2011 World Cup.

    Qadir said it was time for Afridi to have a look at his bowling as it was an important for Pakistan that the all-rounder did well with both bat and ball before and during the World Cup. 

    "I taught him how to bowl a googly last year in a way that complements his characteristic bowling action and gave him tips on field placements and on bowling certain lines and lengths in order to outwit the batsmen. I also advised him to envisage he was playing a Test match rather than another limited overs game," Qadir recalled in an interview with website ''.

    The tips appeared to have benefitted Afridi who went on to achieve career best figures of 6/38 in an ODI against Australia in 2009 in the UAE.

    He finished as the leading wicket taker of that series. Afridi continued following Qadir's guidelines thereafter, as was evident from his performance in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009, where he finished with 11 wickets at an impressive average of 13.54.

    But in 2010, Qadir feels Afridi had forgotten his advice. And the leg-spinner was also not impressed by some comments made by Afridi last year during the series against Australia.

    Afridi, while playing down the role Qadir played in his bowling form turnaround, had said that he has learnt and improved simply by watching old videos of himself.

    "Although I firmly believe that a student should always acknowledge his teacher, I do not feel greatly offended by Afridi's antics because in my view, my advice to him would eventually benefit my country. 

    "I always knew Shahid's form would not last long. Experience has taught me that leg-spin is a tough art and one can never afford to rest on one's laurels. Unfortunately, it appears as though Afridi is once again taking his bowling for granted and has totally forgotten the tips I gave him", said Qadir.

    "I have always maintained that Shahid is a very special cricketer and hence, should never be left out from the team. I have always backed him tremendously. I was also very vocal on television when he was dropped from the side some time ago," he added.

    From Wikipedia-

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