I didn’t knew my age when I appeared in U-14 trials: Shahid Afridi

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Poster of Shahid Afridi autobiography.

Since revealing his age in his autobiography ‘Game Changer’ the actual age of Shahid Afridi has been topic of debates.

Going by his book, it is mentioned that his actual age when Afridi hit fastest century was 21 but then there is confusion as Afridi says he was 19. Now in the second edition of the book he has clarified and made it 19.   

The former Pakistan skipper has also said that was unaware of his real age when he appeared for national under-14 trials which in turn led to all the “mess” and “misunderstanding” on the issue.

Afridi said he has no regrets of talking about his age in his just-released autobiography and also clarified that the first edition carried wrong year of his birth.

“The reason for my age being messed up in the records is that when I first appeared for the under-14 trials I myself really did not know my exact age. So when the selectors asked me about my age and details I said what others told me to do. That age was officially recorded in the cricket board records and thus the misunderstanding,” Afridi told a Pakistani TV channel.

 “I have no regrets because the record for scoring the fastest one-day hundred was mine since 1996 regardless of what my age was recorded,” he said on the channel.

The former skipper, whose book has caused quite a stir, said he was born in a village in Mardan where there was no practice of recording date of birth or having official birth certificate.

“When my family moved to Karachi, I just knew the date and month of my birth and not the exact year that is why my age was erroneously recorded in the under-14 trials.” Afridi made it clear that he had clarified the year of his birth as 1977 and not 1975 as published in his book.

“It was a mistake by the publishers and copy editors. In the second edition of the book, the correction has been made,” he said.

He also admitted some factual errors had appeared in the book which would be corrected in the second edition.

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