Pakistan legend Misbah-ul-Haq makes two incredibly bold claims about Shaheen Shah Afridi

Misbah-ul-Haq believes Shaheen Shah Afridi can become one of the greats of the game and be Pakistan's leading bowler at the 2023 World Cup cricket

Misbah-ul-Haq: “He’s [showing] that sort of potential that he can become one of the greats of the game if he just keeps on working hard”

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Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes that left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi can become “one of the greats of the game” and could be the “leading bowler” at the 2023 World Cup.

After a slow start to his World Cup campaign, Afridi has been in red-hot form in Pakistan’s last few matches and has taken 10 wickets in four games at an average of 19.90.

In Pakistan’s nail-biting three-wicket win over Afghanistan, Afridi made history as his figures of 4-47 were the best by a teenager in the World Cup.

Having shown so much promise and potential, Misbah admitted that the 19-year-old could be destined for great things if he continues working hard.

“That’s a big positive for Pakistan when Shaheen just came into the team and performed really well, everybody thought with his height and the way he bowls with the newer ball, and he’s good in bowling those slower ones and yorkers,” Misbah told ESPNcricinfo.

“He’s [showing] that sort of potential that he can become one of the greats of the game if he just keeps on working hard.

“Building on him, especially going into the future and the next World Cup, he could be that leading bowler for Pakistan and obviously (Mohammad) Hasnain is there.

“Shaheen was struggling at the start, maybe [he had] a niggle or something, [or was] short of confidence, but now the way he is performing in the last couple of games, I think he has a great future ahead. It’s a big positive for Pakistan.”

Pakistan face a monumental task in their World Cup clash against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday as they need to win by over 300 runs to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.

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