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T20 World Cup: Shaheen Afridi is back on the team

Pakistani fast bowler Shaheen Afridi recovered quickly from a knee injury in July. This month, he will be “battle-ready” for the first match of the Twenty20 World Cup match against Pakistan’s most bitter rivals, India.

According to a press statement issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on October 11, Afridi will rejoin the squad in Brisbane as scheduled after finishing his rehabilitation program under the supervision of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Medical Advisory Committee.

In July, while playing in a test series in Sri Lanka, Shaheen had an injury to the ligament in his right knee.  As a result of this injury, the medical panel advised him to rest for between four and six weeks.  As a direct consequence of this, he could not participate in the Twenty20 Asia Cup that took place recently, as well as the Twenty20 home series against England.

The 22-year-old bowler has been Pakistan’s pace leader for some time now, and with good reason: he is a very dangerous bowler with his express speed, ability to induce bounce, and precision yorker.

Afridi has said he is very excited to be back and is also in high spirits.  Over the last 10 days, he has been problem-free in bowling six to eight overs with a full run-up and speed.  Even though he valued the time spent rehabilitating immensely, he cannot wait to get back into the game.

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