Thursday’s T20 World Cup final between Pakistan and England saw England win by a margin of five wickets. Pakistan’s chances of winning the format’s second World Cup were dashed after England held them to 137/8 with a game-winning knock from Ben Stokes (52*). To make matters worse, Babar Azam’s team also experienced a setback due to an injury when their star pacer Shaheen Afridi was forced to leave the field during the game’s 16th over.

Afridi left the field after being dismissed but came back a few overs later and even got ready to bowl the 16th over, suggesting that he injured himself as soon as he took Harry Brook’s catch early in the run chase. The pacer bowled a delivery before ultimately deciding to leave. Iftikhar Ahmed finished off Afridi’s over, giving up 13 runs in five deliveries, which ultimately proved to be the game’s turning point and gave England a victory with an over remaining.

Following the defeat, Pakistan’s batsmen were criticized for their subpar performance, but Aaqib Javed, the team’s former fast bowler, also criticized the medical staff for the way Shaheen Afridi was treated.

“Unhone Fakhar ko bhi kaha ki aap fit hain aur kuch hi over khelne ke baad vo unfit ho gaye. Apka jo medical panel hai. Inquiry karni padega, kya uss insaan ko sports injury ka pata hai bhi ki nahi? Ye pata karna padega (Your medical panel also deemed Fakhar fit, but after a few overs, he lost that status. Aaqib Javed said on GEO Super, “We need to find out if they even know anything about sports injuries.

When he wasn’t healthy enough to compete in World Cup games, “Shaheen aaye, inko bhi unhone shuru me khilaaya. And if you’re not fit for the World Cup, you’re not fit for the Olympics either, uske baad aaj bhi, jahan se hamne shuru kiya. (Shaheen was used despite not being physically prepared for the World Cup. With two injured players, we are exactly where we were when we started today,” the former Pakistani star added.

Aaqib added that it wasn’t necessary to play players like Shaheen Afridi in this World Cup because they only occasionally appear.

“Maine World Cup ke pehle bhi kaha tha ki Shaheen is important — not for World Cup kyunki vo toh do saal baad firse aa jaayega. Shaheen Jaisa Bowler: Toh kaise aap Paida Karoge? If kuch nuksaan hua? The medical committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board has let me down. Shaheen is important, but the World Cup only occurs every two years, as I stated before it. How are you going to transport another Shaheen?” asked Javed.