Afridis nephew plays for Uganda
Shahid Afridi is one of the most celebrated player in the world of cricket. But little did anyone have any idea that his nephew, who is also an Afridi, plays for an international team not named Pakistan.
Afridi’s nephew, Irfan Afridi, has been playing for the Ugandan cricket team for a while now. Irfan, now 33 years old, was born in Karachi, Pakistan, but made his international debut for Uganda in September 2016 against Qatar.
He is a right handed batsman and bowls offbreak and leg break googlies. He also celebrates like his uncle, the ‘senior’ Afridi, after taking a wicket.
It’s surprising to know that a Pakistani is representing Uganda in international cricket, but the all-rounder has a background story as to how he landed as a player in the Ugandan cricket team.
“My uncle wanted to start a business in Uganda so that’s why he told me to go to Uganda. My uncle sent me here for business,” said Irfan.
“We started a business for import and exporting cars. So from there, I started my cricket. I never played hard ball in my life before. I started in Uganda.”
Irfan was initially to the cricketing scene in the country by former Ugandan pacer Asadu Seiga when he asked him to play a leather-ball fixture for his club Tornado CC.
“I played one game for his club. From there I started my career. When I played the first game, from there they saw me. My friend Asadu told me, ‘You can play hard ball. So why are you not trying?’ So from there, I started to play. Then I tried to come into the national team,” he recalled.