Shaheen Afridi leaves for London to complete his knee rehabilitation. Medical staff advised Shaheen to take a 4-6 week break after suffering a right knee ligament injury. As a result, he was unable to participate in the ongoing Asia Cup.
PCB Chief Medical Officer Dr. Najeebullah Soomro said:
“Shaheen requires uninterrupted, dedicated knee specialist care and London offers some of the best sports medical and rehabilitation facilities in the world. In the best interest of the player, we have decided to send him there.
“The medical department will receive daily feedback on his progress whilst in London and we are confident Shaheen will return to full fitness before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.”
Under Supervision of PCB Medical Advisory Panel
By the statement made in this regard, Shaheen will continue to be under the care of the PCB Medical Advisory Panel, which also includes Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed and Dr. Zafar Iqbal, both of London.
It should be remembered that Dr. Zafar has been the Head of Sports Medicine at the Crystal Palace Football Club since 2015, while Dr. Imtiaz has been the Head of Medical Services at the Queens Park Rangers Football Club since 2016. They have previously worked with Tottenham Hotspur FC, Liverpool FC, and Kent County Cricket Club.
The men in green suffered a defeat at the hands of India in the Asia Cup group match, and the young quick’s absence turned out to be a major setback. Since making his international debut in 2018, Shaheen has impressed in bowling across all formats.
Afridi’s injury is a massive blow for Pakistan. He is missing the Asia Cup as well as the home series against England but is expected to return to competitive cricket in October with the New Zealand T20I tri-series, which will be followed by the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia 2022.
During the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle last month, Shaheen injured the ligaments in his right knee while fielding.
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