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Shaheen Shah Afridi
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Shaheen Shah Afridi

Pakistan|bowler
Shaheen Shah Afridi

INTL CAREER: 2018 - 2021

Full Name

Shaheen Shah Afridi

Born

April 06, 2000, Khyber Agency

Age

21y 7d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm fast

Playing Role

Bowler

relations

(brother)

TEAMS

A baby face perched on a two-metre body, Shaheen Afridi's story is trademark Pakistani. An 18-year old already comfortable in the green shirt of the national side, he's been on the radar of the national selectors for almost three years. In a more intimate circle, he was destined for great achievements well before his teenage years, with an international cricketer for an elder brother.

Riaz Afridi made his solitary Test performance for Pakistan in 2004, when Shaheen was just four years old. He pushed Shaheen to hard-ball cricket following years of the younger brother enjoying success in Pakistan's informal tape-ball circuit. In 2015, FATA selected him after an U-16 talent hunt programme. His pace, physique and fitness won him an U-16 tour of Australia, and since then, he's been progressing through the youth squads.

He burst into the nation's consciousness with 8 for 39 on Quaid-e-Azam Trophy debut, the best-ever figures by a debutant in the competition. Later, he was picked for the PSL, where figures of five wickets for four runs in a group game for Lahore Qalandars won him a place in the T20I squad against the West Indies.

He became the first cricketer born after the turn of the millennium to represent Pakistan when he played the third T20I against the West Indies. He was later handed an ODI debut in the Asia Cup, where he replaced Mohammad Amir in the side. In December, he became the 35th player to make his Test debut for Pakistan under the age of 19.

There is more to him than just his story, however compelling that may be in its own right. He stands at an imposing 6ft 6in, though a sweet, child-like smile and a harmless demeanour perhaps takes some of the aura away. He has the intelligence to take advantage of his height to extract bounce on the docile pitches of the UAE, while a mean yorker has proved especially difficult for batsmen to deal with. Most impressively, he can hit a good length time and again, and appears to have the temperament for a long career at this level.

There have been flattering comparisons already, with Pakistan boasting a rich tradition of left-arm fast bowling. In truth, he really is nothing like Wasim Akram or Mohammad Amir, both of whom were shorter bowlers who relied more on swing than bounce. Perhaps the most accurate contemporary comparison is to Mitchell Starc, something Mickey Arthur pointed out during the PSL earlier this year. He has made an impressive start to international cricket, but for Shaheen, many sense this is indeed, just the start.
Danyal Rasool

Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test152329391552485/776/12832.333.1661.20510
ODI252412811168516/356/3522.905.4725.10420
T20I2323511681253/203/2027.247.9920.40000
FC213340082102748/399/8428.403.1454.10620
List A302915451429566/356/3525.515.5427.50420
T207777172222181046/196/1921.327.7216.50140
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test1523485144.4727331.130011110
ODI251285719*14.258964.04004240
T20I23331710*-14121.42001130
FC21294130255.2037334.850014220
List A301496019*12.009761.85004250
T207720871145.919673.950042110
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Shaheen Afridi successfully appeals for the wicket of Aiden Markram
Andile Phehlukwayo wears a look of anguish after Faheem Ashraf hit the winnings runs in Shaheen Afridi's company
Shaheen Shah Afridi celebrates a wicket
Shaheen Afridi became the first Pakistan bowler since 2001 to get both openers in an over
Shaheen Shah Afridi got the wicket of Babar Azam
Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled Chris Lynn with a pinpoint yorker