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Told Shaheen to not accept captaincy: Shahid Afridi

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A couple of days ago, Lahore Qalandars announced that Shaheen Shah Afridi will be captaining the side in the 7th edition of PSL. Now Afridi during a talk show on a program revealed that he was against Shaheen to be the captain for a couple of years so that the fast bowler could concentrate more on his bowling.

Shahid gave a humorous response that since the tall, lanky fast bowler is also an Afridi, therefore he chose not to listen to his future father-in-law. Shahid said that he is happy for Shaheen to be the captain and wishes he proves him wrong about taking up the captaincy.

“Having said that, I’m happy that he has decided to accept this responsibility and I hope that he proves me wrong,” He said

It was in May 2021 that Shahid Afridi announced the engagement of his eldest daughter to Shaheen Shah Afridi. Shaheen stated during the Lahore Qalandars press conference that he will take some captaincy learning from his senior mates Mohammad Hafeez, and Rashid Khan. The seventh edition is to be held in two phases, in Karachi and Lahore.

There has been the perception that it is difficult for fast bowlers to captain the side as bowling in itself is a heavy workload. Recently, Australia announced Pat Cummins, their premier fast bowler as their leader and has given a strong message to the world that bowlers are capable of captaining the side too.

Shaheen Shah Afridi has taken 50 wickets in 37 matches till now for Lahore Qalandars. He was the man of the match in his debut match for the franchise against Multan Sultans. The bowler was praised for his wicket-taking delivery to Rohit Sharma where he got the ball to inswing at a fast pace in the 2021 T20 WC. After the early blows, India was never able to recover and Pakistan got an easy target to chase and defeated India for the first time in a World Cup campaign.

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