Teenage Fast Bowler Breaks a 43 Year Old Record for Pakistan

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When it comes to pace bowling, Pakistan cricket never disappoints.  Shaheen Afridi— who is only 17 — is a pacer from Khyber Agency who made history on Wednesday by taking 8 wickets in his first-class debut match in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy.

The Record Performance

Shaheen Shah Afridi announced his arrival into cricket with an outstanding performance, sending 8 batsmen to the pavilion for just 39 runs. His performance is termed as the best ever by a Pakistani player on his first-class debut.

The record was previously held by Nadeem Malik who took 8-58 in 1974.

Talking about his Wednesday’s performance, he made quite a show on the ground. Out of his 8 wickets, 3 were bowled, 2 LBW and 3 were caught.

His performance has brought him into the limelight and many have appreciated him. Former coach and bowler, Waqar Younis, also endorsed his talent.

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Background

He was born in Tirah region of FATA in 2000 but he moved to Peshawar where he built his base for pace bowling. He was 4 years old when his elder brother Riaz Afridi played a test match for Pakistan.

Shaheen initially attracted attention last year when he was giving a speed gun test in the under 16 camp hold by PCB. He bowled at a consistent speed ranging from 135-140 Kph. He took 12 wickets and became the leading wicket-taker from FATA region.

What Does Future Behold

Considering how young he is his pace and natural inswing action, he can prove an extraordinary bowler in future if given a chance. He could be selected in the Pakistan Super League 2018 so that he could get a proper platform to show his mettle to the world.

One of the leading franchises in Bangladesh Premier League, Dhaka Dynamites, has already signed a 2-year contract with him.

Originally Published on ProPakistani.com

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