Shaheen Afridi

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Shaheen Shah Afridi
Personal information
Full nameShaheen Shah Afridi
Born (2000-04-06) 6 April 2000 (age 19)
Landi Kotal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Height6 ft 6[1] in (1.98 m)
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingLeft-arm fast-medium [2]
RoleBowler
RelationsRiaz Afridi (brother)
Yasir Afridi (cousin)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 236)3 December 2018 v New Zealand
Last Test3 January 2019 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 218)21 September 2018 v Afghanistan
Last ODI26 June 2019 v New Zealand
T20I debut (cap 78)3 April 2018 v West Indies
Last T20I5 May 2019 v England
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2017–presentKhan Research Laboratories
2017Dhaka Dynamites
2018–presentLahore Qalandars (squad no. 10)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I
Matches 3 16 7
Runs scored 42 15
Batting average 5.75 21.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 14 19*
Balls bowled 619 749 156
Wickets 12 27 11
Bowling average 31.41 27.29 18.45
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/64 4/38 3/20
Catches/stumpings 0/– 2/– 0/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 June 2019

Shaheen Shah Afridi (Urdu: شاهین شاہ آفریدی‎, Pashto: شاهین شاہ اپریدی‎; born 6 April 2000) is a Pakistani professional cricketer who plays as a fast bowler for the Pakistan national cricket team. He made his international debut for Pakistan in April 2018 and his Test match for the team in December 2018.[2]

In 2017, Afridi was noted as a 6-foot 6 inch 17-year-old Pakistani fast-bowling talent who can bowl 90 mph[3] and also for his big-hitting ability.[4] He considers himself an all-rounder and seeks to excel in bowling, batting and fielding.[1] In August 2018, he was one of thirty-three players to be awarded a central contract for the 2018–19 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).[5][6]

Early life and career[edit]

Shaheen belongs to the Zakhakhel Afridi tribe of the Pashtuns.[7] He grew up in Landi Kotal, a town in Khyber District, Pakistan, on the border with Afghanistan. He is the youngest of seven brothers; his eldest brother, 15 years his senior, is Riaz Afridi who played a solitary Test match for Pakistan in 2004.[4] Shaheen started his cricket career from the Tatara Ground in Landi Kotal, which is named after the nearby Tatara hills.[8]

Riaz Afridi introduced Shaheen to hard-ball cricket at the FATA Under-16 trials in 2015, with Shaheen having played only tennis-ball cricket until then.[1] Success at this level led Shaheen to selection for the Under-16 tour of Australia in November 2015 where he played his part with four wickets in the 2–1 victories in the One-Day and Twenty20 series.[1]

Domestic career[edit]

In December 2016, Afridi was included in the Pakistan Under-19 cricket team selected for the 2016 Under-19 Asia Cup held in Sri Lanka.[7] He took 3 wickets for 27 runs in Pakistan's nine wickets win over Singapore in their opening match of the U-19 Asia Cup.[9]

In early September 2017, Afridi signed a two-year contract with Dhaka Dynamites, a major Bangladesh Premier League franchise.[10][2][11] Later he made his first-class debut for Khan Research Laboratories in the 2017–18 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy on 26 September 2017.[12] In the second innings of the match, he took 8 wickets for 39 runs,[13] the best figures by a Pakistani bowler on first-class debut.[4][14]

In December 2017, he was named in Pakistan's squad for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.[15] He was the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in the tournament, with 12 wickets.[16] Following Pakistan's matches in the tournament, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Afridi as the rising star of the squad.[17]

He made his Twenty20 debut for Lahore Qalandars in the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL) on 23 February 2018.[18] The following month in the PSL, during Lahore's match with the Multan Sultans, Afridi took five wickets for four runs. Lahore won the fixture by 6 wickets and Afridi was named the player of the match.[19][20]

In April 2018, he was named in Baluchistan's squad for the 2018 Pakistan Cup.[21][22] He made his List A debut for Baluchistan on 25 April 2018.[23]

International career[edit]

In March 2018, he was named in Pakistan's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against the West Indies.[24][25] He made his T20I debut for Pakistan against the West Indies on 3 April 2018.[26] In September 2018, he was named in Pakistan's One Day International (ODI) squad for the 2018 Asia Cup.[27][28] He made his ODI debut for Pakistan against Afghanistan on 21 September 2018.[29]

In November 2018, he was named in Pakistan's Test squad for their series against New Zealand.[30] He made his Test debut for Pakistan against New Zealand on 3 December 2018.[31]

In April 2019, he was named in Pakistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[32][33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Talent Spotter: Shaheen Shah Afridi (interview, video etc)". PakPassion. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Abdul Ghaffar (10 September 2017). "Khyber Agency's Shaheen Shah signed by Dhaka Dynamites". Dawn. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  3. ^ Shaheen Shah Afridi - 6 foot 6 inch 17-year-old Pakistani fast-bowling talent who bowls 90MPH on YouTube, 25 July 2017
  4. ^ a b c Farooq, Umar (29 September 2017). "Shaheen Afridi: the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy's new sensation". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  5. ^ "PCB Central Contracts 2018–19". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ "New central contracts guarantee earnings boost for Pakistan players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Tribal player selected for U-19 cricket team". Business Recorder. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Searching for catharsis in Tatara". The Express Tribune. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  9. ^ "U19 Asia Cup: Pakistan begin campaign by routing Singapore". Express Tribune. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  10. ^ Lakhani, Faizan (10 September 2017). "From Khyber Agency to Dhaka Dynamites: Talented Shaheen Shah signs two-year contract". Geo TV. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  11. ^ "BPL team rosters: Who is playing where". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). 17 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Pool B, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy at Rawalpindi, Sep 26-29 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Preview: Afghanistan U19 v Pakistan U19". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Shaheen Afridi follows in some famous footsteps". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Hasan Khan to lead Pakistan Under-19s at World Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  16. ^ "ICC Under-19 World Cup, 2017/18 - Pakistan Under-19s: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  17. ^ "U19CWC Report Card: Pakistan". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  18. ^ "3rd Match (N), Pakistan Super League at Dubai, Feb 23 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Shaheen Afridi's 5 for 4 ends Lahore's losing streak". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  20. ^ "20th Match (D/N), Pakistan Super League at Dubai, Mar 9 2018 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Pakistan Cup one-day tournament to begin in Faisalabad next week". Geo TV. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Pakistan Cup Cricket from 25th". The News International. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  23. ^ "(D/N)Pakistan Cup at Faisalabad, Apr 25 2018". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  24. ^ "Asif Ali, Talat and Shaheen Afridi picked for WI T20Is". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  25. ^ "Afridi, Talat, Ali bring gush of youth to Pakistan". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  26. ^ "3rd T20I, West Indies tour of Pakistan at Karachi, Apr 3 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Shaheen Afridi included in Pakistan squad for Asia Cup 2018". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  28. ^ "The rapid rise of Shaheen Shah Afridi". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  29. ^ "2nd Match, Super Four, Asia Cup at Abu Dhabi, Sep 21 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  30. ^ "Uncapped Shaheen Afridi, Saad Ali in Pakistan squad for New Zealand Tests". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  31. ^ "3rd Test, New Zealand tour of United Arab Emirates at Abu Dhabi, Dec 3-7 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  32. ^ "Mohammad Amir left out of Pakistan's World Cup squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  33. ^ "Amir left out of Pakistan's World Cup squad". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 18 April 2019.

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