Shaheen Afridi injured himself in T20 World Cup closing© AFP
Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi is unlikely to be out there for the Test collection in opposition to England and New Zealand by means of December-January after he injured his proper knee throughout his aspect’s ICC T20 World Cup closing in opposition to England on Sunday. As per ESPNCricinfo, Pakistan aspect faces one other part of Shaheen being out of the sport for a major size of time. An official analysis is anticipated solely after the Pakistan group returns house.
Afridi was, in any case, anticipated to take a seat on the bench in the course of the England Test collection ranging from subsequent month. That was part of his gradual return from the unique knee damage that he had confronted throughout a collection in opposition to Sri Lanka in July.
In the time for T20 World Cup, Shaheen accomplished his rehab and have become part of Pakistan’s squad for the event. While he struggled in the course of the first two matches, he began to regain his rhythm later and performed an important position in his aspect’s journey to the ultimate. With a complete of 11 wickets, he was Pakistan’s joint-highest wicket-taker within the event.
The damage resurfaced in the course of 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 the moment 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 damage and provides extra data. Shaheen shall be flying again house through Mumbai with the remainder of the aspect on Monday.
Pacer Haris Rauf might get his shot in red-ball cricket for the primary time as a substitute of the tempo spearhead.
PCB’s dealing with of his damage has confronted immense criticism. After the collection in opposition to Sri Lanka, he travelled with the aspect to the Netherlands with hopes that he would get better, 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. But the medical scans confirmed an damage 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 induced him to overlook the Asia Cup and seven-match T20I collection in opposition to England at house in September.
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