Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club has announced that its white-ball team, Notts Outlaws, has signed Pakistan pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi for the upcoming 2023 T20 Blast, which will start from May 20.
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The left-arm quick and explosive later-order batter becomes the Outlaws’ second T20 overseas signing following that of top-order batter Colin Munro.
Afridi has 47 International T20 caps to his name, in addition to 25 Test and 32 One Day International appearances for his country. He also has 99 Test wickets and 62 ODI scalps to his name.
His 58 T20I wickets have come at an average of 22.37, while his 94 wickets for Lahore Qalandars, for whom he rose to prominence in 2018, have come at 20.75.
He has twice captained the franchise to titles in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), most recently earlier this month, where he struck a 15-ball 44* as his side wrapped up victory by one run in the showpiece final.
He also has previous T20 experience in England through a stint with Hampshire Hawks and took 3-30 for the Men in Green as Pakistan defeated the Three Lions at Trent Bridge in the summer of 2021.
“Notts play an aggressive brand of cricket, which suits me well,” Afridi said. “They have had great success in recent years and the likes of Alex Hales, Colin Munro, and Joe Clarke are players I have faced up against in recent years and been impressed by. The goal is obviously to influence games to make the team as successful as possible,” he added.
“Notts Outlaws have secured the services of Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi for the duration of the 2023 T20 Blast,” read a statement from the club. “Having played at Trent Bridge, I know it is a fast-scoring ground and as a bowler, you need to get your line and lengths right, but you also get the rewards when you do that. It is definitely an exciting move for me, and one I am looking forward to,” said the pacer.
With Afridi joining Notts Outlaws, the team is expected to perform well in the upcoming T20 Blast.
Cricket fans across the world are eagerly waiting for another exciting season of T20 cricket.