“National Hero” Afridi To Set Up Coaching Camp in Karachi

A summer coaching camp for the cricketers of the under-19 and under-14 age groups is being organised by Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi here in Karachi later this month, Dawn reported today. Admission forms were reportedly being given away today between 2.00 and 6.00pm at the National Stadium, but I suppose those who did not read the report in the papers this morning could still try their luck at the actual trials.

Trials for the under-14 age group will be held on Saturday (June 9) while for those for the under-19 group are scheduled for Sunday (June 10), both at the NSK. Further dates for the camp, which will also feature present and ex-Pakistan players, will be announced later Afridi said, whilst also clarifying the reason for the camp as follows, “Sadly, nowadays we are not producing such cricketers from our city, I think as national heroes, it is our foremost duty to make some sort of contribution to ensure we don’t lag behind”.

Keeping aside the debate about the talent coming from Karachi, I can’t help but raise a serious eyebrow at those claims of him being a “national hero”. Fair point cricketers have a big profile in this country, but whatever happened do good old humbleness and modesty, eh? And for a man who very recently got banned for showing a spectator his bat after he said something that put him off, its a bit high and mighty to come out and label your self a national “national hero” in the press, even if the camp he’s organising can be considered a somewhat praiseworthy effort.

19 Comments so far

  1. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 12:49 am

    Afridi, a national Hero ??? phewww… hawa aanay day…
    He can organize the camp but we need batsman like Javen Miandad and Wasim Akram or Waqar Younus to train the professional.
    Afridi should also learn batting from Miandad.

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    summer camp for school going kids… remember its summer vacations.. is PCB going to make money out of this?

  3. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 1:21 am

    h what are you worrying at zainub?? Are standards are for sure changed now … It’s a cool chikka that matters who care for long and persistent innings .. just see around you !!!

  4. atif abdul rahman (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 1:53 am


    expect more batting collapses in coming years :-)
    but we will be the Twenty20 Champs

  5. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 2:00 am

    @atif abdul rahman so what do you predict.. that fastest century record would be broken? :P

  6. Salman A. (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 2:18 am

    Karachi has a history of producing talented batsmen like Hanif Mohammad, Javed Miandad, Saeed Anwar etc. so summer camp in Karachi is a good idea.

    But if people like Shahid Afridi become coach, then I must say, Pakistan Cricket ka Allah hi hafiz.. How can a person organize a camp who can’t even organize himself?? another stupid and idiotic decision of PCB, i guess….

    Is Afridi the same trash who once got drunk in the flight and misbehaved with the air hostess? If I were the head of PCB, I would put a life time ban on Shahid Afridi for playing or coaching for Pakistan……… Is he related to some army general? If not, then how is he still surviving?

  7. Mohammed Riaz (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 3:27 am

    After reading some of the posts above i find it quite ludicrous with some of the comments that have been mentioned. Give the guy a chance he,s given something back to the community and here we have typical pakis jealousy,Salman A before you mention anyone else,s bad points have a close look at your self, your no angel either, lets see you getting involved with the community.

  8. Shiraz (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 5:59 am

    The one thing that I find in common with all Pakistani’s is that we always will be number one in bashing not others (non paki’s, but each other. We never see the positive side of things. Who in Pak is perfect by any means??? @Zainub before you point out how he was pointing a bat at some spectator maybe you should find out why he did. I’m not sure if even know. He was sticking up for Pakistan because the fans said some negative things about Pakis. If that’s not nationalism then what is?? I can tell you guy’s one thing. Next time Afridi takes the field just look around at the eyes of the opponents and their behavior. Look at how they set the field and for a moment the game suddenly changes. The boring crowd comes to life. The players are excited and I know most bowlers don’t like to face Afridi because he can bat and hit anyone out of the park. Why do the announcers start talking about him before even he takes the field??? He’s a different kind of player and brings a lot to the game. People that don’t watch cricket even watch when he bats. I think we should stop pointing fingers at something positive that he’s trying and instead support him. Did you ever notice how everything is over in Pak before it even starts?? That’s because of the sorry attitude we have. Na khud kuch kertay ho na dusro ko kernay detay ho.

  9. Janaab (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 6:56 am

    Despite all the mal-functions, I love Pakistan :)


  10. SALMAN A. (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 9:24 am

    I have nothing personal against Shahid Afridi expcept one humble request that before you declare yourslef a “National Hero”, please perform a reality check and see where you stand and what you have done for the nation…

    Sir, being popular does not make you a ‘national hero’ neither it classifies you as a fine cricketer.. as a matter of fact, it takes years of non-stop hard work and a consistent performance to be of such caliber. for example, look at the career of Imran Khan and the efforts he made to improve himself as a cricketer, that’s how you become a hero.. you dont self claim such titles as ‘national hero’, you rather earn it both on personal and professional level…

    This is what Asif Iqbal once said, and I quote:
    “It’s all about grooming. They are international cricketers, they are ambassadors and very high-profile people. It’s not good enough to walk out on to the pitch and score runs or take wickets. It’s more to do with how you represent yourself and how you represent your country.”

    I say forget about grooming, Afridi’s statistics is pathetic as well. He averages under 25 in ODI’s which is supposed to be his specialty.. what a shame…

    As for Pakistanis bashing or getting jealous, I totally disagree with that. We love and respect our cricketers more than any other cricketing nation despite their ‘once in a blue moon’ quality performace. Shahid Afridi should be immensely thankful for being a Pakistani becuase no other countyr would have kept such a poor palyer in the national team for more than a decade, he simply doenst qualify for that.

    In countries like Austalia and England, a person of such ‘fine qualities’ either ends up flipping burgers in a fast food store or is found behind the bars on charges of sexual harassment.. It is just us innocent Pakistanis who still adore such jerks..

  11. Mohammed Riaz (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 10:00 am

    Mr Salman A he Afridi must be doing something that has been representing his country for the last ten years. Regarding his stats, the team game plan is for him to take the game away from the opposition, not bad for a man who has scored the fastest odi hundred of all time n joint second fastest hundred as well. Yet again your talking tripe what facts do you have regarding Afridi,s personal life. Either you put up OR JUST SHUT UP

  12. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 10:00 am

    Maybe its a coaching camp for HIM!. :P.

    Moin Khan has one too, Rashid latif has an academy, its easy money really.


    All those desputing Shahid’s status as a national hero………..Just look around the ground next time he gets out. More than 1/2 the ground leaves :).

    Oh! & thats not just in khi but each and every city in Pakistan. (He gets a lotta love in India & Bangladesh as well, in case you have not noticed).

    Whether the respect is deserved or not is your personal op, but dont fool yourselves about his popularity :).

  13. MB (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 10:39 am

    Afridi a national hero ?
    Must be kidding

    Yes one of the best entertainer but not a hero definitely. One of the best hitters who hardly needs a head for his task. And surely a lively heart person. Only

    You need to be like Javed or IMRAN to be a hero dude.

  14. ed (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 10:51 am

    well… someone mentioned him getting drunk during a flight and misbehaving with an airhostess. For one thing, we can’t be sure of whateva had happened. secondly, he has seriously changed over the years … for the better… (atleast as a person). I recall the time when all the staff of the hotel that he stayed at used to be seriously pissed off at him for his behaviour. But thats history.
    Ramiz Raja had mentioned once that the PCB would be conducting a program whereby young cricketers wuold be imparted some training on how to carry themselves in public and ethics and morals etc,since these guys make it big while they are still quite young and all this might get to their head :)
    I wonder the recent improvement in the overall behaviour (however slight) is due to any such program initiated by the PCB? … OR… Inzi’s example of practicing religion? :)

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

    @Salman A: how does afridi’s personal life matter in his professional career? Whether afridi drinks or bed with someone, it shouldn’t be a matter of discuss his professional career. Also, as I said to shamsi that when u produce some statment then do provide the link. Being a troll is never appreciable. Now can u give me URL of news that he got drunk and misbehaved? I think u guys dont have time to look at yourself first. Who knows u r more filthier than afridi? Atleast afridi DID something for the country. What have u done instead of picking others?

  16. axiomatic (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 4:42 pm

    Dont be sick> Dont critcize people for the heck of it! I mean who is foolproof? Any one perfect here?? Please raise your hand.

    All of us have our strengths, and weaknesses. Just because Afridi or people like him are in the lime light, their negatives are highlighted.

    I read somewhere that the faults we see in other people are reflections of our own.

    Let the guy do something good. I know many kids will be excited to hear about this camp and would crave to join it.

  17. iD (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

    Did he say he’s organizing a camp for himself?
    Well good step but I’d say he’ll need good players to teach in that camp

  18. iD (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 6:36 pm

    About the claim of him being the national hero, I’d say yes he is a national hero. He has done something for the country! Infact alot more than we have!

  19. SALMAN A. (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

    Good Evening folks:
    personal life DOES matter especially if you call yourself a a role model or a national hero. bigger positions bring bigger responsibilities..

    @red munk:
    gathering a large crowd does NOT make you a hero. Imagine Bipasha Basu coming to Karachi, i am sure there will be more people waiting in line for her autograph than Shahid Afridi’s.. right or wrong? :)))

    @Mohammed Riaz:
    bhai, gussa nahi karo.. it doesnt suit on such a nice name like yours.. :)))

    “he has seriously changed over the years”.. hope that is true.

    what shahid afridi has done to the country is totally OUT OF PROPORTION to what the country has done for him. just 4 tons in 11 yrs? And all of them against the most pathetic bowling side on the most pathtic bowling wicket? to me, that’s NOT impressive at all..

    i agree give the guy one more chance, this time as a coach.. that might click you never know… after all, Karachi is rich in talent..

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