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Akram and Afridi cherish their National Stadium performances
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Akram and Afridi cherish their National Stadium performances

Former Pakistan skippers Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi took a trip down memory lane amidst the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series as the duo visited the newly installed honors board at the iconic National Stadium in Karachi. 

The board has a list of foreign and local players who performed tremendously on the ground over the years. Afridi, who took a five-wicket haul back in 1998 in his first Test match in Karachi, spoke about the memorable show.

“My first-ever Test match was here against Australia. I took five wickets for 52 runs. It was a big achievement as I got the chance to play a Test after 50-60 ODIs,” Afridi reminisced about his debut outing.

“I remember the five wickets against Zimbabwe. I think the first wicket was of Grant Flower, who probably had his birthday on that day. He had asked me to bowl the first ball in front. I did just that but then he played a drive and was caught behind. I also remember breaking a wicket too in that match,” Akram fondly recalled.

Akram, meanwhile, remembered his five-wicket haul against Zimbabwe in 1993. He holds the distinction of having his name engraved on both the Test and ODI honors board.