For two reasons, Pakistan’s T20 World Cup championship match against England was a forgettable event. The first was the defeat—Pakistan had twice in three months failed to cross the finish line in a championship—and the second was Shaheen Afridi’s injury. The left-arm pacer attempted to take a catch while sliding, and although he was successful in dismissing England’s Harry Brook, Afridi’s knee suffered severe damage as a result. The injury that sidelined him for more than three months returned.

A former PCB medical officer believes that if the right safety measures are not taken, Afridi’s future could be in danger as Pakistan frets over Shaheen’s injury. Afridi sustained a knee ligament injury in July, but the 22-year-old was thought to have fully recovered after undergoing extensive rehabilitation. However, in light of the recurrence on Sunday, there is concern that Afridi’s career may be in danger if Shaheen’s case is not closely followed.

“Shaheen would need three to four months to recover, barring any secondary injuries. Shaheen will be sidelined for six to seven months if the PCB medical board decides to operate “Dr. Sohail Salim, a former chief medical officer for the Pakistan Cricket Board, stated to Dawn.

A large grimace appeared on the bowler’s face as Afridi took the catch, giving the impression that he was in pain. Mohammad Haris immediately raised his arms and yelled for the physio to leave right away. Shaheen left the field right away, and even though he later came back to bowl the 16th over, Afridi limped off after just one delivery, clearly in pain.