Aaqib Javid, Shaheen Afridi, Virat Kohli
Shaheen Afridi, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson has revealed why the 22-year-old left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has travelled with the Pakistan National Cricket Team squad to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite being ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup 2022 tournament.

The Asia Cup 2022 is scheduled to be played from August 27 to September 11 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Pakistan National Cricket Team are set to lock horns with arch-rivals India National Cricket Team in their tournament opener on August 28 at the Dubai International Stadium.

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Shaheen Afridi Babar Azam
Shaheen Afridi Babar Azam. Image: Twitter

On Saturday, August 20, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released a statement confirming that Shaheen has been ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022 due to a right knee ligament injury. Notably, Shaheen sustained the injury while fielding during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Also, he has been advised 4-6 weeks of rest by the PCB Medical Advisory Committee and he is expected to return to competitive cricket in October.

Babar wanted Shaheen Shah Afridi to stay with the team – PCB Spokesperson

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi. Image: Twitter

Although Shaheen Shah Afridi has been completely ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022, he has still travelled to UAE with the Pakistan squad and is staying in Dubai.

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A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson said that Shaheen has travelled with the Pakistan squad to UAE because the Men In Green skipper Babar Azam wanted him to stay with the team and the Pakistan team management wants to closely monitor his progress.

“Babar wanted him to stay with the team. Management wants to closely monitor his injury rehab. He will be staying in Dubai itself with the team.” PCB spokesperson confirmed this to the local media in Pakistan, as quoted by Times Now.

Meanwhile, on Monday, August 22, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued a statement, asserting that the 22-year-old right-arm pacer Mohammad Hasnain will be replacing Shaheen in the squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup.

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi (Image: Twitter)

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