Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has once again won millions of Kashmir hearts, this time by coming to aid of cricketer, Mir Murtaza, who hails from the Indian Occupied J&K.
Murtaza hails from the Anantang region in Kashmir and traveled to Pakistan through the Wagah Border. He then went to Karachi and stayed at Afridi’s residence and received training along with tips from the Pakistan great. Mir stayed in Pakistan for 3 months before returning to his homeland.
Afridi lauded the talented cricketer while claiming that he would love to help the youngster in the future as well.
“Mir Murtaza is a talented cricketer. I am available for any cricketer in the world. I would welcome anyone who wants to learn from me. If Mir Murtaza wants to learn more in the future, I would teach him everything I know. I could also help him get the best coaching he requires,” said Afridi.
“Mir Murtaza was the first Kashmiri to come from Occupied Kashmir and arrive at my house. He was a big fan. He is a very good boy. He has worked really hard. I hope he is successful in his passion,” he added.
Meanwhile, Murtaza stated that Afridi’s guidance and training gave him a massive boost in morale and knowledge, while adding that he would love to learn more from the legendary allrounder in the future.
“I would love to learn more from Shahid Afridi in the future. The things I have learned have been very beneficial for me,” Murtaza said.
Meanwhile, the Lahore Qalandars’ Director Cricket Atif Rana has also welcomed Mir Murtaza and claimed that, once the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic subsides, they will reach out to the Kashmir-based player to come and train at the Lahore High Performance center.
“Lahore Qalandars have always worked for youngsters by giving them a platform regardless of their place of residence. We created a ‘Pardesi Qalandars’ initiative through which Mir Murtaza arrived in Pakistan. He had talent which needed to be groomed. We have now created a high performance center for such individuals. Definitely, when the situation normalises we will invite these talented individuals to help them in the best of our capabilities,” Rana said.