Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, who retired only a month back from international cricket, was recently made an ambassador of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Afridi, 37, is one of eight ambassadors named by the ICC who will be involved in the ICC Champions Trophy Tour and will also be making appearances in the United Kingdom as part of an initiative aimed at providing school children with an opportunity to meet and play with a legend.
The other ambassadors include England’s Ian Bell, New Zealand’s Shane Bond, Australia’s Mike Hussey, India’s Harbhajan Singh, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, Bangladesh’s Habibul Bashar, and South Africa’s Graeme Smith.
Afridi, on being appointed, said: “I feel humbled to have been appointed as an Ambassador for the ICC Champions Trophy. And to be part of a select group of some of the most respected and accomplished cricketers against whom I enjoyed playing international cricket is an icing on the cake. Three more Ambassadors and we would have made a tournament-winning XI.”
Well, while Afridi was delighted to be a part of the elite group, one thing is certain. Seeing Pakistan (who’ve never won the Champions Trophy) win this edition would send him over the moon!
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