No cricket for my daughters, says Afridi in ‘Game Changer’
Former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Khan Afridi has said that he won’t let his daughters play cricket no matter what people say.
Shahid Afridi has remained a controversial cricketer throughout his career. The former captain wrote in his book that he won’t let his daughters play cricket or outdoor sports for religious and social reasons.
Shahid Afridi is father to four girls, Ansha, Ajwa, Asmara and Aqsa Afridi.
“The feminists can say whatever they want about my decision,” he states in his book.
The former Pakistan team captain said that his daughters could play all the indoor sports they wanted to but he would not let them play outdoors.
“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 writes.
‘Game Changer’ penned by both Afridi and journalist Wajahat Khan, has been making headlines ever since it was launched a few days ago.
The book takes aim at senior cricketers including Waqar Younis and Javed Miandad.
This is not the first time that the star cricketer has landed in trouble for remarks that were deemed sexist.
In 2014, Afridi was asked by women’s cricketing abilities to which he responded by saying that women were excellent cooks.
Former world’s fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar backed Afridi a few days after his book made headlines. Shoaib said that he had witnessed senior players treat Shahid Afridi badly.
The former fast bowler said that once four cricketers had tried to beat him up with a bat in the dressing room.