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Full name Riaz Afridi
Born January 21, 1985, Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province
Current age 29 years 311 days
Major teams Pakistan, FATA Cheetas, ICL Pakistan XI, Lahore Badshahs, Rest of North West Frontier Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|Only Test||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Karachi, Oct 28-Nov 1, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Lahore Ravi v Peshawar at Lahore, Jan 31-Feb 3, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001/02|
|Last List A||Peshawar Panthers v United Bank Limited at Peshawar, Mar 6, 2012 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Faisalabad Wolves v Peshawar Panthers at Karachi, Feb 24, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||FATA Cheetas v Rawalpindi Rams at Rawalpindi, Feb 8, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|3/16, 46*||FATA Cheetas||v R Rams||Rawalpindi||8 Feb 2014||T20|
|0/5, 6||FATA Cheetas||v Zebras||Islamabad||7 Feb 2014||T20|
|2/102, 10||Peshawar||v Lahore Ravi||Lahore||31 Jan 2013||FC|
|1/117, 8, 5||Peshawar||v Quetta||Peshawar||14 Jan 2013||FC|
|24, 1/70||Peshawar||v Multan||Multan||8 Jan 2013||FC|
|22, 3/99, 19, 0/5||Peshawar||v Karachi B||Karachi||2 Jan 2013||FC|
|0/27, 13||P Panthers||v S Stallions||Rawalpindi||31 Mar 2012||T20|
|9, 4/15||P Panthers||v Zebras||Rawalpindi||29 Mar 2012||T20|
|0/12, 0||P Panthers||v Lahore Lions||Rawalpindi||27 Mar 2012||T20|
|5, 2/42||P Panthers||v United Bank||Peshawar||6 Mar 2012||LA|
A big, bustling fast-medium bowler from the NWFP, Riaz Afridi first shot to fame during Pakistan U-19s successful 2004 World Cup campaign. He was Pakistan's leading wicket-taker, with 19 wickets at under 13, instrumental in their ultimate triumph.
The stage was set for a quick induction into the senior squad, particularly after he took 80 first-class wickets in that season, and towards the end of that year, he made his Test debut alongside Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, against Sri Lanka.
Sadly, that was to be his solitary international appearance; he took two wickets, but eyebrows were raised about his action.
Since then, he has been a solid domestic performer, though has not played as many domestic games as he would've like, due to injuries. But that Test appearance is now likely to be his last, as he was one of eight Pakistan players to sign up for the Indian Cricket League (ICL) in February 2007. The Pakistan board has barred ICL players from appearing for Pakistan or even playing domestic cricket, and Afridi is thus unlikely to be seen again in Pakistan colours.
Why the Indian opener would be well advised to shelve the hook and pull in Australia