Shahzada TV | Sports Desk | Due to a right knee injury, Shaheen Afridi is rested and excluded from playing in Asia Cup 2022 for which PCB has to find a sound replacement for him very quickly.
Emergence of injury
Shaheen Shah Afridi, one of the pivotal pillars of Pakistan team will not be able to play in Asia Cup 2022. Along with that, he will also miss the series at home against England due to a knee injury. The young pacer got the injury in the Netherlands and is undergoing the process of rehabilitation. He has been suggested by a physiotherapist to take a rest of 4 to 6 months. During this time, he will be with the team in order to have time-to-time supervision by the medical staff of the team.
When did it happen?
The pacer met the injury in his right knee during his first test against Lankans in July and since that time he has not been able to play. According to the PCB, he will return to the team in the T20I Tri-series against Bangladesh and New Zealand, which is going to take place on 7th October.
How Shaheen Afridi reacts to the announcement
Dr Najeebullah Soomro, Medical head of PCB revealed that Shaheen was absolutely sad about his exclusion from the team in the upcoming event. However, at the same time, he is also auspicious about his quick recovery. He soon wants to see himself on the ground and striving for the success of Pakistan.
He further elaborated that Shaheen is in much better condition than before. However, he still needs more rest to be able to play competitive cricket.
Every player of our playing 11 is a match winner. Wishing my team the best of luck for upcoming Asia Cup.— Shaheen Shah Afridi (@iShaheenAfridi) August 20, 2022
To the fans, keep me in your prayers for my quick recovery. I'll be back soon Inshallah pic.twitter.com/jW9gGpWWQX
Efforts by the Board for recovery of Shaheen Afridi
The sports and Exercise Department of PCB is entrusted with the exclusive task of focusing on the rapid recovery of the player in the upcoming weeks. It is highly crucial for the team to have him back. As Afridi is one of the fittest players and can perform game-changing roles in cricket. It is he who changed the history of losses against India into a memorable victory in T20 World Cup 2021.
Shaheen Shah Afridi’s Replacement
PCB has not yet decided on the replacement of Shaheen Afridi. Since his position is very decisive, the Board has to select players who can fulfil the gap left by the quality bowler. Only one week is left in the Asia Cup.
Pakistan cricket fans think otherwise. Some believe PCB should call Muhammad Amir the right replacement for Shaheen. While others say that Naseem Shah, a young seemer, can be a hero this time against India. Some netizens are making memes and saying that India is at the happiest end after knowing the news as Afridi destroyed India’s opening batting lineup last time they met in the T20 world cup.
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