Time and again Pakistan has produced some of the world’s best fast and spin bowlers. We have had the likes of Wasim Akram (Sultan of Swing), Waqar Younis (the ultimate Yorker master), and maestros like Mushtaq Ahmed and Abdul Qadir. Therefore, it is no surprise we are getting fresh blood inducted into Pakistan cricket. Shaheen Afridi is the new young fast bowler from Pakistan with a bright future ahead of him.
There is no dearth of young cricketing talent in Pakistan, a sentence we are so tired of hearing. Some talent comes up so high that it cannot just be ignored. It is the same thing that happened in case of Shaheen Afridi. It was almost a forced entry into the cricket scene. The young and tall fellow from FATA made the record-keepers rewrite the records. He burst onto the scene with eight wickets for a measly 39 in Quad-e-Azam trophy. It is the best for any Pakistani bowler debuting their first class.
Shaheen Afridi’s Hometown and Motivation Towards Cricket
Shaheen Afridi belongs to a small town, Landi Kotal. His elder brother Riaz Afridi did play one test match for Pakistan in 2004. He says that his elder brother always insisted that he should play hardball cricket, formerly a player of tape tennis cricket.
Shaheen Afridi first stole the spotlight when selected in FATA under-16 team. He did prove that the selection was an excellent choice by selectors, taking 12 wickets at an average of just 16.17 runs.
Entering the National Selection
A fitness freak, he always focused on his health and overall performance. His level fitness resulted in him getting selected for the Under-16 tour to Australia. Besides fitness, the young lad has a quick pace. He can bowl at speeds between 145 and 150 kilometers per hour.
Shaheen Afridi holds big dreams in his eyes. A fast bowler who idealizes the two Ws’ from Pakistan. He has already signed a two years contract with the Bangladesh Premier League team Dhaka Dynamites. He vows to follow in the footsteps of the cream of Pakistani fast bowlers. The chance to play with cricketing greats like Shahid Afridi, Sunil Narine, and Kumar Sangakkara would give him the maturity and exposure to international cricket. Many consider his action and bowling style similar to that of the Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc. He wants to gain experience playing at the highest level to become part of the Pakistan’s National Cricket Team.