Akhtar Criticizes Shaheen’s Decision to Leave T20 World Cup Final Midway
Former Pakistani pacer, Shoaib Akhtar, has expressed his disappointment regarding Shaheen Afridi’s decision to leave the field during the T20 World Cup final against England last year. According to Akhtar, Afridi should have continued to bowl despite facing a knee injury
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Shaheen’s Injury and Its Impact on the Final
During the 2022 T20 World Cup final, Shaheen suffered a knee injury while taking Harry Brook’s catch in the 13th over. As a result, Shaheen was unable to complete his quota of four overs, which ultimately helped England’s run chase in the latter part of the innings. The recurrence of the knee injury was a major setback to the national team as they lost the final by five wickets
Akhtar’s Take on Shaheen’s Decision
Akhtar believes that Shaheen should have been more committed to the team and played through the pain for his country, as such opportunities do not come regularly in a cricketer’s career. He emphasized that representing the country in a World Cup should be a top priority for any cricketer
Shaheen’s Injuries and Return to Cricket
After the final, Shaheen was ruled out of cricket for several months before returning to play in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL). The 22-year-old had previously suffered an injury to the same knee a few months before the T20 World Cup, which had ruled him out of action until the tournament
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Akhtar’s Willingness to Play Through Injury
The Rawalpindi Express stated that if he were in Shaheen’s place, he would have played through the pain for 12 balls and given his all for the country. He stated that the World Cup was much more important for Pakistan and that he would have had his knees fixed later on.
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