Pakistan Cricket Team is touring England for three Test matches and three T20 Internationals.
In the situation of COVID-19, when the cricket fans yearn for regular cricket, the encounter between England and Pakistan is highly anticipated.
Pakistan got a fresh look at their batting combination following the departure of legendary Test cricketers Misbah ul Haq and Younus Khan with Babar Azam and Azhar Ali becoming the backbone of the batting line-up.
The Newly Assembled Bowling Attack
Furthermore, the newly assembled bowling attack in the shape of Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Abbas are to look out for in the upcoming Test series between Pakistan vs England.
The 19-year-old emerging star Shaheen Shah Afridi will play the Test series against England as a frontline pacer.
He is eyed as the next big thing and every cricket pundit is waiting anxiously to see him in action in the English playing conditions.
The last time Shaheen Afridi played in England, he did a phenomenal job by taking 16 wickets in five matches on the grandest cricket occasion of the Cricket World Cup 2019.
As Shaheen Afridi becomes the darling of Pakistan’s modern era cricket, huge pressure and set of expectations are gathered on his shoulders.
Five Cricketers Expect High Performance From Shaheen Afridi:
Babar Azam, who is the captain of Pakistan One Day and T20 International team, has high expectations from Shaheen Shah Afridi alongside Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah in the upcoming Test series.
“England have the home advantage but our bowlers will give tough time to their batsmen. We will target their fragile Test top-order. Mohammad Abbas is experienced while Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi have a lot of potential. We have high expectations from our bowlers.”
According to Amir Sohail, Pakistan is capable of competing England well in the Test series, however, it is dependent on the pitches home side will prepare.
“I do believe that Pakistan can compete really well in the series against England, but it will depend upon the state of pitches and how well they prepare,” said Sohail.
Amir regards Pakistan as a strong bowling unit and marks Shaheen as the potential best performer of the series.
“In terms of bowling strength, the Pakistan bowling attack is pretty strong with Shaheen Shah Afridi looking most likely to be the top performer in the Test series”.
One of the fastest bowlers in the history of cricket, Shoaib Akhtar, uttered that “Shaheen Shah Afridi has the potential to become the next Wasim Akram.”
Shoaib Akhtar, who bowled the fastest (161.3 km/h) delivery, also emphasized the significance of aggression in the fast bowling and gave fast bowlers the following advise, “They (fast bowlers) must compete hard with the batsman and see him in the eye to make an impression.”
In Pakistan’s Test series, which was against Sri Lanka, Ramiz Raja believed that Shaheen Khan Afridi, after acquiring the weapon of in-swing delivery in his attributes, has the ability to take 300 Test wickets and become the “force” in the three formats of the game.
Breaking: left armer Shaheen Afridi can now bowl in swingers too! It means he now has a complete set of skills to take 300 test wickets and be a force in all formats! And all that at 19. Serious talent.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) December 20, 2019
Yasir Shah, who is the backbone of Pakistan’s spin bowling department, is hopeful that Pakistan will perform well against England in the upcoming assignment.
Yasir told in an interview that the inexperienced tag with Pakistan’s Test side is not accurate. He believes that the emerging bowlers are performing finely.
According to Yasir Shah, “The weather and conditions will help Pakistan,” so he reminds before the Test series “There are a lot of expectations from Shaheen Shah.”