On Thursday, the former captain of Pakistan, Shahid Afridi, made a startling statement about Shaheen Afridi’s recovery in advance of the Twenty20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia in October. After suffering a knee injury that kept him out of the Asia Cup as well, the top pacer is getting ready to make his comeback to the team for the major tournament that will take place one month from now. A day after the significant disclosure that has caused quite a stir in Pakistan cricket, the board has finally broken their silence on the subject.
Speaking to Samaa TV, Shahid revealed that Shaheen had spent his own money to travel to London for his rehabilitation and accommodation while he had arranged for the doctor. Shahid also made the allegation that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did nothing on their part to help the fast bowler’s knee treatment, which had caused him to miss the Asia Cup and the T20I series against England.
“When I talk about Shaheen, I say that he went alone to England. He bought his own ticket and paid for his own hotel room. I found him a doctor, and he called the doctor himself. PCB isn’t doing anything, because he was already doing that by himself. Everything is paid for out of his own pocket, from coordination to doctors to his hotel room and food. So far as I know, Zakir Khan, who is the Director of Cricket for International Tours at the PCB, only talked to him once or twice,” said Shahid Afridi.
What did the PCB say about Shaheen Afridi?
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) offered an injury update on two of its Twenty20 World Cup players, namely Fakhar Zaman and Shaheen, in a statement that was published on Friday. The statement also added that the PCB has always made provisions for the “medical care and rehabilitation of all its players.” The left-arm pacer is reportedly “making tremendous progress in his recuperation,” according to the statement.
The statement said, “The PCB is also pleased to inform and update that Shaheen Shah Afridi is making excellent progress in his rehabilitation in London and is on track to make a full recovery in time for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022. It goes without saying that the PCB has always been and will continue to be in charge of making sure that all of its players who need treatment get medical care and get back on their feet.”