Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi bid adieu to cricket in 2018. The 42-year-old was a force to reckon with in his playing days. He scored over 11000 runs and picked up over 500 wickets across all formats.
Although, his illustrious and decorated career had patches of controversies and one of them being the 2005 pitch tampering against England in Faisalabad
In the 2nd Test against England in the 2005 series, Shahid Afridi was found guilty of pitch tampering with his spiked boots. As a result, he was banned for one Test and two ODIs.
After 17 years, Afridi has revisited the controversy and revealed full details of the dark moment in his career.
He revealed that the pitch had nothing to offer for the bowlers. It was not turning, nor was it swinging for the seamers. Thus, he took advantage of a gas cylinder explosion in the ground to create a patch on the pitch.
“The Test had become quite boring. The pitch had nothing to offer the bowlers. Then a gas cylinder exploded in the stadium. Everyone got distracted. I looked at Shoaib Malik and said, ‘I feel like creating a patch on the pitch. He replied, ‘Yes, do it, no one is watching’ I did it, and the rest is history.”
Afridi admitted that it was a mistake and no cricketer should indulge in such practices.