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Big blow to Pakistan ahead of Pakistan vs India

Big blow to Pakistan ahead of Pakistan vs India

  • Shaheen Afridi’s injury scare in Asia Cup opener raises concerns for Pakistan.
  • His pivotal role against India and the upcoming World Cup 2023 emphasizes the need for his fitness.
  • Pakistan faces a demanding schedule with extensive travel in the Asia Cup, adding to the challenge

The Pakistan Cricket Team is currently facing concerns over the fitness of their star pacer, Shaheen Afridi, following an injury scare during the opening match against Nepal in the Asia Cup 2023. In a crucial Pakistan vs India encounter just days away, Shaheen Afridi’s well-being becomes paramount, as he is not only a key player for this tournament but also integral to Pakistan’s plans for the upcoming World Cup 2023.

Shaheen Afridi might not play Pakistan vs India

In the Asia Cup 2023 opener against Nepal, Shaheen Afridi displayed his prowess, taking two wickets in his very first over and finishing with figures of 2/27 after bowling five overs. However, concerns arose when he experienced discomfort while fielding, prompting a consultation with the team doctor and physio.

Given the scorching temperature in Multan, which soared above 38 degrees Celsius, the extreme conditions could have contributed to his unease. Recognizing the significance of the impending clash with India just three days away, Pakistan decided not to take any risks and immediately withdrew Shaheen Afridi from the field.

Shaheen Afridi’s impact on the game is well-known, especially against formidable opponents like India. His ability to swing the ball inwards has often troubled Indian batsmen, making him a potent threat in this rivalry.

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However, Shaheen Afridi’s history includes setbacks due to injuries, such as missing the Asia Cup 2022 with a knee injury and being restricted to only 2.1 overs in the T20 World Cup 2022 final against England. Given the importance of the Asia Cup 2023 as a significant tournament leading up to the World Cup 2023, Pakistan is keen on ensuring their star pacer’s fitness. Yet, the demanding schedule, coupled with extensive travel during the Asia Cup, poses challenges.

After the clash with Nepal in Multan, Shaheen Afridi is scheduled to fly to Sri Lanka for the pivotal match against India at Pallekele on September 2. Remarkably, within a 24-hour window (on September 3), he will need to return to Lahore for a Super Four game on September 6. Subsequently, Pakistan is set to fly back to Sri Lanka the following day for their match on September 9.

In response to this grueling schedule, Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, emphasized their readiness and meticulous planning to manage players’ workload and travel. With the well-being of Shaheen Afridi and the team’s success at stake, the cricketing world eagerly awaits updates on the star pacer’s condition as Pakistan navigates this challenging tournament.

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