Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi will join the Pakistan squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Brisbane as per schedule on Saturday, 15 October, after undergoing his rehabilitation program under the supervision of the PCB Medical Advisory Committee at the Crystal Palace Football Club. He will also be available for selection for the 17 and 19 October warm-up matches against England and Afghanistan.

Shaheen Afridi said,“ I am super excited at the prospects of rejoining the national side for the T20 World Cup and playing my part in our Australia campaign. It has been a difficult period for me to be miles away from the game and the team I love the most, and not be part of some grueling and exciting matches.”

“I have been bowling six to eight overs trouble-free for the past 10 days with full run-up and pace. While I have enjoyed bowling and batting in the nets, nothing can replace the feel of the match environment and I can’t wait to be in that setting”, he added.

Shaheen’s match fitness will be assessed by the team management during the two warm-up matches. He got his knee injured during the Test series vs Sri Lanka in July and missed the Asia Cup 2022 and also England T20Is at home and tri series in New Zealand. He was in London for his rehabilitation program.

“It has been a rigorous and challenging rehabilitation programme, but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. To be honest, I am feeling fitter than ever before and can’t wait to wear the playing kit and fire a few thunderbolts.

“I want to thank the PCB Medical Advisory Committee as well as the Crystal Palace F.C. for allowing me to use their outstanding facilities and looking after me so well during the rehabilitation programme.”

Meanwhile, Fakhar Zaman, who is one of the three traveling reserves for the T20 World Cup, will also travel to Brisbane with Shaheen and National High Performance Centre coach Umar Rashid. Fakhar will complete his rehabilitation under the supervision of PCB’s Chief Medical Officer and team doctor Dr Najeebullah Soomro. It will be the Team Management call regarding his inclusion in the playing 11 depending upon what team combination management is thinking to go with provided he completes his rehabilitation on time before the World Cup.

Pakistan will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against India on 23 October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

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