PSL 2023: "Enough, I Cannot Do This Anymore": Shaheen Afridi To Take Retirement After Pakistan Super League?

Updated - 04 Feb 2023, 11:49 AM

Shaheen Afridi. PC- ICC
Shaheen Afridi. PC- ICC

Shaheen Afridi, a Pakistani pacer, acknowledged that he thought about quitting as he was attempting to recover from a significant knee injury. He suffered the injury during the August 2022 tour of Sri Lanka, and it worsened when Pakistan lost to England in the T20 World Cup final in Melbourne.

Unquestionably, Afridi is one of Pakistan’s top pacers playing right now. The 22-year-old cricketer, who made his international debut in 2018, has played 25 Test matches and taken 99 wickets, including four five-wicket hauls.

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Shaheen has been sidelined due to a knee injury that prevented him from competing in the Asia Cup 2022. Shaheen is regarded as the “backbone” of Pakistan’s pace unit. Later, he returned to the 2022 T20 World Cup, however, he suffered another knee injury during the final match.

Shaheen Afridi is prepared to play in the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League after months of recovery following surgery (PSL). Lahore Qalandars, who take on Multan Sultans in the first game of the competition, will be led by Shaheen.

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“I told myself ‘to push a little more”: Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen Afridi revealed the tedious nature of the sessions, to the point where he pondered quitting. Afridi told PCB Digital: “There were times when I wanted to give up. I was working on only one muscle and it was not improving. Often during the rehabilitation sessions, I used to say to myself ‘this is enough, I cannot do this anymore’.

“But then I used to watch my bowling on YouTube and see how well I had done and that motivated me and I told myself ‘to push a little more’ … It is frustrating for a fast bowler to miss cricket because of an injury” Shaheen Afridi Added.

The Men in Green endured a disappointing stretch of games in the longest format and really missed the left-arm pacer’s skills. After losing to England 3-0, the team captained by Babar Azam battled to a 0-0 series tie against New Zealand. With the most recent results, Pakistan’s World Test Championship (WTC) season at home ended without a single victory.

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