Shaheen Afridi resumes rehab in Karachi under the care of the Pakistan team’s medical experts
Following a knee injury that caused him to miss the entire home season, Shaheen Shah Afridi has resumed his rehabilitation. It is believed that Afridi plans to return to competitive cricket during the PSL’s 2023 season, which will take place in February and March.
According to the PCB statement,
“Afridi will resume his rehabilitation under the national men’s team’s medical staff in Karachi from today. While providing Shaheen top-notch care, this move will allow the medical staff to track his progression and pave the way for his smooth return to action.”
Haris Rauf, who made his Test debut against England in Rawalpindi at the beginning of December last year but suffered a quad injury on the opening day, has been put on the 24-man list of probables for the ODI series against New Zealand, although his fitness will first be evaluated.
“The interim selection committee and team management have invited to be assessed by the team’s medical staff so a decision on his availability for the three One-Day Internationals against New Zealand – to be played next week – can be made,”the PCB said.
Since July, when Pakistan was in Sri Lanka for a Test series, Afridi has experienced knee pain. After being out for three and a half months, he might have been prematurely called back for the men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November.
As a bowler, he took 11 wickets in seven innings, including four for 22 against Bangladesh, three for 14 against South Africa, and three and 24 against New Zealand in the semifinal.
Afridi, however, was only able to bowl 2.1 overs in the championship game against England due to knee damage sustained when diving for a catch in the deep.
The PCB and Pakistan team administration debated how the injury was managed at the time, and the then management had initially expected Afridi to be fit after two weeks of rehabilitation.
Following the injury in July, the skipper traveled to the Netherlands in August for a three-match ODI series in the hope that he would be able to heal while on tour. His absence from action would result in an absence of four to six weeks, as the PCB had planned.
As part of the team’s trip to the UAE for the Asia Cup, another attempt was made to get Afridi’s rehabilitation going while he was with the team.
Although imaging tests revealed a posterior cruciate ligament injury, it was ultimately decided that he would travel to the UK for additional rehabilitation and work with Zafar Iqbal and Imtiaz Ahmed, specialists on the PCB medical panel.
Before joining the team in Brisbane in time for the T20 World Cup to begin, he missed the Asia Cup as well as the seven-T20I home series against England in September.
Afridi’s family decided to extend his rest and recovery period, which dashed any hopes of him returning for the current home season. In the past few weeks, Afridi, who had an appendectomy in November, has been traveling between Peshawar, Lahore, and Karachi to fulfill some of his professional obligations, but he has not appeared on the field as yet.