Pakistan all-rounder star, Shahid Afridi, launched his autobiography ‘Game Changer’ today (May 2) describing his marvelous career, some controversial secrets and honest opinions about the Pakistan national cricket team.
In his memoir, co-written with journalist Wajahat S Khan, the former skipper has narrated his life’s journey from humble beginnings in the mountains of northwest Pakistan to his illustrious career as a cricketer and captain of the national cricket team.
He has also offered his thoughts on former cricketers and coaches, praising some and bashing others as candidly as his batting style that earned him the nickname ‘Boom Boom’.
Afridi blatantly revealed some shocking information about the weaknesses, hypocrisy and spot fixing in the national team.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s autobiography the ‘Game Changer’ has been piling controversies with every passing day and now a petition has been filed in the Sindh High Court (SHC) to ban his book.
As per media reports, Advocate Abdul Jaleel Khan has filed a petition in SHC for a ban on Afridi’s autobiography ‘Game Changer’. In his petition, the advocate has tabled the point of view that Afridi has resorted to using wrong words against senior players in the book.
The petition comes after Afridi shared his cricketing history in his autobiography, revealing he was aged 19 when he blasted onto the world stage with his record-breaking innings and not 16 as history suggests. “For the record, I was just 19, and not 16 like they claim,” he writes in ‘Game Changer’. “I was born in 1975. So, yes, the authorities stated my age incorrectly,” he added.
Earlier on Sunday, Afridi said that he did not intend ‘to hurt or offend anyone’ with his autobiography and just want to share his ‘life experiences.’
Despite his intentions, the ‘Game Changer’ has infuriated many including the likes of Pakistan batting legend Javed Miandad and for Indian opening batsman Gautam Gamhir.
In his book Afridi has called Javed Miandad Pakistan’s most successful Test batsman “a small man”. “He hated the way I batted,” writes Afridi of the 1999 India tour, accusing Miandad of not giving him batting practice before the Chennai Test in which he scored a century to help Pakistan to a 12-run victory.
“Javed’s attitude towards me touched a new low. Before the post-match ceremony, he pulled me aside and said ‘Listen, buddy, you’d better make sure you thank me in the presentation’. I couldn’t believe it. “That day I lost all my respect for Javed Miandad, supposedly one of the greats of the game but in reality, a small man.” Afridi described another teammate Waqar Younis as a mediocre captain and terrible coach.
He expressed “The tussle had started even before the series kicked off. Miandad had developed a strong opinion against me… in fact, the day before I went to bat, Miandad didn’t even give me any net practice. So I had to practice on a stringed ball, alone, away from my teammates. That was the cloud of angst and embarrassment under which I was playing my first Test against Pakistan’s greatest rival.”
He asserted that Miandad forced to credit him, for his good performance, in the presentation ceremonies.
He added, “In his (Javed Mianded) playing days, he earned himself a reputation, but retirement has brought out the worst in him” as he still demands respect from everyone at any cost.