Pakistan National Cricket Team captain Babar Azam has provided a massive update on the fitness of pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 game against arch-rivals India National Cricket Team.
Premier left-arm pacer Shaheen was ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022 and the seven-match T20I series against the England National Cricket Team due to a severe knee injury, which he suffered during the Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2022.
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Now, the Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has revealed that the pace spearhead has completely recovered and is fully fit to compete in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Speaking at the Captains’ Call organised by the ICC, Babar said:
“Shaheen has come back, Fakhar has also come back. For the first game, we have six days and we have two practice games as well. We have to utilise that. Shaheen especially the way he has come back, he is fully fit and he always gives his 100 per cent. Looking forward to seeing him play.”
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which is the eighth edition of the multi-nation tournament, is scheduled to be played from October 16 to November 13 in Australia.
Our fast-bowling lineup is very strong – Babar Azam
Babar further said that the Men In Green have got a strong fast-bowling unit and the addition of Shaheen makes it even stronger.
“Pakistan have always come up with quality pace bowlers. Our fast-bowling lineup is also very strong. With Shaheen coming back, it will become stronger. We have played with different combinations in our previous games. Haris Rauf has improved his bowling with the new ball and at the death. We can go with different combinations,” said Babar.
During the same interaction with the media, the Pakistan captain was asked about the blockbuster clash against arch-rivals India. He responded:
“Whenever you play against India, it is always a high-intensity game. Fans also wait for this match, we enjoy the contest on the field. We try to play good cricket and we look to give our best.”
The much-awaited clash between Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and Babar Azam-led Pakistan National Cricket Team will take place on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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