T20 World Cup 2022: Will Shaheen Shah Afridi play team's opener against India?

Shaheen Shah Afridi's knee injury has kept him out of cricket action for a long. He suffered the injury during July's Test at Galle versus Sri Lanka and has not yet fully coped up. He was ruled out of the Netherlands series and, subsequently the Asia Cup 2022.

Later, the medical team, on assessing his injury, advised him to rest for at least four weeks, which also forced the selectors not to name him in the home T20I series against England. Although he was considered for the T20 World Cup-bound tri-series squad, including New Zealand and Bangladesh, the left-arm bowler is not participating in the ongoing tri-nation series.

According to Indian sources, Shaheen is unlikely to play the team's opening match versus India in the World Cup 2022. However, the chairman of the board, Mr Ramiz Raja, has cleared his participation in the all-important game. 

Clearing the stance on Shaheen's availability, who is gradually recovering in London as a result of his rehab, Ramiz mentioned

"I spoke to Shaheen Afridi two days ago. He is making great progress and the doctors sent me his videos. He is at 90 % now and they think that he will be battle-ready (for the world cup). Knee injuries are technical and sensitive, so our opinion was until that he isn't 110 %, so we won't risk him. But when I spoke to him, he said he is already at 110%. He told me that he will go (to Australia) to play the practice matches and be ready for India," 


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