Before the T20 World Cup in Australia in October, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi made a startling disclosure about Shaheen Afridi’s recovery on Thursday. After suffering a knee injury that kept him out of the Asia Cup as well, the great pacer is ready to rejoin the team for the major tournament next month. The board has finally spoken out about the significant news that caused such a stir in Pakistan cricket a day after it was made public.

Speaking to Samaa TV, Shahid claimed that Shaheen had paid for his travel and lodging while in London for his rehabilitation and that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had done nothing to help the fast bowler with his knee issues, which had kept him out of the Asia Cup and the T20I series against England.

“When I speak about Shaheen, that man traveled to England by himself. He paid for his ticket and hotel stay using his own money. He phoned the doctor after I set up an appointment for him with one. PCB wasn’t doing anything; he was acting alone. He is footing the bill for everything, including coordination, medical care, a hotel room, and meals. Zakir Khan, the PCB’s director of cricket for overseas tours, spoke with him once or twice, but that was all, as far as I’m aware,” said Shahid.