Vishal Mehra ∙ Nov 21 2022, 4:45 AM

Shaheen Shah Afridi ruled out of England Tests following surgery

image-laq9b475Shaheen Afridi walks off the field during ICC T20 World Cup Final [Source: Twitter]

Star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi will miss Pakistan's upcoming three-match Test series against England following appendicitis surgery on Sunday. 

Afridi complained of discomfort and pain on Saturday evening in his lower abdomen, and after consultation with the PCB medical panel, the lanky bowler underwent surgery.

Doctors have recommended Afridi complete rest for two weeks before resuming light training. The 22-year-old will further require two weeks of rehabilitation, which runs until late December, ruling him out of the England series, which starts on December 1.

In 25 Tests, the Khyber-born has taken 99 wickets, including 29 on home soil. 

As per 'The news', a un-named PCB official stated that the board is eying the two-Test series against New Zealand as a comeback series for Shaheen. 

"It would be at his full recovery from the surgery that Shaheen will be asked to join the rehabilitation process that will run for further two weeks before restarting competitive match practice. What we want is to have Shaheen fit and ready for the two-match Test series against New Zealand to be staged in Pakistan in January. Shaheen’s fitness is of utmost importance for us."

Shaheen recently walked off the field during the T20 World Cup final against England, after relapsing his knee-injury while fielding.

The Lahore Qalandars captain has been troubled with knee-related injury since July. 

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