Playing against Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan’s all-around captain, is “always a thrilling proposition,” according to Babar Azam, because the youthful pacer poses a lot of questions with his dazzling pace.
The Karachi Kings captain explained that Shaheen always causes trouble for batters because of his tremendous speed, ability to swing the ball both ways, and a variety of variations.
Babar, who captained Pakistan to the T20 World Cup semi-finals last year, noted that Shaheen is a quick learner who has added various variants to his repertoire and accomplished a lot over the years.
“His blistering speed, ability to pull the ball back and deceptive variations keep batters guessing.” He has a strong desire to study and has developed a remarkable ability to adjust to changing circumstances fast,” Babar remarked.
In 2021, Shaheen Shah was chosen the ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year and was handed the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, while Babar Azam was named the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year.
Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi have already arrived in Lahore for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 7-second leg, which kicks off on February 10 at the Gaddafi Stadium. Both players are captains of their respective teams. The Shaheen Shah-led Lahore Qalandars defeated the Karachi Kings by 6 wickets in the first phase of the PSL, which was held in Karachi. Lahore Qalandars, led by youthful Shaheen, is now in third place on the point table, while Karachi is at the bottom of the table with no wins.