KARACHI (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan’s legendary former pacer Shoaib Akhtar, in a Youtube video on Sunday, heaped praises for the leading wicket-taker, 20 scalps, of the ongoing Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six Shahnawaz Dahani, who has dazzled spectators with his infectious attitude and fiery pace.
The 45-year-old stated that we had found a great prince from Sindh in the form of the young pacer.
“Shahnawaz Dahani has bowled so well with such a good attitude and behavior. It was so fun to watch him. He took four wickets for just five runs [against Lahore]. His attitude was so fun to watch. After a long while, I have seen a player whose attitude is so good. He was bowling bouncers which were solid and he seemed so happy. He threw Lahore Qalandars out. It was Shahnawaz Dahani’s class that he was brought in even though he didn’t get to play yet for the national side. We have found a great prince from Sindh. I have seen a fascinating fast-bowler after such a long while,” Akhtar said.
“I am so happy that cricketers like him are coming up. The PSL is a platform where players get a chance. He is displaying his talents with such happiness. I want to congratulate Azhar Mehmood who has done a lot of work with him and so has Andy Flower. It is so delightful to watch a fast bowler running in and bowling fast bouncers. He hits them with the bouncer and then apologizes while coming across as such a nice guy. I wish him the best of luck. He needs a bit of muscle mass in his arms and legs to get some more extra pace. He should train very hard so that he does not get injured. I think he is the future of Pakistan,” he added.
The legendary pacer also criticised the performance of Lahore Qalandars, who could not make it to the playoffs stage of the HBL PSL season six.
“Lahore Qalandars have wasted their chance. The Covid break gave them such a big opportunity but they said that we don’t want to win. They tried to lose every match. They proved that without the performance of their middle-order they have no standing. Their openers haven’t been performing either. Lahore Qalandars missed a readymade chance and a huge opportunity,” he concluded.