Middlesex has secured the services of Shaheen Shah Afridi for the 2022 season, the club has announced. The Pakistan pacer will feature in the County Championship matches till mid-July and will be available for the whole T20 Blast campaign.
Shaheen Shah Afridi already has 19 Test appearances for Pakistan to his name and 58 international white-ball caps. In Tests, he has taken five wickets in an innings on three occasions and has one ten-wicket match haul, picked up against the West Indies just six weeks ago when taking 10 for 93 at Sabina Park. However, his best international return in white-ball cricket came at Lord’s when taking 6 for 35 against Bangladesh in the 2019 World Cup.
Middlesex Signs Pakistan Pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi For 2022 Season
Shaheen Shah Afridi has played 19 Tests, 28 ODIs, and 30 T20Is, picking 76, 53, and 32 wickets in the respective formats averaging less than 30 in each format. In December 2018, the imposing 6ft 6in left-arm pacer became the 35th player to make his Test debut for Pakistan under the age of 19. He debuted in the same year in ODIs and T20Is.
“I am very excited to be playing for Middlesex next season. I know from my time in England they are a great county and to play at the Home of Cricket really will be a dream come true. I am looking forward to being part of the team and helping create a wonderful season for the club,” Shaheen Shah Afridi said.
Middlesex have been at the receiving end of Shaheen Shah Afridi’s carnage when he picked four wickets in four balls to end with 6 for 19. In the 2020 season for Hampshire, Shaheen Shah Afridi picked seven wickets from seven matches in the T20 Blast.
Middlesex is one of the most iconic and revered counties in the England circuit. Over the past few years, they have managed to rope in overseas players like Abdul Razzaq, Ajit Agarkar, and Ashton Agar.
Shaheen Shah Afridi Is A Genuine Match Winner: Andrew Cornish
Shaheen Shah Afridi has featured in 19 Tests, 28 ODIs, and 30 T20Is for Pakistan and has 161 wickets across formats. Andrew Cornish, the club’s Chief Executive, was understandably pleased with their new signing.
“We are absolutely delighted to have secured the services of one of the international crickets’ most exciting talents. Shaheen is a world-class pace bowler, and we are thrilled that he will be representing us in 2022,” he said.
“His signature was highly sought-after, and the fact that he has chosen to join Middlesex is a massive coup for us as a Club and speaks volumes of our ambitions.”
“We need Middlesex to be competing at the top level and challenging for trophies. Signing players of Shaheen’s caliber, who can add quality and experience to our existing squad, is a significant step towards us getting there. Shaheen is a genuine match-winner and I’m sure all our members will be excited to welcome him to Middlesex and share in our delight that he will be wearing the three Seaxes of the Club on his chest next season.”
Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi will play for Middlesex in England’s upcoming domestic season in 2022, and the news was confirmed on Wednesday, October 5. The left-arm pacer will play first-class as well as white-ball cricket for the club before he joins the Pakistan team for their series in mid-July.
After completing the National T20 Cup, Shaheen Shah Afridi will next be seen in action for Pakistan in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021, which is set to begin on October 17.