Shaheen Afridi

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 debut for the team in December 2018.[2]

Shaheen Shah Afridi
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Shaheen Afridi in 2018
Personal information
Full nameShaheen Shah Afridi
Born (2000-04-06) 6 April 2000 (age 20)
Landi Kotal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Height6 ft 6 in (198 cm)[1]
BowlingLeft-arm fast[2]
RelationsRiaz Afridi (brother)
Yasir Afridi (cousin)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 236)3 December 2018 v New Zealand
Last Test21 August 2020 v England
ODI debut (cap 218)21 September 2018 v Afghanistan
Last ODI5 July 2019 v Bangladesh
T20I debut (cap 78)3 April 2018 v West Indies
Last T20I1 September 2020 v England
Domestic team information
2017Khan Research Laboratories
2017Dhaka Dynamites
2018–presentLahore Qalandars (squad no. 10)
2019/20Northern (squad no. 10)
2020Hampshire (squad no. 40)
2020/21Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I T20
Matches 11 19 15 56
Runs scored 56 42 0 25
Batting average 4.30 21.00 2.27
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 14 19* 0* 9*
Balls bowled 2,068 924 331 1,572
Wickets 35 40 18 76
Bowling average 31.34 21.17 23.05 20.68
5 wickets in innings 1 1 0 4
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/77 6/35 3/20 6/19
Catches/stumpings 0/– 2/– 1/– 7/–
Source: Cricinfo, 5 October 2020

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.[5] 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).[6][7]

Early life and careerEdit

Shaheen belongs to the Zakhakhel Afridi tribe of the Pashtuns.[8] 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.[9]

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.[5] 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.[5]

Domestic and T20 careerEdit

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.[8] 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.[10]

In early September 2017, Afridi signed a two-year contract with Dhaka Dynamites, a major Bangladesh Premier League franchise.[11][2][12] Later he made his first-class debut for Khan Research Laboratories in the 2017–18 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy on 26 September 2017.[13] In the second innings of the match, he took 8 wickets for 39 runs,[14] the best figures by a Pakistani bowler on first-class debut.[4][15]

In December 2017, he was named in Pakistan's squad for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.[16] He was the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in the tournament, with 12 wickets.[17] Following Pakistan's matches in the tournament, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Afridi as the rising star of the squad.[18]

He made his Twenty20 debut for Lahore Qalandars in the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL) on 23 February 2018.[19] 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.[20][21]

In April 2018, he was named in Baluchistan's squad for the 2018 Pakistan Cup.[22][23] He made his List A debut for Baluchistan on 25 April 2018.[24]

In July 2019, he was selected to play for the Rotterdam Rhinos in the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.[25][26] However, the following month the tournament was cancelled.[27] In December 2019, it was announced that Afridi will play for Hampshire County Cricket Club in the 2020 t20 Blast in England.[28] In September 2020, Hampshire confirmed his participation in the 2020 t20 Blast, and announced that he will be available after fulfilling his national duties.[29] On 20 September 2020, in the final round of group matches in the t20 Blast, Afridi took a hat-trick and four wickets in four balls, finishing with match figures of 6/19 from his four overs.[30] On 2 October 2020, in the 2020–21 National T20 Cup, Afridi took his second five-wicket haul in three T20 games, with figures of 5/20 from his four overs.[31] Three days later, Afridi took another five-wicket haul, with 5/21 in the match against Sindh.[32]

International careerEdit

In March 2018, he was named in Pakistan's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against the West Indies.[33][34] He made his T20I debut for Pakistan against the West Indies on 3 April 2018.[35] In September 2018, he was named in Pakistan's One Day International (ODI) squad for the 2018 Asia Cup.[36][37] He made his ODI debut for Pakistan against Afghanistan on 21 September 2018.[38]

In November 2018, he was named in Pakistan's Test squad for their series against New Zealand.[39] He made his Test debut for Pakistan against New Zealand on 3 December 2018.[40]

In April 2019, he was named in Pakistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[41][42] On 5 July 2019, in the match against Bangladesh, Shaheen became the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match, finishing with figures of 6/35.[43] These were also the best bowling figures by a bowler for Pakistan in a World Cup match.[44] Following the World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Afridi as the rising star of the squad.[45]

In December 2019, during the second Test match against Sri Lanka, Afridi took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket.[46]

In June 2020, he was named in a 29-man squad for Pakistan's tour to England during the COVID-19 pandemic.[47][48] In July, he was shortlisted in Pakistan's 20-man squad for the Test matches against England.[49][50]


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