PSL 7: How do Inzamam, Wahab see Shaheen's appointment as Qalandars' skipper?

PSL 7: How do Inzamam, Wahab see Shaheen’s appointment as Qalandars’ skipper?


Left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz (left), pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi (centre),and ex-Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq — AFP/Twitter/File
  • Qalandars appointed Shaheeh as captain for PSL 7 last month.
  • Inzamam, Riaz expresses pleasure over Shaheen’s appointment.
  • They say such an opportunity will help pacer in the future.

LAHORE: Ex-Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz have expressed pleasure over the appointment of Shaheen Shah Afridi as the captain of Lahore Qalandars.

The star fast bowler was named captain of the Lahore Qalandars for the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) last month, after which, he vowed to do the best for his team.

Inzamam, speaking to journalists alongside Riaz, said the decision to appoint the 21-year-old as the captain was a “good one”, as the responsibility will give him confidence and boost his morale.

“It is important to give such responsibilities to youngsters, as they will be prepared when they are given such a task at the national level,” the former chief selector said.

The batting great, who was recently appointed as Peshwar Zalmi’s honorary president, said just like Qalandars appointed Shaheen as their captain, first-class cricket teams should do the same — “it will be good for Pakistan cricket”.

“Babar Azam is the captain in all three formats, he has excelled at carrying out his responsibilities; the longer he serves as skipper, the more he will learn. His individual performance is also up to the mark.”

Babar has groomed himself: Riaz

Riaz, for one, believes that Qalandars’ decision to name Shaheen as skipper will provide him with exposure, and that different challenges will become easier for the lanky pacer in the future.

The left-arm pacer said Babar has groomed himself, and now, he has also decided to become the captain of a franchise — Karachi Kings — which will prove to be beneficial for him.

“Appointing youngsters as captains will prove to be fruitful.”

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