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Five times Shaheen Afridi impressed cricket stars



Pakistan’s ace speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi — who made his debut in 2018, and is already considered one of the most formidable bowlers in the world — celebrated his 23rd birthday on Thursday.

Shaheen has made giant strides in international cricket, since making his debut in all formats in 2018.

Over the course of his career so far, the lanky pacer has featured in 25 Tests, 32 ODIs and 47 T20Is, with over 200 wickets.

He has also made impressive progress in the captaincy department after leading Lahore Qalandars to back-to-back Pakistan Super League titles.

Here are five quotes that shed light on Shaheen’s outstanding skillset.

Wasim Akram – December 26, 2017

Legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram was full of praise for Shaheen during the latter’s Under-19 days.

“He is a left arm bowler, he is tall and he reminds me of my youth, as his bowling action is also identical — coming in sideways, extract bounce,” said Akram.

Waqar Younis – November 1, 2020

Former Pakistan fast-bowler Waqar Younis stated that Shaheen is getting better with every passing day.

“Shaheen is a wonderful talent, he’s a great learner and a great listener. Since the tour of Australia, he’s learnt a lot, he has much better control and is getting better and better. I am really proud of him in the way he is bowling & improving,” said Younis.

Babar Azam – January 23, 2023

Pakistan captain and prolific batter Babar Azam named Shaheen as the best bowler in the world.

“Everyone knows he [Shaheen] is the best bowler in Pakistan and in the world,” said Azam.

Dale Steyn – February 27, 2023

South Africa’s fast-bowling great Dale Steyn is a fan of Shaheen’s wrist position.

“Shaheen’s wrist is amazing! The bend and flick he has is so special and an area where many young fast bowlers could look to find their extra yard of pace they searching for,” Steyn said.

“Few drills one could try, but if you’re over 25 I’m sorry but it may already be too late. Still worth a try,” he added.

Rashid Khan – February 28, 2023

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan heaped praise on Shaheen’s leadership skills.

“Shaheen is leading the team very well. With the way he is managing everything, as a bowler and a player you feel relaxed after having a captain like him. He guides players to perfection and doesn’t get angry whenever a player feels down,” said Rashid. 

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Chairman, PCB Heads Meeting: Jason Gillespie, Gary Kirsten and the Committee for Selection




PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi declared that the National Cricket Team will not include any player involved in misconduct and that there would be a zero-tolerance approach on disciplinary matters.

Chairman PCB announced during a thorough discussion on cricket matters that all players would need to play domestic cricket and that a fitness test would be required every three months.

He claimed that a new process would be developed for players looking to obtain a Nod of clearance for overseas leagues, and that N.O.C. would only be granted to those who satisfy the requirements.

The selection committee’s inclusion of head coach Gary Kirsten and bowling coach Jason Gillespie was also approved by the meeting.

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The captain of the Pakistan Shaheens’ white-ball team has been announced for the upcoming trip to Darwin.




Mohammad Haris, a wicket-keeper batsman, has been chosen as the captain of Pakistan Shaheens for the two 50-over matches and nine-team Top End T20 series in Darwin, Australia. The matches will take place from 4-18 August.

Haris recently led Pakistan Shaheens in the ACC Men’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023 in Colombo. In this tournament, Pakistan successfully defended their championship by defeating India with a margin of 128 runs.

The Pakistan Shaheens have already arrived in Darwin to play two four-day matches against Bangladesh ‘A’ on July 19-22 and July 26-29. Sahibzada Farhan is currently captaining the team in the longer format of the game.

Following the two four-day matches, the Shaheens will engage in 50-over matches against Northern Territory (NT) and Bangladesh ‘A’ on 4 and 6 August, respectively, prior to the start of the T20 series on 9 August.

The T20 competition includes additional teams such as ACT Comets, Bangladesh ‘A’, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Northern Territory Strike, Adelaide Strikers, and Tasmania.

In addition, seven modifications have been implemented for the white-ball contests compared to the red-ball side.

Abdul Faseeh, Arafat Minhas, Arif Yaqoob, Jahandad Khan, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Imran Jnr, and Usman Khan are the replacements for Kamran Ghulam, Khurram Shahzad, Mehran Mumtaz, Mohammad Ali, Mubasir Khan, Tayyab Tahir, and Umar Amin.

The Pakistan Shaheens will participate in the Darwin series for the second consecutive year. In the previous year, NT Strike emerged victorious over Shaheens in the final of the Top End T20 Series with a margin of 46 runs. Subsequently, Pakistan Shaheens achieved a resounding victory over PNG by 224 runs and Northern Strike by 84 runs in the two One-day matches.

The white-ball squad of Pakistan Shaheens
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The personnel providing support to the players include Abdul Rehman as the head coach, Mohammad Masroor as the assistant coach-cum-manager, Mohammad Asad as the physiotherapist, Imranullah as the trainer, and Usman Hashmi as the analyst.

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Shaheen Afridi’s potential absence from the Bangladesh Test match is attributed to personal circumstances. Jason




Jason Gillespie, the head coach of the Pakistan Red Ball team, may not be able to attend the Bangladesh Test owing to personal issues, as discussed informally with Shaheen Shah Afridi.

“Shaheen Afridi has accumulated a considerable amount of experience in the game of cricket,” remarked Jason Gillespie.

Jason Gillespie stated that Shaheen had bowled three times as much as Starc in a year. “Shaheen Shah Afridi is also involved in playing leagues across all three formats,” he stated.

The coach of the Pakistan cricket team emphasised the importance of effectively managing the workload of the fast bowlers from Pakistan. He specified that Shaan Masood will be leading the test crew.

“Although I have not yet had the opportunity to meet Shaan in person, I have been maintaining regular communication with him over the phone,” stated Jason Gillespie. Jason Gillespie stated that he encountered captain Babar Azam in Lahore.

The Pakistan team’s training camp for the upcoming series against Bangladesh is scheduled to commence in the first week of August.

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