Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan’s top-speed bowler, stands on the brink of rewriting history in the upcoming World Cup 2023, commencing on October 5th in India.
This young prodigy, with an impressive record of 86 wickets from just 44 matches, could potentially become the fastest to reach 100 ODI wickets for Pakistan. The current record holder, the legendary Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, accomplished this feat in 53 matches.
To surpass Saqlain’s record, Shaheen needs to secure 14 wickets in his next eight matches, a challenging task that underscores his exceptional talent.
Notably, Pakistan is currently in the midst of their second warm-up game against Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. After a recent defeat to New Zealand in their warm-up match, Pakistan is eager to address their weaknesses in this crucial game.
In contrast, Australia’s previous warm-up clash with the Netherlands was called off due to rain.
This fixture carries immense significance for both teams, offering a valuable opportunity to fine-tune their strategies, assess player performance, and adapt to the prevailing conditions in preparation for the prestigious tournament.
The ICC World Cup 2023 will unfold in India, featuring ten teams competing for the coveted title across ten venues from October 5 to November 19. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host both the opening and final matches.
The Cricket World Cup will adopt a round-robin format, where all teams will face each other in 45 league matches. The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals, scheduled for November 15 in Mumbai and November 16 in Kolkata, with reserve days in place for these crucial matches.