The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday that fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has travelled to London to finish knee rehabilitation in time for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.
Afridi suffered a ligament injury to his right knee while fielding during a Test match in Sri Lanka last month. The tearaway left-arm fast bowler was not only disqualified from the Asia Cup that is now taking place in the United Arab Emirates, but he will also be absent from Pakistan’s next seven-match T20 series against England.
The PCB wanted Afridi to continue his recovery regimen with the doctor and physiotherapist of the national team, so he travelled to the Netherlands earlier this month with the team for the three-match ODI series.
The PCB has now decided to send the fast bowler to London in the hopes that he will recover in time for the T20 World Cup. He originally travelled to the UAE with the team to continue his rehabilitation programme.
London has some of the best sports medical and rehabilitation facilities in the world, and Shaheen Shah Afridi needs continuous, devoted knee expert care, according to PCB Chief Medical Officer Najeebullah Soomro. “While in London, the medical department will be updated daily on his progress, and we are optimistic that Shaheen will recover fully before the T20 World Cup.