Shahid Afridi’s Autobiography draws criticism from cricketers and journalists
Recently launched Autobiography of Shahid Afridi titled “Game Changer” causes quite a stir and controversy. Ever since the book’s launch, there has been a barrage of criticism by senior journalists and former Cricketers alike because of its many inconsistencies. Senior Sports Journalist Rasheed Shakoor was the first to blast the book. According to him, the book is a causal write, without any research.
When a non cricket writer write autobiography there is always chance of factual mistakes.
Miandad 6 was in 1986 not in 1987.
In 2005 pakistan won Bangalore test not drew .
In 2005 first test was in mohali not in delhi.
Salahudin sallu was chief selector not salahuddin SATTI
— Rasheed shakoor (@rasheedshakoor) May 4, 2019
Another Senior Sports Journalist, Shahid Hashmi also reacted to the book. He tweets about Shahid Afridi’s unnecessary attempt to confuse Cricket fans. At the book launch, Afridi’s statement about the incorrect mention of his age in his ‘autobiography’ adds to unnecessary controversy.
When I planned the book I had decided to tell them my correct age … there is mis-calculation in the book… they wrote my birth year is 1975 but it’s 1977… E copy will have correct age! Shahid Afridi
— Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) May 4, 2019
Shahid Afridi calls Javed Miandad ‘petty’
In his book, Afridi calls the Renowned Cricketer Javed Miandad a ‘petty’ character. Miandad goes on to say that he understands why Shahid Afridi did so. Because such statements are a ploy to increase the sales of his book.
The former cricket maestro went on to say: “I am not surprised by the content of Afridi’s book. Nowadays one has to create controversies to sell biographies and autobiographies.”
Former Test batsman Imran Farhat felt ashamed after going through the book. He calls Afridi a “selfish player” who ruined many careers. In a series of tweets, the left-handed batsman discloses that it is very difficult to trust someone who could lie about his own age for 20 years.
I am utterly amashmed from what I have heard and read so far regarding this new book of Mr Afridi, someone who has lied about his age for 20 odd years now decides to come clean and name and blame some of our living legends
— Imran Farhat (@imranfarhat1982) May 6, 2019
The book has many inconsistencies and slander against renowned players. It seems that by this, Autobiography, Shahid Afridi wishes to achieve some publicity and quick sales for his book. Also, perhaps, he needs to be recognized as an author but that is a different matter altogether.