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Shahid Afridi to release his autobiography next year


Shahid Afridi is third highest wicket taker for Pakistan in One-Day Internationals

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi in action during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup

Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi is reportedly coming out with his autobiography named “Shahid Afridi: An Autobiography” next year. Written alongside journalist Wajahat S Khan, the book is about to reveal untold stories of Afridi’s “rivalries and alliances” especially those which involve India.

The dynamic cricketer is undoubtedly one of the most popular figures playing the game, added with controversies going hand in hand with him throughout his career. Having caught the attention of the world in 1996, scoring a century in just 37-balls at an age of 16, Afridi never looked back after that.

As per the reports of PTI News, regarding the memoir the Pakistani said, "In all my years of cricket, I've given hundreds of interviews and done dozens of TV shows, but what you will read in my memoir are the stories and thoughts I've never shared openly. I have a lot to say: about my confidence, my fears, my adversaries, my ambitions, my goals, and failures.”

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Apart from many controversial incidents throughout his career, it is also learned that Afridi will write about his views on the military and politics. Regarding this matter, he added, “In the book, I've opened up about my rivalries and my alliances, particularly those with India, as well as my infatuation with the military and my take on politics. It was a tall order to get myself ready to do this, but I'm proud to join hands with a fine storyteller and journalist like Wajahat bhai. I'm also thankful to my publishers for giving me the space to be myself."

A legend for Pakistan

Having played 398 One-Day Internationals he is the fifth highest wicket-keeper in the format with 395 scalps under his name. He has also scored 8,064 runs, but was often criticized for the lack of consistency with the bat and had an average of 23.57 throughout his career. Yet he was well known for hard-hitting skills and still holds the record for the maximum number of sixes hit by an individual in ODIs.

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Journalist Wajahat S Khan says that working with the Pakistani star was exciting as well as scary and the book will also narrate Afridi’s poverty-stricken life before he flourished in cricket. "He may be the most in-your-face cricketer Pakistan - or even South Asia - has ever produced, but Afridi isn't an open-and-shut case to study. Interviewing and working with one of the greatest - and most complicated - cricketing icons wasn't just exciting, it was also quite scary.”

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