Asian Cup 2022 LIVE – Is Shaheen Afridi still out of shape? Babar Azam admitted for the first time that the Pakistani star…
Asian Cup 2022 LIVE – Is Shaheen Afridi still out of shape? Babar Azam has admitted for the first time that Pakistani pacemaker Shaheen Shah Afridi is not in top form at this stage. According to the Pakistani captain, Afridi still hasn’t recovered from a knee injury. Babar confirmed that Afridi will be rested for at least 2 ODIs against the Netherlands. This move was basically made to give the pacemaker more time to prepare for the 2022 Asian Cup clash against India. Follow Pakistan vs Netherlands and Asian Cup live updates on InsideSport.IN
“We take a few doctors on the way to take care of Shaheen”, Babar said at a press conference. “He still needs rest, he still needs time to fully recover from his injury. We are looking at his physical condition and his health in the long term. We are going to rest him for the Netherlands ODIs to get him back before the Asian Cup,” added the Pakistani captain.
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As for Shaheen Shah Afridi, the speedster will be rested as the team ponder their long-term future.
“Our fast bowling bench strength is great. They now have the opportunity to show off their skills. This is how you enlarge your pool. I support Hasan Ali because he is a team player.
Yes, he’s out of shape, but it’s not like he has to prove anything. Domestic cricket is coming. He’ll play that and make a strong comeback, hopefully.”
“We have 11 assets. Each of them can be a winner of the match on their day. I have faith in all of them, be they batsmen or bowlers. I think the conditions will be similar to those in England. The weather will be cooler. We trained with the air conditioning inside, maybe that helps to simulate the conditions! We weren’t able to train much because of the rains, but we had a practice game, which gives you a good idea of the conditions.
“We are not just going to rest our senior players, we will play with a combination of senior and junior players. There are important Super League points at stake which we cannot lose. I am also going to the Netherlands for the first time. If things go wrong after fielding young players, we will also face criticism. Not everyone will be happy with our decisions, but we have to do what is best for Pakistani cricket,” Babar concluded.
Pakistan will start their Asian Cup tournament against arch-rivals India. Babar Azam plans to release a fresh and rested Shaheen Shah Afridi to wreak havoc on India’s batting lineup. He admits it will be a big pressure game.
“We always try to play like a normal game, but yeah, there’s definitely a different pressure [on us]”, said the Pakistani skipper in a pre-departure press conference as the team headed for the Netherlands.
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