PAK vs ENG: ‘Shaheen Afridi’s Absence Will Hurt Pakistan’s Bowling Attack’ – Haris Rauf On Star Pacer’s Unavailability For Test Series vs England

Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi. Image-Twitter

The loss of Shaheen Afridi will impact Pakistan in the Test series against England, which starts on December 1 in Rawalpindi, according to fast bowler Haris Rauf of Pakistan. The hosts, he claimed, had bowlers who can have an impact on the series. 

Afridi, who has struggled with injuries and conditioning concerns, is unlikely to play for Pakistan again before April 2023. He had surgery earlier this month for appendicitis. 

Shaheen Afridi
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Bowlers Confident Despite Of Shaheen Afridi’s Absence Ahead Of Series: Haris Rauf

Haris Rauf was quoted by Cricket Pakistan as having said, prior to the historic Test series against England.

“Shaheen’s absence will hurt Pakistan’s bowling attack. However, the rest of the bowlers are also confident ahead of the series.” 

The match will be special for Rauf as well, even though England is playing their first Test series in Pakistan since 2005. He now has the opportunity to demonstrate his abilities in Test matches after making an impression in the white-ball formats, particularly T20Is. 

Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf
Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf (PC-Twitter)

Eager to make a mark in the red-ball format, the 29-year-old said:  “Getting a Test cap is important for every player. I will perform to the best of my ability if I make my debut in the first Test. The bowling mindset is different in red-ball cricket as compared to white-ball matches. I’m practicing while keeping this in mind.” 

Aside from Rauf, important bowlers for Pakistan include Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jr., and Mohammad Nawaz.  

We Are Preparing Accordingly For Aggressive England: Haris Rauf 

Rauf also discussed England’s aggressive approach to Test match play, which has helped the team succeed under the Ben Stokes-Brendon McCullum era. He stated: 

“We know that England likes to play aggressive cricket, and we are preparing accordingly in order to tackle it during the series.” 

Haris Rauf
Haris Rauf. Image: Twitter

The England team’s head coach, McCullum, had earlier declared that they will keep up their good cricket during the Test series in Pakistan. 

He said: “We’ll certainly be pushing for results because we see it as our obligation to try and ensure that people walk away entertained. And if we get beat, Pakistan, we know, will have played well. I expect us to play well and if we get outplayed, that’s okay too. 

“Looking forward to the opportunity, looking forward to the challenge and looking forward to the hospitality. And hopefully, in a few weeks’ time, everyone will say this has been an amazing series.” 

On Thursday, the first Test of the series between Pakistan and England will start in Rawalpindi. The second Test will take place from December 9 to 13 in Multan, and the final one from December 17 to 21 in Karachi. 

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