Who will be Shaheen Afridi’s replacement?
It will be an enormous task for the selectors to replace the injured pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi as Pakistan prepares to participate in the next Asia Cup.
The pacer, who has a knee injury, was advised to rest for 4-6 weeks by the PCB Medical Advisory Committee and independent specialists who keep up with the latest analyses and reports.
This means he will not participate in the Asian Cup as well as in England’s historic series. However, he is expected to come back just in time for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.
Not a lot of names come to mind when it comes to filling the shoes of Shaheen Afridi.
As a result of the latest developments, Hasan Ali has reportedly been identified as the main candidate to replace the injured pacer, according to Cricket Pakistan.
Hasan, who did not get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), was removed from the camp due to poor form after the tour in Sri Lanka.
Aside from him, the selectors can include in the form Mir Hamza or Pakistan Super League sensation Zaman Khan for the tournament.
Shaheen’s injury will be a major blow to Pakistan’s frontline bowling attack and will have a significant impact on Pakistan’s chances of making progress in the 2022 Asia Cup.