The second season of Desert Vipers ILT20, showcased a thrilling moment as Pakistan T20I captain Shaheen Shah Afridi and retired pacer Mohammad Amir shared the new ball against Gulf Giants.
Shaheen, making his debut after missing the first game due to national commitments, displayed remarkable skills by taking three wickets in his four-over spell, giving away only 22 runs. Meanwhile, Amir contributed with a wicket, conceding 27 runs in his four overs.
The reunion of Shaheen and Amir in bowling for the Vipers was a delight for Pakistan fans, marking their first joint appearance since 2020.
It’s worth noting that four Pakistani players, including Shadab Khan and Azam Khan, are part of the Vipers in this tournament. Additionally, Imad Wasim represents Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in the competition.
Speaking on the Vipers Voices podcast, Shadab Khan emphasized the tough competition in ILT20, where nine international players participate, making it a challenging and highly competitive environment.
Amir echoed Shadab’s sentiments, highlighting the learning process and the need to stay alert in this demanding league with no room for errors.
All-rounder Azam Khan discussed the hot topic of the “Super Sub” rule, expressing confidence that there is still space for all-rounders in Twenty20 cricket. He argued that the format provides three chances for all-rounders to perform as a batsman, bowler, or fielder, making them valuable contributors to the team.
The ILT20, featuring six teams, commenced in Sharjah and will culminate with the final on February 17.