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‘Haris is going through tough time’ – Admits Shaheen Shah Afridi

'Haris is going through tough time' - Admits Shaheen Shah Afridi

Lahore Qalandars’ captain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, has opened up about the challenges faced by bowler Haris Rauf, acknowledging his recent struggles on the cricket field. Rauf, who encountered a dip in form during the 2023 ODI World Cup in India, endured a tough time as he became the bowler to concede the most runs in a single edition of the World Cup.

In the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL 2024), Rauf’s performance has continued to be under scrutiny. With just one wicket to his name in two matches for Lahore Qalandars, coupled with conceding 85 runs in 42 deliveries, Rauf’s form has raised concerns among fans and pundits alike.

However, in an interview with Cricket Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi offered words of support and encouragement for his teammate. “Just like batsmen face tough times without scoring runs, bowlers also have such phases,” Afridi remarked. “Haris is going through a tough time, but after difficulties come ease because he is a strong player and knows how to bounce back. He is not just Lahore Qalandars’ but Pakistan’s best bowler, so it’s important for him to find his form again,” Afridi added.

Afridi also addressed the absence of Rashid Khan, a key player for Lahore Qalandars who is not participating in PSL 2024. “Rashid was our main bowler, crucial in the middle overs, taking wickets. He cannot be replaced, but we also need to maintain balance in the team. We hope Sikandar’s arrival will be beneficial,” Afridi explained.

Expressing optimism about the newcomer, Afridi stated, “I think Sikandar is the kind of bowler who can fill Rashid’s absence, allowing us to maintain our competitive edge.” As Lahore Qalandars navigate through the challenges of the tournament, Afridi’s words reflect a sense of determination and confidence in his team’s ability to overcome obstacles and strive for success.

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