Pakistan left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi has denied any rumors of him feeling overworked or fatigued. Afridi has been one of the most successful pacers around the world in recent years but several experts have warned against playing him too much.
Shaheen Afridi recently made it to the list of ICC’s top 10 bowling rankings in the world, currently at No 8 position. He recently claimed 10 wickets against West Indies in the second test in Kingston. Due to this, he was able to prevent Pakistan’s series loss by leveling the series.
In an interview with Daily Jang, Shaheen Afridi told that he tells the management when he wants to rest and is now completely fit. The 21-year-old expressed trust in the management, saying they know when the players must be rested. Shaheen Afridi said,
“I inform the team management whenever I feel I need to be rested. I am completely fit right now. The team management knows best when to give which player ample amount of rest”
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The left-arm seamer also revealed that he doesn’t play to make or break records and keeps himself fit to prolong his career. Afridi explained, “I am not focused on breaking any fast bowler’s records for the simple reason that records will always keep on breaking. I always try to keep myself completely fit and play for longer durations for Pakistan.”
Afridi also happily welcomed Ramiz Raja’s appointment as the next chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB).
Afridi said, “Imran Khan as prime minister and Ramiz Raja as chairman of the PCB will benefit Pakistan cricket. I met Imran Khan before the 2019 cricket World Cup. I haven’t had the pleasure to meet him separately.”
Blessed with a tall gangling frame and the ability to bowl really fast, Shaheen Afridi’s potential is scaringly infinite. His variety as a left-arm bowler is the reason why there’s immense excitement around him in Pakistan. Shaheen Afridi will next be in action in the limited-overs fixtures at home against New Zealand and England. The young pacer remains key to Pakistan’s chances at the T20 World Cup in the UAE in October.
The Men in Green will open their campaign against India in Dubai on October 24. Babar Azam’s men are clubbed with Afghanistan, New Zealand, and India in Group 2. Though Pakistan won the tournament back in 2009 in England, they haven’t reached the semi-finals since 2010.
With the likes of talented players like Shaheen Afridi,Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, it feels that Pakistan will surely make it to the knockout stages of the tournament.