Pakistan's Ace Fast Bowler will Mark his International Cricket Return against Afghanistan Warm-up

Pakistan's Ace Fast Bowler will Mark his International Cricket Return against Afghanistan Warm-up

Shaheen Shah is expected to land in Australia on October 15 to compete in the T20 World Cup.
Waqar Aslam

The star bowler of Team Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, is all set to return to the field and will play his first competitive encounter on October 19 against Afghanistan in the second warm-up game at The Gabba. He was excluded from the team and given rest as he sustained a fielding injury during the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka in July. Afridi injured his knee on the fourth day of the first Test match and was forced to withdraw from the second Test and the Asia Cup. Moreover, he also got excluded from the ongoing historic home series against England.

Currently, Shaheen is in England for treatment, and the fans were hoping for his return as he is the most impeccable bowler on Team Pakistan. Fortunately, according to reliable sources, Shaheen will return to competitive cricket on October 19 at The Gabba (Brisbane), when Pakistan squares off against Afghanistan in a second exhibition game.

The source said, "Though Shaheen is scheduled to land in Australia from England on October 15, he is unlikely to figure in the first warm-up against England on October 17 at the same venue. However, in all probabilities, the left-arm pacer is set to return to competitive cricket with the warm-up against Afghanistan on October 19 ahead of the all-important match against arch-rivals India at the MCG on October 23. We won't fit and ready Shaheen for the all-important outing as the victory against India will set the tone for Pakistan's World Cup campaign in a big way."

Moreover, Dr. Imtiaz Iqbal and specialist Dr. Zafar are optimistic about Shaheen Shah Afridi's fitness. According to news from London, he will return to the field within the next few days. Meanwhile, Shaheen Shah may be observed beginning net training with a shorter run-up in the latter days of September, despite his schedule calling for returning to the nets for training on October 1. 

Almost fully recovered, according to sources, Afridi has to wait a few more days before beginning to bowl in the nets. "He has regained fitness, which is evident from his exercises and daily routine. In all probabilities, Shaheen will be seen back in the nets in London by September 28," a source said.


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