The eighth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is when Pakistani fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi hopes to make a comeback after recovering his fitness and bowling with full rhythm on Sunday at the National Bank Cricket Arena.
The 22-year-old pacer’s knee injury effectively ended his last six months of play. Despite competing in the T20 World Cup in Australia last year, the player has missed two home series against England and New Zealand due to an injury and surgery.
The cricket player is now prepared to resume full action as his recovery is nearing completion. He trained with the Pakistan ODI team earlier today in preparation for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand. Shaheen bowled four overs and participated in fielding drills with coach Abdul Majeed.
Afridi told about feeling better and being all set to make a comeback very soon.
“Compared to how I felt at the World Cup, I feel considerably better. I’m bowling in perfect rhythm and am ready to return soon, “said he.
Cliffe Deacon, the team’s physiotherapist, received praise from Shaheen for his rehab efforts and stated it was beneficial for him to be by the side throughout the procedure. The pacer added that the administration of the PCB has provided him with a week-by-week schedule for his return to play.
“I bowled roughly 19 overs this week, which came to an end today. I’ll be bowling about 25 overs the following week “He revealed. “It is good to be back in the ground, I missed this all so much and I am thankful to the Almighty for this,” the fast bowler added.
Shaheen admitted that being away from the field was really difficult for him, but his family and friends kept him going. But more than anything, his desire to play for Pakistan once more helped to maintain his confidence throughout that time.
The young fast bowler has his sights set on the eighth season of the PSL, where he will captain the Lahore Qalandars and try to retain the championship.
“We are a very strong team, and I have no doubt that we will outperform our previous performance. I am really pleased with the team since we have made up for last year’s shortcomings and I think the Qalandars are stronger this season “said the cricketer.
“The PSL is the biggest brand for Pakistan and I am looking forward to making my full comeback during that tournament,” the fast bowler said.
While Afridi is eying the PSL for his comeback, he may travel to Bangladesh to play a couple of matches in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to regain full match rhythm. He has also received the NOC to travel to Dhaka for the league, but his appearance will be decided after viewing his upcoming workload.