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VIDEO: Shahnawaz Dahani's singalong with Zimbabwean kids goes viral

"I just loved everything in Zimbabwe, even this crowd's favourite local song in Shona language," cricketer says

By Web Desk
May 28, 2023

On his lengthy Zimbabwe tour as part of the Pakistan Shaheen squad, pacer Shahnawaz Dahani seems to have had the time of his life — all while playing the six-match ODI series which Zimbabwe won by 4-2.

Following the team's departure almost a month ago, the cricketer has been sharing snippets of all the fun he has had during his visit to the southern African nation.

From portraits at the beach and posing before Harare's modest skyline to playing with cute little lion cubs, the young cricketer knew how to best make use of the tour, while also delivering stellar spells in matches against Zimbabwe Select.

During one of his outings while on tour, the 24-year-old bowler shared how he loved everything in Zimbabwe.

In an amusing video shared on his social media platforms, Dahani could be seen singing along a song with local children in the Shona language of a native ethnic group in the southern African region.

"I just loved everything in Zimbabwe, even this crowd's favourite local song in Shona language," he wrote on Twitter and Instagram.

The cricketer then went on to add that he "just gave it a try with kids."

The fast bowler and the children appeared cheerful, while singing at the top of their lungs.

Dahani, who is known for his friendly and warm nature while interacting with most people including his fans, also shared some goofy and joyful photographs with the kids he met.

"Put a smile on your face and be happy. Everything is gonna be alright," he tweeted.

In the last match against Zimbabwe's A team, the pacer remained expensive after conceding 105 runs in 10 overs.

The Shaheen's, under the leadership of Imran Butt, were touring the African country. Ahead of their tour, Pakistan A's sqaud had a 11-day training camp in Karachi followed by two-day camp in Lahore.

Under the supervision of coaching staff led by former Test cricketer Aizaz Cheema, Pakistan Shaheens did extensive training session.

Commenting on the team's performance as seen in statement shared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Cheema said: "I am extremely proud of the young players in the Pakistan Shaheens team who showcased their skills and potential during the tour."

Cheema added that the two four-dayers, players like Mehran Mumtaz, Omair Bin Yousuf, Mohammad Huraira, and Haseebullah displayed exceptional performances, contributing significantly to our victories.

"It was a great testament to their talent and dedication to the game," he said, appreciating the efforts of players.