Pakistan’s bowling spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against England after appendicitis surgery at a local hospital here on Sunday.
Pacer family sources told Al-Akhbar that Shaheen was experiencing pain and discomfort in his lower abdomen late on Saturday and after a process of consultation with local doctors and doctors at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), he was advised to undergo surgery. Shaheen then underwent the surgery early Sunday morning.
“He is feeling very comfortable after the minor surgery required to remove the appendicitis. He is expected to be discharged early Monday morning (today) after passing the required check-ups.”
The doctors advised Shaheen to fully rest for the next two weeks before starting any light or medium-term exercises.
The doctors advised him to fully rest for two weeks before returning to light to medium training. The PCB doctors and local specialists working on the bowler kept in constant contact with the master. The timely decision for the surgery saved Shaheen from any further inconvenience, his brother Riaz Afridi told The News. .
After the required two weeks of rest, Shaheen will undergo a two-week rehabilitation which is expected to run until late December, meaning he cannot take part in the three-match Test series against England which also runs until late December.
Shaheen had sprained his knee during Pakistan’s recent Test series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Although he recovered well to help Pakistan reach the final of the T20 World Cup, he collapsed again in the final, putting extra stress on the knee while accepting a skater to remove England batsman Brooks. Shaheen was unable to complete his quota of four overs in the final which led to Pakistan’s eventual defeat.
The PCB had planned two weeks of rehab for speed days when he arrived from Australia. However, after the surgery, his rehabilitation was delayed.
“It will be in his full recovery from surgery that Shaheen will be required to join the rehabilitation process which will continue for a further two weeks before competitive action resumes. What we want Shaheen to be fit and ready for the two-match Test series against New Zealand which will be played in Pakistan in January,” he said. PCB official, when contacted, Shaheen’s fitness is of utmost importance to us.
He added that the PCB Doctors’ Committee would ensure that the Speedster made a full recovery and found a good pace before being exposed to international cricket.
“Even if he has to miss the series against New Zealand, there is no problem. We want Shaheen to be one hundred percent fit before returning to the international cricket national team.”
The England Test squad will be announced today
The consultation process for the selection of Pakistan’s squad for the three-match Test series against England has been completed with chief specialist Muhammad Wasim set to announce the squad at a press conference in Lahore today (Monday) morning.
The entire series squad will be announced on Monday. The consultation process between Chief Specialist Mohammad Waseem, Coach Saqlain Mushtaq and Captain Babar Azam concluded at the end of the week. Now the squad will be announced. Spinner Ibrar Ahmed and Wicketkeeper Batsman Haseebullah may surprisingly be included in the team for this series. “.