Shahid Afridi’s most closely guarded secret is that more than biting into a ball, he enjoys cricket bats marinated in spicy pudina chutney. More such bizarre tales emerge when Ajith Pillai imagines the secret diary of former Pakistan captain Imran Khan in Outlook magazine.

As I see it, if Afridi really wanted to tear into the seam he could very well have used his nose and no one would have even an inkling of what he was doing! So, I think in the great Pathan tradition, the ICC must accept he did nothing wrong. In fact, he has often confided in me that inhaling the aroma from a cricket ball that’s 30 overs old gives him a buzz.