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We will not put extra pressure on Shaheen Afridi: Sohail Akhtar

Qalandars captain said that Pakistan pacer is looking fit and is geared up for the tournament

We will not put extra pressure on Shaheen Afridi: Sohail Akhtar PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Lahore Qalandars captain Sohail Akhtar has said that they will not put extra pressure on their pace spearhead, Shaheen Afridi, and will be willing to rest him if required during the remaining matches of HBL PSL 6.

While speaking in a virtual press conference, Akhtar said that Shaheen is looking fit and is geared up for the tournament.

“If a lion doesn’t hunt for a few days, then he forgets how to hunt. That is why it is better for lion to keep hunting in the jungle. We have his [Shaheen] workload in mind. If we feel anywhere that he requires rest, then we would rest him. He is Pakistan’s asset and we will use him accordingly.  We will not put any extra pressure on him,” Akhtar said.

“He is working very hard and looking fit in practice,” he added.

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Qalandars captain is happy to see Rashid Khan back with the team, as he believes the leg-spinner’s addition make their bowling attack lethal.

“Rashid Khan is number one bowler in the world at the moment. He is very useful for us. Our young spinners will learn a lot from him. His batting is also of great value to the team, so he is going to be very effective for us and we are hoping that we are going to see his best for Lahore Qalandars,” he said.

South African all-round David Wiese is not available for Qalandars and Sohail is banking on Australian James Faulkner to fill the all-rounder gap.

“He [Wiese] has given great performances for Lahore and finished many matches for us. He wanted to come but he had prior commitment with his county,” he said.

“We have tried to fill the gap by including James Faulkner, who is a very good all-rounder. Rashid Khan can also bat lower down the order. Hopefully, Faulkner will fill the gap left by Wiese,” he added.