Pakistan News – Shaheen Shah Afridi ‘feeling better’ after appendectomy

Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi underwent an appendectomy on Sunday after posting a picture of himself on Twitter saying he was “feeling better”.
Afridi is also currently undergoing rehabilitation due to a knee injury. In the T20 World Cup final against England at the MCG, Afridi had to withdraw after suffering some knee pain, leaving the Pakistani bowler short at a crucial juncture. He showed signs of pain in the field, especially after taking a catch to dismiss Harry Brook. As he slid down the stretch to hold, he appeared to injure his knee and was in some immediate pain. The team physio and doctor helped him off the field. He returned an over later, ran gracefully to send a delivery, but couldn’t get going. He bowled just 2.1 overs in total.

Last week, the PCB confirmed that there were no signs of injury after a scan and that the knee pain was likely “due to forceful bending of the knee during landing” and advised two weeks of rehabilitation. Even then, ESPNcricinfo reported that Afridi was unlikely to be available for the December-January home Tests against England and New Zealand. “His return to international cricket will be subject to successful completion of the champion fast bowler’s rehabilitation program and the go-ahead from the medical staff,” the PCB said.

The injury was the latest setback for Afridi, who has spent much time rehabilitating since July when he first suffered a knee injury in Sri Lanka.

Afridi remained part of the team even after it was decided that he would undergo rehabilitation on the tour. However, during the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates in August–September, he was dropped from the squad and flown to London for further evaluation of his injury ahead of the T20 World Cup. He eventually returned to take part in Pakistan’s campaign, gaining steam during the league stage before injuring himself in the final.

Afridi’s possible unavailability is a blow for Pakistan, who are still in contention for a place in the World Test Championship finals in England next June. Pakistan is currently fifth, teetering in a very crowded mid-table contention: Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and the West Indies currently have percentages between 50 and 53.33.

Pakistan will host England for three Tests starting December 1, while New Zealand will arrive later this month for two Tests and three ODIs.

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