Shaheen Afridi sets World Cup record

Young pacer registered figures of 4-47 against Afghanistan in Leeds

Shaheen Afridi sets World Cup record PHOTO: Reuters

Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has continued his steep progress in international cricket, after he set a new record during the ongoing 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup match against Afghanistan in Leeds.

Shaheen, who is only 19-year-old, registered figures of 4-47 and in doing so he became the first teenager in the Cricket World Cup history to take four wickets in a match.

It must be noted that Shaheen also impressed with the ball, during Pakistan’s previous match against New Zealand, when his 10-over spell, where he registered figures of 3-28, was the most economical spell by a Pakistani bowler in the past 5 World Cups.

The left-arm pacer’s bowling helped Pakistan restrict Afghanistan to 227-9 in their allotted 50 overs, after Gulbadin Naib won the toss and decided to bat first.

Pakistan, who have seven points from as many games and remain in contention for the semi-finals after two straight wins, kept an unchanged side from the one that beat New Zealand.

Afghanistan, who have lost all seven of their matches, brought in fast bowler Hamid Hassan in place of Dawlat Zadran from the side that lost to Bangladesh.

Title-holders Australia are the only side to have qualified for the semi-finals in the 10-team competition so far.