Shaheen Afridi to undergo two-week rehabilitation; no clarity on return to action

About Afridi’s return to action, PCB said it will totally depend upon how quickly the pacer regains full fitness.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 16 November 2022 01:01 PM

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Pakistan speedster Shaheen Afridi injured himself while taking England’s Harry Brook’s catch in final of T20 World Cup 2022. The pacer landed awkwardly on his right knee and could not even complete his quota of four overs. Afridi walked off the field limping and him not completing his overs also turned out to be a match-changing moment in England’s favour. Captain Babar Azam also felt the same, but he accepted that injuries are part of the game. 

Nevertheless, everyone has moved on from Pakistan’s defeat to England but an update on Afridi’s injury was sought after by many. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) finally provided an update around the pacer’s injury as it confirmed that there is nothing major as found it the scans. PCB said that the knee discomfort Afridi faced was likely “due to a forced knee flexion whilst landing”.

The country’s cricket board then revealed that Afridi has been advised two weeks rehabilitation which he will undergo at the National High Performance Centre. 

“Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has been advised two-week rehabilitation after he landed awkwardly while taking Harry Brook’s catch during Sunday’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 final in Melbourne. The scan conducted on Monday morning prior to the team’s departure for Pakistan, has confirmed there were no signs of an injury, and the knee discomfort was likely “due to a forced knee flexion whilst landing”.

“The scans were discussed between PCB’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Najeebullah Soomro, and Australian knee specialist, Dr Peter D’Alessandro, and it was reassuring to know that there was no injury,” said PCB in a statement. 

About Afridi’s return to action, PCB said it will totally depend upon how quickly the pacer regains full fitness. “Shaheen will undergo rehabilitation and conditioning programme that has been designed to strengthen his knee at the National High Performance Centre few days after his return to Pakistan. 

"Shaheen’s return to international cricket will be subject to the champion fast bowler’s successful completion of the rehabilitation programme and following go-aheads by the medical staff,” PCB further stated. 

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