Selected for FATA Under-16Incredible as it may seem, he had only played tennis-ball cricket until he appeared for FATA Under-16 trials in 2015. This was the first time he was handed a hard ball to bowl with and he was selected for the FATA regional team.He did not disappoint the selectors and picked up 12 wickets and was the highest wicket taker for FATA in PCB’s regional Under-16 tournament later that year.
Under-16 Tour of Australia
Selection for the Pakistan Under-19The period following their return from the Under-16 tour for Australia was a crucial one for them as in this time he continued to impress everyone with some good performances in PCB's Cricket Stars Under-16s Tournament 2016. By taking 19 wickets during this tournament, his name came under the scanner for selection for the important ACC Under-19 Cup which was to be held in Sri Lanka towards the end of 2016. After his fine performances in the regional Under-16s, he received a call to join the camp for the ACC Under-19s Cup selection camp. This was incredible as he was still at the Under-16 level and had played no regional or district Under-19 games. At that point, he felt that to be even called-up for an Under-19 camp for such a prestigious tournament was an achievement in itself. Once at the camp, he was given valuable advice and guidance by the likes of Mudassar Nazar, Mushtaq Ahmed and Mansoor Rana and after performing well in the practice games, he was named in the 19-man squad for the upcoming tournament.
ACC Under-19 Cup in Sri LankaHe was slightly fortunate that despite not playing any Under-19 cricket at that point, he had some experience of a foreign tour due to his involvement in the Under-16 tour of Australia. As a team, they also had the very useful advice given to them by Mohammad Hafeez who had spoken to them during their training stint at the NCA in Lahore. He had advised us about conditions which they could expect in Sri Lanka and the strategies the bowlers and batsmen could adopt for success in the tournament. He believe that this advice proved useful for the team and for me personally. He took five wickets in the three games he played against Singapore, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and was also able to contribute with the bat with 48 runs off just 33 balls in one of the matches. It was disappointing that they did not win the tournament but playing in an international setting was a great experience for all of them.
PCB’s Regional Under-19 Tournament in 2017
Role ModelWasim Akram is a legendary cricketer for Pakistan and whilst he was inspired to take on cricket due to his eldest brother Riaz Afridi, Wasim has always been his idol and he has always looked to copy his style by watching video clips of his bowling. Although he has not had a chance to discuss his bowling with him, he has had the honour of meeting him at an airport. They did not speak for too long as he was on his way to catch his flight but he was with Rashid Latif who knew of his bowling and he told Wasim about his as well.
Bowling strengths and batting abilities
The road aheadAs a player, one is always looking to improve oneself and also setting challenging targets in the future. He is no different in that sense and his top target is to represent Pakistan in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2018 which will be held in New Zealand. There can be no greater honour than to represent one’s country and he will do what he can to ensure that he is selected for this tournament,at a personal level, to play in the PSL is another goal he has set himself as well. Before he can achieve any of these targets, he know that a lot of hard work is needed to show the world what he is capable of. He is currently taking part in the FATA Regional Under-19 cricket camp in Islamabad under the supervision of Coach Ayaz Akbar Yousafzai and Saqib Faqeer where they are putting in a lot of work on all skills. The PCB in this regard has done a tremendous job to provide players like them great opportunities to prove their self by creating tournaments such as the One-Day Pentangular Cup which is scheduled sometime after Eid. It will be a dream come true if he can book a place in the Pakistan Under-19 ICC World Cup squad and achieve something for His country as well. After that milestone, he would love to take part in the PSL and then work towards representing Pakistan at the senior level as well.
Rejected BPL Offer
Pakistan Rout Ireland in U-19 World CupShaheen Shah Afridi’s display of traditional fast-bowling saw him claim a six-wicket haul as Pakistan put their ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign back on track with a nine-wicket win over Ireland.Back in action for the first time since when Afghanistan shocked the 2004 and 2006 champions by five wickets, Pakistan put up a clinical performance to keep alive their Super League aspirations.Afridi’s incredible return of six for 15 in just 8.5 overs, including three maidens, was the best ever return for Pakistan in a World Cup, as Ireland were bundled out for 97 at the Cobham Oval.
Afridi Impresses Rahul DravidPakistan’s young pacer, Shaheen Shah Afridi impressed Indian batting legend and their U-19 coach Rahul Dravid, who praised him in front of Pakistan U-19 team manager, Nadeem Khan.“Shaheen has been outstanding in the tournament and he has helped Pakistan claim crucial wins before that too,” Nadeem Khan said in a media report.Though Pakistan U-19 team suffered a nightmarish defeat against India in the semi-final of U-19 World Cup by 203 runs while chasing 273 runs, the left-arm fast bowler caught the eyes of cricket fraternity.“Many legends of the game and team managers came to me during the tournament to applaud Shaheen’s skills,” he said.“Even Indian coach Rahul Dravid came to me after the match and said Shaheen has all it takes to be a future star and become a real asset to the national side,” he added.
ICC Announces U-19 Team
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 Wickets
- Anukul Roy (India) – 14 wickets
- Kamlesh Nagarkoti (India)– 9 wickets
- Gerald Coetzee (South Africa) – 8 wickets
- Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan) – 14 wickets
- Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan) – 12 wickets
Lahore Qalandars Pick Shaheen Afridi for PSLPakistan Super League franchise Lahore Qalandars have roped in young sensation Shaheen Afridi for the third edition of the popular league, which will be this next year. The 17-year-old has played just two first-class matches so far. In his debut match for Khan Research Labs, Afridi scalped figures of 8/39 in the second innings of the match. In the first innings of the match, he picked a lone wicket after bowling 19 overs.His efforts though went in vain as Rawalpindi won the match by 105 runs. Afridi’s side were bowled out for 77 runs in the second innings. It was the best ever figures for a Pakistani cricketer on debut.
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