Shaheen Afridi injured himself in T20 World Cup last© AFP
Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi is unlikely to be out there for the Check collection in opposition to England and New Zealand by December-January after he injured his proper knee throughout his facet’s ICC T20 World Cup last in opposition to England on Sunday. As per ESPNCricinfo, Pakistan facet faces one other part of Shaheen being out of the sport for a major size of time. An official prognosis is anticipated solely after the Pakistan crew returns residence.
Afridi was, in any case, anticipated to sit down on the bench throughout the England Check collection ranging from subsequent month. That was part of his gradual return from the unique knee harm that he had confronted throughout a collection in opposition to Sri Lanka in July.
Within the time for T20 World Cup, Shaheen accomplished his rehab and have become part of Pakistan’s squad for the event. Whereas he struggled throughout the first two matches, he began to regain his rhythm later and performed a significant position in his facet’s journey to the ultimate. With a complete of 11 wickets, he was Pakistan’s joint-highest wicket-taker within the event.
The harm resurfaced throughout the thirteenth over of England’s chase whereas he took a working catch to dismiss batter Harry Brook. He was helped off the sector by the physio and physician. Shaheen returned and tried to bowl the rest of his spell, however couldn’t stick with it after bowling one ball. He might bowl solely 2.1 overs out of his 4 overs.
His proper knee is at present believed to be in a brace. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has acknowledged that it’ll take a while to make a correct evaluation of the harm and provides extra data. Shaheen shall be flying again residence through Mumbai with the remainder of the facet on Monday.
Pacer Haris Rauf might get his shot in red-ball cricket for the primary time as a alternative of the tempo spearhead.
PCB’s dealing with of his harm has confronted immense criticism. After the collection in opposition to Sri Lanka, he travelled with the facet to the Netherlands with hopes that he would recuperate, however the swelling worsened and he was introduced to be out of motion for 4 to 6 weeks. He additionally travelled to UAE for Asia Cup and one other try was made to get his rehab going. However the medical scans confirmed an harm in posterior cruciate ligament. It was determined that he would journey to the UK for additional rehab and work with docs on the PCB Medical panel. This brought about him to overlook the Asia Cup and seven-match T20I collection in opposition to England at residence in September.
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