Shaheen Afridi, a left-arm bowler, has rejoined the national team and was seen bowling in the nets after missing nearly four months owing to a knee injury sustained in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in June.
The 22-year-old speedster is healthy and will be eligible for today’s warm-up match against England at the Gabba in Brisbane, according to the management of the national squad.
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Fakhar Zaman, a left-handed hitter who was just recruited to the 15-member lineup, won’t be ready for the opening exhibition game, but the top-order batsman will finish his recovery in Brisbane.
Babar Azam Hopeful Shaheen Afridi Will Play Against India
Pakistan’s captain Babar said during the World Cup news conference that Afridi is well and would play against India.
“Definitely. Shaheen and Fakhar (Zaman) have come back. We have six days for the first match, so we will utilize these warm-up matches. Shaheen is fully fit and dedicated to giving his 100 per cent. So, we are looking forward to seeing him play,” Babar said.
In the meanwhile, Pakistan triumphed against New Zealand and Bangladesh to win a tri-series that was just played. This happened after Pakistan lost a seven-match T20I series against England at home. Pakistan, though, has its own set of issues heading into the game because its middle order appears to be very frail, which is undoubtedly a cause for concern for them.
It should be noted that the Babar Azam-led squad is in Group B and will play Bangladesh, South Africa, India, and two more qualifying teams. To advance to the semifinals, the team needs to finish in the top two.
The Men in Green will play against England today, October 17, in their first warm-up match, and will then play against Afghanistan on October 19, before starting their T20 World Cup campaign against India on October 23.