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Shaheen Afridi Set For Test Debut

The 18-year-old left-arm fast made his mark in a home event in September ultimate 12 months, claiming 8 wickets for simply 39 runs in a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy sport, the most efficient figures through a Pakistan bowler on top quality debut. 

The cricket international took realize of the 1.98 metre tall bowler who may hit the 90 miles consistent with hour mark with the ball. Inside 15 months he’s already being in comparison to Australian tempo spearhead Mitchell Starc and mythical Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram.

His upward thrust to the Pakistan staff started at house in Landi Kotal, a the town within the Khyber District, just about the border with  Afghanistan, the place his elder brother Riaz who performed one Take a look at for Pakistan in 200, gave him his first bowling classes. 

“My brother was once my position fashion who taught me how one can bowl and how one can way cricket with a favorable mind-set,” stated Shaheen. “I owe my luck to him.”

Riaz additionally taught his brother a couple of pictures to the level that he is regarded as a at hand hard-hitting all-rounder.

Since his spectacular top quality debut, Shaheen has endured to draw consideration, completing with 12 wickets on the ICC Underneath-19 International Cup in New Zealand this 12 months after which grabbing a 5 wicket haul in a Pakistan Tremendous League event.


Shaheen graduated to Pakistan colors in the house Twenty20 sequence towards the West Indies in March, however actual luck got here towards New Zealand in ultimate month’s one-day sequence wherein he claimed back-to-back 4 wicket hauls and completed as man-of-the-series.

Similar to Wasim Akram, Shaheen has additionally performed simply 3 first-class fits prior to his first Take a look at.

“Take a look at cricket is without equal so matching the good Wasim’s feat will inspire me so much and similar to I do in restricted over fits, I will be able to attempt to take wickets for my staff to win the sequence,” stated Shaheen.

After his early shape ultimate month Pakistan’s variety committee, headed through Inzamam-ul-Haq, named Shaheen within the Take a look at squad for the New Zealand sequence to be able to creating him relatively than taking part in him.

However Shaheen pressed his claims additional when he took seven wickets — 5 of them blank bowled — in Pakistan A’s win over England Lions of their four-day event in Abu Dhabi ultimate month.

That efficiency and Abbas’s harm driven his likelihood previous than anticipated.

“Our bowling trainer Azhar Mahmood, trainer Mickey Arthur and others have lend a hand me so much and feature labored very challenging on me so I’m in a position to ship my highest.”

The 3-match sequence is recently tied at 1-1 with New Zealand profitable the primary Take a look at through 4 runs in Abu Dhabi and Pakistan reaching an innings and 16 runs win in the second one in Dubai.

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