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Pakistan left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir believes that fellow left-armer Shaheen Shah Afridi could spearhead the country’s bowling attack at the 2023 World Cup.
Tanvir’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.
“What Shaheen achieved for his side and for himself at a stage like the World Cup is something I am sure he will treasure for a long time to come,” Tanvir wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “As is always the case, a bowler needs just one good performance to make a difference to his career and I believe that moment came when he picked [up] 3/28 against New Zealand.
“He then followed it up with four wickets against Afghanistan and then bowled superbly to take six wickets against Bangladesh at Lord’s. All this is also good for Pakistan cricket moving forward as he and players like him represent our future and are great long-term prospects.
“I feel that the low phase of his career is now behind him and he is full of confidence and I do hope that we will see him leading the Pakistan bowling attack in the next World Cup.”