Potchefstroom: Abbas Afridi, the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in the group stage at the U19 World Cup in South Africa has been a great find for the green shirts led by Rohail Nazir.
Abbas bowls right-arm-fast-medium and has provided great support to the strike bowlers Tahir Hussain, Mohammad Waseem and Amir Khan in Pakistan’s three games against Scotland, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. He has taken eight wickets in as many matches.
Confident to defeat Afghanistan
The FATA-born all-rounder is confident to defeat Afghanistan in the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
“We got Afghanistan out for 160 in the Asia Cup U19 tournament last year and we hope to get them for a low total again in the quarter-final match,” Abbas said in a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on their social media platforms.
Enjoying bowling with the semi-new ball
Abbas is happy to contribute with the ball that has helped Pakistan to push other teams on the back foot and has also laid a great platform for other bowlers to destroy the latter batting line of the opposition.
“I am happy with my contributions as I really enjoy bowling with the semi-new ball. I rely on bowling seam-up while my slower one is also a wicket-taking ball for me. I tried to contain the batsmen by bowling slower ones and also succeeded in getting wickets in the process,” Abbas said.
Eyeing to become Test cricketer
“I want to progress to Pakistan’s senior men’s team and become a Test cricketer. Head coach Ijaz Ahmed and bowling coach Rao Iftikhar have worked very hard which has given us the results,” he added
Pakistan U19 will face Afghanistan U19 in the quarter-final stage at the Willowmore Park, Benoni on Friday on 31st January.
It must be noted that the junior team defeated Scotland and Zimbabwe in the group stage but the match against Bangladesh ended due to excessive rain.