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Veteran Pakistan pace bowler Umar Gul has admitted that he is highly impressed with what he has seen from up-and-coming seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Afridi has represented Pakistan in six ODIs and taken 13 wickets at an average of 17.61.
As for the seven Twenty20 Internationals he has played, the 18-year-old has claimed 11 wickets at an average of 18.45.
In the recent Twenty20 series against New Zealand, Afridi took three wickets in two matches at an average of 16.33.
He followed that up by being the second-highest wicket-taker in the three-match ODI series with nine wickets at an average of 11.33.
“It’s very heartening to see a young cricketer like Shaheen Shah Afridi doing so well for Pakistan,” Gul told PakPassion. “This is only because he has been given this opportunity at a young age and has been identified quickly as a young man who has the credentials to play international cricket and he deserves this chance.
“He came through at FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) where the facilities are not great, and he is a cricketer who is a very quick learner.”
While Gul is optimistic that Afridi has a bright future ahead of him, the 34-year-old pointed out that the talented youngster still has a lot to learn and improve on.
“He has lots to learn and to work on, but from what we are seeing he is a fabulous talent and I wish him all the best for the future,” Gul said. “The more he plays, the more he will learn and the better he will get. He’s a special bowler who I believe has a great future ahead of him.”