Various Big Bash teams from Australia have approached young and sensational Pakistani fast bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain to play this season. All-rounder Faheem Ashraf is also on radar of the Big Bash team and the player is waiting for the Pakistan Cricket Board’s nod to confirm the signing with the team.
Reliable sources said that teams have approached Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammzad Hasnain and Faheem Ashraf. Following which their representatives are waiting for the PCB’s permission to proceed with the contracts. “BBL teams like Hobart and Sydney are interested in signing Pakistani players,” said a source. Shaheen Shah Afridi was among Pakistan’s positives during the recent cricket world cup, where he got 16 wickets in five games.
He was earlier approached by Dhaka Dynamites, but he had to decline the offer to prepare himself for the U19 World Cup. In 2018, he was picked by PSL team Lahore Qalandars and later he made his debut for Pakistan.
Hasnain came into limelight earlier this year during the Pakistan Super League, due to his fierce bowling for the Quetta Gladiators. The 19-year-old bowler was named in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, but couldn’t get the opportunity to play. However, he played five ODIs before that – three against Australia and two against England. Faheem Ashraf was dropped from Pakistan’s World Cup squad, but was signed by Northamptonshire for the T20 blast. Sources believe that the stint in Big Bash League this season will help players prepare themselves for the next year’s T20 World Cup.
“It will be great benefit for the players and the team Pakistan as we are scheduled to play T20 World Cup in Australia and playing in Australia ahead of the mega event will help players learn about the conditions.”—Agencies