Shahid Afridi’s autobiography ‘Game Changer’ has revealed many hidden secrets that have created an uproar in the Pakistan cricket. The book has opened a Pandora box. Afridi
Afridi in the book claimed that Miandad didn’t like him. He said, “The tussle had started even before the series kicked off. Miandad had developed a strong opinion against, in fact, the day before I went to bat, Miandad didn’t even give me any net practice.”
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Furthermore, Afridi wrote, “So I had to practice on a stringed ball, alone, away from my team-mates. That was the cloud of angst and embarrassment under which I was playing my first Test against Pakistan’s greatest rival.”
Miandad denied these allegations and said, “I leave all these allegations to Allah. How is it possible that a cricketer is not allowed to do net practice before a Test match. These allegations don’t make any difference and all of this will be evaluated on the Day of Judgement. My belief has always been that your performance speaks for itself.”
Other than Miandad Afridi has also openly criticized the fast bowling legend Waqar Younis. Afridi called Younis a ‘mediocre captain’ and ‘a terrible coach.’
He said, “Unfortunately, he hadn’t let go of the past. Waqar and I had a history, dating all the way back to his tiff with Wasim over the captaincy crown. He was a mediocre captain but a terrible coach, always micromanaging and getting in the way, trying to tell the captain — me — what to do… It was a natural clash and it was bound to happen.”
About his age, he also revealed that he was not born in 1980. He said he was born in 1975 and the 37-ball century which he hit as a 16-year-old against Sri Lanka, actually came when he was 20-years-old. He blamed the authorities for getting his age wrong.
He said, “Also, for the record, I was just nineteen, and not sixteen as they claim. I was born in 1975. So, yes, the authorities stated my age incorrectly.”
Afridi also mentions Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir, saying that he had issues of attitude.
Afridi wrote “Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh, poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He has no great records just a lot of attitude. Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman and James Bond.”