The year 2016 ends with some sweet and some bitter memories for every sportsperson both on and off the field. And the former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi isn’t any different from them.
This year was not the best year for his cricketing career but the all-rounder said that it was a very good year for charity work.
Shahid Afridi told geo.tv, “I agree that cricketing wise the year wasn’t good for me, I couldn’t achieve what I wanted towards the end of my career as a cricketer, but for my charity work 2016 was extraordinary.”
The flamboyant all-rounder is known for his love-hate relationship with the media, which continued in 2016. And one got to see the first glimpse of this when, in Lahore, Shahid Afridi taunted a journalist by saying “mujhe aap say aisay ghatiya sawal ki hee umeed thee” (I was expecting this substandard question from you).
Afridi said that he just wanted a trend to be set in Pakistan Cricket, of giving a proper farewell to the country’ players. He said, “I wanted to set a trend, a new trend where players get a respectable farewell by PCB, but it didn’t happen, I am sad that I couldn’t get it done,”
Shahid Afridi said on Javed Mianand dispute, “This was the unnecessary and unwanted thing to happen. I never wanted any such incident”.
When the Pakistan Cricket team was in England for the series that time Afridi made another unnecessary controversial statement. Afridi had told BBC in an interview, “I said what I felt, and I insist that we need to change the system and there was nothing wrong in it,”
There have been many peoples, who believe that Shahid Afridi has played his last game in the year 2016, and he also agrees to this.
He stated, “Yes, I have already played my last international game, which I played against Australia during the World T20, 2016,”
After retiring from cricket, he wants to do charity work for his nation. Shahid said on this, “I will continue to serve my country like I did from 1996 to 2016. After Cricket, I will do charity work for the country,”
The former Pakistani skipper’s organization ‘Shahid Afridi Foundation’ has already started working in different areas.
When asked about the charity goals he achieved in 2016, Afridi replied, “We achieved so many goals for SAF during the year 2016, some landmark projects were launched and some were completed as well,”