Star The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Monday that fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has begun his rehabilitation with the team’s medical personnel in Karachi. Afridi has been out since the T20 World Cup final in November of last year due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Afridi struggled with his fitness throughout the competition and was forced to leave the field midway through an over in the championship.

“Starting today, left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi will start his rehabilitation in Karachi with the assistance of the national men’s team’s medical personnel. In addition to giving Shaheen the best treatment possible, this measure will enable the medical team to monitor his recovery and clear the road for his seamless return to duty, according to a statement from the PCB.

The board also posted pictures of Afridi practising in Karachi. The PCB said that a judgement would be taken on Haris Rauf’s eligibility for the next ODI series against New Zealand. Right-arm fast bowler Haris Rauf has been invited to be evaluated by the team’s medical staff so a decision can be taken on his eligibility for the three One-Day Internationals against New Zealand, which will be played next week, it added.

In Rawalpindi at the beginning of December, Rauf played in his first Test match against England. But on the first day itself, he ended up hurting his right quad, and he hasn’t been able to work since. He is one of the 24 players on the probable list for the ODI series. Afridi, on the other hand, has had knee problems since Pakistan’s Test series in Sri Lanka in July. Despite being disqualified from the Asia Cup, he travelled with the squad. There were claims that the PCB handled the injury improperly. He finally participated in the T20 World Cup, when he seemed to be in peak condition and assisted Pakistan in a late surge to the elimination rounds and ultimately the championship game. In the 13th over, however, he wound up hurting himself when taking a catch for England’s chase. He took a little break from the field before coming back to bowl the 16th over. He was only able to bowl one ball before leaving with a limp.