Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar supported Shahid Afridi after the latter was criticized by some of the most veteran players of his playing days. Afridi created a storm after her book “Game Changer” entered the stands. Afridi revealed a lot of wardrobe secrets, which she claims to be true.
Shoaib, while backing Afridi’s claims, said that ten senior players later apologized for their behavior during the days of play.
Afridi’s teammate, Shoaib Akhtar, supported his claims and said that senior players treated them badly. He went on to say that once in Australia, four senior players approached him with the intention of hitting him with a bat. Afridi in his book said that he received severe treatment from his elders during his playing days.
Shoaib Akhtar came out in support of his former teammate in Pakistan, Shahid Afridi, after the latter created a storm with some revelations in his recently released ‘Game Changer’ autobiography. The fast-bowling star agreed with Shahid Afridi’s assertions that the off-roader received “severe treatment” from high-level players, adding that he was not treated well during his playing days either. Speaking of an incident, Shoaib Akhtar said: “Once during a tour of Australia, four players came up with the intention of hitting me with a bat.” Afridi, in his autobiography, has affirmed that he received severe treatment from his superiors during his playing days. Citing an example, he said that former Pakistan coach Javed Miandad did not let him participate in the batting practice session before the Chennai Test against India in 1999.
“I think Shahid Afridi has written less in his book about the harsh treatment he received from senior players during his playing days, I witnessed some of this with my own eyes and I totally agree with him,” the Express Tribune told Shoaib. while talking during a show on a local sports channel.
“I think Shahid Afridi has written less in his book about the harsh treatment he received from senior players during his playing days, I witnessed something with my own eyes and I totally agree with him,” said Akhtar as expressed by The Express Tribune.
Afridi, in his book, has written that Miandad even forced him to praise him during the presentation ceremony, after which the former captain of the T20 lost all respect for Miandad.
“Then, over the years, ten of these veteran players asked for forgiveness, before leaving for Umrah, for the way they treated us,” Shoaib said.
Earlier, out of favor, Imran Farhat had attacked Afridi, saying that the former full-blooded player was a “selfish player” who ruined many careers for his own good.
In a series of tweets, Farhat said he was embarrassed to learn that Afridi, who lied for 20 years about his age, is naming and blaming some of Pakistan’s legendary cricketers.