Shaheen sets sight on long good career in Test cricket
Pakistan’s young fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi Wednesday said he wanted to have a good career in Test cricket and hoped to do well against England in the team's tour of the country later this year.
Pakistan will take on England in three-Tests and as many T20Is, starting August 1, following the conclusion of West Indies' three-Test series against the same opposition, which begins on July 8.
Talking to reporters via videoconference the pacer said: "We are very hopeful regarding this series. We drew the series in 2016 and then put up great performances in the Champions Trophy. Our track record in England is good and we remain hopeful of a positive result."
Shaheen has so far featured in eight Tests and picked up 30 wickets but he has already set his sights upon having a good career in the longest format like that of former greats Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram.
"I have been focusing more on doing well in Test cricket because then only you are regarded as a fine bowler... like Waqar bhai and Wasim bhai," he said. "They picked up so many wickets in the Tests. I am also aiming at doing the same and keep on performing for my team."
Shaheen's aspirations for the longer format of the game are a good omen for Pakistan as most of the players are focussing on the shorter version of the game more to prolong their careers. Recently, M Amir has taken retirement from the Test cricket while Wahab Riaz had also joined him from taking a break from the Test cricket but has made himself available now for the England Test series.
Shaheen also spoke about the rule changes put forward by the International Cricket Council in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. The use of saliva on cricket balls has been banned but they will be able to use sweat to shine it.
"Before us, West Indies will be taking on England and we will also keep a close eye on the series as to how they are working with the new rules. We have accepted all the protocols (put forward by the ICC) and will try to devise plans keeping them in mind," he added.