Asia Cup: Shaheen Afridi’s Unfitness Is A big Blow For Pakistan

Asia Cup: Shaheen Afridi's unfitness is a big blow for Pakistan

If it is said, then it will not be out of place that currently Pakistani cricket team is revolving around the talented players of Lahore Qalandars. 

Pakistan has paved the way for direct qualification to the next World Cup by winning the ODI series against the Netherlands, with Lahore Qalandars’ Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, and Salman Agha starring in the victories in the opening two ODIs. Before the third match, star bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi’s unfitness is also a big blow for the Pakistani team.

Lahore Qalandars under the leadership of Shaheen Shah Afridi won the title of Pakistan Super League a few months ago, Qalandars journey towards heights with the cooperation of Aqib Javed and Atif Rana continues. Four players are currently at Lahore Qalandars High-Performance Center for special training and are surprised to see the modern facilities here.

PCB says that due to injury, fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi will not be able to be a part of the Asia Cup T20 tournament and the home series against England. A rest period of 6 weeks is recommended.

However, the board has said that he will make a comeback in the T20 tri-series against New Zealand in October, after which he will join the ICC World T20 in Australia.

 Shaheen Afridi suffered a right knee injury during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, PCB Chief Medical Officer Dr. Najeebullah Soomro has said that he has spoken to Shaheen Afridi and is upset to hear the news. Shaheen is a brave young man who will soon come back to cricket in full force and represent the country.

The board says that Shaheen Shah Afridi showed improvement during his rehab in Rotterdam, but still needs some time to improve further. 

The Asia Cup is starting on August 27, in which the first match will be between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, while the next day, on August 28, the teams of India and Pakistan will face each other, in the ODI series against the Netherlands in Rotterdam. Defeated by 16 runs in the first ODI and took a one-nil lead in the three-match series.

Fakhr Zaman’s 109 and Babar Azam‘s 74 were the highlights. Since the 2019 World Cup, Pakistani batsmen have scored 12 centuries in ODIs, of which 7 are Babar Azam’s, apart from Fakhr Zaman’s three and Imamul Haq’s two. have been able to score centuries. There is no fourth batsman in sight.

 Fate was kind to Fakhr Zaman when he was dropped by Vivian King Ma at third man off Boss de Ledde at the score of 43. I succeeded.

Fakhr Zaman’s bat has been quiet since his 2 consecutive centuries in South Africa last year and he managed to score only one half-century in the last 9 innings. After completing his century, Fakhar Zaman could not extend his innings and was run out after scoring 109 runs.

 Did well in the second ODI, winning by 7 wickets, which was laid by the bowlers. Like the first match, Haris Rauf took three wickets in the second match as well. Salman Ali Agha got the full opportunity to show his skills and he did not let his team down as he scored 50 not out with the help of two sixes and five fours. It was only his second ODI.

 Mohammad Rizwan not only managed to complete his sixth half-century in ODIs but also took the team to the finish line. He scored an unbeaten 69 runs with the help of 6 fours and a six. This inning was also important for him because in the previous 16 innings he managed to score only two fifties. Captain Babar Azam played an important role in the victory by scoring half-centuries in both matches.

The talent of Qalandars is benefiting Pakistani cricket, considering the same reputation, the Namibia board has sent these players to Lahore for special training for the World Cup, where the coaches under the supervision of Aqib Javed are working with these players on fitness and skills. 

For the first time after PCB, a high-performance center with such advanced facilities has been built in the private sector, Atif Rana, CEO of Qalandars said, “It is an honor for us to host a country’s World Cup preparations. Choosing our High-Performance Center

The players are provided accommodation along with training and are also given a tour of Lahore so that they are not exposed to the Pakistani culture. Four Namibian players who trained at the Lahore Qalandars High-Performance Center on Pakistan’s 75th anniversary especially participated in the Pakistan Day celebrations in Wagah. The players are also playing matches in Lahore.

 Atif Rana said that it is a matter of happiness for us that, apart from Namibia, players from Australia, England, Afghanistan, and America are training in our center. In total, more than 150 cricketers are receiving training and our center is now the world’s best. It is being recognized throughout.

PCB has told us that 8,000 articles have been published in India on Pakistan Super League, 90% of which are about Lahore Qalandars.

Atif Rana said that the children of Qalandars are now entering the Pakistani system, the team of Lahore Qalandars players development is going to participate in a tournament in Namibia under the leadership of Hamza Nazar, this team also includes Dilbar Hussain. There is also the African team and then ODI matches have also been scheduled against the Namibian national team.

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