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Pakistan pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has played down comparisons between him and legendary left-arm seamer Wasim Akram.
However, the 19-year-old admitted that he is eager to replicate Akram’s performance in the 1992 World Cup, where the 52-year-old was the highest wicket-taker with 18 wickets in 10 games at an average of 18.77.
Akram was even named Man of the Match in the final against England as he smashed an 18-ball 33 and took three wickets.
As a result, Pakistan won their first World Cup title, and have failed to achieve the feat since then.
“Of course I would want to replicate his 1992 performance and play a part in the team’s success,” Afridi was quoted as saying by Dawn.
When meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was captain of the team that triumphed in the 1992 World Cup, Afridi admitted to feeling “nervous”.
“I was nervous during our meeting with the Prime Minister,” he said.
However, with Imran also delivering an inspirational speech to the squad selected for the upcoming World Cup, Afridi conceded that “the meeting has also boosted my morale”.
Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.