Pakistan’s young pace sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi is aiming to add another event to the list of his cricket memories in Karachi by helping his PSL side Lahore Qalandars win the tournament's final there next month.
The 19-year-old fast bowler told Geo.tv on the sidelines of training session in Sharjah that Karachi has always been a memorable venue for him and his family.
“My T20 debut was in Karachi, my brother Riaz Afridi’s Test debut was in Karachi as well. So, I’m excited to be playing there once again in front of our home crowd,” Shaheen said.
“I will try to add another memorable moment in Karachi this time,” he added.
Karachi is due to host the final of PSL 2019 on March 17. However, for Shaheen, there’s still a long way to go as his team is currently at bottom on points table with just one win in three games.
But he is hopeful that Qalandars will make a strong comeback in the tournament.
“We will comeback strongly, our bowling unit is very good. We didn’t do good in two of first three games but we won’t repeat our mistakes in remaining seven games and give our best,” he said.
The Qalandars' pacer also aims to play an important role in making his team win the PSL title this time.
“I’m eager to play a match-winner’s role for Lahore Qalandars and help them win the title. Along with that, I aim to play longer for Pakistan, which is my main goal,” he said.
Speaking about PSL, the fast bowler said the tournament is getting bigger and better as this time teams’ standards are also improved and it has become a very tough competition.
“All the matches are going well. This time all the teams are equally competitive, so fans will enjoy some good cricket here,” Shaheen said.
“Coming to PSL after U19 gave me a big platform which boosted my confidence. PSL is a good place for all the youngsters to learn from top players and apply those learnings in their game. Sharing dressing room with top players give you opportunity to improve your game’s standard,” he commented, when asked about how the league has helped him grow as a professional cricketer.