Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has joined Hampshire for 2020’s Vitality Blast season. Shaheen has been an important bowler especially since the retirement of Mohammad Amir from Test cricket. He is expected to be with the club for the duration of the T20 competition as an overseas cricketer.
The 19-year-old had a good time in England earlier this year in the ICC Cricket World Cup. With claiming the best bowling figures for Pakistan in a World Cup match with 6 for 35 – were also the best bowling numbers in the World Cup 2019 – at Lord’s versus Bangladesh, he finished the tournament with 16 wickets at an impressive average of just 14.63.
“I am delighted to sign with Hampshire for the upcoming Vitality Blast competition,” Afridi said. “I have always enjoyed playing in England in front of the fantastic fans and I look forward to joining this historic club for my first experience of county cricket.”
The left-arm Afridi has played 10 T20Is for Pakistan and took 14 wickets and overall the young fast bowler has appeared in 31 T20s so far and has 40 scalps under his belt at an average of 21.8.
Giles White, the Hampshire director of cricket, has expressed his thoughts about Shaheen’s inclusion in the squad. “A lot of the best sides in T20 cricket possess a very good bowling attack and Shaheen adds an extra dimension to the group we have, offering excellent accuracy, pace and lots of variations. He’s an emerging young talent in world cricket so we’re delighted to have him on board for next summer’s Vitality Blast.”