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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja believes left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi is the “poster boy” of the Lahore Qalandars.
Afridi has been in incredible form for Pakistan since last year as he starred in the 2019 World Cup, where he took 16 wickets in five matches at an average of 14.62.
In Pakistan’s World Cup game against Bangladesh, Afridi finished with figures of 6-35 off 9.1 overs.
As a result, the 19-year-old not only became the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match, but also registered the best figures by a Pakistan player in a World Cup game.
In the two-Test series against Australia, he was Pakistan’s highest wicket-taker with five wickets an average of 36.80.
He also took the most wickets for Pakistan in the two-Test series against Sri Lanka as he claimed eight wickets at an average of 23.25.
In the Twenty20 series against Bangladesh, Afridi picked up two wickets in two matches at an average of 22.50 and an economy rate of 5.62.
As for the recently concluded first Test against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi, which Pakistan won by an innings and 44 runs, Afridi took five wickets, four of which came in the first innings.
Afridi will now represent the Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he will be looking to maintain his red-hot form.
“Then there is Shaheen Shah Afridi. He can swing the ball both ways and has become the poster boy for the franchise,” Ramiz said in a YouTube video as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
The Qalandars will begin their PSL campaign against the Multan Sultans in Lahore on February 21.