Shaheen Shah Afridi: Pakistan cricket’s next superstar in the making

first_imgShaheen Shah Afridi: Pakistan cricket’s next superstar in the makingWorld Cup 2019: Shaheen Shah Afridi. Tall, good-looking and fast. The 19-year-old left-arm pacer brought back pleasant memories for Pakistan in the World Cup.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 20:56 IST Shaheen Shah Afridi took a 6-for against Bangladesh on Friday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShaheen Shah Afridi picked a six-for on Friday when Pakistan clashed against BangladeshOn July 5, Shaheen Afridi also became the youngest ever to pick a 5-wicket haul in a World CupShaheen picked 17 wickets in the World Cup 2019 as Pakistan failed to qualify for the semisShaheen Shah Afridi. Remember the name. The 19-year-old left-arm pacer was born in Khyber Agency in 2000, nearly a year after Pakistan lost to Australia in a one-sided World Cup final at Lord’s.In 2019, a strapping Shaheen Afridi led a spirited fight for Pakistan who had their backs against the wall after a disastrous star to their World Cup campaign. His baby face and good looks resonated with the cricketing globe.At a time when Pakistan cricket is struggling to keep up with the rest of the world, Shaheen Afridi brought back memories of a different era. Imran Khan. Wasim Akram. Good-looking men with the ability to bowl fast and scare batsmen.Pakistan were under the pump after their defeat to India on June 16. And they needed a miracle or four to stay in contention for a berth in the semi-finals.Shaheen Afridi had played his first ever World Cup match against Australia in Taunton on June 12 but he was overlooked for the game against India after conceding 2 for 70.With everything to play for, Afridi came back into the Pakistan playing XI and made an immediate impact.He picked 1 for 54 against South Africa before returning figures of 3 for 28 against New Zealand. Against Afghanistan, Afridi was virtually unplayable with figures of 4 for 47. By the time Pakistan took on Bangladesh for their final game, a semi-final berth was improbable but he made his mark with figures of 6 for 35.That was the best bowling figure by any Pakistani in World Cup history. Not just that, he is also the youngest to take a five-wicket haul in World Cups.advertisementIt was a disappointing World Cup campaign for Pakistan. They failed to qualify for the semi-finals for the second successive time in World Cups but Shaheen Afridi’s raw talent and charisma will give them hope.In 1992, 8 years before Shaheen Shah Afridi was born, Imran Khan inspired his country to World Cup triumph. 27 years ago, like in 2019, Pakistan were in deep trouble before fighting their way through to the final to defeat England.There were lots of similarities between 1992 and 2019. Pakistan’s streak of losses and wins were eerily similar. And Shaheen Shah Afridi played his part along with Mohammad Amir who took 17 wickets.But Amir played 8 matches.Afridi took his 16 wickets in only 5 matches in the World Cup. He was fast and he was lethal. Batsmen, in the years to come, will be wary of this young bowler from the land of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Aqib Javed.Shaheen Shah Afridi is one of the finds of this World Cup for Pakistan and make no mistake, he will be in focus as the country tries to find its feet once again in the cricket world.After finishing with a 6-wicket haul, Afidi said: “It means so much to have this record when you think of all the legends of Pakistan cricket. To be able to take six wickets at Lord’s is a very big moment for me and my family, it’s the Home of Cricket and a very special place.”We’ve played such good cricket in the last four matches and it’s disappointing it’s now over. This is my first World Cup, and the same for other players too, that is very good news for the future.”In the years to come, Shaheen Shah Afridi will be a fearsome bowler. With experience, he will develop his skills and pace. That has been true of all great pacers across history. That is how they started. That is how those legends – Imran Khan and Wasim Akram – started for Pakistan all those years ago.Shaheeh Shah Afridi. Remember the name. He is Pakistan cricket’s next big thing.Also Read | Pakistan teenage sensation Shaheen Afridi on his 6-wicket haul: It was incredibleAlso Read | Pakistan finish on a high but fail to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Shaheen Afridilast_img read more

KPMG pledges 200000 for smart classroom

A $200,000 pledge from KPMG LLP will help complete a major renewal and expansion of Brock University’s Goodman School of Business in St. Catharines.The announcement was made Wednesday by KPMG representatives Bobbi-Jean White and Ruth Todd and by Brock President Jack Lightstone. The gift will support the Goodman School expansion project and is specifically earmarked for a new 45-seat smart classroom on Level 300.“At KPMG, we are passionate about giving back to the communities in which we work and helping young people develop to their full potential,” said Ruth Todd “Our donation to the business school’s capital infrastructure campaign is just one way we can help support post-secondary education.”“We are thrilled that KPMG has made this contribution to Brock University,” said Lightstone. “This commitment to our business school plays a significant role in helping to develop Canada’s future leaders.”The Goodman School of Business has 2,890 undergraduate and 519 graduate students. It offers three undergraduate and three graduate degrees, as well as some of Ontario’s most successful co-op programs.A groundbreaking event will be held Friday to kick off the $22-million expansion project of the Goodman School. Besides reconfiguring and modernizing Goodman’s current facilities in Taro Hall, the project will increase the number of classrooms and add interview rooms, offices and a large atrium that will become a striking new feature adjacent to two other University landmarks: the Schmon Tower and the bronze sculpture of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock. read more