The Pakistan cricket board on Thursday announced that Shaheen Shah Afridi will be ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka.
Afridi picked up four wickets during Sri Lanka’s first innings (Courtesy: AP)
- Afridi picked up four wickets in Sri Lanka’s first innings
- The left-arm pacer sustained the injury during the fourth day of the first Test
- Afridi will stay in Sri Lanka with the team for the rehabilitation process
Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has been ruled out of the upcoming second Test against Sri Lanka which is scheduled to start from Sunday at Galle.
Afridi was in fine form for Pakistan during the first Test as he picked up four wickets for 58 runs in Sri Lanka’s first innings. The left-arm pacer’s fine effort meant that the hosts were able to score just 222 runs when they batted first.
However, in Sri Lanka’s second innings, which lasted for 100 overs, Afridi was only able to bowl just seven and left the field on day three after looking uncomfortable.
The hosts were able to score 337 runs in their second innings, setting up a target of 342 runs to win for Pakistan. A brilliant hundred from opener Abdullah Shafique and valuable contributions from captain Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan meant that the visitors were able to chase down the total and secure the win to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The Pakistan cricket board have now announced on Thursday that the left-arm pacer will be ruled out of the second Test due to a knee injury he sustained in the first one.
The statement also said that Afridi will be staying back with the team in Sri Lanka to continue his rehabilitation process.
The injury to the left-arm pacer will now open the door for Haris Rauf or all-rounder Faheem Ashraf to make it into the starting lineup. It will be interesting to see if Pakistan will opt for another pacer in spin-friendly conditions at Galle.
Afridi’s injury will also delay his opportunity to become the 11th Pakistani bowler to take 100 wickets in Test matches. He is currently on 99 scalps.
After the tour of Sri Lanka, Pakistan’s next assignment will be a three-ODI series against The Netherlands, after which they will take part in the Asia Cup.
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