File photo of Shaheen Afridi.© AFP
In a big blow to Pakistan, star fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has been ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup due to injury. The board said in a statement on Saturday that the Medical Advisory Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board has advised Afridi to rest for 4-6 weeks. Shaheen Afridi Will also not play in Pakistan’s home series against England. The Pakistan Board said, “Shaheen Shah Afridi has been advised rest for 4-6 weeks by the PCB Medical Advisory Committee and independent experts after the latest scans and reports. This means Shaheen will be given rest for the ACC T20 Asia Cup and against England.” Has been dropped from the home series.” Said in his statement.
The left-arm pacer suffered a right knee ligament injury while fielding during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
PCB’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Najibullah Soumro, said, “I have spoken to Shaheen and he is deeply disturbed by this news, but he is a brave young man who vowed to return strongly to serve his country and team. Is.”
The 22-year-old was part of Pakistan’s squad for the ongoing ODI series in the Netherlands but did not play the first two matches.
“While he has made progress during his rehabilitation at Rotterdam, it is now clear that he will need more time and is likely to return to competitive cricket in October,” Sumro said.
Pakistan is yet to announce the replacement of Shaheen Afridi in their Asia Cup squad.
Pakistan will start their campaign against arch-rivals India in Dubai on August 28.
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