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Pakistan captain Babar Azam said he prays that left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi “goes further” and is further rewarded for the hard work he puts in to be one of the elite bowlers in all three formats.
Afridi, who is the reigning ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year, has become Pakistan’s pace spearhead despite only being 22 years old.
He recently represented Middlesex in the County Championship and took 14 wickets in three matches at an average of 25.42.
After that, he came back to Pakistan and featured in two ODIs against the West Indies, where he claimed three wickets at an average of 24.
“Shaheen works hard in all formats all the time, and as a skipper, I also pray that Shaheen goes further,” Azam was quoted as saying by Cricwick.
Afridi and Azam will be aiming to dominate in the two-Test series against Sri Lanka, which began on July 16 in Galle.
Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka Tests: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah