The 20-year-old stated that the players in the side had a good track record on England soil
Pakistan’s young fast-bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi is eager to prove himself in Test cricket, following in the footsteps of legendary bowlers such as Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis as the Men in Green prepare for an unconventional tour to England.
The 20-year-old stated that the players in the side had a good track record on England soil.
"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 told reporters via teleconference.
The young pacer was eager to emulate Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis by picking up a plethora of wickets in the longest format of the sport.
"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. They picked up so many wickets in the Tests. I am also aiming at doing the same and keep on performing for my team," he said.
He also spoke about the team’s plan of action, bearing in mind the new rules and regulations.
"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.
Pakistan is scheduled to take on England in three Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), with the matches likely to take place between August 5 and September 1 in Manchester and Southampton.