Former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi was known for his destructive batting and all-round skills during his playing days. He came on the scene with a 37-ball 100 vs Sri Lanka in 1996. Afridi was also known for his bowling skills, the leg spin made him the Man of the Tournament in 2007 T20 World Cup. He also has 395 ODI wckets and 98 T20I wickets to his name. Afridi was and is, in addition to his cricketing skills, also known for his controversies. He once tampered with the ball, draggeds onto the pitch and made controversial comments about the Indian state of Kashmir.
Many fans still remember his 2005 episode of the field tampering, which ultimately led to a ban on 1 Test and 2 ODIs, respectively. In a recent TV interview, Afridi admitted the offense and said it was his teammate Shoaib Malik who instigated him to commit the cricket crime. It was committed during a Test vs England in Faisalabad.
“It was a good run. That test was in Faislabad. Believe me, it was a test and the ball didn’t spin and didn’t get any swing or seam. It started to get pretty boring. I put in my full power and nothing happened. Then suddenly a gas bottle exploded and everyone was distracted. I said to Malik, “Mera dil chaah raha hai main idhar patch bana du. Ball to spin ho!” (I want so badly to make a patch on this pitch. I want the ball to spin!),” said Afridi on Samaa TV.
Shoaib Malik replied, ‘Kar de. Koi nai dekh raha’ (Do it, no one is watching). So I did! And what happened then is history. Looking back, you realize it was a mistake,” Afridi said, grinning at the incident.
So far Malik has commented on that.