West Indies November 5, 2011

The wild life of Shahid Afridi

Where do you think he was during his latest retirement stint?
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Wednesday, 2nd November Something strange is afoot. Back at the soggy end of September, Graeme Swann suggested that West Indies hadn’t bowled well enough to dismiss England for 88. And yet the scoreboard read, “England 88 all out”. Mysterious. And now history has repeated itself. “They hardly got us out,” said Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim, after some bowlers or other had dismissed the Tigers for 278.

Every time West Indies roll into town, the home team suddenly and mysteriously begin losing wickets. What is going on? Is it a conspiracy? Have the men from the Caribbean finally managed to incorporate Klingon cloaking technology, making Marlon Samuels invisible to the naked eye? Or could it be that they’ve found a decent bowling attack and the rest of the world is being a little ungracious?

Thursday, 3rd November Give praise to the god of satire, for Afridi is back! His unconditional unretirement (slight return) means that the cricket world is approximately 10% more interesting in real terms. So how have you been keeping, Shahid?

"I am strong, fit and in good shape to cover the wild period I had lost during the time of retirement.”

Wild period? Sounds intriguing. Tell us more about this wild period. Did you grow dreads and journey across Outer Mongolia in a beat-up multicoloured camper van? Did you have a tattoo of a man eating a cricket ball with the legend “Lala likes leather for lunch” across your upper back? Did you spend some time in the jungles of Borneo, learning how the orangutan deals with the outswinger?

Oh, you played for Hampshire. Well, that’s pretty wild, I guess. But his return to the one-day squad was not a formality and as always, the Pakistan selection committee carefully weighed up the pros and cons in an objective and dispassionate manner.

“He is like a son to me,” said interim selector Mohammad Ilyas, “And his selection is not unfair.”

Friday, 4th November Colossal fiscal incompetence is everywhere it seems, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see cricket boards following the fashion for financial stupidity. Our old friends, SLC built a lot of grounds that they couldn’t afford to run and so, naturally enough, have handed them over to the military. I’m not entirely sure what the military would want with cricket stadiums, though if the SLPL ever happens, I guess Ravi could have fun spotting sponsored Abrams tanks and F16s rather than the accursed blimp.

But it isn’t just the stadiums that SLC are offloading. Many of the players are being handed over local businesses as the board can no longer afford to run them either. Kumar Sangakkara will be working for a Mrs De Silva of Market Street, Colombo, shouting out the prices at her fruit and vegetable stall; Mahela Jayawardene will be employed as a street sweeper by Galle District Council, tidying up the mess that others have left (similar to his current role) and Ajantha Mendis will be placed in storage at the Kandy Museum of Mystery, though may not be picked for every exhibition.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • Jyoti on June 30, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    too expensive for the PCB, but that obatscle seems to have been overcome. English fans (as well as UK-based Aussies or Pakistan fans) can now look forward to Afridi vs Johnson and Gul vs Ponting at a ground near

  • Usama on November 26, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Ahahahahahaha I liked a lot that description of Srilankan Players job,Loved it

  • riz on November 8, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    It was brilliant! Also, I think Sri Lankans got MIGs, not F-16, wonder what Ravi will feel about them.

  • Murad Wamiq on November 6, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Andrew you have a very close observation of jungles,isnt it so?. Shahid is a cricket player not a lawyer that he should know the game of words. furthermore, andrew leave these south asian players kindly have ur nice observations on english players too, u will also come to know about the primative relationship even. and they should also be highlighted in the light of ur great wisdom

  • Zee on November 6, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Andrew Hughes, your wild time is writing cricinfo articles. You shouldn't be talking.

  • Raj Dayal on November 6, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    The debacle of he SLC and that of the Pakistan Board have very strong bearings on the snaring of young men to fix matches. In countrie outside the Indian Continent it is difficult to persuade crickters to deviate from honesty. Is this because those of a brown skin are inherently cheaters while others are models good behaviour? I put it to you that this is not the case. Most of the latter are well catered for by their boards withcontracts in the millions - this is without gains from sponsorship. In contrast others have a hand to mouth existence in terms of rewards playing cricket for their country. Wake up you Boards and jump on the bandwagon of money that is the norm in all sports from netbal to football.

  • Ameer on November 6, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Afridi's bit was a nice one........... liked the whole article though. Keep it up!

  • Bryan Slater on November 6, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    the afridi part is 2 HILLAROUS...HAHAHA gud job, A Big UP to andrew hughes. Keep em coming.. "The Wild Life OF Afridi" HAHAHA.

  • Sai on November 6, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    “Lala likes leather for lunch” ROFL.You may have upset some serious Afridi fans though, who even want him to play test cricket!

  • Zaid on November 6, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    I took this pretty seriously i mean, when will the world realize that Windies have a pretty strong bowling lineup, and their batting is catching up, they may be a decent team in a few years.

  • Jyoti on June 30, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    too expensive for the PCB, but that obatscle seems to have been overcome. English fans (as well as UK-based Aussies or Pakistan fans) can now look forward to Afridi vs Johnson and Gul vs Ponting at a ground near

  • Usama on November 26, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Ahahahahahaha I liked a lot that description of Srilankan Players job,Loved it

  • riz on November 8, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    It was brilliant! Also, I think Sri Lankans got MIGs, not F-16, wonder what Ravi will feel about them.

  • Murad Wamiq on November 6, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Andrew you have a very close observation of jungles,isnt it so?. Shahid is a cricket player not a lawyer that he should know the game of words. furthermore, andrew leave these south asian players kindly have ur nice observations on english players too, u will also come to know about the primative relationship even. and they should also be highlighted in the light of ur great wisdom

  • Zee on November 6, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Andrew Hughes, your wild time is writing cricinfo articles. You shouldn't be talking.

  • Raj Dayal on November 6, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    The debacle of he SLC and that of the Pakistan Board have very strong bearings on the snaring of young men to fix matches. In countrie outside the Indian Continent it is difficult to persuade crickters to deviate from honesty. Is this because those of a brown skin are inherently cheaters while others are models good behaviour? I put it to you that this is not the case. Most of the latter are well catered for by their boards withcontracts in the millions - this is without gains from sponsorship. In contrast others have a hand to mouth existence in terms of rewards playing cricket for their country. Wake up you Boards and jump on the bandwagon of money that is the norm in all sports from netbal to football.

  • Ameer on November 6, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Afridi's bit was a nice one........... liked the whole article though. Keep it up!

  • Bryan Slater on November 6, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    the afridi part is 2 HILLAROUS...HAHAHA gud job, A Big UP to andrew hughes. Keep em coming.. "The Wild Life OF Afridi" HAHAHA.

  • Sai on November 6, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    “Lala likes leather for lunch” ROFL.You may have upset some serious Afridi fans though, who even want him to play test cricket!

  • Zaid on November 6, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    I took this pretty seriously i mean, when will the world realize that Windies have a pretty strong bowling lineup, and their batting is catching up, they may be a decent team in a few years.

  • a.dev on November 6, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    Andrew dude, you is a good writer. write some books or make docos, you should be successful.

  • FAISAL on November 6, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    Love the imagination around Afridi and his tattoo ... lol. Good blog.

  • Iram on November 6, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    Haha, nice read.

  • Saffi on November 5, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    I like.

  • Narad Narine on November 5, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    West Indies have a bunch of Brainless executives controling its cricket.Also it have coach who could not bowl or bat, but he wants to tell professionels like Gayle,Chanderpaul and others how to bat or bowl.

  • Hassan Farooqi on November 5, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    "Lala Likes Leather for Lunch". LoL. I am a die hard Afridi fan and I really loved the crack. People do not understand Afridi, nor do they understand his fans. He is unique, and so are his fans. He can take all jokes about him, and so do his fans. In an interview he said, "When I returned home, I saw my little daughter holding a red apple between her teeth. I asked what was this all about, and was told she was making fun of my ball chewing act.".

  • Usman on November 5, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    put up some quality articles

  • Rizwan on November 5, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Very rightly said “He is like a son to me,” said interim selector Mohammad Ilyas, “And his selection is not unfair.” Lol..............................

  • Anas on November 5, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Preety cheap article.

  • sumant on November 5, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Ajantha Mendis is an army man himself....perhaps he will be in the Abrhams?

  • clayton h on November 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    So. Who got you out England? Was is the almighty stupidity? You are a sorry bunch of cowards the word that got you out is inability you expected to run over West In dies and because they walked over you run, application boys this is not the 1940s when you could match in foriegn lands and occupy them in the name of the Queen you are a gutless bunch. West Indies will always be able to beat you it,s called the fear of the black man with red in the hand.

  • TD_160 on November 5, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Loved the SLC jokes. Hilarious!

  • Haroon Abdullah on November 5, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Funny as always. Keep up the good work!

  • Anonymous on November 5, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    boring

  • Rony Patra on November 5, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    ROFL!!! :D

  • Harris Khan on November 5, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Always a lovely experience to read Afridi related humor.

  • Anonymous on November 5, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Biased about afridi ...

  • Lofted Shot on November 5, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Andrew, You're joke

  • M.s on November 5, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    the language used is very rough.

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  • M.s on November 5, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    the language used is very rough.

  • Lofted Shot on November 5, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Andrew, You're joke

  • Anonymous on November 5, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Biased about afridi ...

  • Harris Khan on November 5, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Always a lovely experience to read Afridi related humor.

  • Rony Patra on November 5, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    ROFL!!! :D

  • Anonymous on November 5, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    boring

  • Haroon Abdullah on November 5, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Funny as always. Keep up the good work!

  • TD_160 on November 5, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Loved the SLC jokes. Hilarious!

  • clayton h on November 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    So. Who got you out England? Was is the almighty stupidity? You are a sorry bunch of cowards the word that got you out is inability you expected to run over West In dies and because they walked over you run, application boys this is not the 1940s when you could match in foriegn lands and occupy them in the name of the Queen you are a gutless bunch. West Indies will always be able to beat you it,s called the fear of the black man with red in the hand.

  • sumant on November 5, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Ajantha Mendis is an army man himself....perhaps he will be in the Abrhams?