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'Dahani is the new Shoaib Akhtar and Imran Tahir’s six-pack'

Reaction after the HBL PSL 6 final

'Dahani is the new Shoaib Akhtar and Imran Tahir’s six-pack' PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Multan Sultans’ bowling coach Azhar Mahmood believes that Pakistan have found a new Shoaib Akhtar, who was the fastest bowler in the world, in the shape of young pacer Shahnawaz Dahani.

Dahani was the top wicket-taker in HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six, with 20 scalps, and played a key role in guiding his side to their maiden title.

“Dahani is always smiling, whether he’s been hit or now. The whole team lights up. It’s like we've found a new Shoaib Akhtar,” said Mahmood.

“This is just a start for him, we’ll work on his outswingers, on his inswinger. There are things I will write down in a report for the Pakistan bowling coach all the things he needs to work on,” he added.

Dahani was also ecstatic after helping his side win the elusive trophy.

“This was my first year — Multan Sultans showed faith in Dahani and Dahani repaid. Now we're both PSL champions,” said Dahani.

Meanwhile, Imran Tahir has revealed the reason behind his celebratory sprint after taking a wicket.  

“I’m just working on my six-pack, that’s why I sprint. I’m seeing my wife and child after a month-and-a-half, this is for them,” said Tahir.

“My role is to come in and take wickets. But my first two overs I didn’t come in with that approach, with Malik in there, was trying to bowl dot balls. This is great, it’s been like a family for a month. I like to thank our owners, when people didn’t have any belief in us, they showed faith,” he concluded.