Shaheen Afridi ‘Hopeful’ of His Availability in Match Against India

Shaheen Afridi

Crucial T20 World Cup

Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan’s premier fast bowler, is recovering from an injury, according to PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja, who also noted that Afridi is optimistic about playing against India in a crucial T20 World Cup match on October 23. 

Due to a right knee ligament injury, he sustained during the Test series in Sri Lanka in July, Shaheen was unable to participate in the recent T20 Asia Cup and the T20 home series against England. The medical team recommended the bowler take four to six weeks off. 

On October 23, the day after Australia begins their title defence against New Zealand in Sydney, the two arch-rivals Pakistan and India will square off at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). 

Tournament’s First Host Nation

On October 16, Sri Lanka will play Namibia in one of the seven locations as Australia serves as the tournament’s first host nation. 

Raja stated that Shaheen had told the team management of a considerable improvement in his fitness. 

He added that knee injuries were “very technical and sensitive,” and that “we were of the opinion that we will not take a chance until Shaheen is 110 percent fit.” 

Training Initiated

Shaheen, according to the PCB chairman, would first go through training before joining the team for the crucial game. 

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Pakistan has the ability to win the World Cup. 

Every team at the T20 World Cup, according to PCB chief, is dangerous, but he insisted that Pakistan has what it takes to win. 

Best Tools at our Disposal

Raja claimed that after becoming the PCB head, he wanted to give the captain more power. “We have given the team the best tools at our disposal to win the World Cup.” 

Usman Qadir sustained a hairline finger injury, he claimed, while opener Fakhar Zaman was healing from his wound. 

He stated that playing India is always a nerve-wracking experience. The Indian team has also begun to respect Pakistan, particularly after they realised that Pakistan is capable of defeating them in any match.

Mission to Compete in World Cup

The team should be spared criticism for the time being, the PCB president added, as they were on a mission to compete in the World Cup. He insisted that the present team had a chance to succeed in the major competition. 

But he insisted that athletes shouldn’t be singled out.

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