Pakistan Speedster Shaheen Afridi Ruled Out of Asia Cup and England Series Due to Knee Injury

New Delhi: Pakistan’s premium pacer Shaheen Afridi has been ruled out of the entire Asia Cup and England Series due to a knee injury, the PCB said in a statement on Saturday.Also Read – Asia Cup 2022 Live Streaming, Schedule, Venue, Timings, Squads, Dates: All You Need To Know

Afridi has suffered a right knee ligament injury during the 1st Test against Sri Lanka last month and since then he didn’t take the field. Also Read – Asia Cup 2022: Indian Captain Rohit Sharma Lays Out India’s Plan Ahead of Asia Cup

“I have spoken with Shaheen and he is understandably upset with the news, but he is a brave young man who has vowed to come back strongly to serve his country and team. Although he has made progress during his rehabilitation in Rotterdam, it is now clear he will require more time and is likely to return to competitive cricket in October,” PCB Chief Medical Officer Dr Najeebullah Soomro said. Also Read – Virat Kohli’s Manager Breaks Silence As Cricketer Faces Flak For ‘Mental Health’ Comment

“PCB’s Sports & Exercise Medicine Department will be working closely with the player over the coming weeks to ensure his safe return to competitive cricket,” the Medical Officer added.

India will also be without their very own premium fast bowler in Jasprit Bumrah, who is also ruled out due to injury.

As per PCB, Afridi is expected to return to action in the T20I tri-series in New Zealand.

The 22-year old left-arm pacer is currently with the Pakistan team in the Netherlands as part of the rehabilitation programme. He has been taken care by the trainer and team physiotherapist and has been advised to take rest for at least 4-6 weeks after the scans and reports.

Pakistan will open their Asia Cup campaign against India on 28th August at Dubai International Stadium.

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