Saqlain Mushtaq remains one of Pakistan’s most lethal spinners to ever play the game. Throughout his illustrious career, Saqlain had the honor of sharing the dressing room with some of Pakistan’s biggest cricketing stars. One of these esteemed individuals was Shahid Afridi, who was a few years junior to Saqlain.
Recalling his early interactions with Afridi in the 1990s, Saqlain claimed that the flamboyant all-rounder had a rather gullible personality back then and his teammates would often play pranks on him to make him the squad’s laughing stock. Saqlain also related instances when such plans would backfire as Afridi would have his revenge by not paying the bill after taking the team out to a fancy restaurant.
“He was and is actually very hospitable and has a big heart and often throws elaborate dinners. In fact, he had the Peshawar Zalmi team over for dinner when he himself made barbecue for them,” Saqlain said.