Shaheen Shah Afridi is a professional cricket player from Pakistan. He was born on 6 April 2000 in Landi Kotal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. He plays as a left arm fast bowler. He came to the limelight in 2017 as a bowler who can ball over at 145 kmph and also hit big shots when the need arises. He was given a central contract by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the 2018-19 season.
Early life and career
Shaheen was introduced to hardball cricket by his brother Riaz Afridi. He started his career in cricket from the local ground in his native, the Tatara Ground. Shaheen’s success at FATA Under-16 trials in 2015 led to him being selected for the Under-16 tour of Australia where he took a total of four wickets.
In 2016, Afridi was selected in the national side to play in the 2016 Under-19 Asia Cup which was held in Sri Lanka. In 2017, he was signed by Bangladesh Premier League’s franchise, Dhaka Dynamites on a two-year contract. He made his first-class in 2017-18 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy while playing for Khan Research Laboratories.
Later that year, he was selected for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup squad of Pakistan. He went on to become the highest wicket-taker of his side by bagging 12 wickets in the tournament. He was named as the rising star of the squad by the ICC for his excellent performance.
His Twenty20 debut was for Pakistan Super League side, Lahore Qalandars in the 2018 season of the League. The same year, he made his List A debut for Baluchistan in the 2018 Pakistan Cup.
He made his Twenty20 International debut against West Indies on 3 April 2018. He was selected for the 2018 Asia Cup squad of Pakistan. His ODI debut was against Afghanistan in September of 2018.
His Test debut came against New Zealand on 3 December 2018. In April 2019, he was selected for Pakistan’s squad for 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.