Aqib Javed, who is the head coach of one of the franchises of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Lahore Qalandars, has come to the rescue of his player Shaheen Shah Afridi. He feels the pacer is being misused by the board since he is available for selection despite his injury.
The left-arm bowler suffered a knee injury during Galle Test in July and was sent to London for rehabilitation. However, he has gradually recovered but is not fully fit to participate in a match, especially in the big ones.
Shaheen was seen playing his first international match against India on his return after a pretty long gap. Although he participated in warm-up games but featuring against India somehow cost the team the game.
He conceded 34 runs from four overs and failed to manage a wicket. As a result, the PCB is getting lashed by the experts and the fans for rushing Shaheen to play, and Aqib is one of them.
“They shouldn’t have rushed to play Shaheen. Still, there is time; talk to Shaheen; if he is not fully fit, don’t take a risk. See, Shaheen has knee issues. It can put him in long-term injury,”
Aqib feels a player’s future is more important rather than rushing him into the games. Since Shaheen is yet young and indeed has a great future ahead with a skilful of left-arm pacing, here is what his coach from LQ has to say.
“I know about insecurities players have. But your future is more important. So, Shaheen should think first, and then the team management should talk to him,”
Following some mistakes in their opening encounter of the T20 World Cup 2022, Pakistan lost to India as they managed to win by four wickets with zero balls left.
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