Pakistan sweats over the fitness of Fakhar Zaman and Shaheen Shah Afridi as the injured duo hope to be available for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Zaman injured his right knee when he landed awkwardly while fielding at the T20 Asia Cup final in Dubai and will head to London to kick-start his rehabilitation according to a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) press release.
Pakistan lost the final to Sri Lanka with Zaman thrown for a first-ball duck after hurting his knee on the field in the first innings.
The 32-year-old has been named as one of three traveling reserves in Pakistan’s squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup to be played in Australia from October 16, paying the price for form and fitness issues.
The former No. 2 of the T20I batter scored just 96 runs in six innings at the Asian Cup, most of which came from half a century against Hong Kong during the group stage.
Zaman will miss Pakistan’s home run against England, which includes seven T20Is, where he had hoped to exercise his call-up claims for Pakistan’s final T20 World Cup squad.
The left-handed batter will instead join Afridi in London, where the star-pace bowler is reportedly making excellent progress in his rehabilitation and is on track to recover in time for the T20 World Cup.
Afridi missed the Asian Cup due to a knee injury, but the 22-year-old has been named in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad and looms as a crucial member of the in-form squad.
Pakistan’s first T20 World Cup match is on October 23 against rivals India.