Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), has talked about Shaheen Shah Afridi's unavailability throughout the Asia Cup 2022. He believes the absence of one player will not affect Pakistan's rhythm.
Pakistan's key pacer was ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022 squad following the knee injury he suffered during last month's Test. He has been advised to rest for at least four weeks. Shaheen's absence is a big blow to the men in green, who are scheduled to open their Asia Cup campaign against India on August 28th.
Where everyone talks about the harmful effects of Afridi's absence, Ganguly thinks only one player cannot make a difference. It must be noted that Shaheen trembled India's top order when the arch-rivals last met in ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Despite Afridi's match-winning performances against India, concluding with the wickets of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and then Virat Kohli, Ganguly is not convinced that he can single-handedly win matches for Pakistan. While talking to India today, the BCCI president commented,
“I don’t think one player can make a difference. It’s teamwork. We also don’t have Jasprit Bumrah”