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Numerous Big Bash League (BBL) teams are interested in signing Pakistan left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi, pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.
Afridi starred in Pakistan’s World Cup campaign, where he took 16 wickets at a superb average of 14.62.
The 19-year-old claimed figures of 6-35 off 9.1 overs in Pakistan’s 94-run win over Bangladesh, which made him the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match. He also registered the best figures by a Pakistan player in a World Cup game.
As for Hasnain, he has represented Pakistan in five ODIs, where he has taken five wickets at an average of 60.60.
He has also featured in one Twenty20 International, but went wicketless in that match.
Faheem was axed from Pakistan’s World Cup squad at the last minute, but has been playing for Northamptonshire in the 2019 Vitality Blast, which is England’s domestic Twenty20 tournament.
Faheem has scored 29 runs in seven matches at an average of 9.66, but has picked up seven wickets at an average of 27.57.
“BBL teams like Hobart and Sydney are interested in signing Pakistani players,” a source was quoted as saying by Geo News. “It will be greatly benefit the players and Pakistan as we are scheduled to play [the] T20 World Cup in Australia and playing in Australia ahead of the mega event will help the players learn about the conditions.”
Should the trio want to sign with any of the BBL franchises, they will first have to get approval from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play in the tournament.