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Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has revealed in his autobiography how he lost all respect for legendary batsman Javed Miandad.
Afridi wrote that Miandad didn’t let him participate in batting practice prior to the Chennai Test against India in 1999.
Afridi also noted that Miandad, who was coach at that time, “had developed a strong opinion against me”.
“The tussle had started even before the series kicked off,” Afridi wrote in his autobiography Game Changer as quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “Miandad had developed a strong opinion against me…in fact, the day before I went to bat, Miandad didn’t even give me any net practice. So I had to practice on a stringed ball, alone, away from my teammates.”
Afridi added that any ounce of respect he had for Miandad dissipated when he was forced to praise him during the presentation ceremony.
“That day I lost all my respect for Javed Miandad, supposedly one of the greats of the game but in reality, a small man,” he wrote.