Azeem Rafiq, 36, is a hard-to-please man.
The Adelaide University Cricket Club player and the University of South Australia Sports High Performance Academy field captain told The Advertiser, “[His] children want to play cricket but don’t want to be in pain and not do something they enjoy doing. So it’s difficult for me.”
Rafiq said he tries to discourage his two kids from playing the game, but he gets help in his efforts from his wife. “She makes me feel guilty about it, and she doesn’t want me to beg her for them to play cricket. But I can’t watch them go for a day or two without playing cricket.”
The SA C.C.A. coaching staff, and its head coach Justin Langer, have tried to convince Rafiq to ease up, but the stalwart player tells them they just aren’t getting through to him.
“I will never let them stop playing, I think they are still too young,” he told the newspaper. “I tell the coach I want a draw on every single day of the week.”
Rafiq has been playing cricket for more than 20 years and has captained his club to eleven trophies. He told The Advertiser he is sure his two children will one day pick up the game but right now he is determined to help make their lives happy.
Rafiq told the newspaper that he has discussed his concerns with his wife because he is keen to make sure he has a good relationship with his children.
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