Pakistan’s top fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi suffers a setback that costs him the five Test matches at home against England and New Zealand. Just after the player was given rest for his knee injury, Afridi had to be rushed to the hospital in Islamabad for an appendicitis operation. It is unlikely that he will return to international cricket until April 2023.
According to a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), “He underwent a surgical procedure to remove the appendicitis today and doctors have now advised him at least six weeks rest before he can return to cricket activities.” He said after Afridi’s rest, the player will undergo a two-week rehabilitation program for his knee injury.
Afridi recently posted an update on his Twitter with the caption “Had an appendectomy today but Alhumdulillah feeling better. Remember me in your prayers,”
There are no confirmed details on what will happen once Afridi is deemed fit to play but the PCB source stated, “Even his participation in the Pakistan Super League will depend on his recovery progress but it will also be the decision of his franchise when and how they play him in the league.”