Afridi was later banned by the match referee for one Test and two ODIs for tampering with the pitch during the Faisalabad Test between Pakistan and England in 2005. However, he later apologised. Afridi was also banned from two T20Is for ball-tampering during 2010 in Perth.
Shahid Afridi while speaking on Sama TV said, “It was a good series. That Test was in Faisalabad. Trust me, it was a Test and the ball was neither turning, nor getting any swing or seam. It was getting quite boring. I was putting in all my strength and nothing was happening. Then all of a sudden, a gas cylinder exploded and everyone was distracted.”
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Malik said – do it. no one is watching
Afridi said I told Shoaib Malik, my heart wants me to make a pitch here. Let the ball turn.
Malik said do it. No one is watching. So I did it.
Afridi says what happened is history. When I look back on this side, I realize it was a mistake.
Afridi, who retired from international cricket in 2017, played only 27 Tests for Pakistan.
Afridi’s action was caught
This match was played against England and ended without any result. Shoaib Malik had said that no one is watching but Afridi’s action was caught in the match and he was also found guilty. That’s why he got banned.
Shoaib Malik is currently active in cricket but all the chances of his return to the Pakistan cricket team are almost over. He last played T20 against Bangladesh in November 2021.