Pakistan's star bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has been named in the squads for the Netherlands series and Asia Cup 2022. The fast bowler missed last month's Test against Sri Lanka following his knee injury; however, concerning the long-term plans, the PCB has included him in both squads.
While attending a press conference before flying for the Netherlands series, skipper Babar Azam has provided an important update on Afridi's injury. He has narrated that although the bowler is not fully fit, the medical team is travelling along to take care of him.
After competing in a three-match ODI series against the Netherlands, the men in green will fly to the UAE for the Asia Cup 2022. Later, following the cricket-packed schedule, the T20 world Cup 2022 is also lined-up, seeking Shaheen's deadly deliveries. Babar is optimistic that Shaheen might get at least one game during Pak vs NED and, if not, compete in Asia Cup fully.
“There are concerns over Shaheen’s fitness. We are taking him along because the doctor and the physio are travelling with the team so that he can be looked after well. We are thinking from a long-term perspective. There is the Asia Cup and the World Cup as well,"
“We are trying to ensure he can get ready as soon as possible. We are hoping that he can play at least one match in the Netherlands. If not, then hopefully he can play in the Asia Cup."
Discussing the possibility of changing the squads ahead of the Asia Cup, Azam denied there is no such possibility, and the squad that has been named already will take part in the upcoming contest.
"After consultation with the coach and selectors, the best team has been selected. The Asia Cup is immediately after the Netherlands tour, so there is no possibility of a change in the team,"