Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi admitted to pitch tampering in 2005, saying “it was a mistake”. cricket news

File photo of Shahid Afridi.© AFP

former Pakistan cricket team Shahid Afridi has admitted that he tampered with the Faisalabad pitch during a Test match against England in 2005. Afridi, who was known for his big hitting as well as spin bowling, said that he was disappointed with the pitch which led to the action. He also added that former Pakistani captain Shoaib Malik knew and encouraged him in planning.

“The Test match was in Faisalabad. The ball was not turning, swinging, seaming. I was putting all my might and nothing was happening. Then suddenly, a gas cylinder exploded and all My attention got lost. I told Malik (Shoaib Malik). My heart is chahh hai main yahar patch bana do. Ball to turn ho! (I want to patch this pitch so badly. I want the ball to turn.) Are!) Afridi said on Sama TV performance.

Malik replied, ‘Kar de. koi nai dekh raha’ (Do, no one is watching). So I did that. And then, what happened is history. That incident and the ball-cutting – when I look back See those, I realized it was a mistake.”


The Test match that Afridi referred to was the second of the three-match series between Pakistan and England in 2005. Pakistan won the first test match in Multan by 22 runs while the second match in Faisalabad ended in a draw. The hosts won the third Test in Lahore by an innings and 100 runs to take the series 2-0.

Afridi once held the record for the fastest century in ODI cricket. He is known to be a colorful character on the cricket field.

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