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Shaheen Shah Afridi: A profile



Shaheen Afridi has been one of the revelations of the T20 World Cup.

Afridi is the latest in the assembly line of great fast bowling talents from Pakistan, a country that has produced legends like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and Shoaib Akhtar.

Afridi is a bowlers who seems to have everything. He has seam, he has swing and most importantly he has genuine pace.

Let’s look at his background.

Early life and career

Shaheen was born on 6th April in the year 2000 and he belongs to the Zakhakhel Afridi tribe of the Pashtuns. 

He grew up in Landi Kotal which is a town in the Khyber District, Pakistan, on the border with Afghanistan.

He was born in a family of 7 and he is the youngest of his seven brothers.

His eldest brother who is 15 years senior to him, Riaz Afridi, has also represented Pakistan and played only a single Test match for his country in 2004. 

Shaheen Afridi started playing cricket from the Tatara Ground located in Landi Kotal, this ground is named after the nearby Tatara hills. 

His brother Riaz Afridi introduced him to the hard-ball cricket at the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Under-16 trials in 2015.

Shaheen had played only the tennis-ball cricket until then.

Shaheen got selected for the Under-16 tour to Australia in November 2015 where he played a crucial part in his team victory by picking four wickets.

Domestic and T20 career

Shaheen Afridi was selected in the Pakistan Under-19 cricket team for the 2016 Under-19 Asia Cup hosted by Sri Lanka. 

In their opening match of the U-19 Asia Cup, Shaheen took 3 wickets for just 27 runs in his side’s nine wickets victory over Singapore. 

Shaheen Afridi was signed for a two-year contract in early September 2017 with the Dhaka Dynamites which is one of the biggest BPL franchises.

He made his first-class debut for the Khan Research Laboratories in the 2017–18 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and took 8 wickets for just 39 runs in the second innings of the match.

This was the best bowling figure by a Pakistani bowler on his first-class debut. 

Afridi was included in Pakistan’s squad for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in December 2017.

He picked up 12 wickets in the tournament and was the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan in that event. 

He was named as the rising star of the squad by the International Cricket Council (ICC) due to his brilliant performance

Shaheen made his PSL debut for the Lahore Qalandars which gave him nationwide exposure.

He played the 2018 PSL and in a match against the Multan Sultans, he took 5 wickets for just 6 runs that were enough to prove that how much talented he is.

Shaheen was selected in the Balochistan squad in the year 2018. 

Shaheen was also signed by Hampshire County Cricket Club in 2019.

He bowled well in that tournament and in a round match, he took a brilliant hat-trick and dismissed 4 batters in 4 balls. He finished that spell with brilliant figures of 6-19 

In October 2021, Shaheen signed with Middlesex to play in the domestic matches in England until July 2022. 

International career

On 3 December 2018, he made his Test debut for Pakistan against the black caps. 

He was also selected in Pakistan’s squad for the ICC ODI World Cup 2019.

He didn’t get a chance to play in the first few matches but when he got the chance he grabbed it with both hands and bowled superbly.

He took 6 wickets for just 35 runs against Bangladesh and he became the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match.

It was also the best bowling figure by a Pakistani bowler in a world cup match. He was named the rising star of the squad by ICC.

He continued to bowl superbly, and he already has 3 five wickets haul in test cricket in his short career so far.

There is no doubt that he has the ability to become a fast bowling legend in the near future.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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