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'Boom Boom' Afridi to adorn CPL 2015

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Cricket great Shahid Afridi will grace the 2015 Limacol Caribbean Premier League with his explosive talents.

The 34-year-old Pakistani all-rounder, one of the game's most beloved superstars, will be in the draft for CPL 2015 when it takes place in Jamaica on Thursday 5 February.

"I'm looking forward to playing in the CPL, what's not to like? Beautiful venues, knowledgeable crowds and top-class cricket... Bring it on!" said Afridi.

Here are five things about the CPL's newest recruit you might not have known...

1. SWEET SIXTEEN
In his first international innings in October 1996, the prodigious 16-year-old broke the record for the fastest ODI century, reaching a hundred against a stunned Sri Lanka from just 37 balls. It took until 2014 for the mark to be beaten, New Zealand's Corey Anderson taking 36 balls to score a ton against West Indies in Queenstown (before AB de Villiers hit a century off only 31 balls in 2015!).

2. TON-DULKAR
And whose bat did the teenage Afridi use to score the then fastest ODI century? India legend Sachin Tendulkar's, of course! Afridi later said: "I'd just got into the team and Waqar Younis gave me a bat to use in the nets. It was Sachin's bat. I tried it out and it felt good, so I used it in my first international. It was a great honour to play with it, and it will always be one of my treasured possessions."

3. 20/20 VISION
Afridi was man of the series in the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 as he shone with the ball and Pakistan reached the final, but they went one better in 2009 and 'Boom Boom' made hay with the bat in his hands, as he bludgeoned 51 (and took 2-16) in the semis against South Africa and then hammered an unbeaten 54 in the final against Sri Lanka, winning the MOTM award in both.

4. RECORD-BREAKER
Where to start? Just in ODIs, he is the youngest player to score a 100, has 3 of the 6 fastest 50s and 2 of the 5 fastest 100s, has hit more sixes than anyone else (342), has the 2nd best bowling figures (7-12) of all time, is the only man to score 7,000 runs and take 350 wickets and has the highest strike rate (115 - min. 1,000 runs). In T20s, he's the 3rd highest wickets-taker with 81 and has played more games (77) than anyone else. Oh, and he's credited with hitting the biggest six of all time, a 158m brute in a 2013 ODI.

5. AWESOME FOURSOME
Afridi married his wife Nadia in 2000 and they have four daughters - Ansha, Asmara, Ajwa and Aqsa. After match-winning performances against India and Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in 2014, fans posted on Facebook for Afridi to be rewarded for his displays - with a son. The message was liked nearly 6,000 times and got 2,000 shares!

 

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