Wasim Akram rubbishes Shaheen Afridi’s burnout concerns

The 54-year-old believed that just because Australia was doing it didn’t mean we had to follow suit

Wasim Akram rubbishes Shaheen Afridi’s burnout concerns PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Pakistan’s legendary former pacer Wasim Akram, while talking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview, rubbished concerns regarding pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi getting burnt out from playing too much cricket.

The 54-year-old believed that just because Australia was adopting rotation policy didn’t mean Pakistan had to follow suit.

“The problem with the rest issue, I think he should be asked if he even needs rest. We can’t just copy the world that look Australia is resting its players so we should as well. Our culture is very different. Our mindset is very different,” Akram said.

“I still feel that if he keeps bowling and playing sensibly, it's not like crazy cricket, he is just playing for Pakistan in all three formats. His bowling is getting stronger, he is gaining awareness and a sound mentality. He doesn’t play county cricket so for him this cricket is very important. Especially during these early years. I don’t think there is anything to this burnout issue. I think he is only going to get better,” he added.

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The legendary former pacer praised the talent possessed by the young Shaheen and stated that he will end up taking a lot of wickets for Pakistan.

“Shaheen Afridi is earning fame through his bowling. He swings the new ball at pace in both directions. He is tall and can generate bounce. He has a better sense of bowling and knows what length to bowl at. He has situational awareness while bowling. I think he is a great talent and going forward he will take a lot of wickets for Pakistan,” he concluded.