Pakistan quick Shaheen ‘battle-ready’ for World Cup

Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has made rapid progress from a knee injury and will be “battle-ready” for their T20 World Cup opener against India on October 23, the country’s cricket board chief, Ramiz Raja, said.

Afridi suffered a ligament injury to his right knee during a Test match in Sri Lanka in July and has not played since.

Raja told Dawn: 

“I had a chat with Shaheen and he said he hasn’t felt this good in ages. So, the progress is very good. He said he’d be battle-ready soon, it’s great news for us.”

“A knee injury is quite technical and a delicate issue. We were of the view that we won’t take the risk until he was 110 per cent fit. Shaheen said, ‘I’m already 110 per cent, so don’t worry. I’ll play practice matches be ready for the match against India.'”

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