Pakistan’s star paceman Shaheen Afridi has been ruled out of the next Asia Cup and the home series against England. This is because he continues to rehabilitate from a knee injury. Following the most recent scans and reports, Afridi has been told to take a four- to six-week break from playing. While with the Pakistani team in the Netherlands as part of his rehabilitation programme, which is being monitored by his trainer and physiotherapist. The PCB announced in a release on Saturday that he will continue to train with the team while also collaborating with the medical staff.
Afridi has been out since suffering a right knee ligament injury. This was while fielding during the first Test match against Sri Lanka in July. He is anticipated to play again in the T20I tri-series, which will also feature Bangladesh. It will begin on October 7 in New Zealand. There are only 16 days till Pakistan’s first T20 World Cup match against India.
“I have spoken with Shaheen and he is understandably upset with the news, but he is a brave young man who has vowed to come back strongly to serve his country and team. Although he has made progress during his rehabilitation in Rotterdam, it is now clear he will require more time and is likely to return to competitive cricket in October,” said PCB Chief Medical Officer Dr Najeebullah Soomro.
“PCB’s Sports & Exercise Medicine Department will be working closely with the player over the coming weeks to ensure his safe return to competitive cricket,” he added.
Pakistan will host England for a seven-match T20I series from September 20 to October 2. Later they will be facing India in their Asia Cup opener on August 28. Pakistan will soon reveal who will take Afridi’s spot for the Asia Cup.
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