Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has cleared the air regarding the allegations that he was chewing 'tobacco' during the Defence and Martyr’s Day celebration at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
Afridi attended the ceremony on Thursday (September 6) and a video of him from the event went viral. In the little clip, he could be seen sitting in the audience and secretly tucking something under his top lip. A lot of people on social media claimed it to be 'tobacco' (also known as Naswar in Urdu).
However, Afridi clarified on Saturday (September 8) that it was cloves and fennel seeds that he was chewing. In fact, the 38-year-old took out a few fennel seeds from his pocket and told a reporter, "If you like the smell of long (cloves) and saunf (fennel), try this".
Here’s the video:
Shahid Afridi "if you like the smell of long (cloves) and saunf (fennel), try this" pic.twitter.com/Dsq8jGFoPa— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 8, 2018
Afridi is currently nursing his knee injury and has missed the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in the process. He is also working for his foundation which aims to provide best medical facilities to the downtrodden.
In May 2018, Afridi led ICC World XI match against the West Indies at Lord’s. He also featured in the inaugural edition of Global T20 Canada League for Edmonton Royals last month.