File photo of Shaheen Afridi.© AFP
Pakistani pacer ace Shaheen Shah Afridi prepares for the T20 World Championship in Australia. The pacer picked up an injury and missed out on the 2022 Asian Cup before also missing seven home games of the T20I series against England, which his side won 4-3. Afridi’s last appearance for Pakistan was in July this year but his presence at the T20 mega event will definitely boost the team’s morale. Pakistan’s former pacesetter Mohammad Sami feels the team lacked a ‘strike bowler’ in Shaheen’s absence.
Sami said Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim Jr. are also doing well but adding Shaheen will make Pakistan’s squad “more deadly”.
“Pakistan were missing a strike bowler (in the absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi). Haris Rauf bowled well, Mohammad Wasim Jr. is also there. Shaheen’s addition to the squad will make the bowling combination deadlier,” Sami said on Paktv. TV.
Pakistan meets India in a high-tension Super 12 match in the T20 World Cup on October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The game will also be the start of the election campaign for both sides.
Shaheen’s participation in the game looks safe as the player has recovered from his knee injury. Pakistan captain Babar Azam provided an update on the pacer ace’s match fitness on Saturday.
“Shaheen came back, Fakhar (Zaman) came back too. We have six days for the first game and we also have two training games. We have to use that. Shaheen, especially when he came back, is fully fit and always gives 100 percent . I look forward to seeing him play,” said Babar.
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