Actor Kashif Mehmood Bashes Shahid Afridi for Destroying Pakistan Cricket

There is no denying that Shahid Afridi is one of Pakistan’s most iconic cricketers. Since his retirement from international cricket, Afridi largely escaped controversy until the launch of his autobiography.

Since his book launch, Boom Boom Afridi has remained in headlines and faced backlash and criticism from many former cricketers, analysts and experts.

The most recent person to bash Shahid Afridi is actor Kashif Mehmood, who has criticized him for being made a national hero which ultimately led to the downfall of Pakistan cricket.

In a video message, Kashif Mehmood used harsh words to convey his message. He explained that Shahid Afridi was not a great cricketer and giving him the status of a national hero has ruined a lot of young cricketers who want to follow in his footsteps.

He drew a comparison with India and said:

We all wonder why does India produce good batsmen or for that matter why we bring forward good fast bowlers. India made Sunil Gavaskar their ‘God father’ who was technically very sound, he was idealized by Tendulkar who then became India’s ultimate hero and then came Virat Kohli and so and so.

Kashif explained that Pakistan’s bowling department has always succeded because Pakistan the bar was set by likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

We made Imran Khan our icon of fast bowling and even know with cricket in its dire state we have managed to produce Shaheen Afridi.

Reverting back to Pakistan’s batting and making Afridi a national hero on the basis of ‘if Afridi hits’, he said:

In cricketing terms, we use the word ‘Darra’ for such batting. There are no if and buts in cricket. Had we made Inzamam-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yusuf, our heroes, cricket would be alot different.

He went a step forward and said that Shahid Afridi’s 37-ball hundred did not help Pakistan cricket but butchered it since young players want to play aggressive cricket like Afridi and aren’t focusing on being technically sound players.

I’m not against Shahid Afridi, I’ve never met him but this is my analysis that we made that cricketer our hero who might be a very good human being but certainly not a good cricketer.

Do you agree with Kashif Mehmood? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Kashif Mehmood has rightly said about the situation of Pakistan cricket and especially its relation to Shahid Afridi.

  • He wasn’t batsman only, he was all-rounder.
    He performed very well as all-rounder.
    What is Mr. kahsif’s cricket experience to give such analysis..?
    Seems just for “Sasti Shohrat”

  • No that’s not true. Currently we have technically very sound batsmen like Babar Azam, Imam ul Haq, Haris Sohail, Sharjeel Khan etc These days various formats of cricket have various requirements. Many countries have hard hitting batsmen throwing the ball over the ropes. They play limited overs cricket. We had Shahid Afridi as a great all rounder. We need good managers to guide the younger lot properly and to take the best out of them. Yunus, Yusuf, Inzimam, Misbah can be good batting coaches as well as mentors. But we also need power hitters to compete with the rest of the world.

  • Wrong analysis. First you have to know and analyze and get some knowledge about cricket team of Pakistan and then column your worthy analysis…
    And kindly don’t compare other team players if you don’t have enough knowledge…Thanks.

  • I am not agree with this logic, Misbah-ul-Haq and no Cricket in Pakistan since 2009 after Lahore incident are the reasons of Pakistan Cricket is not at its best. The cricket has started changing when Afridi did the debut from Pakistan. You always need someone who entertains crowd, who become the reason of watching cricket on TV and Afridi is the player who did that. Also, don’t forget that he is holding the maximum number of “Man of the Match” awards in from Pakistan.
    Please try to analyze the era of Misbah-ul-Haq who destroyed real talent like Ahmad Shehzad and Umar Akmal. I am sorry but this is the truth.

  • So Kashif means all the world and ICC, praising Shahid Khan Afridi’s role, are a bunch of fools.

  • A piece of bullshit from Kashif Mehmood. Since no one wants to see him on screen, he might have thought why not create an ever green controversial topic and bash Afridi.

    Problem with his logic, who stopped others to perform? Why did they start relying on Afridi.

    Yes, he is total luck batsman who won the hearts of people not once but many times.

    Before you say, just ask others what happened with them? What kind of complex they had? Why didn’t they performed well? Who stopped them to perform? Did Afridi went out to say don’t perform and I will take care of the whole Pakistan team?

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