England took down Pakistan in the 2022 T20 World Cup final in Australia to lift their second T20 title in spectacular fashion. But the Men in Green put on an incredible bowling display as they were defending a low 138 total but faltered after fast bowler Shaheen Afridi suffered an injury during the 15th over.
Afridi was bowling at an incredible level as he cleaned out the opener Alex Hales and had only given away 13 runs in his two overs. But after just one ball in the 15th over, the 22-year-old limped out of the ground. Many experts have given up their opinions on Afridi’s fitness, including former PCB chief medical officer Dr Sohail Salim.
Salim believes that Shaheen Afridi will need at least three to four months to recover from the injury and he also feels that the speedster may be out for even longer if his current injury leads to more injuries. “If the injury doesn’t result in more injuries, it would take Shaheen three to four months to recover,” Salim told Dawn after the final.
The former chief medical officer also questioned the PCB's medical panel for their approach towards the injury and wants to know what went wrong for Afridi. He further said, “If the PCB’s medical board chooses to treat it through surgery, Shaheen will be out for six, seven months. An inquiry should be held to determine if the PCB medical panel went wrong in their approach to treat Shaheen’s injury.”
Similarly, Former Pakistan cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz gave his thoughts on the injury and said that Shaheen should have proved his fitness to the PCB before getting selected for such a big tournament.
He said, “You have put him in directly in the high profile World Cup without him playing any match since July. His fitness could have been better judged if he played a game before the World Cup and he shouldn’t have been selected without proving it.”