T20 World Cup 2022 | Shaheen is back!
Former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood is sure that pace ace Shaheen Shah Afridi, 22, will not have “any problems” when he returns to the team after recovering from his knee injury. This is just in time for the T20 World Cup. Shaheen hurt his knee during Pakistan’s two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in Galle.
He won’t be able to play in the upcoming series in the Netherlands, the Asia Cup in 2022, or the home series against England. On the other hand, the pacemaker is now healthy enough to play in the 2022 Twenty20 World Cup. The T20 World Cup 2022 starts on October 23 against India. Recently, the PCB confirmed that Shaheen is healthy and said that the left-arm pacer would be available for warm-up games against England and Afghanistan.
In an interview with local media, the former all-rounder said: “Shaheen Shah Afridi will not have any problem on his return to the team.”
“The pacer also started bowling after recovering from injury, and if he completes his rehabilitation process properly, he will not have any problem. Hopefully, Shaheen will be able to bowl well like before. All Pakistanis, including me, are praying for him.”
The former cricketer said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) backing the selected team is the “best thing.”
“The best thing I see is that PCB backs the selected team. We have seen in the past that teams get changed after receiving pressure. This happened when I was the bowling coach, too,” Azhar said.
“They should continue to back them if they think these are their best players. Khushdil performed well in the PSL, and the same goes for Asif,” he added.