‘Don’t take some attention seekers dislikeness’ – Mohammad Amir backs Shaheen Afridi after poor series against England
Shaheen Afridi picked just two wickets in three ODIs and was also taken to cleaners at times.
Updated - Jul 14, 2021 3:51 pm
Pakistan had a horrendous time during the recently-concluded ODI series against England as they suffered a 3-0 whitewash. Notably, the Three Lions had named a second-string squad for this series with several prominent players being out due to COVID-19 concerns. Hence, the Men in Green were expected to clinch the series without much hassle. Contrary to the expectations, Pakistan failed to win a single game.
While many players let Pakistan down in the series, Shaheen Afridi’s failure got the biggest attention. The left-arm speedster, who has been impressive in his short international career, couldn’t do much against England. Afridi picked just two wickets in three games and was also taken to cleaners at times. Many prominent names including Danish Kaneria and Shoaib Akhtar slammed the pacer’s lackluster show. However, Shaheen’s former teammate Mohammad Amir came to his rescue.
Shaheen Afridi is Pakistan’s best bowler currently: Mohammad Amir
Taking to Twitter, Amir hailed Shaheen as Pakistan’s best bowler currently, and backed him to bounce back strongly. The 29-year-old also took at Afridi’s critics. “In my opinion @iShaheenAfridi is one of the finest bowler and the best Pakistan has currently, shaheen keep your head high u have done it before n u’ll smash it again IA. don’t take some attention seekers dislikeness to ur heart,” tweeted Amir.
in my opinion @iShaheenAfridi is one of the finest bowler and the best Pakistan has currently, shaheen keep your head high u have done it before n u'll smash it again IA. don't take some attention seekers dislikeness to ur heart.
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) July 14, 2021
Pakistan will now take on England in a three-match T20I series and would be determined to bounce back. Shaheen Afridi will also have a point to prove as he looked far away from his prime during the ODIs. However, his job won’t be easy as England’s confidence would be sky high and they would like to continue their winning runs.
Speaking of Amir, the left-arm pacer, who shockingly announced his retirement from international cricket last year, is reportedly planning to make a comeback in the national team. He even met with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan for the same. Hence, if things fall in place, one might see Shaheen and Amir joining forces again.
Notably, the T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place later this year in UAE and the Pakistan team management would be busy identifying their best combination. Hence, Amir needs to do well in domestic cricket to stake a claim in the national team. At the same time, Afridi would like to get his lost form back.