Pakistan speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi gave an update about his injury on Sunday as he revealed that he underwent an appendectomy surgery. Notably, the Pakistan pacer was last seen in action during the T20 World Cup final against England but had to leave the match midway due to injury concerns.
Many in the cricket fraternity believed Shaheen's injury was one of the reasons England won the final clash with so much ease. However, Shaheen Afridi underwent a necessary appendectomy on Sunday and urged his fans to pray for his speedy recovery. "Had an appendectomy today, but Alhumdulillah is feeling better. Remember me in your prayers," tweeted Shaheen Afridi.
Meanwhile, Shaheen leaving the field during the final against England in T20 World Cup 2022 gave birth to yet another controversy between two former Pakistan cricketers. While speaking on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar expressed his disappointment over Shaheen's approach and claimed that the pacer should have taken painkillers and completed his two last overs.
"Shaheen performed well in past matches, but the World Cup final demands a different level of approach. Even if your leg breaks, you have to keep going. Numb your feet so that you don't feel the pain. Yes, you are risking the career of the young man. It is a World Cup final, and you have to think like a captain whether you can take a risk or not. It is a tough decision," Akhtar said.
However, Akhtar's comment didn't go well with Shaheen Afridi's uncle and prolific allrounder of his time, Shahid Afridi, who hit back at his peer for making an insensitive suggestion.
"No, not all. I don't believe in such a thought. It's completely wrong. Painkillers should be taken in a disciplined manner. I, too, used to take it. But it has a lot of side effects. It does numb the pain for a while, but after the match day, it tends to pain even more," Shahid Afridi said when asked about Akhtar's comment.