Pakistani superstar Shahid Khan Afridi, after retiring from international cricket in recent past, has been engaged in his new venture. The hard hitter was cordially welcomed in Toronto by Mayor John Tory and Coun. Neethan Shan on Thursday in an effort to grow interest about cricket around the city.
Pleased to have his new duty on the town, the handsome hunk of cricket said standing at the Toronto City Hall, “It is a great honor for me. This is my fourth trip to Toronto. Such a beautiful country, such a beautiful city.”
Mayor Tory said recognizing the increase of interest in the sport around the country, “We look forward to taking you up on your offer of some help with our young people and others who are interested in cricket, because I know you will be a powerful influence on them and a positive influence and we really appreciate that.”
‘Boom Boom’ Afridi, starting his international career at a tender age of 16, became the youngest cricketer to score a century in one day international cricket. All through his career, he had been adjudged 32 times as Man of the Match, the most number by any Pakistani cricketer.
Coun. Shan said to Afridi, “Your participation in this visit is actually making that push and that momentum grow for us to bring more cricket and more international cricket, as well as more cricket facilities for young men and young women who play this beautiful sport.”
Once cricket was declared as Canada’s national sport by Sir John A. McDonald.