As a result, Shaheen Afridi is now available for selection for the warm-up matches against England and Afghanistan on October 17 and 19, respectively, during which his match fitness will be evaluated by team management.
Shaheen Afridi: “I am really pleased about the idea of returning to the national team for the T20 World Cup and contributing to Australia’s campaign.” It’s been difficult for me to be so far away from the game and the club I support, and to miss out on some arduous and exhilarating matchups.
“I’ve been bowling six to eight overs with full run-up and pace for the previous ten days with no problems.” While I’ve liked bowling and batting in the nets, nothing beats the atmosphere of a match, and I can’t wait to be there.
“It was a demanding and difficult rehabilitation programme, but I absolutely loved it.” To be honest, I’m feeling better than ever and can’t wait to put on the playing gear and unleash a few thunderbolts.
“I’d like to thank the PCB Medical Advisory Committee and Crystal Palace F.C. for allowing me to utilise their excellent facilities and for looking after me so well during the rehabilitation programme.”
Meanwhile, opener Fakhar Zaman, one of three travelling reserves for the T20 World Cup, will join Shaheen and National High Performance Centre coach Umar Rashid in Brisbane. Fakhar will continue his rehabilitation under the supervision of PCB’s Chief Medical Officer and team doctor Dr Najeebullah Soomro, after which a decision on his participation would be taken, if necessary.
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