Shaheen Shah Afridi’s knee injury will keep him out of action in the first two ODIs against the Netherlands, as the Pak vs NED three-match ODI series kick starts on Tuesday, August 16th. The fast bowler suffered a knee injury during last month’s Test against Sri Lanka and has not yet recovered fully.
Before Pakistan Cricket Team headed to the Netherlands, Babar Azam, in his press conference, stated that Shaheen might miss one of the games, hoping for his return in Asia Cup 2022. He revealed that PCB is carrying along the medical team to take care of the key bowler.
According to the recent statements, Shaheen is set to miss the first two games and is likely to feature in the final ODI. The three ODIs are scheduled for August 16, 18, and 21, respectively, at VOC Cricket Ground. Babar finds it an opportunity for the young cricketers to portray their talent.
He stated that he is excited to promote cricket in the region and appreciated the hospitality there. The statements further read,
“We will not become complacent here, and the players are ready to express themselves on the ground. In the absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi, this is an opportunity for youngsters to come forward and showcase their skills,
“We are looking forward to a good contest between bat and ball, and I am hopeful the fans will turn up in numbers to witness the series.”
It has been heard that another pacer, Naseem Shah is likely to make his ODI debut against the Netherlands on 16th August in place of Shaheen, who is now ruled out from the first two games.
Pakistan squad for Netherlands series:
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Zahid Mehmood.
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