Veteran cricketer and a former captain of the Pakistan national team, Shahid Afridi may have been a master of the shorter formats of the game, but on Friday, he departed off for a two-ball duck while playing for Paktia Panthers in the ongoing Afghanistan Premier League 2018 against Kandahar Knights at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah in UAE.
In fact, following the dismissal, he was mocked by the Afghanistan cricket team skipper, Asghar Afghan, who had taken the catch.
It was in the 10th over of the innings. Waqar Salamkheil was in the attack against Afridi. And just when the crowd expected him to go all boom boom in the APL 2018 match, he shimmied down the track to strike a biggy, but the tossed-up delivery on the stumps, turned to come off the outside edge of the bat and flew into the sky.
Asghar kept an eye on the ball and ran back from cover to take the catch in the deep. Afridi departed for a duck in only his second ball in the match, while Asghar mocked the former Pakistani captain by imitating the veteran’s signature celebratory pose.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 12, 2018
Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has bagged the unique record of being dismissed for a duck in all major T20 tournaments.
During the ongoing Afghanistan Premier League (APL), the 38-year-old was sent packing for a duck against the Kandahar Knights while representing Paktia Panthers.
It must be noted that Afridi has now scored a duck in all major T20 leagues — Indian Premier League, Australia’s Big Bash, Sri Lanka Premier League, Bangladesh Premier Leeague, T20 Blast, Pakistan Super League — around the world and also in the ICC World T20.
Afridi made his T20I debut for Pakistan in August 2006 against England in Bristol and featured in 99 T20I matches over the course of his career. He scored 1416 runs while also picking up 98 wickets for the Men in Green.