Pakistani fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi is scheduled to join the national team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia 2022 in Brisbane on Saturday 15 October after completing his rehabilitation program under the supervision of the PCB Medical Advisory Committee* .
Shaheen is now available for the warm-up games against England and Afghanistan on October 17th and 19th, respectively, where his match fitness will be assessed by management.
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Shaheen Shah Afridi said he was very excited at the prospect of returning to the national team for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
“It’s been a difficult time for me, being away from the game and the team I love the most and not being a part of some grueling and exciting games,” he added
Shaheen said he’s thrown six to eight full-run overs in the past 10 days with no problems. Despite having a comfortable time with racquet and ball in the nets, the left-arm sailor said, “Nothing can replace the feel of a playing environment and I can’t wait to be in that environment.”
“It was a rigorous and challenging rehabilitation program, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. To be honest I feel fitter than ever and can’t wait to wear the kit,” said Shaheen. He thanked the PCB Medical Advisory Committee as well as Crystal Palace FC (a London-based soccer club that plays in the Premiere League) for allowing him to use their facilities and to look after him during his rehabilitation.
Shaheen Afridi has seven wickets at the 2021 World T20 Championship in the United Arab Emirates. He won the player of the match against India for throwing a wild spell and picking up three wickets.
Meanwhile, opener Fakhar Zaman, one of the three traveling substitutes for the T20 World Cup, will also travel to Brisbane with Shaheen and National High-Performance Center coach Umar Rashid. Fakhar will continue his rehabilitation under the supervision of PCB’s Chief Medical Officer and team doctor, Dr. Najeebullah Soomro, after which a decision will be made on his participation, if any.
Pakistan were eliminated in the semi-finals of the last World Cup after losing to eventual world champions Australia. Pakistan meets arch-rivals India on October 23 at the MCG in Melbourne.