Pakistan fans pray for Afridi

Pakistan fans pray for Afridi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan superstar Shahid Afridi’s match-winning performances in the Asia Cup this week have prompted fans on social media to pray for him to be rewarded – with a son.

The 34-year-old, married and father to four daughters, delivered Pakistan a cherished victory over India on Sunday with consecutive sixes in the last over, sparking jubilant celebrations.

But the adoration of millions and a prime plot of land were not enough for some overzealous fans, who see a male child as the ultimate validation of Afridi’s accomplishments.

“We should all pray that God rewards the person who has provided all Pakistanis jubilation and smiles in such terrible times with a son,” one fan commented on the “Meri jaan Pakistan” (My love Pakistan) Facebook page. The post, which appeared on Wednesday, has received more than 5,000 likes, 1,000 shares, and hundreds of comments saying “Ameen (Amen)”. “God will now give him a son, God willing,” said another fan on the forum.

After beating India and Bangladesh, Pakistan face Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final on Saturday. 

Published in The Express Tribune, March 7th, 2014.