Former Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez bashed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for mishandling star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi’s knee injury, saying that the board wasted time by postponing the decision to send for the rehabilitation procedure.
The left-arm bowler sustained an injury while on the Sri Lanka trip, which forced him to miss the Asia Cup 2022. The 22-year-old has been travelling with the squad, and the local cricket governing body announced that he will be completing his rehab in London.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Najeebullah Soomro stated in the PCB statement that Afridi will need continuous, devoted care from a knee specialist. Hafeez posted a video on Twitter in which he criticised PCB for mishandling Afridi.
“My problem with Shaheen is that he is not just Pakistan’s product but that of the world. The world wants to see him. We have to look after him in the right way.
“The things that I read and heard over the last few days, there was an official post. So this period of 4 weeks or six weeks or eight weeks — since he got injured, I think wasting this time is a criminal act,” Hafeez said.
The left-arm pacer is expected to be fit for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in Australia.”A product like Shaheen, who is not just Pakistan’s but the world’s, and we have more such cricketers who have a fan following across the world, we need to look after them properly. This is why I feel they have now understood that and sent him to England,” he maintained.”I feel they should have taken this decision when he got injured in the first place. They should have settled their findings straight away and should have sent him for the best rehab to England or wherever else.”
It is pertinent to mention here that Shaheen was replaced by another pace ace Mohammad Hasnain, who was recalled by the board from the United Kingdom where he was participating in The Hundred.