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Shaheen Afridi has been named the new captain of the Lahore Qalandars, succeeding Sohail Akhtar, who guided the team to victory in the last edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League.
The promotion of Shaheen was revealed at a press conference on Monday, where the franchise's CEO, Atif Rana, verified the previously rumored announcement.
Sohail Akhtar's two-year tenure as captain will come to an end with the selection of Shaheen, who remains the franchise's most successful captain, who led them to their only final in the competition back in PSL 5.
"My priority is always to polish and see a young cricketer improving his career towards betterment. Never saw any cricketer groom so well and quickly with the skills as Shaheen Afridi," said head coach Aqib Javed, who was also present at the event.
Pakistan superstar left-arm pacer was previously the deputy to Sohail Akhtar in PSL 6 and this will be Shaheen's first-ever captaincy stint in professional cricket.
The 21-year-old joined the Lahore Qalandars franchise in the tournament's third edition and has been a star performer ever since.
He is now the franchise's leading wicket-taker and the seventh-highest wicket-taker in the tournament's history. In 37 games, the left-arm bowler has 50 wickets at an average of 21.20 and a 7.65 economy rate.