Due to a knee injury, Shaheen Shah Afridi has been ruled out of next week’s Asia Cup, which is expected to be a major setback for Pakistan’s aspirations in the six-nation competition. The left arm was in rehabilitation when doctors recommended he rest for four to six weeks. He traveled with the squad to the Netherlands for a three-match One-day International series. The England T20Is will also be missed by him.

In a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board, chief medical officer Najeebullah Soomro stated, “I have talked with Shaheen and he is disturbed with the news” (PCB). It is now obvious that he will need more time and is likely to return to competitive cricket in October, even though he has made progress during his recovery in Rotterdam.

Against their bitter rivals India on August 28, Pakistan will open their Asia Cup campaign in Dubai. Following that, they will host a seven-match Twenty20 series against England. In the World T20 championship last year, Shaheen was the one who upset India’s top order, which included Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul. India was two down for only six in 2.1 overs after he had removed Rohit and Rahul in his first two overs.

Afridi’s absence would be a “huge” relief for the Indian squad, according to legendary Pakistani bowler Waqar Younis, who has seen the seamer wreck havoc. Shaheen’s injury, Waqar posted on Twitter. Big relief for the top batters in India’s lineup. Sadly, he won’t be participating in the #AsiaCup2022 Get in shape quickly, Champ @iShaheenAfridi.

Shaheen’s ailment was also brought up by Pakistan vice-captain Shadab Khan, who expressed optimism that he will recover in time for the World T20 later this year.

We’ll miss Shaheen because he’s our finest bowler, of course. Regrettably, he won’t be able to participate in the Asia Cup. However, we are optimistic that he will be available for the next series and the World Cup. It will need ruthless cricket from us. We never let up while playing against any squad because of the culture of our team, Shadab stated on Saturday. Shaheen is anticipated to make a comeback in a tri-series in New Zealand in October before traveling to Australia for the T20 championship match, according to the PCB.