Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan’s star fast bowler, was injured during the T20 World Cup final against England, jeopardizing his professional future.
Shaheen was reportedly injured when catching Harry Brooke in the title game and had to be taken back to the dugout after bowling a ball in England’s 15th over.
The left-arm bowler, who had a knee ailment even before the championship began, had to go through rehabilitation before being cleared to compete in the World Cup.
However, after incurring yet another injury, physicians are now concerned that, at the age of 22, his career may be jeopardized.
According to Dr. Sohail Saleem, the former chief medical officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board, who spoke to Dawn after the match, Shaheen would have needed at least three to four months to recover from the injuries.
If the PCB doctors decide to operate on him, he will be unable to play cricket for six to seven months, he claims.
He added that the fast bowlers in both circumstances had been excluded from the home Test series against England and New Zealand, and that the performance of the PCB’s medical panel had been called into question.
According to Sohail Saleem, an investigation should be undertaken to determine whether the PCB doctor managed Shaheen’s injuries improperly.
While wishing Shaheen a speedy recovery from his injury, former fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz expressed disappointment with the decision to include Shaheen in the World Squad without any match practice.
In an interview with Dawn, he alleged that you chose Shaheen for the key World Cup despite his injury stretching back to July and without having him play a game.
He said that if he had participated prior to the World Cup, his disease could have been more accurately detected, and that he should not have been chosen without having shown it.
The former swing bowler disputes the decision to keep the fast bowler in the squad for the Asia Cup and the Netherlands tour despite his ailment, and believes Shaheen’s health was put to the test in the tri-nation match against New Zealand.
The 73-year-old former star stated that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) squandered 40 days of Shaheen’s rehabilitation process by keeping him on the team, but expressed hope that the PCB will take its time when Shaheen returned to the squad.