The head coach of Lahore Qalandars, Aqib Javed, has opened up about the trending topic in Pakistan Cricket Fraternity, Shaheen Shah’s injury ruling him out of Asia Cup 2022. The shocking news was revealed on Saturday as the left-arm bowler will not don the green jersey during the upcoming event following his knee injury.
Shaheen sustained a knee injury during last month’s Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle. He has not yet fully recovered but was added to the Asia Cup 2022 squad with hopes bounded for a speedy recovery. The bowler has been advised to rest for at least four to six weeks, which ultimately expels him from the seven-match t20I series against England at home, and making his entry in T20 World Cup 2022 questionable as well.
Shaheen’s coach from LQ says the bowler has always been overloaded. The management is expecting him to play all three formats with no intervals and breaks. Aqib understands continuous participation is the reason why Shaheen’s injury has become severe and not yet healed.
While speaking to Geo News, Aqib narrated,
“It could be due to workload. Shaheen has been playing cricket continuously. No doubt, it’s a huge loss for Pakistan before the Asia Cup, and the team will feel his absence. Team management should deal with patience. Do not panic in this situation and let Shaheen recover completely. He has a long career ahead.”
“Previously, it was Amir and then Shaheen. The left-arm pacers always gave a tough time to Indian batters. Amir led us to victory in the Champions Trophy 2017 and Shaheen in T20 World Cup 2021,”
Undoubtedly, Shaheen has been the Pakistan Cricket Team’s bowling asset and one of the world’s best pacers in modern-day cricket. His injury is a big blow to Babar Azam and co, who have created histories on multiple occasions to trouble the Indian top-order with their leftie bowlers.