Pakistan’s future captain is Shaheen Shah Afridi says Darren Gough


Former England pacer Darren Gough has praised fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi’s performance, saying the 21-year-old is Pakistan’s future captain.

Shaheen is very enthusiastic and hungry for success, according to Gough, who is the managing director of Yorkshire Cricket Club and is in Pakistan for the Lahore Qalandars’ Players Development Program (PDP) trials.

“Shaheen is a fantastic talent, he is hungry for success, he is very enthusiastic, he enjoyed being captain of the Qalandars, I think he led them very effectively with lots of excitement,” he remarked.

Shaheen has excelled and led Lahore Qalandars to their first Pakistan Super League (PSL) title after seven seasons.

Pakistan’s current captain, Babar Azam, is likewise a great talent, according to the ex-pacer.

“Babar Azam is a wonderful talent; the way he builds his innings in all formats is brilliant,” Gough remarked. “It didn’t work well for Karachi in the PSL this year, but he is the best.”

“When you talk about the top players in the world, you look at Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Joe Root, and Babar Azam,” he continued.