I am a Muslim & a Pathan: Afridi defends stance on daughters not playing cricket

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KARACHI: I am a Muslim and a Pathan. No one has the right to tell me how to manage my family’s affairs, said Shahid Afridi, addressing criticism on his recent statement about his daughters not playing cricket.

Afridi appeared on Shahzeb Khanzada’s current affairs show to discuss his book, Game Changer. Wajahat Khan, who co-authored the book with Afridi, also sat beside him.

The swashbuckling all-rounder had written in his book that he would not let his daughters play cricket.

“Ajwa and Asmara are the youngest and love to play dress-up. They have my permission to play any sport, as long as they’re indoors. Cricket? No, not for my girls. They have permission to play all the indoor games they want, but my daughters are not going to be competing in public sporting activities,” he had written in his book.

When the host brought up his statement, Afridi defended his stance.

“I am a Muslim and a Pathan,” he said. “No one has the right to tell me how to manage the affairs of my family. My daughters have the freedom to pursue whatever they want in their life but I have to act as a responsible father too. They are my children, it is my duty,” he said.

The former cricket captain said that he knew his daughters better than anyone.

“I know one of my daughters wants to run my foundation beside me,” he said. “Another of my daughter wants to be a designer. I know them better than anyone,” he said.

Afridi said that he believed in a good upbringing as ‘a house is the school and parents are the teachers’.

“I support talent. Whoever wants to play cricket can do so, I have no objections. Talent is a God-given gift. All parents listening to me should let their children pursue whatever they want to in life,” he said.