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Former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop said Pakistan speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi is already a “weapon” at 21 years of age.
Afridi is currently representing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the National T20 Cup and is the highest wicket-taker with 10 wickets in five matches at an average of 17.60 and an economy rate of 8.80.
Prior to that, he was unstoppable in the two-Test series against the West Indies.
The talented youngster, who can hit speeds of 150 kph, took 18 wickets in the series, which included career-best figures of 6-51, at an average of 11.27.
“He is a weapon at 21 years old and there is [not] much he can learn,” Bishop said on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) podcast as quoted by ARY Sports.
Afridi is part of Pakistan’s squad for the T20 World Cup and he will be expected to play an instrumental role with the ball as the spearhead of the pace attack.
Pakistan will kick off their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals India on October 24 in Dubai.
Pakistan T20 World Cup Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan (vice-capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Asif Ali, Sohaib Maqsood, Azam Khan (wk), Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hasnain.
Pakistan T20 World Cup Reserves: Usman Qadir, Shanawaz Dahani, Fakhar Zaman