A knee injury sustained by Shahid Afridi jeopardizes his chances to feature further in the PSL for table-toppers Karachi Kings.
Unlike the previous two editions, this time around Karachi Kings are undergoing a successful run in the competition.
The absence of Pakistan’s superstar comes in as a major blow to the Imad Wasim-led side. Afridi visited Dubai for medical assistance, and the extent of the injury would only be known once the MRI reports are studied.
Shahid Afridi took to Twitter to explain his situation to his followers. 38-year old, Afridi, sustained the injury during the rain-hit match against Multan Sultans.
“My apologies to all my fans who came to watch me play today. Getting an MRI done for my knee. Need your prayers. Will get back soon inshallah,” mentioned Afridi on Twitter.
Karachi Kings’ coach Mickey Arthur tagged Afridi’s injury as frustrating. With the absence of their marquee player, Arthur believes the adrenaline in the dressing room goes away,
“It’s very frustrating because the adrenaline goes away in the dressing room. Afridi is going for an MRI tonight. He felt something in his knee during the warm-ups,” explained Mickey Arthur according to The News.
Arthur, however, seemed pleased with the start received by Karachi Kings this season. The Karachi franchise kept their local pool of players intact and played around with the foreign ones.
“I am very pleased with Karachi’s progress. We haven’t started well in the previous years. We are happy with three wins, but there’s a long way to go. We have kept the local players intact. [Joe] Denly, Tymal [Mills], Lendl [Simmons], [Eoin] Morgan will come soon,” commented Arthur.
Arthur satisfied with the leadership of Imad Wasim
“It’s a money ball scenario if you like. I am very happy with the way Imad (Wasim) has taken the team forward. He has sort of owned it. He has done really, really well so far. The prep has been outstanding. For us, it’s just about keeping the momentum going,” ended the former Australian and South African national coach.