Shaheen Afridi, one of Pakistan’s most important fast bowlers, has been sidelined for the last several months due to an injury sustained while playing for Sri Lanka in a Test in August. Last month’s Asia Cup and the seven-match T20I series against England later in September and October had to be postponed due to Afridi’s absence. However, the 22-year-old pacer was selected for Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad, and Ramiz Raja, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board, gave an update on the player’s health as he faces a race against time to be ready for the team’s first match against India on October 23.

Afridi is recuperating well, according to Ramiz, and might be fit for the India match in Melbourne.

“Two days ago, I chatted with Shaheen Shah Afridi. The doctors emailed me footage of him, and he is doing quite well. Currently, at 90%, they believe he will be prepared for combat (for the World Cup). Since knee injuries are technical and delicate, we felt that we shouldn’t risk him until he is fully recovered. But he claimed to be at 110% when I talked to him. He informed me that he would go to Australia to participate in the exhibition games in order to prepare for India. “During a conversation with Dawn News, Ramiz remarked. Ramiz stayed mum on Fakhar Zaman’s prognosis despite the fact that he had sustained a right knee injury with Shaheen.

“Fakhar Zaman is also getting better, and if he gets back in shape, I think he’ll be really valuable. The team must make this decision, and it will rely on how they see the combo. We also need to consider our options for Usman Qadir, who has a hairline fracture on one of his fingers, “the PCB chairman stated.

While Afridi is likely to make a comeback for Pakistan soon, India faced a massive setback in the build-up to the World Cup last week when Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury. The bowler’s replacement will be revealed in the coming days.