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Five times Shaheen Afridi impressed cricket stars

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Pakistan’s ace speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi — who made his debut in 2018, and is already considered one of the most formidable bowlers in the world — celebrated his 23rd birthday on Thursday.

Shaheen has made giant strides in international cricket, since making his debut in all formats in 2018.

Over the course of his career so far, the lanky pacer has featured in 25 Tests, 32 ODIs and 47 T20Is, with over 200 wickets.

He has also made impressive progress in the captaincy department after leading Lahore Qalandars to back-to-back Pakistan Super League titles.

Here are five quotes that shed light on Shaheen’s outstanding skillset.

Wasim Akram – December 26, 2017

Legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram was full of praise for Shaheen during the latter’s Under-19 days.

“He is a left arm bowler, he is tall and he reminds me of my youth, as his bowling action is also identical — coming in sideways, extract bounce,” said Akram.

Waqar Younis – November 1, 2020

Former Pakistan fast-bowler Waqar Younis stated that Shaheen is getting better with every passing day.

“Shaheen is a wonderful talent, he’s a great learner and a great listener. Since the tour of Australia, he’s learnt a lot, he has much better control and is getting better and better. I am really proud of him in the way he is bowling & improving,” said Younis.

Babar Azam – January 23, 2023

Pakistan captain and prolific batter Babar Azam named Shaheen as the best bowler in the world.

“Everyone knows he [Shaheen] is the best bowler in Pakistan and in the world,” said Azam.

Dale Steyn – February 27, 2023

South Africa’s fast-bowling great Dale Steyn is a fan of Shaheen’s wrist position.

“Shaheen’s wrist is amazing! The bend and flick he has is so special and an area where many young fast bowlers could look to find their extra yard of pace they searching for,” Steyn said.

“Few drills one could try, but if you’re over 25 I’m sorry but it may already be too late. Still worth a try,” he added.

Rashid Khan – February 28, 2023

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan heaped praise on Shaheen’s leadership skills.

“Shaheen is leading the team very well. With the way he is managing everything, as a bowler and a player you feel relaxed after having a captain like him. He guides players to perfection and doesn’t get angry whenever a player feels down,” said Rashid. 

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Pakistan has advanced to the Women’s Asia Cup 2024 semifinals.

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GreenshirtsWith a 10-wicket victory over the UAE, the Pakistani women’s cricket team advanced to the Women’s Asia Cup 2024 semifinal. Target: 104 runs in 14 overs were pursued by the Greenshirts.

When playing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Pakistani women’s team won the toss and chose to field.

Captain Nida Dar of the Pakistan women’s cricket team remarked, “The bowlers’ performance in the last match was excellent, and the win against Nepal boosted morale.”

Pakistan’s starting eleven remains unchanged.

Dambulla, a town in Sri Lanka, is the site of the match.

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The ICC has approved the budget for Pakistan’s 2025 Champions Trophy.

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The specifics state that on the final day of its yearly meeting, the ICC approved the budget.

High-ranking representatives from various cricket boards, including Mohsin Naqvi, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), attended the ICC’s annual meeting.

Ankur Khanna, the chief finance officer of the ICC, and Javed Murtaza, the chief finance officer of the PCB, created the budget for the eight-team competition.

For those who are unaware, the Champions Trophy 2025 is set to take place in Pakistan in February and March. India is expected to participate in the tournament, although this is subject to change as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is awaiting government consent to travel there.

The Indian squad will not be visiting Pakistan for the forthcoming ICC event, according to reports that surfaced in Indian media, which cited a BCCI source.

Additional reports stated that the board intends to formally suggest Sri Lanka and Dubai as possible locations for India’s matches.

However, BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla claimed in a phone interview with an Indian media outlet that the cricket association has not released any information about their team’s Champions Trophy 2025 participation.

The source of this information is unknown to us. Shukla said over the phone to ThePrint that BCCI has not released any formal information on this.

Recall that India declined to go to Pakistan in order to compete in the 2023 ACC Men’s Asia Cup. Consequently, Sri Lanka assumed the role of co-host for the continental event, which was conducted using a hybrid approach.

It is noteworthy that because of the protracted political tensions between the two neighbours, India has not visited Pakistan since the Asia Cup in 2008.

Pakistan, on the other hand, has visited India four times in the previous 16 years. They were in town for the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 last year, which was their most recent visit.

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Babar Azam identifies the most challenging bowler he has encountered.

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Azam made an appearance on AB de Villiers’ official YouTube channel, where he was questioned about the most challenging bowler he has encountered.

The Pakistan captain promptly replied, “Pat Cummins.”

De Villiers concurred with Azam’s statement, affirming, “Indeed, I concur.” He is in close proximity. “He is one of the most resilient bowlers I have ever encountered.”

It is noteworthy that Cummins has dismissed Babar Azam three times in Test cricket and only once in white-ball cricket.

The opening batter also stated that he seeks guidance from Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, and Joe Root to further his batting skills.

“I engage in frequent conversations with Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, and Joe Root.” They consistently offer valuable advise that greatly benefits you. “I have gained a wealth of knowledge from these players,” he declared.

The prominent hitter also said that his family encountered economic difficulties during his early years, but they offered him steadfast encouragement on his path to achievement.

“I come from a modest background, and we didn’t have a constant flow of money.” However, my parents provided me with significant assistance. “During my childhood, I used to engage in street cricket, and I found it quite challenging to play with a hard ball,” he remarked.

Babar Azam is presently preparing for the forthcoming two-match domestic Test series against Bangladesh, slated to take place in August.

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