Shaheen Afridi “Feeling Better” Post Op

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Shaheen Afridi of Pakistan celebrates after taking the wicket of Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Pakistan and Bangladesh at Lords on July 05, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
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Shaheen Afridi Injury: There is some progress regarding Shaheen Afridi’s injury. Following an appendectomy on Sunday, Afridi is “feeling better.” The pacer js presently receiving treatment for his injured knee. 

Shaheen Afridi Injury: How Afridi’s Injury Progressed

Afridi had to leave the field in the T20 World Cup championship match against England at the MCG due to knee pain, depriving Pakistan of a bowler at a crucial moment. On the field, he had displayed signs of discomfort, particularly after taking a catch to oust Harry Brook. He appeared to have hurt his knee and felt some pain as he slid low from long-off to hold on. The team doctor and physio helped him off the field.

The PCB said last week that a scan revealed no signs of an injury, that the discomfort in the knee was probably “due to a forced knee flexion whilst landing,” and that two weeks of rehabilitation were recommended. Afridi’s availability for the home Test matches against England and New Zealand in December and January is questionable, according to the PCB, which stated that his “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.”

Shaheen Afridi Injury: Afridi Injury History

The latest setback for Afridi, who has spent more time in rehabilitation since his knee problem first revealed in Sri Lanka in July, was that injury.

After it was decided that Afridi would receive treatment while on tour, he remained a member of the squad. He was, however, removed from the team during the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates in August-September and flown to London for additional injury evaluation prior to the T20 World Cup. He eventually made a comeback to participate in Pakistan’s campaign, having gained momentum throughout the league phase before suffering an injury in the championship game.

Shaheen Afridi Injury: Afridi Injury Setback for Pakistan

The likely absence of Afridi is a setback for Pakistan, who still have a chance to get to the World Test Championship final in England in June. Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, and the West Indies all presently have percentages between 50 and 53.33, placing them in a tight race for fifth place.

Beginning on December 1, Pakistan will host England for three Test matches, while New Zealand will visit later in the month for two Test matches and three ODIs. It will an important series as the tour was cancelled earlier. 

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