Although Hampshire’s T20 side is packed full of quality players – James Vince and ex-Glamorgan man Darren Sammy – will both be dangerous, one Pakistani allrounder can be particularly explosive with both bat and ball.
Shahid Afridi has the ability to change the course of a game in a matter of overs and his record in T20 cricket speaks for itself.
The leg-spinning allrounder bats in the middle order in T20 cricket and he doesn’t tend to hang around.
With a career strike rate of 155.06 and 164 sixes in 212 games, he will only light the blue touch paper once in a while, but when he hits the ball, it stays hit. His bucaneering batting style has earned him the name ‘Boom Boom Afridi’.
In recent years Afridi has used his leg-spin to great effect in the shortest format, bowling flat and accurate, depriving the batsmen of the kind of room to slog. Afridi has taken 232 career T20 wickets with an economy rate of under 7, which is useful by anybody’s standards.
With international experience for Pakistan, IPL experience for the Deccan Chargers, as well as stints in the Australian Big Bash League and with county sides Leicestershire and Northants – Afridi knows his way round the pitch and his experience could prove invaluable as Hampshire target another appearance at T20 Finals Day this season.
Glamorgan will be hoping to dismiss Afridi early in his innings and manipulate his bowling to register a score in excess of 160 on Friday night.
Shahid Afridi In Numbers
398 ODIs for Pakistan
98 T20 internationals
3064 career T20 runs
232 career T20 wickets
T20 economy of 6.66
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