Shaheen Shah Afridi is all set to return to Pakistan for the T20 World Cup as the star player has already been named for the big tournament in Australia which kicks off from October.
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Shaheen had suffered a knee injury that forced him to sideline the entire Asia Cup before heading to the UK for rehab last month.
“Shaheen Afridi went to England on his own. He even paid for his own ticket. He is staying in England at his own expense. I got him a doctor, and when he landed there, he contacted the doctor. The PCB has done nothing,” Afridi said in a discussion on Samaa TV.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was brutally beaten by the fans for failing to pay for Shaheen’s rehab after he was injured during his national service. The PCB has now responded to the claims and says it is not aware that Shaheen has left for England.
PCB released a statement on Friday refuting Afridi’s claims, claiming that the cricket board has always been responsible for medical care for Pakistani players.
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“The PCB is also pleased to advise and update that Shaheen Shah Afridi is making excellent progress in his rehabilitation in London and is on track to make a full recovery in time for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia 2022.
“It goes without saying that PCB has always been and will continue to be responsible for arranging medical care and rehabilitation for all its players who require any treatment,” PCB said in their statement.
PCB also stated that the doctors overseeing Shaheen’s recovery will also treat Fakhar Zaman, who will travel to London to receive treatment for his knee injury sustained during the 2022 Asian Cup.