Former Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez has talked about Shaheen Shah Afridi's injury and feels that it has been mismanaged by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Not treating the bowler's injury the right way is a criminal act, according to Hafeez, as he shared his opinion on his Twitter account.
While talking on PTV sports, Hafeez stated what the PCB has realized now, it should have taken that measure earlier to protect its frontline bowler. Notably, Shaheen has been the team's key bowler across all formats, and his elimination from Asia Cup 2022 is a big blow to the team in its ongoing campaign.
Shaheen did not play a single match in the Netherlands series and will also miss the seven-match t20I series against England at home after the team's Asia Cup stint. Currently, he has been sent to London for the rehabilitation process and further recovery as the board hopes to see him fit before the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia after Pak vs Eng t20I series.
His statements are:
"My problem with Shaheen is that he is not just Pakistan's product but that of the world. The world wants to see him. We have to look after him in the right way,"
"The things that I read and heard over the last few days, there was an official post. So this period of four weeks or six weeks or eight weeks - since the time he got injured, I think wasting this time is a criminal act,"
"A product like Shaheen, who is not just Pakistan's but the world's, and we have more such cricketers who have a fan following across the world, we need to look after them properly. This is why I feel they have now understood that and sent him to England,"
"I feel they should have taken this decision when he got injured in the first place. They should have settled their findings straight away and sent him for the best rehab to England or wherever else,"