The journey of Shapoor Zadran, a huge frame with a genial approach, is symbolic to the battles endured by cricket in Afghanistan. Poverty, fear of the war-stricken society and now gun attacks, the veteran left-arm pacer’s zeal is the paradigm in Afghan cricket.
“Now I fear no one else other than Allah,” Zadran asserted while talking about the gun attack on him in last January. Reports say it wasn’t the only time he faced an assassination attempt. “I and my family have gone through to overcome poverty. I can’t afford to be scared because of these attacks on me. I am proud to be playing for Afghanistan,” there is intent and overwhelming pride in his voice.
The intent comes from the fight against the stereotypes and the tension in a war-torn country. He takes you back to days when inhibition dominated the enthusiasm for playing cricket. The core of Afghan cricket-incumbent captain Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi and Dawlat Zadran is responsible for all that Afghan cricket is today.