‘Playing County Championship will benefit Pakistan team’ Shaheen

LONDON: Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is representing Middlesex in the ongoing County Championship 2022, claimed that the representation of Pakistani players will also benefit the team.

Shaheen, in an interview on the eve of Middlesex’s County Championship match against Leicestershire at Lord’s, commented about the participation of Pakistani players in the tournament and claimed it will benefit Pakistan cricket.

“I think, this year, I saw like nine or 10 players here and that’s good for Pakistan cricket,” he said.

The left-arm pacer also heaped praises on his fellow teammates, saying they are performing really well and that too is good for Pakistan cricket.

“Actually, that’s a good sign for Pakistan cricket — the top cricketers are here. They are performing really well, Hasan and Shan, and everyone performed really well — Haris — so it’s good for Pakistan cricket as well,” he said.

“I think playing anywhere in the world and playing in different conditions always improves your game,” he added.

Shaheen further admitted that Pakistan, despite being a regular visitor of England since the conclusion of the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup, has ‘underperformed’.

“We did not play good cricket here as a team, so now I think the top guys are all there. So maybe it will be good for us [to get to know] the conditions and the pitches. Maybe this will help the national team as well,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the high-profile Pakistani contingent features former pacer Mohammad Amir, alongside Shaheen’s fellow internationals Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Abbas, and some others.

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