Shaheen Shah Afridi

Pakistan|Bowler
Shaheen Shah Afridi
INTL CAREER: 2018 - 2022
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Full Name

Shaheen Shah Afridi

Born

April 06, 2000, Khyber Agency

Age

22y 52d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Left arm Fast

Playing Role

Bowler

RELATIONS

Riaz Afridi

(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.
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Career Averages
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test244047312383956/5110/9425.083.0249.81041
ODI302915271408596/356/3523.865.5325.8520
T20I40408841143473/203/2024.317.7518.8000
FC3356641132891358/3910/9424.363.0747.41151
List A353417911669646/356/3526.075.5927.9520
T20119119269534591656/196/1920.967.7016.3140
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test24318145196.3038138.050020220
ODI301598719*14.5014360.83006250
T20I40531910*9.502095.00001180
FC33408266298.3157146.580032550
List A3517109019*12.8515159.60006260
T20119341315639*7.4216395.7000108270
Shaheen Shah Afridi
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Test
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Recent Matches - Player
MatchBatBowlDateGroundFormat
Middlesex vs Sussex183/97 & 1/4305-May-2022HoveFC
Middlesex vs Leics293/54 & 3/9328-Apr-2022Lord'sFC
Middlesex vs Glamorgan293/35 & 1/3421-Apr-2022CardiffFC
Pakistan vs Australia02/2105-Apr-2022LahoreT20I # 1504
Pakistan vs Australia--2/4002-Apr-2022LahoreODI # 4382
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Shaheen Shah Afridi is engulfed by his team-mates after dismissing Travis Head on the first ball
Shaheen Shah Afridi celebrates an early breakthrough
Shaheen Shah Afridi shakes hands with David Warner