Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi’s controversial revelation about his age may lead to removal of his name from ICC record of being the youngest one-day international centurion. In his recently published book, Shahid Afridi revealed that his age stated in official records is wrong.
In his book titled Game Changer, Afridi revealed that his age was wrongly stated by the authorities and that he was not 16 during the time of his debut. Afridi said that he was 19 and was born in 1975 when he smashed a record breaking 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in 1996.
However, his recent revelation is nothing but confusing as he stated that he was nineteen when he made his debut in 1996 and was born in 1975 and not in 1980. By that logic he would have been 21 at the time of his debut and not 19.
This revelation may lead to removal of his name from ICC records as he would no longer be the youngest centurion. Afghanistan’s Usman Ghani who scored an ODI century at the age of 17, against Zimbabwe in 2014, would take his place.
The former all-rounder has 8,064 runs from 398 ODIs at an average of 23.75 with a top score of 124. Afridi also has 395 wickets from 398 ODI matches at an average of 34.51. Afridi holds the record for taking the most number of wickets as captain in T20Is (40). He also holds the record for the best bowling figures as captain in a T20Is (4–14).