ROTTERDAM: Pakistan ace-pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi is about to overlook the primary two matches of the upcoming ODI collection towards the Netherlands, confirmed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday.
According to the PCB, the left-arm pacer has been dominated out of the primary two video games as he’s presently present process rehabilitation after he pulled a knee damage through the Sri Lanka tour.
Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has the chance to set one other report for himself as a century within the forthcoming ODI collection will make him the primary Pakistan captain to attain 10 tons.
Wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan, alternatively, wants to attain 18 runs within the upcoming collection to finish one thousand runs in ODI cricket.
Earlier Babar, in a press convention forward of the staff’s departure for the Netherlands additionally hinted at Shaheen’s doable absence as he revealed that the left-arm pacer might be rested a minimum of for the primary two ODIs, whereas on the identical time expressing his want for Shaheen to regain his health earlier than Asia Cup 2022.
“We’re looking long-term at his fitness and health. We want him to play a game against the Netherlands if he’s fit and be ready for the Asia Cup,” Babar stated.
“We have eleven trump cards. Each of them can be a matchwinner on their day. I have faith in every one of them, whether batters or bowlers,” he maintained.
Despite a knee damage, Shaheen was named for the upcoming Asia Cup.
Besides Shaheen, Pakistan all-format captain Babar additionally opened up on the ouster of the right-arm pacer Hasan Ali by stating that the latter has an opportunity to regain his type by taking part in home cricket.
“Our fast-bowling bench strength is excellent. They’ve now got an opportunity to showcase their skills. This is how you expand your pool,” Babar asserted.
“Yes, he’s (Ali) not in form, but it’s not like he has to prove anything. Domestic cricket is coming up. He’ll play that and make a strong comeback hopefully,” he maintained.
It is pertinent to say right here that the three-match ODI collection between Pakistan and Netherlands will kick begin on August 16. Whereas, the Green Shirts will begin their Asia Cup 2022 marketing campaign on August 28 towards India.