Former Pakistan player, Shahid Afridi, has been making waves in the media after his autobiography was published. In that book, ‘Game Changer’, Afridi made a number of surprising revelations. One of those, was an accusation levelled at former teammate, Saeed Ajmal. According to Afridi, Ajmal was responsible for lobbying against then captain, Younis Khan.
However, Saeed Ajmal has since gone and defended himself, saying that Afridi knew only half of the story. Speaking to ARY News, Saeed Ajmal said, “Almost all the players were against Younis Khan. Senior players had a meeting during the 2009 Champions Trophy in South Africa, in which the juniors were forced to sit,”.
“Afridi himself was a part of this campaign. I talked to him soon [after] I heard such comments about me in his book. I told Afridi that he had written [about it] wrong and revealed [half the truth].”
However, Saeed Ajmal insisted that he still respected Younis Khan as a player and a captain. Though, on the other side of the fence, he said, “Younis Bhai was a good captain, but sometimes his aggression put him in trouble.”
“I was a new comer and was forced to sit in the meeting for the seniors had told me that if I will not support them, I may never become a part of team in the future, so I had no option,”
Interestingly, he revealed that whatever went on in the meeting had to be between them. However, the media inexplicably caught wind of the scenario and were on the story like a rash.
“I don’t know who violated his oath,” concluded Saeed Ajmal.
The 41-year old retired from all forms of cricket in November 2017 and since then, he has become the bowling coach of PSL team, Islamabad United.