Pakistan speed bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi is expected to qualify for the opening match of the Men’s World Cup in the Men’s Cricket World Cup for the national team against India on 23 October.
Shaheen sustained a knee injury during the Pakistan tour in Sri Lanka in July, and despite being selected in the preliminary team, he has not been able to compete in the current T20 Asian Cup.
In addition to traveling with the team to the United Arab Emirates for the Asian Cup, the left winger also went to the Netherlands in a three-day international series against the hosts.
Shaheen was sent to London for what Pakistan Cricket Board chief medical officer Najibullah Soomro described as “continuous specialist knee care”, although the board had stated before the Netherlands series that Shaheen would continue his rehabilitation while traveling with the national team.
Shaheen Shah Afridi will be ready to start the T20 Championship in Australia:
This action raised doubts about whether the PCBs were aware of the severity of the infection in its early stages. Senior council officials believe Shaheen will be ready to start the T20 Championships in Australia.
“The PCB medical team is receiving daily information on Shaheen’s knee injury condition, and we expect the bowler to be present with the national team for the World Cup match against India on October 23,” PCB CEO Faisal Hassanein told Dawn on Thursday.
“From Sri Lanka to London, the PCB followed the recommendations of the medical team, and if they urge Shaheen to seek treatment in the United States, the PCB will do the same.”
On Friday evening, a virtual knockout match will be held between Pakistan and Hong Kong.
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