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Legendary Pakistan left-arm seamer Wasim Akram believes that fellow left-armer Shaheen Shah Afridi will be a “beacon of light for the next generation of fast bowlers”.
Akram’s comments come after Afridi finished with figures of 6-35 off 9.1 overs in Pakistan’s 94-run win over Bangladesh in their World Cup clash at Lord’s on Friday.
The 19-year-old not only became the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match, but he also registered the best figures by a Pakistan player in a World Cup game.
Afridi only featured in five matches for Pakistan in this World Cup, but he caught fire after a slow start and ended up taking 16 wickets at a superb average of 14.62.
“Definitely, Shaheen is one for the future, a beacon of light for the next generation of fast bowlers,” Akram told AFP as quoted by The News International. “Shaheen is hard-working and a quick learner so these traits will take him to places.
“Shaheen is a wicket-taking bowler and that was known before the World Cup, so it’s over me why he was not played from the start.”