Last Update on: August 20th, 2022 at 04:43 pm
Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan’s star pacer, has been ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022 due to a knee injury on Sunday. It is a devastating blow ahead of their highly anticipated match-up with India in the tournament’s opening match in Dubai.
Afridi has been told to take 4-6 weeks off, which suggests that he will also likely miss the home T20I series against England.
During the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle, Afridi hurt the ligaments in his right knee while fielding.
Shaheen Afridi Expected To Return For The T20 World Cup In October
He will now miss two important series for Pakistan as the PCB Medical Advisory Committee and independent doctors have advised him to take a month off from playing. He is anticipated to return before Pakistan’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign in Australia in October.
“I have spoken with Shaheen and he is understandably upset with the news, but he is a brave young man who has vowed to come back strongly to serve his country and team. Although he has made progress during his rehabilitation in Rotterdam, it is now clear he will require more time and is likely to return to competitive cricket in October”, said the PCB Chief Medical Officer, Dr Najeebullah Soomro.
“PCB’s Sports & Exercise Medicine Department will be working closely with the player over the coming weeks to ensure his safe return to competitive cricket”, he further added.
The Indian fans were delighted by the news and they expressed their happiness on Twitter. Shaheen was the main tormented when India last met Pakistan in T20I.
India vs Pakistan: Twitter Reacts As Shaheen Afridi Gets Ruled Out Of The Asia Cup 2022
We go LIVE to the India camp for their reaction to the news that Shaheen Afridi will NOT be playing the Asia Cup.#AsiaCup2022
— Change of Pace (@ChangeofPace414) August 20, 2022
Rohit after this news pic.twitter.com/fi4t1zpAa3
— Vk18 (@Vkcheeks18) August 20, 2022
Rohit,rahul to shaheen pic.twitter.com/ipvM4jg9YE
— ⁷🏳️🌈 (@kurkureter) August 20, 2022
Naacho bc🥳🥳🥳 pic.twitter.com/UnvB2nxJ42
— V X N S H (@ffsvxnsh) August 20, 2022
Indian top order batters pic.twitter.com/APb2vTkLaS
— PrinCe (@Prince8bx) August 20, 2022
Rohit Sharma inner pic.twitter.com/2xlYnm4YRz
— Rãhul कश्यप (@punjabi_walter) August 20, 2022
Kl and Rohit Sharma now pic.twitter.com/tWNkp8AEzy
— 𝐊𝒖𝑙ᴅ𝗶𝗉 🐟 (@not_dhoni) August 20, 2022
only player who was in india's way of winning
— TanishSingh_17 (@TanishSingh0508) August 20, 2022
Shaheen Afridi ruled out of Asia Cup and T20s against England. Doctors have advised him 4 to 6 weeks of rest.#AsiaCup2022 #PakVsInd
— OUT of CONTEXT (@SYourcrush) August 20, 2022
Also Read: ENG vs SA: Did Not Wake Up This Morning Thinking That I’d Be Doing A Press Conference At This Time – Dean Elgar After Beating England In First Test