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Shaheen Afridi Age, Height, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 20 Years
Father: Ayaz Khan
Height: 6' 5"

 

Shaheen Afridi

Bio/Wiki
Full nameShaheen Shah Afridi [1]Shaheen Shah Afridi's official Twitter account
ProfessionCricketer (Bowler)
Physical Stats & More
[2]Cricbuzz Heightin centimeters- 199 cm
in meters- 1.99 m
in feet & inches- 6’ 5”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBrown
Cricket
International DebutODI- vs Afghanistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Sep 21, 2018

Test- vs New Zealand at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Dec 03, 2018

T20- vs West Indies at National Stadium, Apr 03, 2018
Shaheen Afridi receiving his T20 debut cap from Pakistani pace legend Wasim Akram
Jersey Number# 40 (Pakistan national cricket team)
Shaheen Afridi's jersey number
Domestic & Franchise team(s)• Khan Research Laboratories (2017)

• Dhaka Dynamites (2017)

• Lahore Qalandars (2018-present)

• Balochistan (2018)

• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (2020-2021)
Coach/MentorRiaz Afridi
Batting StyleLeft-Handed
Bowling StyleLeft-Arm Fast-Medium
Records (main ones)• At the age of 19, he took a fifer in a match against the Bangladesh cricket team during the 2019 Cricket World Cup, and hence became the youngest cricketer to take a five-wicket haul in a world cup match.

• He holds the record of best bowling figures (8 for 39 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy) by a Pakistani bowler on his first-class debut match.
Personal Life
Date of Birth6 April 2000 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2021)21 Years
BirthplaceLandi Kotal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Zodiac signAries
Signature Shaheen Afridi's signature
NationalityPakistan
ControversyIn 2019, Shaheen created a controversy after he made an alleged racist comment at a Pakistani journalist during a press meeting after a match. When a journalist sitting in the conference asked him a question, he replied,
Thoda light apne aap pe karein, thoda sa nazar aaye mujhe” (Please throw some light on yourself so that I may see you clearly) [3]Times Now
Family
ParentsFather- Ayaz Khan
Shaheen Afridi with his father
Mother- Name not known
SiblingsBrother(s)- Riaz Afridi & 5 others
Shaheen Afridi with his brothers
Sister- None
Cousin brother- Yasin Afridi (footballer)
Shaheen Afridi's cousin, Yasir Afridi
Favourite Things
Cars CollectionAudi A4
Shaheen Posing next top his Audi A4
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)PKR 1.1 million (INR 5,20,000 approx.) per month (as per PCB Men’s Central Contract List for 2020-21) [4]The Statesman

Shaheen Afridi

Some Lesser Known Facts About Shaheen Afridi

  • Shaheen Afridi is a young Pakistani fast bowler who represents Pakistan Cricket Team in international matches. The young and ferocious paceman carries the ability to bowl consistently at speeds in the high-140s (kmph).
  • Shaheen grew up playing tennis ball cricket in the rocky hills of Landi Kotal, a tribal area that shares its boundaries with Afghanistan. He was born into the Zakhakhel Afridi tribe of the Pashtuns, which is reportedly the largest Afridi tribe in the Khyber Agency district located in Peshawar, Pakistan. [5]Business Recorder

    An aerial view image of Tatara Ground in Landi Kotal, where Shaheen used to play tennis ball cricket

    An aerial view image of Tatara Ground, rough and jagged terrain in Landi Kotal, where Shaheen used to play tennis ball cricket

  • Shaheen’s interest in cricket was driven by his elder brother, Riaz, who played a test match for Pakistan in 2004. Riaz was the one who recognised Shaheen’s talent as a fast bowler and guided him through the fundamentals of fast bowling. Under his mentorship, Shaheen appeared for his first-ever selection trial that was conducted for the under-16 regional cricket team of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Shaheen, a 15-years-old kid who until then only played tennis ball cricket, bowled with a hardball for the first time, got through the trials with ease, and was subsequently inducted into the FATA under-16 cricket team. He appeared for the trial attired in clothing and accessories that he had borrowed from his brother.

    Shaheen Afridi at his first ever cricket selection trial in 2015

    Shaheen Afridi, at first-ever cricket selection trial in 2015

  • His selection in the FATA team was followed by a PCB’s regional under-16 tournament call-up, where Shaheen took 12 wickets and emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. His noted performances in PCB’s regional under-16 tournament opened the doors for him to play in an under-16 international cricket series against Australia.
  • The tall framed speedster kept impressing everyone with the ball during almost every domestic tournament in which he was selected and ascended through the ranks to enter Pakistan National Team in 2018, merely 3 years after he was introduced to professional cricket.
  • Shaheen Afridi was selected to play for under Pakistan Under-19 cricket team at the age of 16 years, even before he debuted in first-class cricket.
  • Shaheen Afridi’s cousin Yasir Afridi plays is a professional Pakistani Footballer who played for Pakistan national football team in the 2010 Asian Games. Interestingly, along with cricket, Shaheen also had a keen interest in football during his childhood days.

    A rare picture from Shaheen Afridi's childhood

    A rare picture from Shaheen Afridi’s childhood

  • In March 2021, there were media reports that Shaheen Afridi’s parents approached former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi to ask for his daughter’s, Aqsa, hand. Shahid Afridi also agreed to the same on his Twitter account; however, final approval is yet to be made public by both the families. Reportedly, Aqsa is of the same age as Shaheen.

    Shahid Afridi's daughter Aqsa Afridi

    Shahid Afridi’s daughter Aqsa Afridi

  • Although Shaheen has made a name for himself in international cricket as a talented fast bowler, he was about to quit playing cricket a year before making his international debut in 2017. Shaheen thought of hanging his boots after he had a few bad matches while playing for Lahore Qalander in Pakistan Super League: Season 2017, but he switched his decision. Former Pakistani fast bowler Aaqib Javed revealed this in an interview with Cricket Pakistan in 2020. He quoted,

    He was only 17 when he (Shaheen) first represented Qalandars. He had a few bad games initially, so he came to me and said that he doesn’t want to play cricket anymore and want to return the money Qalandars’ owners have invested on him. I told him that anyone can go for runs and that one day he will become a superstar. We rested him for a couple of games and then brought him back against Multan, where he took five wickets. It is all about believing in talent and providing them an opportunity”

    Shaheen Afridi during a PSL match

    Shaheen Afridi during a PSL match