Afridi hosts Michael Holding for dinner


Bipin Dani

Former Pakistan captain hosted a dinner party for former West Indies pace bowler Michael Holding at his Karachi residence on Sunday night.
he 65-year-old Holding is in Karachi (though he is not on any commentary assignment) and witnessing the ODI between Pakistan and visiting Sri Lankan team.
His visit at Afridi’s home was made possible by their common friend Dr. Kashif Ansari, who is a cancer surgeon in USA. ‘Well, Afridi is not only a great ambassador of the game but also peace, love and humanity. I have been knowing him since last so many years. His father was my patient. He is carrying his father’s legacy’, Dr. Kashif Ansari, speaking exclusively over telephone from Karachi, said.
‘When he came to know that I am coming to Pakistan with Michael Holding, my other good family friend and Barry Wilkinson (commentator from Barbados), Afridi did not resist the temptation of inviting us at his place’.
Afridi cooked and served dishes for the guests. During the party, Holding could not hide his disappointment towards the T-20s are played in the world.
‘Holding is not a fan of T-20s but he loves Test cricket and said the game is no more a gentleman’s game but has turned into the money making machine. He also spoke about how the cricket was being played some 20-30 years ago and now’. ‘He also discussed about how the Test cricket be more focused along with the ODIs. He also discussed about the roles of umpires, match referees, curators, conditions of pitches etc’, concluded Dr. Ansari. Former opener Saeed Anwar was also present at the party.

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