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Shahid Afridi

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Full Name: Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi
Born: March 1 1980 , Khyber Agency
Country: Pakistan
County: Northamptonshire
Other teams: Deccan Chargers, Derbyshire, Dhaka Gladiators, Griqualand West, Habib Bank Limited, Hampshire, Ireland, Karachi, Kent, Leicestershire, Melbourne Renegades, South Australia
Test debut: Pakistan v Australia, Karachi, Oct 22-26 1998
ODI debut: Kenya v Pakistan, Nairobi, Oct 2 1996
T20 debut: England v Pakistan, Bristol, Aug 28 2006
Batting Style: Right-hand bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak googly


A powerful right-handed batsman and attacking leg-spinner, Afridi is known as one of the most feared all-rounders in world cricket. Nicknamed ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ for his aggressive style of play, he made his debut for Pakistan in a one-day international against Kenya in Nairobi in 1996, aged 16. His Test bow followed two years and 66 ODIs later in Karachi, and he marked the occasion with 5-52 in a drawn match with Australia. It quickly became apparent Afridi’s style of play would be more suited to the one-day arena, once holding the record for the fastest ODI century, in just 37...

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