Middlesex signs Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi for 2022 season

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Middlesex County Cricket Club has announced to secure the services of Pakistan premium paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi for the 2022 season.

The 21 years old said that playing for Middlesex is a dream comes true. He will be available for the county championship until the International duty in mid of July and will also be available for the whole Vitality T20 Blast league.

“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,”

Afridi said.

Afridi last year played for Hampshire in the T20 Blast and Middlesex was at the receiving end when the left-hander picked up four wickets in four balls to complete his 6-fer for 19 in 4 overs.

In the 2020 season, the young-gun has picked up seven wickets in the seven matches for Hampshire in T20 Blast.

Shaheen Afridi has featured in 19 Tests, 28 ODIs, and 30 T20Is for Pakistan and has 161 wickets across all the formats.

Andrew Cornish, the club’s Chief Executive was satisfied with the signing of Shaheen Afridi as he praises his world-class efforts and the club is excited to take him in the family.

“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.

Cornish further says that adding players like Shaheen Afridi is an ambitious sign for us as he is a match-winner young lad with whom we get a combination of skills and experience.

“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,”

he concluded.

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