Shaheen Shah Afridi needs to be careful, says Aamir Sohail
He earned a call-up for the Pakistan team and is currently in the T20 squad that is facing West Indies in Karachi for a three-match T20 series.
Updated - Apr 2, 2018 5:07 pm
Pakistan former captain Aamir Sohail has cautioned Pakistan latest pace sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi, to take good care of his ‘bone structure’ otherwise he could end up with injuries like Usman Shinwari. The 17-year-old was lauded by the former top-order batsman for his performance in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League.
However, he expressed his concern regarding Afridi’s body frame, which, in his opinion, is susceptible to injuries when playing at a stage as competitive and grueling as International cricket.
“I was impressed by Shaheen Shah Afridi’s bowling as he bowled really well during the PSL and has shown his talent even before this tournament. He is 17 and I feel that with bowlers, you can push them into international cricket at a young age without too much of a risk, as long as you are happy with their talent.”
The bone structure needs to be mature enough to play injury-free cricket
“The only note of caution I would like to sound for all concerned is that we need to make sure that Shaheen Shah Afridi and his bone structure is mature enough to absorb the pressure of international cricket without causing injuries. We have seen that players like Usman Shinwari and others have been played early but ended up with injuries or have become unfit so we need to be careful in that regard,” stated Sohail, as quoted by PakPassion.net.
The youngster impressed at PSL with his bowling display while playing for the Lahore Qalandars franchise where he also grabbed a five for four against Multan Sultans. In the seven matches he played, he bagged seven wickets. He went wicket-less in the three games he played initially but bounced back with his performance against Sultans. He earned a call-up for the Pakistan team and is currently in the T20 squad that is facing West Indies in Karachi for a three-match T20 series after the five-wicket haul and finding an admirer in coach Mickey Arthur as well.