Return of Shaheen Afridi

Pakistan’s ace bowler Shaheen Afridi, in an interview admitted that during rehab there were multiple times when he thought of giving up. Shaheen was trying to recover from a severe knee injury that kept him away from the cricket field for several months.

He injured himself in the home series against Sri Lanka while fielding. However, he traveled with the team on a couple of tours. He was not fully fit and yet made a decision to play the T20 World Cup in Australia. His Lahore Qalandars franchise coach Aqib Javed in an interview stopped Shaheen from playing the WC. As he was of the opinion that pacer’s health is of more importance than the World Cup.

Shaheen however, ended up playing the World Cup and was visibly in the pain while bowling. But, he kept on with it, and played a crucial role in taking the green shirts into the finals. However, since he was not fully fit, he was unable to bowl his final overs in the WC final and collapsed in the ground. Pakistan lost the final to England.

What did Afridi miss?

Afridi further added that it was really hard and frustrating to see team play without him. However, he kept himself motivated by watching his own videos on YouTube.

The Boys in Green had a terrible home run in Shaheen’s absence. They were white washed by England and had a tie with Kiwis. It is apparent that the team is missing their spear head in the bowling department. Pakistani fast bowlers in particular were thrashed hard by the visitors.

Shaheen Afridi's signature celebration

Return of Shaheen

Shaheen said that it was his dream to represent Pakistan and now that I have a chance it is difficult to sit out. He said to a reporter during Pakistan vs England test series. He further added that he also wants to contribute with the bat. As these days the cricket is highly competitive and each player must strive hard to contribute.

Afridi was spotted having a complete run-up when he bowled and is apparently close to returning to competitive cricket. Shaheen Afridi also said that he is eager to put on his Lahore Qalandars shirt and is looking forward to the PSL challenge.

Shaheen is all set to make a comeback in Pakistan Super League. PSL also is an ideal platform for Shaheen’s return as he captains defending champions Lahore Qalandars. Pakistan takes on New Zealand in April 2023 and fans would see the return of their favorite speed star in the home series.

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