Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is going through a bit of revamp since Najam Sethi has taken over the post of PCB Chairman. There have been talks going on to replace Saqlain Mushtaq as the Head Coach with an overseas coach. The appointment of Shahid Afridi as the chief selector has brought some new & exciting players to the team.
Shaheen Afridi has been sidelined due to a knee injury that he sustained during the final of the T20 WC 2022. The speedster has been an integral part of the team where he has been the go-to bowler for the captain.
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Shahid Afridi on Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi has started his rehabilitation in Karachi. Shahid Afridi was having an interaction with Samaa TV and was asked about Shaheen Afridi. “He has started bowling, the rehab is still on. He is in Karachi because the team is here too. Everyday they have session for hours and he finally bowled today (Monday). I think tomorrow the plan is to bat. Both rest and training are being taken care of.” said Shahid Afridi.
“I personally requested PCB to get Haris Rauf also in Karachi because the friendship should remain intact. We need a friend while training so that the atmosphere is positive.” he added.
Concerns for Pakistan
It is assumed that Shaheen Afridi won’t available for the New Zealand ODI Series. The pacer is targeting a comeback at PSL 2023. PCB will have to manage his workload as playing each & every series is not a feasible option in modern cricket.
Pakistan & New Zealand have already qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 where both teams would be aiming to find their ideal combination. The Black Caps would be well aware of the fact that they cannot take Pakistan lightly as they have got a surprise element in them.