Shahid Khan Afridi -in bidding a conditional farewell to you, I am tempted to draw parallels with a man you idealised – the legendary captain and player Imran Khan.
You are the embodiment of today’s Pakistan – self destructive, self contradictory, crying conspiracy, yet immensely talented, gifted and emotionally energetic. The potential to achieve wonders is tragically inhibited by myopic vision and self limiting beliefs. You could have been Pakistan’s second World Cup winning skipper had you dared to dream beyond the semi-final.
Wish you had turned to history – how your super hero Imran Khan had inspired the down to dumps team to an impossible stunning World Cup victory. Between despair and celebration the decisive factor was one man’s obsessive ambition of relieving the sufferings of thousands of cancer victims of his country.
Afridi – you would argue you were not driven by any such obsession but if you had the vision, focus, discipline, rational patriotism of Imran Khan you would have realised at stake was not the World Cup but the future of Pakistan.
Had you lifted the World Cup in India, not only would have millions of tragedy struck people danced and laughed endlessly, inspired by the reality of an ordinary Pakistani from a mediocre background lifting the World Cup, they would have positively changed Pakistan. They would have at last believed that if we rise above the challenges, politics and so-called conspiracies we can make Pakistan the country we would be proud of.
You blew it all – but you do have a chance of redemption. You owe it to the common Pakistani to come back overpowering all the obstacles and then win each and every game and score a century in each and every game. The next World Cup has to be lifted by Shahid Khan Afridi.
Impossible – but then everything you have done in retrospect has been impossible – so like a true hero dream on unlimited and do the impossible for the sake of the country that loves you blindly and give them dreams unlimited!