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Shahid Afridi finally reveals his real age

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has finally ended the mystery around his age, revealing that he was born in 1975 and not 1980 as the official records state.

By: Sports Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 2, 2019 10:39:16 pm
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Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi solved one of cricket’s biggest mysteries – his age. In his autobiography, the right-handed batsman has revealed that he was actually born in 1975, and not in 1980, which the official records state.

With the latest revelations, it becomes clear that the batsman was not 16 when he smashed his, then record-breaking 37-ball ton against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996.

“I was just nineteen, and not sixteen like they claim. I was born in 1975. So yes, the authorities stated my age incorrectly,” Afridi wrote in a book titled ‘Game Changer’. Though, Afridi’s claim appears to be confusing, because if he was born in 1975, then he must be 21 in 1975, and not 19.

The former captain, who retired from international cricket after the 2016 World T20 , also slammed bowling great Waqar Younis in his book. Younis was the team’s coach in the 2016 World T20 held in India.

“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 micro-managing 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,” he wrote.

In his career, Afridi has played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20 Internationals for Pakistan.

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