Pakistan star quick Shaheen Shah Afridi has been advised two weeks of rehabilitation after being injured in the final of the T20 World Cup. In the final against England, Afridi fell on his knee on the ground while catching Harry Brooks, due to which he could not even bowl later. Pakistan had to face defeat by 5 wickets in this match and Jos Buttler-led England team won the title for the second time.
According to the PCB’s press release, “scans performed on Monday morning before the team’s departure for Pakistan confirmed that there were no signs of injury and that the knee problem was “due to forcing the knee during landing”. There was a possibility.’
The press release further reads ‘The scans were discussed between the PCB’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Najibullah Soumro, and Dr Peter D’Alessandro, an Australian knee specialist, and was reassured to find that there were no injuries. The left-arm pacer is feeling better and is upbeat.
After returning to Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi will undergo a rehabilitation and conditioning program designed to strengthen his knee at the National High Performance Center for a few days.
Shaheen’s return to international cricket will happen only after the successful completion of the rehabilitation program and medical staff confirmation.
Shaheen Afridi was injured during the Test series in Sri Lanka this year. The player returned to international cricket after several months of rehab. At the beginning of the tournament, Shaheen was not looking to be in rhythm, but as he went on to play the matches, he regained the momentum. Shaheen took a total of 11 wickets in the T20 World Cup 2022. Had he been fit in the final, perhaps the outcome of the match could have been different.