A knee injury Shaheen Shah Afridi sustained during the Test match against Sri Lanka last month has forced him to miss six to eight weeks of action.
With the withdrawal of renowned left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi from Sunday’s pivotal Asia Cup 2022 match against India, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam made no bones about it. The 22-year-old fast bowler’s knee injury sustained while fielding during a Test match in Sri Lanka last month forced him to miss at least four to six weeks of action.
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When he dismissed the skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav at the T20 World Cup, Afridi was the master wrecker. All three are presently playing for India in the T20 Asia Cup, while Pakistan’s bowling attack is without the left-arm seamer.
Ravichandran Ashwin of India discussed Afridi’s injuries and predicted that he would have earned a substantial salary in the Indian Premier League prior to the eagerly anticipated Asia Cup match. Afridi became the youngest captain to win the Pakistan Super League (PSL) championship with Lahore Qalandars earlier this year.
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“The last time we faced Pakistan, Shadab Khan, and Haris Rauf bowled brilliantly, but Shaheen Afridi’s opening burst was what broke the game at the top. Afridi’s injury is a significant setback for them heading into this game.
“I’ve given a lot of thought to how absurd it would have been for Shaheen Afridi to be present at an IPL auction. tall left-arm seamer with the ability to unleash yorkers at the end of the innings. If I had been at the IPL auction, he might have gone for 14 to 15 crore,” Ashwin claimed on his YouTube channel.