And I say he has every right to be Shahid Afridi. A star this big deserves a few tantrums. And his performance to glory ratio is still a great average. Nor is the “other side” in this case – the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) – a great horde of angels. So, I say, Let Shahid Afridi be Shahid Afridi. Let the man have his tantrum!
As far as I am concerned, he has won the right to have a few nakhras – winning the T20 Championship and giving us a decent World Cup was itself enough to win him that right. The PCB, on the other hand, has no sympathy from me – nothing good has come from them in the longest of times. So, know exactly which side I am on. Let Shahid Afridi be Shahid Afridi. Let the man have his tantrum!
The love-hate relationship this country, and cricket, has with Shahid Afridi is well chronicled in the archives of this very blog. There is a library of ATP posts on Shahid Afridi, and the sentiments range from Owais Mighal singing his praise in “Afridi ke chakkay” to Adil Najam giving him a shouting in “Shame Shame Afridi: Ball-Biting Ain’t Cricket.” The fact is that both posts are correct. Both Shahid Afridis are real. And it is the combination of the two faces of Shahid Afridi that makes up the Shahid Afridi we love – or love to hate!