Shaheen Afridi, the young Pakistan pace sensation, talks about his cricket idols. The first of which was none other than his elder brother, Riaz Afridi, who featured in a solitary Test for his country in 2004.
Riaz was a pacer and Shaheen Afridi picked up playing the game because of his brother, and former captain Shahid Afridi.
The 21-year-old then named the legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram as his bowling idol. Shaheen Afridi bowls left-arm high pace like Akram used to. He wants to win matches and trophies for Pakistan as Akram did.
“From the very start, I have maintained that my big brother Riaz Afridi is my ideal player. I started playing cricket after watching him and, of course, Shahid Afridi. In bowling, I was very fond of Wasim bhai (Wasim Akram). I will try my best to make a name like him. The way he served Pakistan, I want to do the same and make the country proud,” Shaheen Afridi told the website ‘Cricket Pakistan’.
Shahid asks me to make Pakistan proud with my performances: Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi is set to tie the knot with Shahid Afridi’s eldest daughter, Aqsa, which has been confirmed by the former all-rounder himself. The pacer, however, is not thinking much about the date and other planning for the wedding.
He says he is focused on his cricket, as the Men in Green will be competing in two T20 World Cups in consecutive years. He also reveals that whenever he meets with Shahid they mostly talk about his game, and not the wedding.
“Let’s see. Right now my focus is on cricket. There are back-to-back World Cups coming up, so I am concentrating on that as of now as I want to play the World Cups for Pakistan. Not much (discussion on cricket). When we do, it is mostly about how my cricket is going. He gives me good wishes and asks me to make Pakistan proud with my performances,” the pacer added.
Shaheen Afridi would soon be seen playing for Lahore Qalandars in the upcoming second phase of the PSL 2021, which is due to begin in the first week of June. The tournament, which was suspended in early March after a covid-19 outbreak in players and staff, is shifted from Karachi to Abu Dhabi.