According to Atif, if he wasn’t a singer, he would have been a cricketer.
“My parents didn’t let me play for the under-nineteen cricket team. They wanted me to become an engineer. But I decided to explore myself as a singer. I collected my pocket money to put up my first song on the Internet. The song was Aadat and it became an instant hit. So, I went ahead with it. And now it’s been eight years in this profession.”
Recently he wrote on his Facebook Fan page:
When I was 16, I was selected for Pakistan’s U-19 cricket team as a fast bowler. I was training for the World Cup n my dreams were to represent Pakistan as a cricketer. Life steered me to a career in the performing arts but my love for the sport remains. Today, it’s great to know that another 16 year old boy from India, who made his debut in Pakistan in 1989 (against Imran Khan, Wasim Akram n Waqar, then the fastest bowlers in the world) has 25 years later become the first sportsman to be awarded the highest civilian decoration by his country. It’s about time the legendary artists n sportsmen r honored in the correct manner by their respective nations. Congrats to Sachin Tendulkar on an exemplary career!