Shaheen Shah Afridi Misses out Asia Cup, England home series:
Shaheen Afridi’s absence from the Asia Cup 2022 and the domestic T20I series against England has given a serious blow to Pakistan.
Following the most recent scans and reports, the PCB Medical Advisory Committee and independent physicians have urged the pacer, who is dealing with a knee issue, to take a break for four to six weeks.
Shaheen has been excluded from the ACC T20 Asia Cup and the home series against England, but PCB stated in a press release that “He is anticipated to make his competitive cricket comeback in October with the New Zealand T20I tri-series, which will be followed by the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia 2022.”
The second statement stated, “Shaheen had sustained a right knee ligament damage while fielding during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.”
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Shaheen will continue to train with the team while he completes his recovery. An announcement will be held soon on his replacement for the ACC T20 Asia Cup. On Monday, the Pakistani team will fly from Rotterdam to Dubai.
Dr. Najeebullah Soomro, Chief Medical Officer of PCB, disclosed that Afridi was sad over losing out on the two important missions.
“Shaheen is obviously disappointed with the news, but he is a brave young man who has pledged to come back with a strong will to support his country and team. It is now evident that he will need more time and is likely to return to competitive cricket in October, despite the fact that he has made progress during his recovery in Rotterdam,” stated Soomro.
The player would be constantly monitored by PCB’s Sports & Exercise Medicine Department in the upcoming weeks to ensure his safe comeback to competitive cricket.