Shaheen Shah Afridi hopes for quick comeback after injury rules him out of Asian Cup – Sports


Left-arm fast thrower Shaheen Shah Afridi, who was ruled out of the Asian Cup with injury on Saturday, said he would be back soon.

“To the fans, keep me in your prayers for my speedy recovery,” he said in a tweet after the PCB released the update on his injury.

The Pakistan Cricket Board advisory committee and independent specialists have advised the pacer to rest for four to six weeks after the latest scans and reports. The update meant he couldn’t play the ACC T20 Asian Cup mega event and home series against England.

But Shaheen was due to return in October with the New Zealand T20I tri-series, which will be followed by the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia 2022.

“Every player in our 11 is a match winner. I wish my team good luck for the upcoming Asian Cup,” he said.

Shaheen’s exit left it up to the coaches to pick the right choice for their attacking pace in the mega event, especially in the opener against arch-rivals India. Although Pakistan have Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah and Shahnawaz Dahani in their squad, they lack experience in the bowling department.

Hasan Ali’s out-of-form name was doing the rounds on social media as Shaheen’s replacement.

The nine-team Twenty20 tournament would be played in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai hosts 10 matches, including the 9/11 final, while three will be played in Sharjah.

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