“Boom Boom Afridi Faces Challenges: Afridi’s Transition from Hero to Zero in Pakistan Attributed to Several Factors”

Tariq Bhat


Shahid Afridi’s transition from hero to zero in Pakistan can be attributed to several factors. His once-celebrated legacy of defying the impossible on the cricket field—earning him the nickname ‘Boom Boom’—has faced challenges.

Controversial Statements: Afridi’s outspoken views and controversial statements have raised doubts about his judgment and


impartiality. His remarks on political matters have drawn criticism, impacting his reputation1.


Endorsement of Shehbaz Sharif: Despite backlash, Afridi congratulated Shehbaz Sharif when he assumed office as Prime Minister. This move further strained his standing, especially given the political context.


Public Scrutiny: As a prominent figure, Afridi’s actions are closely watched. Any missteps can erode credibility, and his recent choices have not always aligned with public expectations



Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has been elected as Pakistan’s prime minister for a second term. His party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), secured 201 votes in the National Assembly, defeating his rival Omer Ayub Khan from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, which is led by the jailed ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan.


This victory comes after an inconclusive general election marred by allegations of intimidation and vote-rigging. Although independent candidates backed by Imran Khan’s PTI won the most seats, they failed to secure a majority.


Shehbaz Sharif’s first term as prime minister began in 2022 when Imran Khan was ousted through a no-confidence vote in Parliament. The PML-N and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) formed a coalition government to replace Khan.


Afridi’s Criticism and Political Speculation:

Shahid Afridi, the famous Pakistani cricket player, has called Shehbaz Sharif the most honest leader. However, his criticism of Imran Khan has led to controversy and criticism from his own fans.


Sources suggest that Afridi may be planning to enter politics, and he has reportedly received offers from Nawaz Sharif. Additionally, there are claims that Afridi has donated money to the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).


Former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi recently expressed his views on the ongoing political crisis in Pakistan. Amid post-election turmoil, Afridi criticized the situation where the common man is bombarded with new stories every day, while their actual problems—such as inflation and unemployment—persist. He urged the “decision-makers” to come together and steer the country out of this chaotic situation. The 46-year-old emphasized unity among all stakeholders, emphasizing that the future of the next generations is at stark



Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Afridi has waded into political matters. Back in March 2022, he appealed for at least one elected government’s constitutional term to be completed, regardless of party affiliations. And when Shehbaz Sharif assumed office as the 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan after Imran Khan’s ouster, Afridi faced criticism for congratulating the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader. Despite the backlash, Afridi maintained that his gesture had no political or personal interest23.

Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistani cricket team captain, prominent social figure, and philanthropist, has faced intense criticism from PTI supporters after commenting on the current political situation in the country. Recently, he spoke out about the ongoing political turmoil, expressing disappointment despite the conduct of the 2024 nationwide polls. Afridi emphasized the need for “decision-makers” to take serious steps to address the crisis. Notably, after Shehbaz Sharif assumed office as the 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan, Afridi congratulated him, further fueling controversy. Despite the backlash, Afridi maintained that his views were independent and not meant as disrespect to anyone


Imran Khan’s Situation:

Imran Khan, the former prime minister, faced legal challenges and was barred from standing in the recent election. His party, PTI, ran as independents but won more seats than any other party.


Despite being behind bars, Imran Khan remains a prominent figure in Pakistani politics. His supporters continue to protest and criticize the current government.


Pakistan’s political landscape remains dynamic, with Shehbaz Sharif securing a second term as prime minister and Shahid Afridi’s involvement in political discussions. The credibility of various leaders continues to be a topic of debate in the country

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