The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors on Thursday named a 15-man squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup. Among them was young left-armer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is currently recovering from injury, on the squad. Shaheen, 22, injured his knee while fielding during the first Test in Sri Lanka in July and missed the Asian Cup earlier this month. The lanky, left-armed pacer will also miss the seven-game T20I series against England starting September 20 in Karachi, but chief selector Mohammad Wasim said his injury is being watched. “We are assessing Shaheen’s injury and hope he will be fit,” Wasim said at a press conference in Lahore.
However, former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi has said the young pacer is paying for his own rehabilitation in England.
“Shaheen Afridi went to England on his own. He even paid for his own ticket. He is staying in England with his own money. I arranged a doctor for him and when he landed there he contacted the doctor. The PCB did nothing,” Afridi said in a discussion on Samaa TV.
“From the coordination to his accommodation, he does everything alone. Zakir Khan (PCC International Cricket Director) has only spoken to him once or twice.”
Pakistan has been placed in Group 2 of the Twenty20 World Cup with arch-rivals India, South Africa, Bangladesh and two qualifiers coming out of the first round. They play India in a sold-out first match in Melbourne on October 23.
Pakistan T20 World Cup and New Zealand Tri-Series Squad: Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir
Traveling Reserves: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani
With AFP inputs
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