“Painkillers have to be taken in a disciplined way, after the match day it tends to hurt even more” – Shahid Afridi lashes out at Shoaib Akhtar’s comments

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Pakistan’s World Cup campaign came to an end on Sunday after England defeated them in the final to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar lamented Afridi’s injury but felt the youngster should have continued playing as it was the World Cup final.

Despite setting a substandard goal, Pakistan remained in the game until the 16th left of England’s pursuit. However, Shaheen Afridi injured his knee while completing a catch, forcing him to miss his last two overs. Captain Babar Azam brought in Iftikhar Ahmed to bowl over Shaheen’s incomplete third, and England took advantage to race away with the championship.

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Shaheen Afridi. PC-ICC-Getty

Whatever happens, just keep running – Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar was angry that Shaheen missed those two crucial overs and made a controversial comment saying Afridi could have pushed himself even after the knee injury as it was the final. Akhtar added that Shaheen could have taken painkillers instead.

“If your main bowler becomes unfit, there will be a problem for you. Shaheen (Afridi) was never quite fit but we can’t blame him as he bowled well in the last 2-3 games. But this is the World Cup final. Even if the leg breaks. What happens, happens. Just keep running and doing something. But this was not in our fortune.” Shoaib Akhtar told The Bharat Express News.

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Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar (Image credit: Twitter)

“When you numb your feet, the pain is not felt. Yes, you are jeopardizing the young man’s career. It’s a World Cup final, whether you can risk it or not, that you have to think about as a captain. It’s a tough decision’ he added.

When former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was asked the same question in an interview with Sama TV, he said that painkillers have many side effects on the body and should only be used in moderation.

Shahid Afridi
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Nehin, nehin, nehin…main nehin samajhta ki yeh jayas baat hai. Painkillers sirf akhti taur pe hota hai. Humne bhi bohot dafa kiya hai. But uske bhi side effects bohot saare hote hai. Kyunki uss time toh sunn ho jati hai en pain khatam ho jati hai, but pain aur zyada bar jaati hai next day (No, no…not at all, it’s wrong. Painkillers have to be taken with discipline. I used it too. But it has a lot of side effects. It numbs the pain for a while, but after the race day, it tends to hurt more)” said Shahid Afidi.

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